Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Feeding New Moms

 

I'm so happy you are here to read my FAVORITE post, which also happens to be an important source of traffic for my site! I appreciate you taking your time to stop by and read more about feeding the new Mom's in your lives, and hope you'll stay awhile and take a peek at the rest of my work.

My friend and neighbor just had her baby. It's been a few years since I've had my own newborn, but you never do forget that transition. How you barely have a moment to pee, clean, or let alone feed yourself! Well, the best gifts I got with my third baby were the kind that I could eat. The kind that gave me energy to get through those very hectic days!

But...she did just have a sweet little boy. And...I can't resist a little baby shopping! So I did include a little something for the little cutie. Something for next year, when all your new stuff starts to disappear!

My idea started when I made some Roasted Corn and Potato Chowder for dinner. The recipe made enough to feed my family and share an equal amount. I checked with her to make sure it was something she'd eat {which is the hard part about gifting food}, and lucky for me it was! How do you wrap soup? I wanted something that she didn't need to worry about returning, so one quick trip to the store and we have inexpensive, reusable or recyclable containers.



 
And if you give her soup...
 


 
she'll need some carbs to go with it. {These are store bought rolls, with the baking instructions clipped and placed inside.}
 

 
 
 
 
 
She'll feel unbalanced and need some fruit...
 


 
Which will remind her of dessert.
 


 
Well, technically these aren't dessert, they are Caramel-Banana-Pecan muffins. But my guess is that there will be leftover muffins that will also take care of breakfast tomorrow {and why I omitted the caramel}. Which is one less thing she'll need to worry about!

And I can't forget that little something for the cutie...
 


 
Simply wrapped with white paper and blue fabric remnants. Stack them up, pack them up, and deliver them to your mom-to-be. You may get lucky like me and get to hold that sweet little newborn.
{sigh}
 
 
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Do you know others that want to help create a meal train for friends or family dealing with illness, hospitalization, or new parents? Check out this meal service coordination website:
 
 
 
 
 
Need a gift idea?
 
 {Diaper Baby} Gift for New Parents.
The Diaper Dabbler gift packs {a sampling of diaper brands for new babies}
Lianne's Quick Guide: Babies 0-6 months {baby care booklets for busy new moms}
 Brynnley's Boutique {vintage inspired baby wear - headbands, teething necklaces and more!}

Here at the recipe links again. Just click on the image to see the recipe!
 





Here are some other ideas for Moms-To-Be!





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71 comments:

  1. Hi Sarah!
    Saw you linked uo - thank you so much! Well, I messed the party up and had to fix it so we could add thumbnails...thus deleting the old party! Would you mind relinking since I had to start over? I would hate to miss you awesome posts! Thanks so much!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  2. That is so sweet of you! That is a perfect gift for a friend! I know I could have used this after having my kids.

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  3. When my first child was born my husband's aunt sent us a spiral sliced ham in the mail. It was the best ham I'd ever tasted and I have never forgotten that! Two things are important - the actual physical sustenance and the idea that someone is in your corner during that special time.

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  4. What a lucky mom! That's the perfect gift for someone with a newborn trying to make time to do everything!

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  5. Can I pretend I just had a baby so you'll give me those goodies? Or four containers of just fruit and bread? I am finding my need for those glossy, red raspberries are pretty intense right now...

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  6. You are going to be her favorite person ever!

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  7. Nevermind new Moms... what about me? hehehe My youngest is turning 3 in March.... I still accept new mom meals :) hehehe

    I deleted the photos like you asked :) You can re-list now :)

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  8. What a great idea! I've never had children so I always wonder what I should do to help, so thank you so much for sharing this!
    Stopping by from the Crafty, Scrappy, Happy link-up :-)

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  9. ahhhh so thoughtful! I love your writing, too! "If you give a new mom some soup..."

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  10. Thank You again for doing this! I devoured the food (I loved the soup but could only have one bowl before guessing that Cohen's got milk issues - Mark happily enjoyed it for me though). It was amazing to receive this wonderful gift, especially since it was right when we got home and needed it the most. Also, you are awesome for taking Brenna to the zoo, it was so nice and I know Brenna loved having a friend to play with!!

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    1. It was my pleasure to do those things for you! Now I need to get over there to see that baby again soon!

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  11. ahh, you are so thoughtful, what a nice thing to do for a new mom. My husband's mom made us a hot dish when our first baby was born and it was a Godsend! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment.

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  12. This is such a fabulous meal to take to a new mom!! LOVE it. I received several meals after my boys were born and they were a God-send. Yours is so well-thought out. Have a great weekend, Sarah!
    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  13. What a thoughtful idea! This is so helpful for new moms!

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  14. this is so wonderful!! when i had my babies my friends kept our whole family fed for 6 weeks...I owe the world meals.. but I happily return those favors!!

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  15. Thanks fir linking Sarah! I love this post! You are right about food being the best gift! Our church does a meal ministry for new moms and those who are sick, etc and it is a wonderful way to minister to those in need, I was inundated with meals when Ana was born Was born And I stillnremember some of those yummy meals!
    Features to come Tuesday... Stop back!
    Stacey :)

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  16. This is so sweet,thanks for linking up :)

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  17. Yes! Food for new parents is a brilliant idea! Visiting from Creative Mondays :)

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  18. The perfect gift! I remember my wonderful friends bringing over meals for us to enjoy after my 4th was born. It was the most thoughtful gift and I was overjoyed to receive it! Found you on Pinterest!

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  19. Love this! This would totally have made my week when I was home with a newborn. You are too sweet :) Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

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  20. Our neighbors we didn't really know bought us a frozen lasagna, frozen garlic bread, a store bought sweet bread for dessert and a bag of salad when we had our 2nd...it was the best present ever! Food is always great! Love your supper idea!

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  21. I love this!! I am due in June and have several friends due in July! Such great ideas!

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  22. Yes I LOVE those containers for this very reason! They make it so easy to share food, and the recipient doesn't need to worry about returning anything-- especially if your church is providing meals for a month or so-- how will she know what goes back to whom? GREAT meal too! :)

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  23. great idea! Found this post via Pinterest! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Found you via pinterest too. After I had both my babies, I appreciated the feeling of being loved just as much as the actual food that people brought. I'm sure your friend felt that from you!

    Now I'm off to peruse a little more Dwell on Joy. :) Love the concept.

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  25. Makes me wish I were your neighbor!

    Our church did a great job after each of our kiddos. They usually kept us going for 3 or 4 weeks and it was such a treat. It helped to keep us from feeling so isolated in our sleep deprived state. One of my friends baked up a batch of muffins just for me to keep in the freezer for those midnight nursing sessions. They were wonderful.

    Thanks for the great ideas!

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  26. love it! i love taking food to parents of newborns. but also would like to add that this is a really great gift for mommy-to-be who is dealing with morning sickness. myself and a few friends got so sick at the beginning, that's when we most appreciated not having to cook (even if our family was the only one who could eat it). :)

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    1. Sarah - you are right! I remember when I was "morning" sick {really it was all day} and the thought of the smells from cooking made me dread dinnertime! My poor family suffered with me those first few months :)

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  27. So cute! I'm going to share this on our MealBaby Facebook page!

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    1. Thanks so much Leigh Ann - I appreciate you sharing!!! Off to check out your FB page :)

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  28. This is great and oh, how I love your reference to "If you give a mouse a cookie!" Love all of the books in that series!

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  29. This is a great idea. One thing I did for a friend of mine was all disposable items (including paper plates, plastic forks, plastic cups, etc.) so that she wouldn't have to do dishes.

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  30. Everything looks super yummy! Great tip about the disposable containers. I HATED returning dishes when I had my babies. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel

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  31. What an excellent Idea! Thanks for blogging about it..I'm sure many more mothers will get to enjoy this gift. Now to planning the menu!

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  32. We run a group supporting expat Mom's here in Germany. Many of whom are far away from the support of family and friends. We set up a group of volunteers to bring meals 3 times a week for new Mom's. We call it "Stork Squad." The disposable containers idea is great. Thx for that! One of the other things we frequently do is ask people to include recipe cards, so that the Mum's have the recipes for anything they love! Dinner's are also enough for two nights. I just had my second child and teh meals have been heaven sent, and given me just a couple minutes I wouldn't have had to spend time with the attention starved
    first born!

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I love the "Stork Squad" idea! A team of mother's is always better than one!

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  33. You are so stinkin' thoughtful; I wish you were my neighbor! :)

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  34. I've never heard the story If You Give A New Mom Soup but it was very entertaining!

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  35. I love the ideas!!! Another idea is burritos or wraps, those are great to eat 1 handed. Those little sweeties are hard to put down in the first few weeks. When my 3rd was born I received a huge Mexican feast including tortillas, hard shell tacos, meat, quac, cheese, lettuce, etc. There was enough food for 6 of us to eat with leftovers for several more meals.
    Thank you for posting, I'll definitely make this great stack up for the next new mommy.

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    1. I love the idea of finger foods! My MIL brought me containers of pasta salads and fruit - what a lifesaver! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  36. i found this through pinterest too - my best friend is having her first baby soon and I'm throwing the baby shower, but want to make sure I do something she NEEDS when the baby comes. This is random, but are those rolls store bought or do you have the recipe?? :)

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    1. Welcome to Dwell on Joy! The rolls are store-bought. I have yet to experiment with that kind of baking! Good luck with your baby shower! If she's having a baby girl, check out my Baby {Girl} Shower Cookies: http://www.dwellonjoy.com/2012/02/baby-girl-shower-cookies.html

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  37. I saw this on Pinterest and just wanted to say that this meal is absolutely spot on for a new mom (or anyone receiving meals). We were so blessed when our kids were born--people brought us lots of meals. And, of course we never complained, but we got sooooo many batches of chocolate chip cookies and brownies. Even I started wishing for some fruit! Believe me, we were so happy to have the help. BUT, you are so smart to include the fruit and muffins. I always try to do this now.

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  38. What an incredibly sweet gesture. Why have I not thought of this before. Pinning ASAP!

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  39. This is wonderful! I would have gone gaga for a gift like this when I gave birth in December. Heck, I'd still go gaga for it! The best was when a friend or family member wanted to come over and insisted on bringing dinner. What a great friend you are.

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  40. I found this on Pinterest. It's fabulous, especially the environment friendly wrapping of the gift!

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  41. I would love to use this idea on my website www.thegrandparentsguide.com. I would switch it up a bit to be what a grandparent can bring for the "new mom" when they visit. Would you be fine with me using this with a direct link to your site?
    Please email me at amy@thegrandparentsguide.com
    thanks
    Amy

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  42. Fabulous idea! I love giving simple meals that don't require returning dishes! I've sometimes given casseroles in aluminum pans, as well.

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  43. Where are the rolls from?? They look SO good!

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  44. Found this on Pinterest and i LOVE your blog :) I'm now a follower!

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  45. Love this! My sister in law is having a baby soon so this is perfect timing to find you and this post! I would love it if you had a moment to share at my Pinteresting Party.

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  46. I'm assuming the rolls are store bought...were they frozen or thawed or what exactly were they...they look delish too.

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    1. These were purchased at Target. They are mini-ciabatta rolls. I clipped the baking instructions and included them inside the Tupperware with the rolls. Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. awesome...might have to get some for myself =) they look delectable!

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  47. So glad to see you spreading the word on this matter. When i had my 2nd child my grandma and great aunt brought us dinner two nights and then brought us 6 freezer meals too. So we could use them whenever we needed them.
    When my best friend had her second child I made up 7 freezer meals, plus pancakes and breakfast burritos to have something quick in the morning for #1. I was told it was the best gift they got. Knowing they had something in the freezer was a godsend.
    Not all of the meals were completed, but I provided everything they needed to finish the meal (box of pasta, pasta sauce) plus a couple of extra recipes to use up the leftovers (one meal was ham and mashed potatoes, but it was a big ham!)
    She has #3 on the way and I'm going to take you're lead and do some fresh items for her also (like the fruit!!) so she has something quick and easy for herself and the older 2 (ages 1 and 2)

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    1. Thanks so much for your encouraging compliment! For my Mom's group, we recently used a Groupon to purchase pre-made frozen meals that she got to choose herself! Having had three babies myself, I just think feeding that new Mom is SO very important!

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  48. Love this post! Its so important to help new mom nourish herself as she is spending her energy nourishing baby! Both for first time moms and for moms with older children to also be looking after.

    Great ideas and your photos look delish :)

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  49. Wonderful idea. I am a doula and I do several post-natal visits where I always try to bring food. New moms are starving!

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  51. Love both the heart in this and the practical tips!

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  52. What a thoughtful friend! Have you ever heard of www.takethemameal.com before? It's a free, super simple way to coordinate meals for new moms. Thanks for the beautiful suggestions!

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  53. Lucky mom! No one brought me any food... after EITHER baby!

    -- Dana
    lilfamily13.blogspot.com

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  54. That is such a great idea! I have been working on getting a routine for freezer cooking down so that when our little bundle arrives this fall we have a freezer full of food, but a home-cooked meal not made by me would be well appreciated. That is really sweet!

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  55. I did this for my aunt right after she had her triplets. I included a salad- mixed greens with apple and cranberry, my amazing shepherd's pie (perfect for reheating), homemade shortcake biscuits and fresh strawberrys, and a jug of homemade sweet tea. She LOVED it!

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  56. I also try to give food whenever I can, and like you, try to add things like fruit and veggies that are very easy to "grab and go." The fruit mixture you've got there looks delicious! Those muffins with caramel in them must be deadly, too!

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  57. Sending hubby to the store-could you please tell me the size of the containers? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Karen,
      It's been awhile since I've purchased these - but they are from Target. At the time (last year), they were the only multi-pack with that large container that would fit 12 muffins. I apologize, I never wrote the sizes down. Best of luck in finding them!

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