If you are in your third trimester and starting to plan for your baby’s arrival, you may be wondering what you can do to make things go a bit smoother once you have a newborn.
I did as much as I could before my baby was born to make the first few weeks easier. This included researching the best freezer meals for new moms and packing my hospital bag at around 35 weeks.
One of the best pieces of advice I got when I was pregnant was to prep for baby’s arrival by filling my freezer with easy meals that I could just throw in the oven or reheat and be done.
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I also made sure to stock up on some postpartum essentials to help me heal faster and I did little things like making sure all our bills were up to date.
I also applied for lots of free baby stuff like samples & nursing covers to help me out in the first few weeks. You should apply for these freebies sooner rather than later as some of them take a bit of time to arrive. You can get a full list of great free stuff for babies here.
Having a freezer packed with meals for the first month after baby’s arrival allowed to me to focus on other things like trying to find a solution to her colic without going completely crazy!
Tips For Creating Pre-Baby Freezer Meals
I found that the best freezer meals for new moms are the ones that are fully cooked before you freeze them. That way you can just reheat them, maybe add a salad and you are good to go.
1. Start Double Batching Now
What I found best was to cook big batches of tasty meals while I was still pregnant. I then froze half or more of each meal. This meant we could try out the meals beforehand so we knew we actually liked them and it also made the task of creating a month’s worth of meals a lot less daunting.
2. Freeze all meals in single serve portions
I froze some meals like lasagnas in huge foil trays but I found it easier to use the dinners that were already portioned out for me. It’s only my husband and I in the house and having smaller portions meant we could stretch out one large lasagna for a couple of weeks instead of defrosting it and having to use it all up.
I also found it easier in case we didn’t both fancy the same thing one night, we could pick and choose what we wanted out of the freezer.
3. Don’t forget about breakfast
As crazy as it sounds, a bowl of cornflakes is near to impossible to eat when you are balancing a tiny baby and trying to get them to breastfeed.
One-handed meals and snacks are ideal for breakfast. Think muffins, mini quiches and breakfast burritos that will fill you up and allow you to eat with one hand.
Supplies For Making Freezer Meals
Aluminum foil – wrap individual portions in foil before putting in the bags to avoid spoiling
Freezer-friendly Bento Box Containers – these are great for prepping meals so you can grab and go.
Aluminium baking trays with lids – These are perfect for baking and then freezing whole as they already have lids.
25 Delicious Freezer Meals For New Moms
The recipes below were all compiled from my favorite food blogs. They all have clear instructions and are perfect for freezing and eating later.
Taco Egg Muffins I call these little egg muffins “eggies” and they are perfect if you are following a Paleo or Keto diet as well as the 21 day shred. They are also easy to eat with one hand!
Mini Crustless Quiche Cups This is another version of eggies that you can have for a quick breakfast.
Low carb Protein Pancakes– My kids love green pancakes ever since I made them for St Patrick’s Day and these even have spinach!
Freezer Breakfast Burritos– perfect for a quick breakfast on the go. You can even eat them while babywearing.
Eggplant Chickpea Curry– This delicious curry is vegan and gluten free and packed with healthy foods for your postpartum recovery.
Crockpot Refried Beans – These make a great side dish for the enchiladas below.
5 Cheese Homemade Lasagna – This takes a bit more prep than some of the other recipes but it’s worth it!
Spinach Stuffed Shells – One of my favorite freezer meals for new moms as it’s easy to make, frugal and tastes fantastic!
Vegetarian Freezer Enchiladas – These enchiladas are gluten and grain free so perfect for allergies.
Lentil Quinoa Soup For Postpartum Mamas – A detox soup that is perfect for filling you up with nourishing good food while helping you lose the baby weight.
Child-Friendly Vegetarian curry – This is a mild curry that even children will love.
Black Bean Burritos – You can easily make these in the slow cooker.
3 Bean Chili – I love this hearty chili for cold fall days.
White Chicken Chili – You can make this chili in an instant pot or crockpot and it’s gluten free.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole This casserole is paleo and has bacon! Need I say more?
Crockpot Southwest Chicken – You can use this for tacos or burrito bowls as well as sandwiches.
Chicken Potpie– Freeze this pot pie filling then add to a frozen pie crust and bake when you are ready.
Crockpot Beef Stew – I love this stew because it uses simple pantry staples and taste amazing.
Hearty German Goulash – This is an authentic German or Hungarian goulash and you can make it in the slow cooker or stove top.
Swedish Meatballs – These are great for quickly defrosting and eating with salad or spaghetti.
Crockpot Taco Meat – Make up a batch of rice (freeze it) and make quick and easy taco bowls with beans and avocado.
Twisted Tuna Casserole – A homemade comfort food classic!
Jamie Oliver’s Fish Pie – This is a favorite in our house and it is so easy to make, unlike most fish pies.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Chili– this chili is perfect on its own or with crusty bread.
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