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Planning with Kids: A Guide to Organising the Chaos to Make More Time for Parenting by Nicole Avery

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Part II: Ages and stages

Chapter 4: Navigating with a new baby

When you’re having your first baby, there’s time to prepare and plan for the new arrival. (Thankfully, babies give you a bit of notice that they’re on their way!) As you have more children, daily life can often already be busy, leaving little time to prepare for a new baby. However, I’ve found taking even a small amount of time to prepare yourself and your family pays great dividends in the long run.

As I worked four days a week until a month before the birth of my second child, I didn’t spend much time at all on getting organised. I didn’t have a freezer stocked with meals, or menu plans prepared to get me through the blur that is the initial few weeks with an infant. We coped ...

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