Group Forum: How do you find time to cook?

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Posted: 09 Nov 2011, 12:57
My baby is 19 weeks old now, and I'm struggling to find time enough to prepare healthy meals. I manage breakfast by waking up before her, but lunch and dinner are hard. She just doesn't want to be put down long enough for me to cook. Any suggestions?

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Posted: 10 Nov 2011, 15:07
A couple of suggestions, try all or a few. Smile 1. Get help from your family and your husband. 2. Try putting baby in a sling when it is safe to do so and when you are say at the stove, use a swing. 3. Make meals ahead of schedule and freeze or get really creative about having things precooked or precut for salads. 4. Remember that baby will only be this small for really a short time and treasure it. In a year, she/he will be running around and won't have time to be held by mommy! Smile

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Posted: 15 Nov 2011, 14:46
With my 1st I would cook during her afternoon nap...even though that meant dinner was cooked at 3. And now that I have 3 littles at home (1mo, 2yr, and 4yr) I am definitely cooking around 3-330. I also make enough so that there are leftovers for hubby and I both for lunch. This way I don't have to think about lunch. It's challenging but it does get easier. I also find that meal planning (weekly for me) helps make it go faster. Some people just cook the same meals over and over.

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Posted: 09 Jun 2012, 00:55
I'm right there with you. My LO is 20 weeks and he's a handful. Until this week he was still up every 3 hours nursing, so finding time to cook, to workout, to do anything besides be with him has been difficult. I'm also having a hard time finding motivation. Now that he's sleep training, I'm hoping I will have more energy to walk, shop for healthy foods and to actually cook! One thing at a time. Tonight for instance I went grocery shopping at 830 when my hubby came home from work and had very little, but enough energy to put a few things together for my lunch tomorrow. Dinner on the other hand will be my next challenge. At least I have

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Posted: 11 Jun 2012, 11:21
I COMPLETEY agree with TamaraTurkai!! I not only have a new LO but also a 3 1/2 YO running around constantly demanding my attention & time too (still potty training too). I LOVE the mornings before everyone else wakes up. I put together various meals for the rest of the week......put casseroles together & put in the freezer, get out the crock pot & make a LARGE pot of stew or something like that, get hubby to help when he can, etc. Pre-slicing, dicing, chopping, cooking, etc. REALLY helps meal times go faster. We buy ground beef in bulk and cook it all up at once & freeze in in 1 pound increments. It's ready to go with only 3 minutes on defrost in my microwave while other things are cooking (noodles, etc.). We do the same with onions: dice & sautee & freeze in 1 cup increments.
We do it all while kids are sleeping / napping.

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Posted: 27 Aug 2012, 23:45
I have a swing in the kitchen where I put my 5 month old, my daughter usually is pretty good keeping herself busy by coloring or running around with the cat, I nurse the baby then cook, he is the happiest after he's been fed.

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Posted: 14 Nov 2012, 10:23
Have you tried babywearing? My son is almost 10 months and I wear him in a back carry. Some days it's the only way he naps and I get things done. I highly suggest it, it's a life saver.
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Posted: 01 Dec 2013, 13:23
My twins are now 6mo and I too wear one child sometimes while the other naps. Often I buckle them into a swing, high chair, or a portable bassinet facing me from the kitchen entry way. Life is slowly getting easier and ever day I find a little more time reterning.

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Posted: 01 Sep 2014, 13:30
The freezer is your friend. If you prepare foods in bulk, you can freeze the leftovers. Also, I use a manual processor; it saves a lot of time cutting vegetables.
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