If you’re pregnant, you are probably putting a lot of thought an effort into preparing for the arrival of your baby. Some things are quite obvious; for example, you will need a bassinet or crib for the baby to sleep in and baby clothes. Other things that can help you to prepare for your new arrival are less easily anticipated. As a mother, here are some things that I’ve learned about preparing for your baby’s birth by preparing food in advance.
Freeze Meals in Advance
You might have a straightforward and easy delivery, or you may have a more complicated birth that requires a longer recovery. Either way, it is helpful if you already have meals prepared for your family. You and your partner will have more important things to worry about than cooking dinner. During your last trimester, start cooking extra food when you’re preparing meals. Freeze in portion size containers (either family or individual size). I like using the disposable foil containers that you can use in the oven so that the food can be cooked in the same container and doesn’t require any washing up afterward. Try to cook foods that are nutritious and will freeze well (for example, chili, soups, and lasagna).
Find out before the birth if there are any grocery stores in your area that will deliver. I have had two C-sections, and so wasn’t allowed to drive for six weeks after the birth. This made grocery shopping awkward for our family unless my husband went back out for food in the middle of the night. Luckily, our grocery store delivers for only a small fee. This was really helpful for us.
Also, get the menus for several restaurants that deliver in your area. There will be times when you are too busy taking care of (and enjoying snuggling) you new baby to want to cook, and you may be really tired and need a treat. Knowing in advance that there are some good takeaway places in your area can really perk up an evening.
Stock Up On Essentials
Stock up on essentials and non-perishable items before your baby’s due. For example, get a good supply of canned and dry food that your family likes in advance. If you have other children already, stock up on some of their favorite snacks, and make sure that you have plenty of diapers and other things you need for them. This will save you having to worry about store cupboard items for the first few weeks after the birth.
Given the choice between holding their newborn baby (or spending time with their partner or other children while the baby sleeps) and doing dishes, who wouldn’t rather have family time? Try to avoid as many dishes as possible for the first few weeks. Normally I wouldn’t recommend disposable dishes, but it’s worth buying a pack of paper plates. It really will save a lot of time and effort.
Following these simple tips will help you to have your kitchen prepared for the birth of your baby. If you have plenty of meals and food choices ready in advance, you’ll be better able to recover from the birth and enjoy time with your beautiful new baby.