Getting Dinner on the Table When You’re A New Mom

Posted December 26th, 2012 by Lullabelly


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I’m going to let you in on a little secret. One of the biggest challenges of being a new mom is not waking up for the 2 A.M. feeding, wiping a dirty tushie, or soothing your crying babe. The hardest part of being a new parent is having no time to get a homemade meal on the dinner table.

Hopefully your friends and family will help with mealtime by dropping off pre-made dishes for you to reheat when baby is born. But when the deliveries and offers to help stop, you don’t want to be slaving over the stove when you should be resting or tending to your newborn.

There are a few alternative ways to serve your family healthy meals without spending hours in the kitchen.

Meal Assembly Stores – Take advantage of meal assembly stores, like Dream Dinners, who do all the work for you including menu planning and prep work. You’ll spend an hour or two at the store assembling meals (with their instructions) and all you have to do is store them in your freezer at home, defrost when you are ready to eat and follow the cooking instructions. You’ll get about a month’s worth of dinners out of your efforts, just be prepared to pay for all your meals upfront.

Online Menu Planners – There are a lot of online services where you can pay a small fee to download a monthly meal plan, like 5Dinnersin1Hour. Unlike the meal assembly stores, you shop for all of the ingredients yourself and spend an hour each week in your own kitchen prepping the meals. This type of service is a bit more hands on as it requires you to shop (but you can easily use Peapod to do the shopping for you). However this type of meal planning is a bit more affordable, as you are only paying for the menu and cooking instructions and can cost compare ingredients yourself.

Meal Delivery Services – These are typically local services that will do all of the prep and cooking for you. These types of services deliver a cooler packed with prepared fresh meals directly to your door. You just follow the step-by-step cooking instructions and dinner is on the table as easy as 1-2-3.

Plan Ahead – There’s no reason you can’t make a night’s meal last for two nights, or repurpose leftovers into another meal. Also, consider taking 2 hours each Sunday to prepare all your meals for the week. A little upfront organization can shave hours off your meal prep time each week.

Now if only you could find someone to deal with all that laundry piling up.


Money Saving Tips for the Thrifty Mama-To-Be

Posted December 18th, 2012 by Lullabelly


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There is no doubt about it, babies are expensive. However, having a newborn doesn’t have to push you over a fiscal cliff. Here are a few tips for shaving off some dollars those first few months.

Save Money on Dipes – Cloth diapering baby is always an economical (and environmentally friendly) way to go. But if a fluffy bum is not your thing, you can still find a way to save on disposables by buying generic diapers from any of the big box stores, or purchasing your stash at dollar stores.

DIY Wipes – Sure you can buy wipes in bulk and save a bit, but why not make your own wipes for even more savings. Moisten several small washcloths, towels or strips of fabric with a solution of soap and water. Fold them and store in an airtight container.

Hand-Me-Downs – Tap family and friends for hand-me-down duds and other essentials, or hit up websites and second hand shops that sell baby clothes, toys, books and other baby gear.

Enroll in Baby Clubs – If you create a registry with Target or Walmart you’ll be automatically enrolled to receive tons of coupons and product samples. Be sure to sign up for baby clubs at your local grocer, pharmacy or other retailers too for more coupon and savings opportunities.

Become a Coupon Queen – You’ve all seen Extreme Couponing and probably have been tempted to coupon yourself. Look for coupons on baby essentials like diapers, wipes, food and formula and stock up your family’s fridge with healthy, coupon’d items too.

What is your best kept money saving tip when baby makes three? Please share with the Lullabelly pregnancy music belt readers!

Should I Eat My Placenta?

Posted December 11th, 2012 by Lullabelly


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Mad Men actress, January Jones, did it. Babble blogger, Elizabeth Stark, did it too.  And many other mamas have eaten their placenta as a part of a post-natal regimen. Word on the street is that eating the placenta holds healing powers for postpartum depression and other post-baby health issues.

So, should you eat your placenta? Here are a few things you should keep in mind if you’re considering it:

  • The placenta is not technically part of a women’s body. It forms from the fertilized egg and grows in your uterus. It’s fetal tissue, rather than maternal tissue.
  • Eating the placenta is not a natural process for humans. While other mammals may consume the placenta, it’s more about the natural cleanup process rather than nourishment. Would you lick your baby clean after birth? Probably not. 
  • The placenta is a filter and contains toxins. One of the placenta’s jobs is to trap toxins and prevent them from going to baby. Also, after delivery, bacteria from the birth canal and baby’s waste cover the placenta. That doesn’t sound very appetizing in my opinion.
  • The placenta can rot just like a piece of meat. After birth, the placenta becomes dead tissue, just like a piece of meat left out on your kitchen counter. If you plan to eat your placenta, make sure that you refrigerate it  immediately and properly prepare it for consumption like you would a piece of meat.

The bottom line is that eating your placenta is your own personal choice. Some celebrities have taken on the task, while the majority of us firmly pass (your truly included!). So I ask all of you, would you do it? Did you do it? Do you wish you did it?

Pregnancy Exercise: Walk the Dog

Posted December 4th, 2012 by Lullabelly



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When you’re big, round and tired, finding the energy to workout or hit the gym can be tough. However, a new study finds that pregnant women are more likely to stick to an exercise routine with a little help from a furry friend: the family dog.

University of Liverpool researches found that pregnant women with dogs are 50% more likely to complete 30 minutes of exercise per day (the amount recommended by doctors) than those women without a furry friend.

Of course this makes a lot of sense. If you’ve got a dog, you know they need to be walked every day. Instead of leaving canine duties to your partner, why not seize the opportunity to get a little exercise and take Fido for at least one of his daily jaunts. Not only is walking the dog good for you, it’s good for your baby. 

Always remember to put your safety first when out walking the dog. 

  1. Make sure your dog is properly leashed when you take him out and you feel comfortable with the responsibility. A large or aggressive dog might cause you to fall and get hurt. 
  2. Be extra cautious in the winter months. If there is snow and ice, perhaps your partner should pick up the dog walking responsibilities on those days. You don’t want to fall and put your baby at risk.

Tip! Walking the dog can be a great time to strap on your Lullabelly musical belt and cue-up a good playlist for you and your little bun in the oven to hit the pavement to. Just keep the music low. 


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