If you’re like me, once you get to the second trimester of pregnancy, then it seems like life gets a little easier compared to the first trimester. The second trimester is where I focus on restocking what got ravaged during the first trimester (convenience foods, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.) It is also where I start to stock up on all my baby stuff.
I am not the mom who uses cloth diapers, so I will start buying diapers/wipes with every grocery haul and/or Costco run. I will also start stocking up on post-partum supplies. I have found that if I start stocking up 4-5 months early then it doesn’t cost me a ton of money up front. If diapers or wipes are on sale at Costco I buy a case or two if I have room in my budget. If I have room in my weekly grocery budget then I add in a pack of diapers or wipes. If I were planning on using cloth diapers then I would make sure I had plenty of what I needed on hand for that, but also have a back up plan for how I’m going to do laundry if the power is out, or there’s no running water, or some other unforseeable problem. Formula is also something I would consider stocking up on if I knew I was going to formula feed. Something to note with formula. Some babies can’t do certain formula so make sure you know about your stores return policy before stocking up on a bunch of formula your baby may or may not use.
Stocking up on baby items during the second trimester and into the third trimester gives me peace of mind. If I can buy/store several months worth of diapers/wipes, then I know that if for some reason diapers are the next thing that stores can’t keep stocked I have some. If we have learned anything from the great toilet paper shortage of 2020, the formula shortage of 2022, or the current children’s ibuprofen and acetaminophen shortage it’s that we don’t know what we won’t be able to find next. I don’t want to be the mom that is scrambling to find what my children/family needs. It also gives me comfort that if we have a big earthquake or natural disaster and all systems are down, roadways are blocked and there’s no trucks coming in and out to stock items that I have plenty of everything we might need or use on hand to get us through.
Something else I use my second trimester for is to get ready for the third trimester. During my last pregnancy the third trimester was ROUGH. I ended up on bedrest with preterm labor, then had prodromal labor (false labor) for 3 weeks, then had precipitous labor (labored just over an hour). I am hoping and praying this pregnancy is a little nicer when it comes to the third trimester, but I’m not holding my breath. So, knowing that I have some potential “adventures” in the next few months I am starting to prepare now for those adventures.
To summarize, this is what I am working on and doing to prepare for the third trimester of pregnancy.
- Restocking my food/home storage.
- Stocking up on diapers, wipes, post-partum supplies, etc.
- Cleaning, organizing, “Nesting” before the third trimester.
Next week, I will talk about all things third trimester pregnancy preparedness.