The thought of cooking a ton of food in one go can be intimidating, but batch cooking is a lifesaver, especially when you're getting ready to welcome your newborn into the world. You'll thank yourself later!
Here are a few simple steps to follow to get started:
Step 1: Plan out your meals. Choose recipes that are easy to make in large quantities, and make a list of all the ingredients you will need.
Step 2: Go grocery shopping. Try to do this a few days before you plan to start cooking, so you have everything you need on hand.
Step 3: Set aside a block of time to cook. Depending on how much you want to make, you may need several hours or even a full day to get everything done. Consider getting the help of a friend or family member to make it more fun!
Step 4: Cook in batches. Prepare one recipe at a time, and portion it out into individual servings. Use freezer-safe containers or bags, and be sure to label everything with the name of the dish and the date it was made.
Step 5: Freeze your meals. Once everything is cooked and portioned out, place the containers in the freezer. They will keep for several months, so you can have a variety of meals ready to go whenever you need them.
By following these steps, you can create a stockpile of nutritious, homemade meals that will make the first few weeks with your newborn a little bit easier!
Decluttering your home can sound like a daunting task, especially when you're expecting a newborn! But it's easier than you think to get your home ready for your newest addition.
Here are some steps to follow to declutter before baby arrives:
Step 1: Choose two or three rooms that you frequent most often (most likely this will be your living room, kitchen and bedroom).
Step 2: Start by noticing where things tend to pile up. For me, that’s always been around the kitchen bench. Find a new place for these items to go so they stop piling up!
Step 3: Let’s “Marie Kondo” your stuff! Let’s clear out what you don’t need or want anymore! Go through each drawer, cabinet and shelf and ask yourself, “Do I still need/want this item?”
Step 4: Make 3 piles, “Keep, Donate, Toss” and put everything into 1 of those piles.
Step 5: Organise the “keep” items, throw away the “toss” items (or recycle if possible) and give away the “donate.”
I love to de-clutter regularly, as it can get out of control so quickly! Even if it’s just a drawer or the kitchen bench, I always feel SO much better when I declutter my space. It is always worth the effort for me!
Turn on some music and make it fun! Ask a friend to come over and help.
By following these simple steps over the course of just a few days or a weekend, you can quickly create a stress-free and comfortable newborn-ready environment in your own home. Trust me! You're going to need the extra room.
You’re likely already thinking about things like diapers, wipes, bottles, etc.
But have you considered stocking up on regular household items like paper towels, toilet paper, dishwasher soap...?
My best tip would be to do a small stockpile of these regular items. You could also setup an order of milk or other essentials from a local shop like Wilsons fruit & veg, to keep you from running out those first few months with your newborn!
A baby care basket, or sometimes called a “downstairs” basket is a lifesaver those first few weeks home with a new baby.
Oftentimes, you’re in one space with the baby for most of the day and find yourself “trapped” under a sleeping baby without the supplies you need!
A baby care basket can solve that for you. Basically, it’s a container you can keep in each room of the house that has all the essentials for baby so you’re not running around from room to room getting the things you need.
Usually, the baby care basket includes nappies, wipes, burp cloths, extra clothes, pacifiers, and anything else you might need for the baby frequently.
I also like to think about including things for mumma like nipple cream, breast pads, lipgloss, etc.
In addition to keeping you from running from room to room, a baby care basket will help you stay organised and keep your home clutter free. You can just bring it along with you or leave it near your favourite spot.
Maybe this is important to me because I’m a photographer, I don’t know 😉
but lighting is one I don’t see talked about too often!!
Proper lighting can help create a calm and comfortable atmosphere for both you and your baby.
First, look at the rooms you’ll spend the most time in (typically kitchen, living room, bedrooms). You'll want to consider the type of lighting you have in each room.
● Do you want to add lamp options (yes, even in the kitchen)?
● Under cabinet lights?
● How about a dimmer switch for the overhead lights?
● What about small wall plug in lights to help light the way in the halls for
the middle of the night?
The right lighting can help frustrating or overly stimulating situations feel much more calm and peaceful.
We found that the additional of salt lamps & lower light options was so much calmer than our harsh overhead lighting, which when in our arms, bubs was looking straight up into! It made our whole home feel so much calmer.
We also found the addition of a night light was just enough to change & feed bubs without waking us up too much.
Finally, safety is also a consideration when it comes to lighting. Make sure that all cords and outlets are safely tucked away and secured to prevent tripping or electrical hazards.
Of course we’re thinking a lot about how to prepare for the baby, but don’t forget about yourself!
Preparing your wardrobe for the first 2-3 weeks postpartum is an important step in getting ready for the arrival of your new baby.
Comfort and functionality are key during this time! You'll want to focus on loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that can accommodate changes in your body shape and allow for easy breastfeeding access if you plan to breastfeed.
Consider investing in a few nursing bras, loose-fitting pants or leggings, and comfortable tops that are easy to pull up or down. Some women also find it helpful to have a couple of nursing-friendly dresses on hand for a dressier option. I found a singlet under any loose fitting top, gave easy access, without having to reveal everything. Especially with all the guests in those early days!
Another thing to keep in mind is that you will likely still be bleeding for a few weeks, so having a few pairs of comfortable and absorbent underwear or postpartum pads on hand is a good idea.
Remember, the key to preparing your wardrobe for the first few weeks postpartum is to prioritise comfort and practicality. By doing so, you can focus on bonding with your new baby without worrying about your clothing or physical discomfort!