Author - Merav Benson

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Merav Benson is a mom of 2 who lives in Roscoe Village. She joined NPN in 2010, when her first daughter was born and found it to be a great resource! Merav is the founder of Moment for Mom (, which is a meal delivery service for new moms in Chicagoland.

The Problem with Baby Registries

I was too superstitious to register for my baby, so I can’t speak from personal experience. But, if registering for a baby is anything like registering for a wedding, I’m an expert. When you register, it’s so easy to imagine the life you want to have – the kind where you make waffles from scratch for breakfast and bake your own bread. It’s the same with a baby – you’re going to make your own baby food all the time, your baby will love that cute blanket and that type of bottle your friend r...

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Merav Benson

Motherhood: The First 30 Days (Take Two)

I wasn’t sure I would make it, but I did. In fact, as I write this, my daughter is 41 days old. I am supposed to be a veteran as this is my second daughter, but that doesn’t mean it was any easier for me. In fact, though there are some basics that came easier (e.g. changing a diaper, figuring out how to correctly snap those one-piece baby outfits) I found most things to be the same or even more challenging.

The first week for me, though not at all what I expected, was the best. I was h...

Posted on March 08, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Merav Benson

Empty Fridge and Potato Chips: Remembering the Early New Mom Days

Ahh…the early days of being a new mom. Whether it’s your first or you have others, it can be an overwhelming time! Even though it’s natural to think about your baby first, it’s also important to take care of yourself. I learned that the hard way.

My daughter is two, but I can still vividly remember being up at 4 a.m. for a feeding, starving and exhausted. I remember opening the refrigerator with one hand, the baby in the other, trying to figure out what I could eat that was actuall...

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Merav Benson

Forget the Casseroles...Top 5 Foods For a New Mom in the Grocery Freezer Section

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I heard lots of people tell me to “make lots of casseroles and freeze them” in anticipation of the baby. Well, after having been through it, I can tell you that a bunch of  casseroles are not the ideal way to get you through those first few months.

Issue 1: Casseroles are not so easy to eat while holding a baby. Trust me – try it.

Issue 2: You are up at all hours of the day… just having dinner in the freezer is not going to cut it. You’re going...

Posted on October 03, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Merav Benson

Singing the Praises of Trail Mix – Especially For New Moms

Having a baby can be extremely overwhelming. And it’s natural for us to think of the baby first and ourselves last. The irony is that we need to take care of ourselves so that we can be the best moms and dads!

When my daughter was first born, I can’t even tell you how many times I found myself starving at random hours in the day and staring at an empty refrigerator (when was the last time I was able to go grocery shopping or actually cook a meal??). What I’d end up doing is heading to ...

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Merav Benson