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Good food shop for week 1 with a newborn

(40 Posts)
fanjobiscuits Fri 05-Jul-13 21:39:13

Am creating an online shopping list for week one with our first, whenever they decide to arrive. So when we get back home, we can just click 'go'. What should I put on it? I am thinking healthy tasty and easy to eat. So far I have:

Chocolate (!)
Fizzy water
Orange juice
Nice squash
Tinned fruit
Tinned tuna
Peanut butter
Nuts and raisins

What else?!?

KFFOREVER Fri 05-Jul-13 21:44:27

You need quick and easy meals ok maybe not healthy but pizzas etc for the oven. Jacket potatoes for quick easy meal. Dont forget cereal for lunchtime breakfast. Trust me when you have a newborn you wont even have the time or energy to even click 'go'. Oh and congratulations.

mrspaddy Fri 05-Jul-13 21:47:35

Fairy non-bio

Can you make a few dinners and freeze now.. like curries or chilli and then buy express rice...

I am no expert.

Gonnabmummy Fri 05-Jul-13 21:48:06

Soup tinned or cup of soups maybe a couple of noodley type things fast and surprisingly filling smile. Beans for beans on toast or with a j.pot.
Salad boxes or pasta the pre made types ready to eat.
Congratulations! flowers

mamij Fri 05-Jul-13 21:56:05


Here are a few ideas:
Carrot sticks
Rice cakes
Fruit and nut muesli bars
Part baked baguettes - just 10 mins in the oven for a quick, fresh bread!

LizTerrine Fri 05-Jul-13 21:56:50

I ate my own body weight in quiche this time round. With some salad-y bits - quick, healthy, tasty and good for the coming heat wave.

MonstersDontCry Fri 05-Jul-13 21:57:18

Cereal bars or other 'snacky' things you can just grab and eat one handed?

Jollyb Fri 05-Jul-13 21:58:06

Bananas, chocolate biscuits and Sainsbury's Indian ready meals. I

madamecake Fri 05-Jul-13 21:58:45

Definitely don't worry too much about healthy for the first few weeks. Go for quick, easy food that can be eaten one handed!
Pasta or gnocchi with a ready made pasta sauce (or you could make sauce now and freeze).
As KFFOREVER said, pizza is good!
Stir fries - buy the pre prepared packs of veg and noodles.
Nice bread and easy sandwich fillings.

I will try and have a think of what we've been eating for the past few weeks (dc2 is 6 weeks old!).

TangfasticMrFoxalastic Fri 05-Jul-13 22:12:30

What about getting a cheap slow cooker? Pre-prepared veg etc with pre-diced meat, chuck it all in and come back a few hours later

Have you got a Cook near you? They do individual meals or a weekly batch. That's where my shopping will be smile

Prune yoghurts and granola to get everything going nicely blush
Pate if you missed that
Cereal bars/bananas for when you are up feedig in the middle of the night and STARVING
Good luck

MalcolmTuckersMyHero Fri 05-Jul-13 22:32:37

Another vote for cereal bar type things for a quick fix, particularly in the middle of the night. If you're hoping to BF, some fruit juice to add to or supplement your water intake (prepare yourself for a thirst you never knew!). Berocca and rehydration salts may also be a good idea if it stays hot. And something you deprived yourself of during pregnancy that you really missed. I ate my bodyweight in blue cheese and really rare steak after DS was born. Good luck

MortifiedAdams Fri 05-Jul-13 22:36:43

Little cartons of juice with a straw. No worrying about leaving them lying around, easy to drink, no washing up.

Ready meals. We didn't stock up on these and ended up having take away for about ten nights out of the first two weeks blush

WouldBeHarrietVane Fri 05-Jul-13 22:40:12

Herbal tea - fennel is good for increasing bm supply and for reducing baby's wind. Camomile is good too.

Cashew nuts - easy to eat and good for you

Yoghurt ditto

Anything (like the above) that you can eat with one hand.

MissStrawberry Fri 05-Jul-13 22:40:54

You need to book in advance if you want the food to come soon after baby and you return home. Maybe click 'go' before you leave for the hospital wink or just book the food to come a few days before your due date.

Xmasbaby11 Fri 05-Jul-13 23:02:10

Cereal bars
easy savoury meals, eg quiche, jacket potatoes, salad

List is good so far!

Rockchick1984 Fri 05-Jul-13 23:25:34

Filled pasta
Lasagne / ready meal pasta bake type things
Slow cooker meals - throw mince and a jar of chilli sauce in first thing, micro rice at tea time (not spicy though if breastfeeding!)
Sandwich filler type things - once DH went back to work he would make buttys for his lunch and also make me some so I didn't need to remember to eat!
Jacket potatoes, can be thrown in the oven and left for ages so no worries about burning them if you are mid fees when they are ready smile

LadyFlumpalot Sat 06-Jul-13 04:21:07

Bananas and strawberries. A smoothie maker or cheapy hand blender if you don't have one. I lived on fruit smoothies and toast for a week.

Tea bags/coffee
Ice cream!

Practical stuff

Extra breast pads and industrial strength sanitary towels, you do not want to run out of either in the middle of the night accidentally. Trust me. Cotton wool does not work as an alternative. confused

Sunnysummer Sat 06-Jul-13 04:37:34

Anything you can eat with a spoon... It's the safest thing when you have a small fragile head permanently attached to your chest, either feeding or asleep :-) I made lots of soups to freeze, but actually preferred things like stews and lasagne, again due to the ease-of-spilling issue. Also, things that are comforting to snack on and feel like a well deserved treat at 5am... I loved nut bars and yoghurt pots. I also ended up buying quite a few BPA-free water bottles, so that I could gulp water no matter where we ended up feeding.

Of course you may be as lucky as my big sis, and have a baby who sleeps calmly in his bassinet 18 hours a day and needs to be woken for feeds, in which case you won't need to worry at all!

Congratulations and good luck smile

Make everyone who comes to visit bring you a meal!

Brugmansia Sat 06-Jul-13 05:21:39

I ate huge bowls of yoghurt and muesli - healthy, filling and easy to eat one handed while breast feeding.

dinkystinky Sat 06-Jul-13 05:47:02

Fresh fruit for bf snacks - one handed food and keeps you regular. Dried apricots and dates good for snacking too.

Extra nappies and washing stuff - you'll get through more than you could believe possible in the first couple of weeks.

Pitta bread, houmous, ham, salad bits, dips - all good quick nutritious lunch foods.

GeordieCherry Sat 06-Jul-13 05:57:17

Cereal bars & bread for toast. Hard to eat cereal one-handed

If you want to go healthier, choose those Nakd bars. Oh, & it's entirely possible (with a large enough mug) to drink a tin on fruit salad wink

Congratulations too! thanks

SkiBumMum Sat 06-Jul-13 07:00:38

My top tip is fresh chocolate milk. It's packed with protein and calories and gives a massive energy boost fast. DH runs marathons - it is his recovery drink of choice and he made me drink gallons.

Second the one handed thing.

I lost a lot of blood and was anaemic. DM arrived with her slow cooker and pounds of diced beef from her favourite farm shop grin

YY to chocolate. Bars of plain simple Cadbury's for midnight feasts

Moist Andrex/loo roll is great if you have stiches / helps you feel fresher.

Good luck!

2blessed Sat 06-Jul-13 07:25:12

Yogurt, granola, tinned fruit, baked beans, crackers/biscuits for cheese and a drum of vanish for any poo explosions...

fanjobiscuits Sun 07-Jul-13 00:16:09

This is brilliant, thanks all! (and making me hungry!)

curlew Sun 07-Jul-13 00:19:39


WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 07-Jul-13 06:53:42

Btw worth looking at what bf / postnatal essentials your online supermarket does. After a few weeks I added a few more maternity pads and some breast pads to my Internet shop (the lansinoh ones were amazing), along with another tube of the lansinoh nipple cream that you don't need to wash off before feeding. Had some in before the birth as well. also lots of nappies and wipes.

LizTerrine Sun 07-Jul-13 07:34:11

Just to clarify - spicy food is fine when breastfeeding! Or if you've one of the rare babies for whom it's not, they will soon let you know smile.

craftycottontail Sun 07-Jul-13 08:19:59

My DS is 6 weeks old - I found the first two weeks normal food wise as DH did all the cooking and could cut up food for me or feed me while I fed DS!

It's week 3 onwards you really need to think about when you don't have extra hands. I'm still figuring out how to make proper meals on my own! But I do sometimes make a packed lunch to stick in the fridge for me at the same time as DH/me making his for work, then at least I have a sandwich I can grab at some point in the day. Sso plenty of bread and sandwich fillings for our shopping list!

Sheshelob Sun 07-Jul-13 08:24:12

Pâté to fend off anaemia. Get the good stuff, though. My mum got in a load of cheap stuff - think 80s packed lunch, white-bread sandwiches - and it started to smell like cat food to me after three days of eating it.

Fresh, stuffed pasta is also a winner.

And custard creams, of course.

Fakebook Sun 07-Jul-13 11:11:16

Definitely apricots and I found snickers really helped boost my energy levels with the chocolate and nuts. I had a stash of nature valley cereal bars in my bedside drawer. Also invest in a jug with a lid for night time thirst. I lived on Ribena for the first month with both babies.

I'd also make and freeze soups and curries and pasta sauces now so you can just boil rice/pasta and defrost from the freezer.

Parsnipcake Sun 07-Jul-13 11:17:43

I live on filled pasta, quiche, new potatoes and salad, innocent veg pots, various eggs, fruit salad and sushi. I have a graze box a couple of times a week, and I keep one in my changing bag.

Chocotrekkie Sun 07-Jul-13 11:19:40

Biscuits/ cakes for visitors.

Nice cold drinks for you.

Thermal mug for keeping your drink warmer for longer was a god send for me. You can also ask visitors to make you on their way out.

Chocotrekkie Sun 07-Jul-13 11:22:22

Also long life uht milk is great to have in for coffee/tea.

lightrain Sun 07-Jul-13 11:25:48

Agree biscuits and cake for visitors. I appreciated nice ready meals first week post birth, you're knackered so it's nice to nit gave to bother but feel that you're having a little treat by eating 'finest' whatever.

TheFallenNinja Sun 07-Jul-13 11:33:56

Nothing that goes off quickly or needs anything more than opening to be edible. smile

bunchofposy Sun 07-Jul-13 15:00:08

Squash! A big bag of nuts and fruit kept me going during breastfeeds too.

RNJ3007 Sun 07-Jul-13 15:11:05

One handed foods - nakd bars, granola bars, bananas, grapes, dried fruit. Cartons of juice, a couple of water bottles with a straw or sports top - one for side table in lounge, one for next to bed, one for changing bag.

We bulk cooked in advance - lasagne, burritos, quiche, pasta bakes, chili, curry and risotto.

After that, the slow cooker was essential as I could add things to in the morning and then stir when I went to get drinks.

This time we'll do the same, plus we bought bulk bags of spelt pasta, brown rice, risotto rice, lentils, spelt pizza bases, tomato purée and pasata for easy meals, and shelf stable soya cream, alpro desserts, stock pots etc for easy meals without much forethought! Couple of weeks before due date will buy and freeze casserole beef, some mince, chicken and roots veggies that I can prep and bag and freeze for easy stews/roast veggies post baby.

I also have friends who have promised me baked goods like home made Danishes and snack bars to keep me going!

BettyFlutterbly Sun 07-Jul-13 22:39:07

Plenty of fruit to make sure you don't get constipated! Someone gave us a huge fruit basket when we were in the hospital and it was so nice and fresh.
Freeze healthy homemade pasta sauces and then you can make huge big bowls of gnochi or pasta with tuna and sauce.

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