How to Cook HEALTHY meals with a CRYING BABY!

Rose - posted on 12/22/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Aloha Mom's out there. Cooking is an art to me as I take pride in a healthy lifestyle. With that said, making three healthy meals a day seems to be impossible. I have a 7 month old 20 pound baby who only spends small increments of time in his play pen or bouncy seat. I was baby wearing for awhile but I notice it hurt my knees, back and pelvis. Even so, I can't wear him when I'm chopping vegetables as it is dangerous.. My question is this, how on earth do I get anything done in the kitchen with a crying baby and without taking all day OR self sacrificing. I have time to cook breakfast, but not dinner. I find it very hard to work when he's crying in my ear and whimpering. I don't want to damage him or make him feel anxious by not picking him up. So I pick him up and sometimes just fore go meals for myself all together. Some mom's have told me to just allow him to cry but I can't do that, literally, I start dropping things and burning my food. Now with making his home made baby food I am taking more time in the kitchen.. Solutions please! :)

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Katherine - posted on 12/24/2013

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Have you tried using a slower cooker? This works well for me. I cook for the week on Sunday mornings when my husband is home to help with the baby. I cook 2-3 big meals and freeze some for later in the week. That way all I have to do on weekdays when I get home from work is heat up what is already cooked. It's been a life saver for us! And when my son was old enough to eat table food, he LOVED the slow cooker meals because everything was very tender and easy for him to eat.

Shawna - posted on 12/23/2013

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Let him have a place in your kitchen that is safe people say pots and pans but mine loves my doors that I keep my plastic tuberwear in and yes it's another thing to clean up but believe me it is worth it

Chet - posted on 12/23/2013

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In addition to what others have said... we often used a Jolly Jumper in the kitchen doorway. That worked. I'd also sit the baby on the counter in a seat so they could watch me. I realise this isn't recommended, but I felt comfortable doing it.

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find something to distract him. At that age I would put my daughter in her highchair so she could watch me and not get hurt. Also try making something simple for supper if it's just for you. I lived on spaghetti for a bit and now that my daughter loves playing with the pots I can make different things. Having him whimper and be able to see you won't damage him. Just keep talking. I will tell my daughter that mommy needs to cook now. We need supper and mommy needs to make it. I did the I can't cook and starve myself trust me it just equals a very unhappy mom after a few months. Can you put things in the pots stir it. Walk away from it for a few to talk to him. YOu get to make a decent meal and he learns that mommy has to tend to the food but she will always come back. My daughter loves to play cook from watching me cook all the time.

Pradnya - posted on 12/23/2013

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oh ya and i make home made baby food too . So that i do at one single time while making my breakfast . organise everything at night and make all her four meals in one go in morning . My husband helps in making some before going to work . Especially the purees of fruits and all .

Pradnya - posted on 12/23/2013

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hi rose , i was or should i say still am in the same situation. My baby is 9 months old . I tried holding her and cooking but now that she is big she just want to touch evrything . . Which is scary . I usually cook in instlalments . . . whenever she is ready to sit in bouncy chair i do chopping . . .then when she takes nap do cooking . I usually do all the major cooking when my husband comes home . So while he plays with the baby i finish cooking . Sometimes my baby doesnt let me cook at all so now adays i cook meals in advance . . .as in i cook in eve for the next days lunch n dinner . So even if my baby doesnt allow me to cook during the day at least two meals r ready for that day . I hope once my lilltle one is older i will get more time to do . Take care

Aziza - posted on 12/22/2013

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Hi Rose, You really need someone's help. Ask your husband, sister or anyone to help you either in the kitchen on with the baby. I experienced the same. When there was nobody at home to help me, I waited until my baby sleeps. So while she was sleeping, I prepared everything in the kitchen. And sometimes I work with one hand :) the second hand is lifting the baby.

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