Before your little bundle of joy makes their appearance, there are a few things you may want to do in preparation, and that includes stocking your freezer and pantry. Having a baby is like preparing for a hurricane or tropical storm. You need to make sure you have plenty of food, water, toiletries, and other household necessities in case you are unable to make it to the grocery store or anywhere else for the next few weeks or months. To help make your return home from the hospital easier, it's a good idea to prepare some meals ahead of time that can be frozen and easily reheated in the oven later.
Some ideas of meals that freeze and reheat well: chili, spaghetti sauce, lasagna, and gumbo. These are all meals that can be made in large batches and frozen into smaller servings to be heated when needed. Just make fresh pasta or rice as needed.
One wonderful thing that has happened since my first one was born is the availability of curbside groceries. I can now order my groceries online, and my husband can pick them up on his way home from work. We have not set foot in the grocery store for months. This great service saves so much time, and I don't have to juggle two kids at the store anymore. So, I highly recommend this if it's offered in your area.
If curbside groceries haven't made it to your neighborhood yet, shopping might fall to your partner until you've recuperated, and you are comfortable enough to go to the store with your little one in tow. Family and friends may be willing to pick up some things on their way to come visit as well, and are always appreciated. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Most friends and family are more than willing to help.
So, make sure your house is prepped for your baby's arrival with all your favorite foods within easy reach. You got this Momma!