Welcoming a new baby into the family is an amazing event, but the first weeks at home with a new baby can be an exhausting time for new parents. Family members and friends often want to do what they can to help make lives easier for a new parent. What do all new parents need? Food! Stopping by with food is a wonderful way to show your love and support and make sure that new parents eat as they live through the sleepless nights and spend time bonding with baby. If you would like to help keep new parents fed, consider gifting the following:

A Basket of Artesan Jams

Think about buying several types of artesan jams, such as strawberry jam, blueberry jam, and grape jam. You can buy strawberry jam and other flavors from many local suppliers. Jam is so versatile-- it can top breakfast rolls, be placed on top of a bagel and cream cheese, or be spread on delicious slices of bread with peanut butter for a satisfying sandwich at lunch time. In addition to gifting new parents jam, consider also giving them a variety of breads and pastries to eat with their jam. Since jam keeps well in the refrigerator after a jar is opened, the new parents can enjoy your gift for many weeks.

Frozen Meals

Many people love to bring a fresh meal to new parents, but if they receive too much food they may not be able to eat it all before it goes bad. A good solution is to provide one or more frozen meals that you have prepared-- these can be placed in the freezer and baked at the parents' convenience. A delicious frozen meal is sure to be welcomed in the weeks after the baby is born when many people stop bringing over food. 

Easy-to-Eat Snacks

A new mother may spend most of her day either rocking her baby or feeding him or her, so she may not have two free hands very often. You can make it easier for the new mom to keep her strength up by giving her a selection of nutritious snacks that are easy to eat with one hand while holding the baby. Muffins, granola bars, trail mix, crackers, and popcorn are all things that are easy to eat one-handed without making a big mess. If you bring over a selection of easy to eat snacks, the new mom is sure to thank you-- taking care of a new baby all day can make a person quite hungry!