9 Tips For Taking a New Mom Meals

I think that any new mom will agree that in those first few days after bringing home a new baby, cooking is the last thing on your mind. I know it was for me! Luckily, my mom flew in the night I came home from the hospital with Jack, and we had delicious, home-cooked meals for over a week. And after she left, our ward from church arranged a few meals as well.

Tips For Taking A New Mom Meals

However, I know that’s not always the case for everyone! So, that’s where friends come in. If you know someone that is having a baby, why not ask if you can bring a meal in? Here are a few tips for taking a new mom meals. And, at the end of this post, I have 29 great recipes to help cut down on the planning process.
And if you are a new mom looking for recipes, I highly recommend signing up for Deals to Meals. You can get a free two-week trial (and then it’s 4.95 a month after that.) They create weekly meal plans based on the deals that week, so you not only will save money on groceries, but time because you don’t have to come up with your own meal plans!

1) Bring disposable dishes

and make it easy to clean up. Trust me, the last thing a new mom wants to do is clean a bunch of dishes, or worry about returning a dish. Making the meal in disposable containers makes life easier for everyone, including you! How many of you have brought a meal somewhere in a non-disposable container, and never got it back? I sure have!

Whenever I know I’m going to be making someone a meal, I head over to the Dollar Tree, or even our local Smith’s, and pick up one of the inexpensive, aluminum dishes available. These are perfect for taking to people, and easy to throw away. If you feel so inclined, include some paper plates and plastic utensils.

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2) Ask About Allergies/Sensitivites

This is something I highly encourage you to ask anytime you make a meal for someone else. You never know when someone might suffer from an allergy or sensitivity to a food. In fact, the last few people that I’ve brought a meal had someone in their family that couldn’t eat a certain food. It doesn’t hurt to ask, especially before you go buy all the ingredients.

Along the same things, be careful about what you put in the meals, especially if you know the mother is breastfeeding. Just yesterday I read this article about 17 foods that breastfeeding mothers should avoid. While you don’t have to super strict about this, especially if the mom didn’t mention anything about it, it is good to be aware of these foods. Perhaps making your five-alarm spicy chicken covered in cheese wouldn’t be the best idea.

3) Oh, and Preferences

When you are asking about allergies, it doesn’t hurt to ask about preferences. While I’m guessing most new moms will just be grateful to have anyone bring a meal over, some people (or their children. Or husband.) may be very picky. For instance, one of my sister’s husbands hates cream cheese and sour cream, which would be helpful to know for anyone making them a meal!

4) Team Up

Chances are, your friend who had a baby and you probably have a similar social circle. So why not team up with others? It makes it easier to prepare a meal if you are only in charge of one part of it. Or even volunteer (with the mom’s permission) to coordinate meals if you know enough of the same people. By doing this, you can also help ensure your friend doesn’t get the exact same meal every night (even though I’m sure the food would still be appreciated!)

5) Avoid Overstaying

It’s always exciting when a friend or family member has a new baby, and of course you want to stay and visit! But be sure to not overstay, or bring to many people. I’m sure I felt more extreme than a lot of people, but I really didn’t feel like visiting with anyone, besides my mom, Forrest, and a few family members, for about two weeks. Those first few weeks were so exhausting and emotional, and I was on the verge of tears for most of them. I appreciated people coming by, but I got overwhelmed after a little while. This may not be the case for everyone, and I don’t think you should just drop-and-run, but watch for cues of when you should leave.

Also, if you can avoid it, try not to bring lots of people with you, especially if they’ve been sick, or around sick people recently. A newborn is so susceptible to picking up illnesses, and it’s just not worth it! Plus, a new mom might get overwhelmed if there is too much noise.


6) Use Kid-Friendly, Fool Proof Recipes

Making dinner for someone really isn’t the time to be experimenting. I say, stick to the recipes you know are good, and that people usually like. Personally, I would avoid using odd ingredients that may or may not be popular among the general population, especially if the person has kids. This doesn’t mean you can’t make something super delicious but isn’t your typical lasagna or enchiladas, but I’d say it is good to err on the side of caution. But, if you know the family you are bringing food to is adventerous in their taste, then go for it!


7) Just Offer

Even if you don’t know if someone needs help with meals, it doesn’t hurt to ask. In my experience, most people won’t ask someone for help, even if they desperately need it. Be the friend who steps up to the plate and offers. It will mean so much to a new mom. It doesn’t even have to be way in advance either, or right after the baby is born. Maybe a few weeks after the baby is born, you could text the mom in the morning and say you’re bringing dinner over that night, or even a few groceries. Right after Jack was released from the hospital the second time, a very kind family from our church dropped by bags of groceries for us. It was such a tender mercy. A few other friends brought me by lunch on the spur of the moment right after Jack was born. It was so kind and unexpected. You don’t have to do something huge and elaborate to be thoughtful, and even if someone rejects your help, it is always worth it to ask.

8) Freezer Meals

Before I had Jack, I made a bunch of freezer meals with some friends. It was so nice to be able to pull a delicious meal from the freezer and have it ready to go in minutes. So if you have time, you could offer to bring over a freezer meal or two for your friend to store in the freezer. That way, they can eat it when they really find themselves in a tight spot, or just don’t feel like cooking.
Do you have any tips for taking a new mom dinner, or things you wish people knew?

9) Meal Gifts

MealGifts.com is a really neat website where you can order a complete meal to anywhere in the country to be delivered. It serves 4-6 people and includes a main dish, side dishes, and some even include dessert. The meals are chef-prepared, and they can be delivered at any time. They are a little expensive, but if you are wanting to get a meal to someone quickly that you don’t live near, it’s an awesome option. This lasagna meal looks delicious!

And just to help you out, I have gathered together some great recipes that would be an excellent choice for taking to a new mother (or anyone!) They are easy to prepare and transport. First, I’ll share some that I’ve posted in the past on Clarks Condensed, and then some from from my favorite food bloggers! If you like this collection, be sure to pin the image at the top of this post…If you like an individual item, please go pin directly from their site.


Easy Meat Lasagna by Clarks Condensed
pizzetti (4 of 10)
Pizzetti by Clarks Condensed
Italian Pesto Chicken
Italian Pesto Chicken by Miss Information Blog
Baked Ziti With Summer Vegetables by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Chicken Caruso by One Creative Mommy
Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake by I Heart Eating
11 Great Freezer Meals by Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
Pizza Casserole by Melissa’s Cuisine
Chicken Enchilada Suizas by So There By Amy
Mexican Skillet Pasta by Julie’s Eats and Treats
One Pot Spaghetti by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
Sweet Pork Tenderloin With Mango Salsa by The Kitchen is My Playground
Creamy Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese by Miss Information Blog
Spicy Tortilla Lasagna by The Kitchen is My Playground
Chicken Ranch Burger by Julie’s Eats & Treats
Chicken Stroganoff by Jamie Cooks It Up
Doritos Taco Bake by Oh Bite It
Zucchini Lasagna by Skinny Taste
Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken by Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
Chicken Enchilada Ring by Michelle’s Tasty Creations
Ultimate Chicken Fingers (gluten free) by Mommy I’m Hungry


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  • Great tips! I would add based on our experience with people bringing us meals 1) please don't invite your family to stay and eat. It turns a meal intended to be helpful into a situation where the exhausted parents are now hosting your family. Even just setting the table and having to sit through dinner conversations can be exhausted. At least two well- meaning couples invited themselves to eat with us probably thinking we wanted company, but I was in tears.2) Arrive when you say you will. One meal was delivered two hours late and we were starving.3) Try not to bring young children if you can help it. If you do, please don't expect that they will be holding your newborn even though it makes for a darling photo. Newborn immunity is so fragile.We were grateful for friends who signed up to bring meals, but because of these experiences we think next time we will just stick freezer food or order pizza. We became totally stressed out because of issues with the tips I mentioned above!
    • Amen to all of this. I completely agree! I think most people are well-meaning, but like you said, newborns are so fragile. Both of my sons get RSV before the age of one (my first son at two weeks), and we didn't even go anywhere. It's just not worth the risk!
  • Don't forget foods that aren't hard on the colon! Having to worry about those hemorrhoids is hard when baby is crying and all you want to do is poop! True story for this one...
  • Thank you so much for this! My dear friend had a baby last night & I want to help our friends with what to take to them in their first couple weeks home. I found this page through Pinterest & was excited to see where it led, since I participated in Online BlogCon 13. Your blog is fantastic!
  • We love meal train.com too! Another tip... If you are bringing meal that will need to go in the oven, let the momma know before you arrive so she can plan accordingly.
  • MealTrain.com is a great place to organize taking food to people. Our church uses it for bringing meals to new moms and anyone else who needs them.

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