T came into this world 5 weeks ahead of schedule, leaving us totally unprepared – although how prepared can new parents really be? Between an extended hospital stay and adjusting to life with a newborn, we went three weeks without a meal that wasn’t frozen, delivered or bought at the hospital cafeteria. Luckily we are surrounded by family and friends who brought over homemade or fresh café-style meals that we happily devoured.
I wasn’t going to be caught off-guard again this time around! Although we moved to a new house when I was 31 weeks pregnant, I made sure that one of the first things organized was our hospital bag. Preparing for life with a newborn is so much more than a hospital bag, so below is a list that I think all new or soon-to-be-parents should consider as they prep for their newest family member.
I took two things into consideration when pre-planning food. #1) I don’t eat meat, so all the meals I chose are vegetarian. #2) Breastfeeding a newborn makes you so hungry, you’d actually steal food from a child, and not even feel bad about it. Additionally, every time I breastfed, I’d need to eat, my milk supply depended on it – but I didn’t need full meals, just quick, healthy snacks.
Since zucchini’s aren’t in season, I substituted for sweet potato, because those freeze really well.
Loaded with old fashioned oats, peanut butter and flax seeds – great for a post-breastfeeding snack.
Whatever your taste, there is a flavour for you – Apple Cinnamon, Lemon Poppy seed, Peanut Butter Banana and Orange Cranberry.
I make two versions of this bread, a healthier one with less sugar which I cut and freeze in small slices (for T), and a chocolate chip version for me, because I love chocolate!
I use classic Quaker Oats muffin mix and add in my favourite fresh fruits like raspberries, strawberries, banana and sometimes I sneak in some chocolate chips. These freeze really well, and are great for an on-the-go snack.
T co-slept with us for the first 6 months of his life. His little crib was right beside me, close enough I could hear him breathe. But babes are restless and having a separate place in your house (not in your bedroom) to breastfeed, change a diaper, and rock with them for a little while will help your partner stay asleep when you are on duty. Even having a quiet place to pump while Kevin is taking care of T and his sister will be a nice break.
Kevin has already reviewed a lot of accessories that we use on a daily basis and helped with the transition to life with a newborn. Below is a list linking you to in-depth info:
- Nursing clothes by Momzelle (Canadian, stylish and on budget)
- Baby carrier
- Baby food maker
- Fisher-Price Rock-and-Glide
- Stroller (with travel system!)
- Playtex Drop-Ins bottles
- Baby activity tracking app (because your doctor is going to ask how often they eat, pee and poop, and you’ll be too sleep deprived to remember)
- Graco Pack’n’Play
- A diaper bag just for dad
- Books! Because you can’t trust everything you read on the internet