Empty Fridge and Potato Chips: Remembering the Early New Mom Days
Written by: Merav Benson
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 actually nutritious without risking even more crying by putting my baby down.
There wasn’t much in there, so I ended up heading to the pantry—for chips. (They are made from potatoes after all; maybe there is some residual nourishment?)
Take it from me: while your baby’s needs are important—car seats, strollers, onesies—take the time to get things ready for Mom and Dad. Beyond survival, we moms ideally want to breeze through those first few months eating healthy and feeling good about ourselves. To do that requires preparation. Make some space in your freezer and pantry and read on.
Food tips to prep for a new baby
- Make or stock up on some foods ahead of time.
Casseroles are great, but not the easiest to eat while holding your baby. Try to have foods on hand that are easy to eat!
- Buy: For the freezer, pick up veggie burgers, waffles, mini-calzones or mini quiches. For the fridge: cottage cheese, yogurt and hummus.
- Wraps that don’t leak or get soggy are great (e.g., hummus and veggie wrap), nutritious smoothies, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cut-up fruits and veggies—crank these out when the baby is sleeping and you’ll be set for the rest of the day. Or you can buy some pre-made.
- If you have tots at home, try mac and cheese muffins: just make your favorite mac and cheese recipe, bake them in muffin tins and freeze them. That way, you’ll have a meal everyone will love—and you can actually eat!
- Stock up on healthy snack foods that are easy to eat.
Don’t end up with a pantry full of only chips! With a new baby around, you’ve got to think beyond meal times since often you’ll be hungry at crazy hours.
- Some great snack foods to have on hand are trail mix, granola bars or mixed nuts; they are filling and give you energy.
- Since it’s hard to keep fresh fruit around when you’re not at the grocery store as often, try freezing bananas and putting them on a popsicle stick or freezing grapes so they last longer.
With some preparation, both baby and parents will be taken care of. Enjoy this wonderful time with your new baby!