… without taking food! That’s my rule. It works for me both as the giver and the recipient. I do not know a more thoughtful gift for an exhausted mom who is focused on tiny fingers and toes, uncomfortable afterpains, umbilical cord care, and swollen, leaky breasts (and bottom – ouch)… and especially for moms who are trying to care for other little people in the house in addition to the new baby. New moms need food!
In my kitchen, I try to keep frozen meals and treats ready to go for mom/baby homecomings. Babies don’t always enter the world at the most convenient time, but I want to be prepared to bless the family with food when they do! For the occasions that I don’t have a meal ready, I do keep handy plenty of staples that make a meal come together quickly. (There is no running to the store here… it’s 15 miles away.)
Here are some of the things I’ve either taken to families or been the grateful recipient of:
- sloppy joes
- breakfast casserole and muffins
- brown bag burritos (When I hadn’t yet visited my sister-in-law after she was home with her third boy, she called and jokingly demanded “I had a baby! Where are my burritos?!”)
- meatballs and cheesy potato casserole
- chicken and rice casserole
- hamburger quiche
- baked spaghetti
- meat loaf
- fresh fruit (My favorite! After I have a baby, I’m not up to eating a full meal for a few days. Healthy, handy snacks are a treat!)
For families with older children, it’s nice to take some kid-friendly “fun food.” Kids love the having their own stash (and they get excited to see something for them and not the baby!), and moms appreciate the ease of appeasing their brood’s hunger.
- juice boxes
- cookies (I make a big batch of dough and freeze dough balls to bake fresh when I need them.)
- granola bars
- pigs in a blanket (scroll down for recipe)
When organizing the food in your kitchen, make room for meals to bless new families. It works for me! Visit Rocks in My Dryer to delve into other bloggers’ kitchen organization tips!