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The Meal Tree: The Ultimate Baby Gift!

Making food for new parents is one of the greatest gifts one can give. No outfit, no matter how adorable, will matter as much a ready-made meal that parents do not have to think about!

A Meal Tree is a network of friends and family members who volunteer to bring one dinner dish after the baby is born. The longer the list of friends and family members, the longer the new family will have meals. This gives families time to relax, bond and adjust to life with their new baby.

Having people prepare and deliver meals is a tremendous help. It not only frees up both parents from shopping, cooking, and cleaning but it provides loving nourishment.

An easy way to initiate a Meal tree for a soon-to-be Mama and her family is to set it up during the shower or blessingway. Put out the following sign-up sheet, and ask friends and family to sign up for a dinner. This way, people don’t feel pressured to sign up if they cannot, and others can sign up as many times as they’d like!

If you’re the mama, and would like to do this yourself, fill up the sign-up sheet but designate someone to be in charge of the operation after the baby is born, calling the volunteers and making sure everything is delivered.

The list is for two weeks (14 days) and is sorted by Day 1, Day 2, and so on. Not by day of the week, as you won’t know when the birth day is yet! (Unless of course, there is a scheduled C-section.)

To organize and implement: When the baby is born, call or email everyone on the list and tell them that Day 1 is now Tuesday, Day 2 is Wednesday, etc. It may take some rearranging, so be flexible but persistent. Discuss any dietary needs and wants of the mama and family. After week one, if they are swimming in leftovers, you may want to change the schedule a bit so friends bring a meal every other day for the next few weeks.

When it’s time to deliver dinner, Have volunteers keep their visit short and/or offer any other help if they’re so inclined. Some families opt to simply leave dinner by the front door. (Let people know if choosing this option, to text, call and leave a message, or just knock to let someone know it’s there!)

Have them add a note of congratulations or any cooking directions they might need for the dinner.

Food is the language of love. Happy Giving!

Here’s the template!


Comment here with YOUR thoughts!  If you have questions of your own or email me and I’ll do my best to answer. Check back here every Monday for the latest Ecobaby topic!  

Xo Melanie


photo: pinterest

Reader Comments (2)

this is great-- what is the recipe for the picture?? That looks amazing!
Sep 12, 2011 at 5:56 PM | Unregistered Commentermeg
The recipe is here! I'd lose the bacon, but it looks amazing. Who's hungry??
http://alittlezaftig.com/?p=4765 xo Melanie
Sep 12, 2011 at 8:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

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