This post is written by reader 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.
Take food in disposable containers
Bring lots of food
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, 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?