Is it me or is every single person in the world pregnant? (Well, except me, a few of my friends and the entire male population.) But seriously, this is the season for babies! A few friends of mine had babies in the last month,and there are a few more with approaching due dates, so I thought I would share a few tips on what I like to bring new parents. FYI: there is a giveaway for macarons at the bottom of the post — skip down to the very end to enter! :)
1. Hot, ready-to-eat food.
The most popular meal to bring new parents is a casserole or a pot of soup. And there’s a reason — it’s easy to transport, easy to heat up, and can usually last a few days without going bad. But since most new parents are bombarded with casseroles, I like to bring meals that are a little different and aren’t a one-pot dish.
My favorites are:
- – Chicken salad with pitas, fruit salad, and baked chips
- – Asian lettuce wraps with a side of fried rice and cucumber salad
- – Pesto turkey burgers (with sides of lettuce, tomato and sauteed onions), with sides of potato salad and a green salad
- – Order them pizza and bring over a large green salad. (Sometimes you just get tired of home-cooked meals, you know?)
2. Containers that you don’t want back.
The last thing a new mom needs is to figure out which casserole dish goes to who. So bring new parents containers that you don’t want back. I have a stash of containers in my laundry room for this occasion: empty whipped cream containers, deli-meat containers, and an assortment of clean jars from spaghetti or salsa. Or you could use heavy paper plates or gallon-size freezer bags so clean up will be very easy.
3. Newborn diapers.
Unless the parents are going the cloth-diaper route, a pack of diapers is always appreciated, especially since newborns go through sometimes 5 or more diapers in a day.
4. A gift for the mom and/or the older sibling.
The newborn most likely doesn’t need any gifts. Or rather, the diapers are the gift for the baby. A small gift for the mom is nice, especially since she’s probably sleep-deprived and may not have showered for a few days. Some gifts include a candle, a bottle of wine, a book, or a giftcard to get pampered like a massage or pedicure. Or you can gift her with service by washing her dishes, helping with a load of laundry, cleaning her house. If the new baby has an older sibling, consider bringing a little toy for them, as they may be feeling a little neglected or left out with all of the attention on their younger brother or sister.
5. A note that says:
- – Congratulations!
- – I don’t need the containers back, they are yours to keep or recycle.
- – Please don’t send me a thank you note — I’d rather you spend that extra time with your baby!
6. A sweet treat for midnight feedings (or really any time).
Include a dessert or sweet treat that the new parents can munch on any time of the day. Something bite-size and easy to eat, like brownies, mini cupcakes, or macaroons. Which brings me to my giveaway… :)
Sucré New Orleans sent me a box of macaroons to try, and is giving away one reader a box. I think they would make a lovely gift for a friend who just had a baby. Or you could give it to a friend who is about to get married, just having a bad day, a belated Mother’s Day gift, or just keep them for yourself and enjoy. (My favorites were pistachio and strawberry.:)
One winner will receive an 8-piece Signature Macaron Collection from Sucré New Orleans. Enter below to win!
Winner: Laci Wong! Thanks to everyone who participated.
New moms, pipe in! What was one thing you loved when you had a baby?