Do you know some brand new parents and want to send them something they’ll actually use? Food gifts for new parents help frazzled, sleep-deprived moms and dads in more ways than one.
When snacks and meals are ready to go, new parents can prioritize their time around getting to know their new addition. While they’re busy adjusting to a whole new way of life, the last thing they want to do is worry about what to eat. See why our New Parent Care Package is always a favorite. Or use these ideas to make their meals a lot easier and more fun.
1. Food for the Freezer
Lots of well-meaning loved ones send perishable food gifts. Unfortunately, those foods must be eaten right away, or they spoil or go bad. Instead, take that kind of pressure out of the equation. Send food they can store in their freezer. In a few weeks, when the other food is gone, they’ll be happy to have options. (Psst, did you know Spoonful of Comfort meals can be frozen until the recipient is ready to use them?) Other popular freezable food items include:
- Bake-from-the-freezer pizzas
- Homemade dumplings
- Homemade patties
- Veggie cakes
- Shredded beef dishes
- And more!
2. Order Out
If you want something other than food delivery for new parents, send gift certificates for ordering out. This is a great treat for the challenging days ahead. They don’t have to worry about cooking or heating anything. They can just open an app or call their favorite restaurant. Usually, within an hour, they will have a hot, delicious meal that’s ready to eat.
You can even set up a date ahead of time and bring over the food with you. Watch the baby and allow the new parents to have a stress-free dinner on you.
3. Comfort Care
A new addition can elicit worries and anxiety among even laid-back parents. Create a gift basket with comfort foods that also feed the soul. They feel good to eat, even in the middle of the night! Some comforting food gift items might include:
- Hearty soups (like our Creamy Corn Chowder)
- Spaghetti and meatballs
- Rolls and butter
- Homemade cookies
Spoonful of Comfort has a delicious comfort food basket already put together for you that you can send whenever you’d like.
4. Superfoods for Super Parents
Bodies often need a little extra TLC to combat what feels like neverending sleepless nights (especially for the women who give birth!). Sending a gift basket filled with foods high in nutrition, minerals, and other essential ingredients can boost health and happiness at the same time. Such superfoods include:
- Salmon or tuna burgers
- Lean poultry or beef
- Beans, lentils, and legumes
- Chia, hemp, and flaxseeds
- Dark, green, leafy vegetables
- Low-fat dairy products
- Brown rice
- Blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, and blackberries
5. Bagels and Brunch
Going out for brunch is something your loved ones might not be able to do with a newborn. So send them all the items they’d need for a fun and tasty brunch at home. Include favorites such as:
- Bagels and cream cheese
- Muffins or pastries
- Meat and cheese slices
6. Casseroles and Lasagnas
One of the best gifts for new parents, casseroles combine the best of both worlds. They’re comfort foods that can be frozen! So your loved one will enjoy the meal and use it when they need it most. This can include:
- Chicken and rice casseroles
- Macaroni and cheese
- Cheesy steak casseroles
Many companies will send healthy vegan and vegetarian options, too!
7. Tea Time and Coffee Breaks
New parents don’t get enough sleep. Instead, they’re busy feeding, changing, and burping their new arrivals. Maybe you live too far away to get over there and babysit while they try to take a nap. Instead, send them some caffeinated treats to help them stay awake or soothing teas to help them relax during late-night feedings. Be sure to include:
- Herbal tea
- Cinnamon sticks
- Flavored syrups
- Their favorite creamers
- Pastries, biscuits, or cookies for dipping
8. Date Night Dinner
It could be a while before new parents feel comfortable getting a babysitter and going out for dinner. In the meantime, hook them up for a date night dinner at home. Send them a gift box filled with:
- Vegetarian or vegan options
- Salad kits
- Bottle of wine
- Chocolate dessert
Check out this blog post for more romantic dinner possibilities!
9. Easy, Breezy Soup Ideas
New parents want easy and convenient meal items. Delicious soups that can easily be heated up and sipped from a mug save a new family a lot of time. You can do lentil or tomato soup for vegans, egg drop soup or pumpkin soup for vegetarians, and hearty clam chowder for pescatarians. Meat eaters love chicken noodle soup or beef-based minestrone. The possibilities are endless!
10. Food for the Microwave
Stock a basket full of microwaveable meals that new parents can store in their fridge or pantry until they need them. Convenient and delicious, choose a variety of items to provide easy and balanced meals for new moms or dads. Include meats, veggies, desserts, and anything in between.
Make It Easier for New Parents
Say congratulations or support some new parents in your family or friend group with these food gifts for new parents. Don’t let distance be a deterrent! When your loved ones can’t go shopping or have limited time to make a meal, they’ll love that you thought about them. Shop our care packages today!