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Meals to Deliver to a New Mom (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 27, 2010 @ 7:38 pm In Baby Stuff,URS | 59 Comments

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This week’s URS post is written by Rebecca who delivers some fanastic advice about how to bless your friends who are welcoming a new baby.

When our sweet baby boy was born five months ago we were thrilled that he was finally here, but also incredibly exhausted. One of the things that really helped us out during that time was having a great network of friends who brought us meals. Not having to think about what to make for dinner was wonderful! Who doesn’t love a free meal delivered to their door?!

I did learn some things throughout the process though, and decided to compile a list of tips that I wish I had known about when I’ve taken meals to friends, and which I definitely plan on implementing in the future. See below for my top five!

Leave the kids at home

This is not always convenient, I know! But, remember back to your crazy first few weeks home from the hospital? You didn’t want someone else’s kids running around your house. And even if you’re convinced that your kid isn’t sick, there is still a possibility that something could be spread, and who wants to take any chances around a newborn? I don’t! See if your husband will watch the kids while you take a little time to deliver the meal.

[5]Chicken and Wild Rice Bake [6]

Take food in disposable containers

You know, like Ziplocs or foil pans. Love those! They come in all shapes and sizes and are inexpensive enough that no one minds giving them away. Best of all, the new parents won’t have to worry about returning dishes!

Bring lots of food

Since you’re making dinner anyway, why not add a few more chicken breasts or some extra spaghetti and meatballs? I remember being so grateful that we had enough food not only for dinner, but for lunch the next day as well. It was one less thing to worry about, and as a nursing mom I was starving those first couple of weeks. Having extras was appreciated!

Arrive on time

As in, don’t bring dinner by at 8pm. I don’t know about you, but I like to eat a little earlier than that. If you find that your weeknights are just too busy to make an extra dinner, try taking a meal over on the weekend. Or, do your prep the night before and just assemble and deliver the next day.

Leave on time

There’s a lot to chat about, I know. After all, your friends just had a new baby, and you’re eager to hear all the details. But, keep in mind that they might be slightly exhausted (and hungry!). Now is not the time for a two hour visit. Ooh and aah over the baby, chat a little, and then politely excuse yourself and leave the family to enjoy the delicious meal you’ve just prepared!

– Rebecca is a new mom to the most amazing little baby boy on the face of the planet. She blogs about family life and frugal living at Raleigh Mommy [7], and is eternally grateful to the amazing friends that brought her all those wonderful meals!


Great advice, now bring on the food!

What are your favorite meals to take to a new mom?

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