(Closed) Cooking Dinner for New Parents

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Food is always welcomed!  You could always drop off a home cooked meal the first week and then actually visit a week or so later.  Otherwise, the 2nd week is probably a great time to visit with food.  For some of my friends, people have set up food delivery calendars online and sent out to the couple’s friends so people could take different types.  We usually use http://www.mealtrain.com.  

Post # 4
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it’s a great idea!  I know a few people that have given the family casseroles and easy to heat up stuff right after they got home from the hospital, so they would have something to heat up easily!  It’s very nice of you!

Post # 5
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

When our close friends had a baby a while back, we asked them what they wanted us to bring (boyfriend at the time was a chef) – they asked for sushi and beer! 

Since youre close with them, tell them “I want to come over on X day and bring you guys dinner. I’ll do whatever you’d like, just let me know what you’re up for”

Post # 6
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

A tray of something or casserol would be a life-saver for them!  Maybe a lasagne?


Post # 7
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I would only do this is if you know they are not picky eaters.

I know a lot of times people do this with really good intentions and the food ends up going to waste. I would make maybe one pretty generic dish (a noodle with sauce and garlic bread for example) and then give a gift card to a a place they could order in.

It is really nice that you are thinking of doing something for your friend!

Post # 8
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

All of my friends with new babies LOVE this treat! Another great idea is to drop off a bunch of frozen home made stuff like soups, chili, etc. We’re doing that for friends of ours who are having a baby shortly and we’re giving them one of our chest freezers. I’m hoping to put some great stuff in there for them. I know they’re really excited about it, LOL!

Post # 9
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

That’s very kind of you.  Something that travels well and reheats well, like a big pan of lasagna or baked ziti that they could heat up when they felt like it, along with a big fresh salad, would be nice.  Or a hearty soup/stew, pulled pork, enchiladas, mac and cheese…

You could also bring over some healthy snacks, like fruit salad or cut veggies and hummus.

Or you could do breakfast… homemade banana bread or muffins, quiche, a breakfast casserole, or homemade waffles they could keep frozen and pop in the toaster as needed.

Post # 10
2603 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Food is ALWAYS appreciated!

Having said that, please think twice about lasagna–it’s the go-to and so many people stop by with a frozen lasagna. Our friends got 5 in the first week and more later!

But the good news is there’s plenty of options that might not be so obvious: potato/bean/couscous/lentil/noodle salads, fried chicken (which you can eat room temperature if you like), a deli-sandwich basket with good bread and cold cuts, bagels and lox, beer and brats…

And gift certificates to favorite delivery places or even volunteering to make a store-run are always welcome too!



Post # 11
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Great idea! Another nice idea is to make home made bread and par bake it and freeze them. They can then take them out of the freezer and oven bake it and have yummy fresh bread with zero work 🙂 


Post # 13
1811 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

When our friends had a baby I cooked a massive lasagna and froze it for them.  They said they heated up single servings over the course of a month!

Post # 14
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

That is so thoughtful! I know I’d appreciate any food that friends/family offered us. I agree with those that a casserole would be great. Perhaps towards the end of the 1st week, or the 2nd week they are home?

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