dinner for new parents
I'd like to bring over a dinner for some friends who just had a baby. Not having munchkins myself, are there any foods to avoid? I've heard spicy stuff is no good. What about onions, garlic, peppers? Any suggestions for a portable, newborn friendly meal?
I'll never forget when my dad made spaghetti for me when my first baby came, and he doctored it up with plenty of red pepper flakes. Spicy! I was breastfeeding, and all the books say no onions, garlic, spicy food, etc. I call BS. It never affected Baby #1, and I ended up having four kids. Breastfed them all, and none of the above "bad" ingredients ever affected them. YMMV, of course.
Anyway, to answer your question, I think casseroles are the handiest. Fewer containers, less prep, easy to eat with one hand. I can't stress how important that is. You usually end up with baby on one arm, and only one hand available to manage a fork. If the food is complicated, you're hungry until baby goes down for a nap. Try on: turkey tetrazzini, lasagna, shepherd's pie, pot pie. Tasty, but convenient. Avoid soups (you end up dripping it on the baby's head).