This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club®, however, the text and opinions are all my own.

This may come as a surprise, but we have a lot of grandparents reading the blog on a regular basis. Young couples turn their parents on to the site as they start having babies of their own. We get emails with advice from grandmas and grandpas (and Omas and Opas and Nanas and Papas) all over the country! They also ask questions on occasion, and one common request is a list of what parents want.

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It's not a big mystery that what parents want, really, is a nap and a clean house. Beyond that, there are tangible everyday items that new moms and dads need. Most of us won't ask for consumable essentials because it feels weird to request pantry stuff. Trust me, though, young parents will welcome a care package ANYTIME.

Today, we're offering a peek at the items we stock up on for our own family. This is our parent survival kit.

What Parents Want for their Family

What parents want (normal things that are on a family shopping list that you can help out with in lieu of a baby shower gift)

Here is a complete layout of my latest haul. I shop at Sam's Club for several reasons: membership is cheap at just $45, they carry my favorite baby essentials such as Aveeno and Desitin and Diaper Genie refills, and they have quality store brand alternatives. They also offer free standard shipping through their website. “Club Pickup” lets you save shopping lists online for easy repeat purchases that the store will package for you to fetch right at the front of the store!

Here are our favorite often-bought items.

Razors. Hygiene often goes out the window after having a baby. Things like shaving get lost in the shuffle, and many parents forget to nab these simple essentials when they're out-and-about.

What parents want on their shopping list

Storage space. Babies take up a shocking amount of room! What many parents want – more than many other thing – is storage space. Cubbies are a lifesaver.

What parents want on their shopping list

Mass quantities of healthy calories. Parents don't have much time to feed themselves well. Liquid nutrition such as Naked Juice or POM is appreciated. Quick snack bars for adults and kids can help if there are older children in the mix, too. As for basic meal components, I opt for easy bananas and protein-rich foods such as avocados and bacon. Quick tip: use cooked bacon pieces as “chips” and mash fresh avocados into guacamole for a tasty snack that will leave you feeling energized.

What parents want on their shopping list

Diapers. It's boring, I know, but we go through a lot of them. On really hot days that's all the baby wears. I simply do not have the patience for buttoning and unbuttoning onesies repeatedly.

What parents want on their shopping list

Ziploc bags. Organization is key. These keep everything wrangled on-the-go.

What parents want (normal things that are on a family shopping list that you can help out with in lieu of a baby shower gift)

A cuddly blanket. Curling up on the couch with some Netflix is a cherished moment for many parents. Amp up their comfort with something cozy and soft.

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This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club, however, the text and opinions are all my own.