5 Tips to Set Up a Meal Train for New Moms

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As a new mom, being a recipient of meal trains was the biggest blessing coming home from the hospital. I was in the hospital for a week, and hospital food is well, hospital food. It kept me alive haha. Our friends from our Bible study all signed up to give us meals on mealtrain.com having homemade meals was the best! During my pregnancy, I often was so mentally and physically fatigued that I opted for meals via DoorDash. Let me tell you, eating fast food got really old really fast. 

I knew about meal trains for years, but I didn’t think much of them until I was receiving them. Providing meals for a new mom is one of the biggest ways to help out. So many people will say, “let me know if you need anything” and of course, this is all fine and dandy, but actually finding something for someone else to help you out with is cumbersome, especially when you are preoccupied with the baby and exhausted! 

Coming home from the hospital with a newborn, life is so drastically different. Priorities shift and you find yourself struggling to feed yourself because you are so occupied with this new life in your hands. I found it near to impossible to cook and sit down to eat with newborn twins. We were so grateful for the support shown to us and our twins! Not to mention not having to worry about what we would cook for dinner. 

5 Tips for providing the best meals for a new mom:

1. Coordinate with the new parents. 

Mealtrain.com makes it easy to know what the family’s dietary restrictions are. If the family isn’t signed up on the website, make sure to check with the family (well before the baby is born) if they have any allergies or dietary restrictions, or if there are any foods they do not like. For example, I don’t like spicy food, curry or seafood. On Meal Train’s website, you can view what times are best to drop off a meal. 

2. Get disposable containers. 

This makes moms’ lives so much easier. This way they don’t have to worry about washing the containers and getting them back to you, and you don’t have to worry about getting your favorite baking dish back. Aluminum foil pans are a great option because you can bake and serve them in the same container.

3. Consider breakfast. 

Dinner is great but adding in breakfast for the following morning adds a special touch. Making breakfast can help mama feel empowered to kick start the day. Instant pot egg bites or overnight oats are a quick and easy breakfast to make. 

4. Write out a simple menu. 

If you made a casserole for example, the recipient may not know everything that is included in the casserole. Take a small index card or piece of paper and write down the name of the dish, and highlight the dish’s main ingredients.

5. Don’t forget dessert! 

I was not expecting to get dessert along with the dinners our friends were making us. It was such a special treat! You can also kill two birds with one stone by making lactation cookies, not only are they delicious but they also help to increase breastmilk supply. Say Grace has the most delicious recipe for lactation cookies found here

I hope you found this article and are inspired to make a meal for a loved one! 

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