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The Busy Girl’s Guide to Having a Baby

  • November 30, 2014
  • By Brittany
The Busy Girl’s Guide to Having a Baby

Hey hey all!  Hope you are having a fabulous day as always.  Becoming a mom is definitely an amazing and life-changing experience.  So much is unexpected and it is both hilarious and terrifying at the same time.  Of course the baby snuggles are the best!

We hear over and over that every pregnancy and every baby is different and it is so true.  There is no one way to have a chid.  However, I think there are a few universal truths:

1.) You will be sleep deprived and exhausted.

2.) You will be on an emotional rollercoaster.

3.) You will not feel like doing anything besides chilling with the baby.

So while you are busy taking care of your baby, I’ve got a few suggestions for you on how you can make your life a little bit easier!  And, hey, maybe you don’t have a new baby, you are just a busy mom or working lady and need an extra hand.  These suggestions can work for you too!

1.) Freeze some meals.  I found that freezing a bunch of meals before the baby got here was so helpful so that I didn’t have to worry about what to make for dinner when I was exhausted and generally busy with the baby.  Plus, it’s nice to have some healthy options on hand so I’m not always ordering takeout.

2.) Have healthy snacks on hand. Breastfeeding makes me hungry all.the.time so I like to have snacks on hand.  I make sure when I do my shopping to stock up on snacks so when the hunger hits I can easily grab something.   I have a few healthy snacks that I typically enjoy and I also love Naturebox.

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3.) Delivery is your friend.  Let’s face it, babies need a lot of stuff: diapers, wipes, bottles and so much more.  Not to mention the fact that you still need things like paper towels and toilet paper.  I love and, which are basically online baby and pharmacy stores that offer free two day shipping with orders over $49.  It’s so easy, so convenient and they have plenty of brand options! 

4.) Do double duty.  Before having the baby I was concerned that I wouldn’t have any time for myself to workout.  The good news about babies is that they really don’t have much of an opinion on what you decide to do!  So I’ve been doing a little double duty by walking with the baby and doing a few squats while holding him.  I feel like I’m able to keep active without sacrificing any time with him.

5.) Try a meal prep delivery service.  Feeling ready to cook again?  Try one of these meal prep delivery services to help you get dinner organized.  They are great because the menu is set, you just choose what you want, the ingredients and the recipe are sent to you.  All you have to do is prep the food and cook it!  Most meals only take between 30-40 minutes and they taste great!


6.) Budget a housecleaner or gardener or someone to help you out.  Give yourself a little post-baby present, the gift of help.  Just having a few people around to take care of some chores while you are getting your bearings as a new parent can be really helpful. 

7.) Don’t worry so much.  It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with everything you have to do each day from taking care of the baby to yourself, the rest of your family and keeping the house clean.  Sometimes you just have to let things go.  Remember, this stage will not last forever and things will get easier.  So for now, just focus on enjoying time with your newborn.

8.) Download an app!  I use the BabyNursing app.  It is amazing!  It has an easy timer to record feedings and shows you all your feeds for the day.  You can also record diapers and pumping and so much more.  I actually use the medication portion to keep track of my own C-section meds and even was able to set a reminder telling me to take my meds.  I love this app because, quite frankly, when you are up in the middle of the night, it is hard to remember what has been happening! 

Like this post?  Check out my other Busy Girl’s Guides:

The Busy Girl’s Guide: The Best Meal Prep Services

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Snacking

The Busy Girl’s Guide: Stitch Fix

The Busy Girl’s Guide: The Best Online Workouts

Readers, how do you manage when you are really busy?  What is your favorite website for easy deliveries?  



By Brittany, November 30, 2014
  • Karen - Fit in France
    November 30, 2014

    Hope all is well ! Hope you had a great holiday with your new baby !

  • Kim
    November 30, 2014

    Some great tips – I need to check into a delivery service (not for diapers:) around here – that would save me a ton of time!!!

    • FitBritt
      December 4, 2014 is awesome for pharmacy type stuff. I use it all the time and they deliver nationally. The shipping is free over $49 and since I usually buy in bulk, it really works out. Probably would be useful for business as well!

  • Marielle
    November 30, 2014

    Awesome tips, it’s great to have somewhat of an idea on what to expect. I really like the idea of freezing meals and getting baby necessaties delivered…will keep those in mind!

    • FitBritt
      December 4, 2014

      Freezing meals has been a lifesaver! We have been slowly going through our fridge of frozen meals including breakfast items and it really relieves some stress!

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    December 1, 2014

    You are just… the bomb. Also, I have this image of someone holding their baby out in front of you as extra weight while they do squats, and it’s hilarious. I realize that’s not what you’re doing, but still. It’s funny. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessie
    December 1, 2014

    These are awesome tips. I’ve already started planning freezer-friendly meals for our when our girls arrive sometime in the next month – month 1/2.

  • Kris |
    December 1, 2014

    Cute tips, girl! Ahhh now it’s time this 33 year old has a BABY!! LOL!!


  • Jessica
    December 1, 2014

    Love this ๐Ÿ™‚

    I managed by telling myself to take it week by week (and sometimes day by day). Now that my baby is a month old I’m starting to notice how I progressed from doing absolutely nothing but wearing a nightgown and nursing her, to putting on pants for 2 hours and running a quick errand, to today, where I was up, writing, working, and doing chores, squeezing in a workout, and making a quick run to the grocery store, which resembles something much closer to my normal morning.

    That said, I am home for the rest of the day, hoping to get some work done at my computer but flexible if that doesn’t happen.

    How are you feeling these days, in terms of recovery?

    • FitBritt
      December 5, 2014

      I can’t believe Olivia is already one month!! Where does the time go?

      I’m feeling a lot better but unfortunately I’m at least two weeks away from a workout because of the surgery. Your routine sounds awesome! Some days we can make it work and others its a non-stop feeding, changing, burping, soothing session! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Emily R
    December 1, 2014

    What a great post =0)
    Meal prep on the weekends when my husband was home was a big help. I also left a list out on the kitchen counter and would write down every day necessities. We would then pick them up as a family on the weekend. It was easy to do things like run errands as a family as my son would sleep in the car seat the whole time or would love the motion of the stroller. It was also nice getting out and having the baby see the world and not just stay indoors ;0) I also would take close family members up on their offer to help out and any way possible, even if they would come over for just an hour.
    I hope your doing well with recovery, nursing and all the new change! Baby boy must be getting big and changing by the day?

    • FitBritt
      December 5, 2014

      He is! I need him to stay small forever! I like your tips. I definitely have been trying to get outside during the day but it is tough with this winter weather. Too bad I didn’t have a springtime baby! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    December 1, 2014

    don’t forget amazon mom! amazing!! You save $ with the subscribe and save feature too which kept me stocked with diapers and wipes that auto delivered even when I forgot and was on my last diaper! Such a life saver!!

    • FitBritt
      December 5, 2014

      Ohh I didn’t know about that! I’m currently doing a free trial of prime but maybe I should look into mom. I love not having to leave the house for all these essentials!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    December 2, 2014

    Look at you doing squats and long walks with baby already! You’re just fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚

  • GiGi Eats
    December 2, 2014

    My sister just revealed she is pregnant and due in June…. So I shall pass this along to her ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Holly
    December 7, 2014

    Your organization is amazing–take a page out of your own book now and chill with your adorable little guy! You deserve to do so!

  • catherine gacad
    December 12, 2014

    i’m all about outsourcing!

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