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Food Basket Ideas for New Parents?

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My friends just had a baby and my friends and I were considering sending them flowers, however I think we should send them a food basket, but have no idea of what. Any ideas?

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  1. Gads, I'm displaying my Midwestern roots, but some sort of casserole (that could be frozen if not used immediately) is nice.

    If no freezer, think about some convenience things from Whole Fods or Trader Joe's. I'm not a regular shopper at these places, so others could give you more specific recommendations.

    Still, having been there(new-mom-wise), food is better than flowers. You might even bring yourself, a few sandwiches, and a willingness to listen to new-parent-ness.

    1. A food basket is a pretty idea, but not terribly practical. With a new baby, you want to have food there - real food - when you have a moment to yourself. I've always cooked, fixing things like lasagna, soups, and even hoagies. Once we had a giant (six-foot) sub sent to a couple who'd just had twins. They took a week to eat it, but they ate it!

      We've also made arrangements for gift certificates at local restaurants that deliver, and there is always just calling and having asking the new parents if they feel like a pizza, Chinese, whatever we can call in and have delivered.

      You're so right - food always trumps flowers. Flowers are from family, food is from friends (who are family).

      1. I love to cook for new parents, but many of my staple ingredients (namely garlic and onions) can upset a breast-feeding baby's stomach. Broccoli, cabbage, etc. can also be especially irritating.

        I've given new moms mild chicken enchiladas (sans added onions and garlic), fresh pasta with a mild sauce, and, in some cases, cheesecake or fresh-baked bread.

        1. I loved getting food gifts or restaurant gift certicates to places that DELIVERED or were Take out when my kids were born. Also, a place like Omaha steaks-- fresh meat, prepared sides, etc may work. Much better than flowers.

          1. Echoing others....supermarket gift certificates/gift cards. They can get staples, rotisserie chicken, diapers, whatever...

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            1. re: thegolferbitch

              Great ideas guys, thanks!

              Any ideas on food baskets you can get online (i.e., omaha mentioned above).. are there any baby food ideas? that would be cute!

            2. Actually I found this online:

              It's perfect, since the new mommy loves Cucina products and the new daddy is english, so he loves his tea.

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              1. re: JoLi

                Look great. Sure to be appreciated!

                My favorite gift after my last baby-- beer of the month club!

              2. When friends of mine had twins, a group of us ordered them food from the catering section of their local Whole Foods; I think we got them a lasagna, some roasted chicken, and some sandwiches, as well as fruit and vegetables, and they LOVED it. So you should check with local upscale grocery stores to see if they can send them food. I was definitely told by parents (when researching this gift) to have real food, and not muffins or cake and stuff like that, because they'll already have plenty of sweets, and will need real food that they can just grab and eat.

                1. Anything that has been cooked and only needs to be warmed is appreciated. Mom will be tethered to the child, so Dad needs to get in the kitchen and make sure she gets fed. Unless you know that he is willing and able to cook, only supply food that just needs warming. If he is a real dolt, you may have to go over and heat it yourself! If he doesn't cook, he probably won't use gift cards to buy food.

                  1. being a Mom of three, the best gift anyone ever gave me was not food or flowers or pretty smelling lotions but a box of baby wipes and a pack of diapers. Things I needed and made good use of.

                    1. Just an additional thought. I love making new parents a "Take Out Book". I spend an afternoon driving around to local restaurants (and a lot of people don't realize that nearly everyone does take out) to collect menus. I slide all of the menus into plastic covers, categorize them to make dividers (american, chinese, sandwiches, etc.) and put them into a decorated three ring binder with an extra packet of plastic covers. (For a new baby I call it for example, "What [baby name] Feels Like Via the Breast", or another cute title.)

                      I think it is a nice addition so that two months in, when all of the frozen casseroles are gone, the baby has been crying all day, but the parents feel like more than McDonalds, the parents can pull out the book, look at 30 menus and decide that the crabcakes from the local upscale seafood places would make them happy. They call, pick the order up in sweats... they are still comforted by food on REALLY bad days.