Day 10 of Countdown to Oliver: Stock Up


We’re in the final ten, 1/3 of the days left from 30 days, under two weeks, a little over one week and any other way you can think of to say it.

Today was the final grocery trip before Oliver with just myself and the toddler, and we stocked up on toiletries and groceries. Once again, oh how fun the nesting portion of this countdown is!

Regardless, here’s a list of what I think is best to stock up on before a newborn arrives to avoid having to go get something or running out of the essentials:

  • Paper towels (get the big, huge, mega packs for $20, seriously. If you actually compare how much paper towel (sheets count) you’re getting to the smaller packs that seem cheaper at the time, you’re really getting WAY more for your money. Plus they’ll last you a good 4-6 months–that means you only purchase paper towels 2-3 times a year)
  • Toilet paper (same applies as above blurb on paper towels ^)
  • Wipes–both disinfectant and baby
  • Laundry detergent–or the ingredients to DIY yours (also MUCH cheaper at around $30 and lasts about a year for an average sized family)
  • Any cleaning supplies you use–or ingredients to DIY them
  • A candle or two (because they’re relaxing during such a stressful and possibly stinky time–I suggest lavender)
  • Shampoo/conditioner/lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Soap–dish and hand
  • A nice, big pack of overnight pads (because you will be bleeding for a while after newborn–I know, gross, get over it)
  • Nursing pads
  • Sponges/bottle cleaners
  • Toothpaste
  • Batteries
  • And of course, the general food groceries on your list, along with lots of healthy snacks to munch on
  • Also, make sure you already have all the baby essentials too–butt cream, shampoo or wash, lotion, thermometer, petroleum jelly for circumcised boy only, (wipes already mentioned above)

Tip: When in the hospital, ask for as much nipple cream as possible to take with you and breastfeeding/pumping supplies. That way it gets charged to your insurance or should go towards your deductible.


The Countdown List:

1. Create the segment “Countdown to Oliver” and make list
2. Make a hospital bag
3. Create a baby registry
4. Prepare the baby’s space
5. Set-up pediatrician visit/appointments
6. Install the car seat
7. Have a pampering day
8. Prepare birthing plan
9. Wash shower curtains, rugs and sheets
10. *Reader’s idea* Virtual gift-opening
11. Finish an art project
12. Finish a book
13. Create an exercise regimen for the final 4 weeks
14. Take a sewing class and make something for the newest babe
15. Have a special mom and daughter day with Ella
16. (Re)organize files and paperwork
17. Finalize plans with the OB
18. Prepare for visiting family
19. Cleaning day
20. *Reader’s idea* Clothe diapering
21. Meal prep (frozen meals)
22. Write a letter to the new baby
23. Design birth announcements
24. Date night
25. Invest in post baby clothes
26. Clean pumping and feeding items
27. Take a class
28. Clean the carpets and floors
29. Stock up on toiletries and groceries
30. *Reader’s idea* Put feet up and rest


4 thoughts on “Day 10 of Countdown to Oliver: Stock Up

  1. Haha, I love that tp pic! We use Walmart’s version of Bounty paper towels. They are super absorbent and they come in select-a-size sheets, which saves a ton of paper! We pay 9/10$ for 4 rolls.
    You GO GIRL, I can’t believe how organized you are!

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