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Good food shop for week 1 with a newborn

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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?!?

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


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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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