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What Do You Prefer: Newborn Gift or Fresh Dinner?

Pop the cork — the baby has arrived! Celebrating the newborn life often begins with balloons, bubbly, blooms and a written sentiment or two. When the visitors start arriving at the new family's doorstep, they often come bearing gifts of layette, blankets or tiny toppers. Others show up with trays full of lasagna and other prepared meals so that the recovering mama can focus on her newest addition instead of the messy kitchen. Obviously both are appreciated and icing on the cake, but which type of gift do you think most mums prefer?

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CarlyHP226685 CarlyHP226685 8 years
I dont have kids but i would say food. I don't like receiving clothes for myself as presents so i dont think i'd like them for a child either haha
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
Really depends on the meal...or the gift
vmruby vmruby 8 years
I was lucky enough to receive both which I really appreciated although the meals were definitely the bigger help.
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
In our Jewish community, we have a committee that makes meals for families that have just given birth. It is so helpful since most new parents are just so tired and don't have time to cook. The challenge is making sure the food is tasty.
Nadia24gv Nadia24gv 8 years
I'm about to have my second kid so if we can't eat it or the baby can't poop in it, you've wasted your money.
klrouth klrouth 8 years
I would have said the meals, but when I had my daughter the majority of the meals people brought were just really unappetizing to me as a new mom. Or I received meals that had ingredients known to make nursing newborns gassy - and with my kid, I didn't need any more of that. So I ended up with a fridge full of food we didn't like and then still had to make dinner. I would never tell people what to make me, unless they asked ahead of time.
Danni99 Danni99 8 years
I never had a shower with any of my kids, so the random gifts friends brought were a real help and truly appreciated. I never got food until this last baby (he's 2 months now), and I did like it. That said, my husband is a great chef, and my 9 year old's not bad either. So I never had the overwhelming trouble with making meals post-baby. And since cooking is a therapy for me, it's one thing I would have missed had too many people brought meals.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I like any gifts really, just because you have things to pass down doesnt mean you arent going to ever want cute new outfits for the next, but i will have to admit food is nice. My sister told me to ask her any time i needed her to make me food, and i took her up on it more then a few times. It really was a lifesaver, I was able to do some of the 20 million other things you don't have much time or energy for while sleep deprived.
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
I hope people bring food over when the baby is born!
luckyme luckyme 8 years
Bring me the fooooooood! Yum!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I was overwhelmed (in a good way) with the number of people who brought us dinner after my son was born and spent his first four days of life in NICU. It touched me deeply and helped out so much during such a chaotic time. I also love making dinner for people who have had children or their own hospital stay/surgery etc.
Moms Moms 8 years
I appreciated everyone's generous gifts, but I can still taste the enchiladas that my aunt brought over to our house when we were sleep deprived and had an empty fridge after my daughter was born.
jenni5 jenni5 8 years
Don't feel bad neither did I. Got tons and tons of clothes that had to be returned to stores (making more work for me) :(
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I never got any food. Boo. I guess I didn't realize I was missing out until other woman talked about all of the food they got. :(
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