Post # 1
My new husband and I are friends with a couple who is expecting, and the baby should be here in the next couple of weeks. These are the first of our close friends to have a baby, and neither of us is that familiar with this territory. We were thinking of taking them food or cooking them dinner after the baby has arrived, as I am guessing that they will be really tired and sort of forgetting about themselves for a while.
So my questions are is this a good idea? If so, what would be a good time frame to do that? I assume that for the first week or so they’ll probably only be seeing close family members.
Post # 3
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
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
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
A tray of something or casserol would be a life-saver for them! Maybe a lasagne?
Post # 7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?