Oh tiny tiny baby- we’re in this whole newborn thing together, so you better believe I’m going into this as prepared as can be!
I feel like planning and prepping a home in anticipation of welcoming a newborn is pretty much like stocking up in the days before a hurricane. You want to make sure you have your basics on hand- food, easy to heat up meals, cases upon cases of diapers, and clean clothes ready to go for you and the babe. This being my second pregnancy, I thought I would share a few tips I learned along the way:
1.) Have your pantry stocked with the basics so that either you, your husband, parents, or friends can quickly prepare meals and snacks. It is also helpful to have disposable bowls, plates, cups, and utensils. No one wants to worry about keeping up with the dishes in the sink, or loading and unloading the dishwasher. Going with disposable for the first week or two will be a huge help! In so far as stocking your pantry and fridge, here is a simple list to get you started:
-Jars of Sauce
-Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Tea. Coffee.
-Boxes of Mac & Cheese
-Peanut Butter & Jam
-A couple loaves of bread
-Apples, Bananas, Peaches- fruit that has a pretty good shelf life
-Frozen ravioli, pierogi, meatballs, bagged veggies, and berries
2.) Acquaint yourself ahead of time with your crockpot and crockpot recipes. If someone is able to do a quick grocery run for you, you can hand them a shopping list of simple ingredients that will make delicious and very simple crock pot meals. You know the drill- dump the stuff in the crock, set it to low, and forget about it until dinner time. A little bit of prep work in the way of chopping some veggies goes a long way to making a delicious and hot meal with leftovers for tomorrow! I used my crockpot at least once a week when I was home with my new baby. Here are some great recipes for you to try:
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops– Add in diced onion, carrot, and potatoes to your crockpot, serve along side egg noodles or mashed potatoes, and you’ve got yourself a meal!!
Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili– Top with sour cream and some sliced avocados, this is a warm and inviting ready-to-eat meal out of the crock.
Chicken Cacciatore in the Crock Pot– Cut up some thick and crusty Italian bread to dip and dunk all of the delicious sauce that this meal will make. Serve over angel hair pasta.
3.) Head on over to Target or Wal-Mart and raid their cheapie make up aisle. You’re probably like, huh? What is she talking about? OK- just hear me out. When I was home on maternity leave for 12 weeks, I did not want to waste my expensive makeup while entertaining a newborn or taking walks in the neighborhood with the stroller. I made several trips out of the house for shopping, groceries, visiting, etc…, so I still wanted to look halfway decent and not a total wash out zombie postpartum lady. So, before I had my son, I hit up the cheap cosmetics at Target and stocked up on: foundation, pressed powder, eye liner, bronzer, and mascara. This way I would not be using my expensive stuff for the whole three months. When I came back to work, I simply went back to using my nice products, and brought the cheapie stuff to my desk into my little “work emergency kit.” I’ll be doing the same this time around!