16 Simple Meals to Make After Baby Arrives

Being a new mom is no joke, and the last thing you want to worry about is what’s for dinner. So, we’re here to help give you a few ideas. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, eat gluten-free or have no dietary restrictions, there’s something for everyone. With a range of meals that take (literally) ten minutes, or recipes that can be thrown in the slow cooker, you’re sure to find something that works for your family.

Without further ado, here are links to 16 simple meals to (have your partner) make after baby arrives:

For Vegans

For Vegetarians

If You’re Gluten Free

For the Omnivore

What are some of your favorite quick recipes? Share your picks in the comments below!

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Ways to Feel Better Prepared for Baby’s Arrival

You can only do so much planning for and scheduling around the arrival of your baby. Unless you have a scheduled C-section or induction, baby’s grand entrance will be a mystery and may leave you feeling a bit anxious.  Stories of babies coming early or late may leave you wondering how much time you actually have left to prepare, and how soon you need to get some things ready.

To help ease that feeling of uncertainty, here are some things you can do to help you feel better prepared for baby’s arrival.

Set up the crib or bassinet

Don’t leave things looming. Even if you think you have a few weeks, if having the crib unassembled is bugging you in the back of your mind just set it up. Knowing that you have a space for the baby all ready for them will give you a great sense of relief. Despite having a bit more decorating to do or some final touches to make on the nursery, having the basics of what the baby will need will help you relax and feel prepared for them to come home.

Make arrangements for your absence

If you have a pet, arrange for someone to come over and care for it while you’re in the hospital. Make freezer meals in advance or accept any offers to provide meals for you and your family. Hire a cleaning company and schedule cleanings for every few weeks after your due date. Start thinking of important things that need to get done after baby comes that you might not be able to do for a while, and get them all arranged. This will help you relax and rest easier while you’re recovering, and make you less anxious leading up to delivery.

Pack your bag

Again, if you start having that anxious feeling that it could happen anytime, just pack the bag. Even if you’re a few weeks away, it’s better to ease that anxiety and feel ready than have an unchecked mental to-do list bug you every day. Pack an outfit, a spare toothbrush, even headphones and a favorite book, or whatever else is on your list. Load it in the back of the car or keep it handy, but not in the way, so you can just go without thinking when it’s time.

Install the car seat

Installing the car seat could jar this sense of reality that it’s really happening, which is probably the best way to help you feel prepared.  After all, before your baby can’t sleep in the crib and you can’t enjoy the snacks you’ve stocked up on until you get the baby home.  Make sure to install it properly, and don’t hesitate to stop by your local fire station or police station where they can inspect the installation and show you proper safety protocols to follow.

What did you do to help prepare for the arrival of your baby? Did something particular help appease your anxiety? Share with us below!

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How to Design a Cute but Safe Nursery

Hours could be spent scouring Pinterest for ideas and inspiration for beautifully-decorated nurseries. As you consider each component of your baby’s nursery and pour your heart into each detail, consider these design ideas and, more importantly, these safety protocols to help you design a timelessly trendy yet safe and secure nursery for your baby to sleep and grow in comfort and style.

Opt for hand-crafted, durable furniture built to last

Real, solid wood and durable designs are trending right now as more people are viewing furniture as an investment. Nursery furniture is no exception. Not only is it more aesthetic, it’s also safer for baby. Composite, pressed, and other types of manufactured wood can contain formaldehyde, and can also be more prone to breaking or tipping.

Make sure that you anchor pieces of furniture that can be a tipping hazard, like dressers and wardrobes. Consider placing corner guards on low, sharp cornered furniture or fixtures such as fireplaces.

Create meaningful DIY projects

Putting the time and energy into handmade décor or furniture adds more meaning to your nursery and the memories made there. From a hand-painted crib and coordinating furniture to a custom painting, create a custom nursery just for your baby. As you begin these projects, make sure to use water-based paints that will be safe for your baby once the teething stage sets in.

As you hang artwork, consider using canvas materials rather than heavy frames to avoid injury or damage if they fall.

Create a comfortable feeding area

Choose a comfy chair with a cute, matching print where you can spend those late nights feeding in comfort. Place a table or small shelf nearby to hold supplies and a lamp, and consider an ottoman or foot rest for optimal comfort. A feeding area is a cozy addition to a nursery where you can feed your baby safely that will help avoid the temptation to bring the baby into your bed.

Remember to secure any electrical cords to the lamp or other devices safely out of baby’s reach. Similarly, place outlet covers over outlets not being used to prevent electrical accidents.

Crib design: go for simple

Not only are straight, simple lines trendy, but it’s also safer for your baby to keep it simple in the crib. The only things in the crib should be the mattress and a fitted sheet. Avoid the temptation to adorn the crib with cute pillows, animals, and blankets as these are a suffocation hazard.

The placement of the crib should also be considered, for design and safety purposes. Proximity to the changing table is convenient for those inevitable leaky-diapers, but should be safely away from the window so baby can’t reach any cords or curtains and pull them down.

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