Guest Post – How to Prepare for a Newborn

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.

The first fresh vegetables we ate in three weeks, thanks to mom’s home cooking – and I’m a vegetarian!

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.

Freezer meals

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.

Three Sisters Empanadas

Since zucchini’s aren’t in season, I substituted for sweet potato, because those freeze really well.

5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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.

Simple Banana Bread

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!

Fruity Muffins

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.

Nursery

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.

Accessories

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:

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