Pregnancy Shopping List: What You Need To Get During The Third Trimester
Can you believe you are only a few short weeks away from meeting your new baby? You are in the home stretch now, and you can make your final trimester go smoothly with a few smart items to keep you feeling your best, given your current condition. Now is the time to take inventory to see what you may still need before the big day. This list can help you get ready for your estimated time of arrival and the post-partum weeks when you might not remember those last-minute things for you and your newborn.
Whether you decide breast or bottle, you should have supplies washed and ready to go. For breastfeeding moms, you may want to stock up on:
- Nursing bras in a few styles to determine your preference
- Disposable or reusable absorbent nursing pads
- Nipple cream to reduce soreness and discomfort
- A nursing pillow for comfortable positioning of your baby
- Button-down shirts and pajamas or other garments that are comfy and provide easy access for nursing
Many nursing moms, especially those who plan to return to work, should also get a quality breast pump system as well as collection bags and bottles with newborn nipples. You can check with your mom friends to see what bottles they recommend or get a small supply of a few brands to decide what works best for you.
If you plan to bottle feed, you should get supplies as well, including:
- Bottles and nipples
- Dishwasher basket and bottle drying rack
- Bottle brush
- Burp cloths
You can also get a can or two of formula, but you may want to wait to see what your newborn needs or what your pediatrician recommends.
Can you have too many diapers? If you don’t know the answer, this must be your first baby. Go ahead and stock up on all your diaper supplies, from newborn diapers, wipes, and rash creams to a diaper disposal system and changing pads. Decide if you want to invest in a changing table and find one that you like. If you are going with a cloth diaper service, be sure to make arrangements for delivery as well as a cleaning and storage routine to keep odor and mess under control. If you have not yet done so, you should also pick out your diaper bag and load it up with essentials to be ready for anything no matter where you go.
Is there anything better than giving your sweet baby a bath and making them fresh and fragrant? Your third trimester is a great time to gather these bath supplies so you are ready to get your clean on:
- A baby bathtub or large sponge insert for use in sinks
- Small washcloths or sponges
- A cup or pitcher for rinsing
- Hooded towels
- Gentle lotion to soothe tender skin
- A soft hairbrush
If you plan to use your baby tub inside a bathtub or shower, you may also want to get a knee pad or other kneeler to take some pressure off your back and knees. Think about it; day after day of kneeling and leaning over can take its toll on your bones.
Before you take your baby home, you have to have a car seat. Your third trimester is a great time to finish researching car seats and choosing one, if you have not already done so. You can opt for a convertible seat to last from newborn to grade school, or you may prefer to get an infant car seat with a removable carrier. You should consider the ease of installation, durability, and reviews as well before you make your purchase.
Of course, you need other ways to tote your baby when you are out of the car. A couple of choices to consider are:
- A sturdy stroller for walks, shopping trips, or other outings. You may need to upgrade to a double stroller if this is not your first baby. You can also go with a jogging stroller if you plan to run, not walk.
- A baby carrier for times when a stroller may not be needed. You have so many options, such as a sling, a front carrier, a back carrier, even a back pack style for older infants and toddlers. Whichever you choose, you and your baby are getting the added bonus of close snuggle time even as you have your hands free to do other things.
Show yourself some love during these final few weeks of your pregnancy. Chances are good that you are having some heartburn, aches and pains, trouble sleeping, swollen feet, or all of the above. You can pick up a few things to keep yourself feeling better as you approach delivery day. You may want to get:
- A maternity support band to protectand reduce strain on your lower abdomen and lower back
- Comfortable, casual shoes that can handle your expanding feet and are easy to slip on just make sense
- A heating pad to keep your sore muscles feeling better
- A refillable water bottle, because you need to stay well-hydrated now and when you are nursing
- Compression socks to reduce swelling in feet, ankles, and legs
- A knee, belly, or wedge pillow to cradle and support you for better rest
- Baby books for advice when you need it
One more thing to add to your list that’s all about you is a bit of pampering. Prenatal massage, a pedicure, a facial, anything to give yourself a boost is worth it. You have devoted your past months to growing and nurturing that new life inside you, and if that doesn’t warrant an extra treat, then what does?
Hang in there; you’ve only got a few more weeks to go! Hopefully this list can help you remember those last details to get everything in order for your newest family member. Be sure to take care of yourself and get as much rest as you can before you forget what that feels like with a newborn in the home. If you have more ideas to share, join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.