One of the best pieces of advice I got while pregnant was to make freezer meals before baby comes. I was told I would not have time to cook the first few weeks or months and boy were they right. So luckily I listened and I made freezer meals before my baby arrived.
Freezer meals were so helpful the first time around that I made even more before my 2nd baby was born. More importantly, I made meals for after maternity leave when I went back to work. The reason being it was even harder to find time to cook while working full time with a baby. For more on what to expect when returning back to work after maternity leave click here.
So add making freezer meals before baby comes to the top of your baby to-do list. Get everything done on your baby planning list so your last month of pregnancy you can focus on making freezer meals before baby comes. You will for sure thank yourself later.
Tips on How to Make Freezer Meals Before Baby Comes
When you mass make freezer meals before baby, put them all in tin disposable containers with covers. This way you can toss the pan once you are done with it. It saves on doing dishes and not having your bake/cookware available. Put a cover on and write on the cover what the meal is, the date it was made, and the heating instructions. This way you don’t have to check the recipe book or explain directions to someone else later.
Also, while making freezer meals I would typically make them in bulk. This means I would make 3 batches of the same meal. Usually we would eat one for supper that day and then freeze the other two. While you have the pans, bowls, and utensils out for a specific meal it is a time saver to make multiples of that meal.
Pick Good Freezer Meal Options
First, when deciding what would be a good freezer meal to make, be sure it is a meal that freezes and reheats well. Some things do not taste as well or get a funny texture if they are frozen and reheated.
Second, incorporate healthy food options into your freezer meals. Lots of vegetables freeze well and are good add in to just about any soup or casserole.
Third, the freezer meal should be easy to eat and something you can eat while holding or feeding a baby. My prime time to eat was while I was nursing. This meant I had to eat one handed. Some of the hardest things to eat while nursing were soups and salads. So be conscious of this when deciding your freezer meal menu.
Next, if you are going to eat something more difficult, use a large serving spoon instead of a fork or tea spoon. This decreases the chance of food falling off the utensil. Also, it is easier if you have to eat with your non-dominant hand.
Lastly, make sure if you are eating something runny out of a bowl to have a plate underneath. A plate makes the bowl sturdier and gives some extra space for spills and accidents.
Items That Generally Freeze Well
Some foods freeze better than others. When you are making freezer meals before baby, try the following foods for best results.
- Meats (like chicken, beef, pork)
- Baked goods
- Shredded cheese
Items That Don’t Generally Freeze Well
On the other hand there are foods that do not freeze as well. Try to avoid using these a large amount of these foods as they generally do not freeze well and can ruin your meal.
- Water based sauces or creams
10 Great Freezer Meal Ideas to Make Before Baby Comes
Most of these freezer meal ideas have a wide variety and different options or ways of making them. This way you won’t get bored eating the same freezer meal over and over.
- Lasagna (beef, chicken, taco)
- Shredded bbq beef, pork for chicken for buns
- Casseroles (tator tot, tuna, chicken, breakfast, etc)
- Taco meat (beef, chicken or pork)
- Sloppy Joe meat for sandwiches
- Grilled Chicken breasts
Final Thoughts on Making Freezer Meals Before Baby Comes
If you are pregnant make at least 10 freezer meals before baby arrives. Making healthy freezer meals before baby comes will save you from being overwhelmed later. The last thing you will want to do when your precious baby arrives is spend time cooking and preparing meals. Use these tips and tricks above to make some healthy freezer meals before baby comes today.