Here are a few tips for ensuring good nutrition for your whole family:
- If you’re not much of a chef, use your baby shower or registry as a time to communicate that food would be appreciated. Many families find an organization tool like Meal Train to be helpful in planning. This website ensures you get food when you need it and a variety of meals.
- Ask your friends and family to bring food, not gifts. When your loved ones come to visit the new baby and ask how they can help, be honest -- ask for them to bring you dinner or lunch. Again, it doesn’t have to be homemade, and having someone else do the work of the meal makes it more likely that you will actually get a chance to eat it.
- Eat when the baby eats. Much like the old adage to sleep when the baby sleeps, this can be harder to do than it seems. But when you are feeding the baby -- whether breastfeeding or bottlefeeding -- it can be a chance for you to refuel too. Have healthy snacks, like dried fruit and nuts, breakfast bars, or a cup of yogurt near the place you typically feed the baby so it is handy when you sit down. It may be tricky at first, as you and the baby are learning together how to feed him, but as you get the hang of it, it’s a great time for you to snack.
- Feed your older children when the baby eats. Providing snacks for older siblings while you are feeding the baby can incorporate them into the baby’s new routine and help them to feel included.
- If financially possible, consider using services that help deliver food to your home. Grocery delivery can be a lifesaver, and many large grocery chains now offer that option. Similarly, there are full meal delivery services -- such as Blue Apron, Plated, and Galley -- that bring you all the ingredients you need or even deliver homemade meals. There are also services like Mamma Munchies and Nature Box that deliver healthy snacks to have on hand.