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List of Essentials to Stock Up On Before Baby Comes Home

Target runs are about to be harder, and (gasp!) less fun once your little one makes his or her appearance. So, make your postpartum life a little (okay, a LOT) easier, by stocking up on these essentials before having your baby. This post contains affiliate links which means that if you make a purchase, we may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Each product linked is what we personally used (and liked!) postpartum. If your spouse is the helping type, kick your (probably swollen) feet up, and send them to the store with the PDF shopping list at the bottom of this post.

what to have at home after giving birth

Bathroom/Medicine Cabinet:

  • Toilet Paper

  • Hand Soap

  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Soap/Toothpaste

  • Stool Softener (Colace)

  • Pads - Jumbo Pack - in as absorbant of a size that's comfortable to you.

  • Witch Hazel Pads (Tucks)

  • Pain Relievers (consult your doctor)

  • Prenatal Vitamins


  • Dishwasher Detergent

  • Paper Towels

  • Paper Plates

  • Hand Soap

  • Baby Dish Soap

  • Regular Dish Soap

  • Lysol Wipes


  • Laundry Detergent (Baby + Adult)

  • Scent-free Dryer Sheets

  • Stain Remover (Spray 'N Wash)

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Disposable Face Coverings

  • Frozen Meals (home-made, Trader Joes, etc.)

  • Coffee (if you've been considering, now is the time to invest in a Keurig)

  • Dog/Cat Food

Vaginal Delivery Recovery:

  • Big, comfortable underwear

C-Section Recovery:

  • Big, comfortable, high waisted underwear

  • Silicone Scar Sheets (Scar Away)

  • Abdominal Binder




  • Always consult with your doctor before taking any medication or giving any medication to your baby.

WTFTM Stock Up Before Baby
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