Two of my best friends had a 6.5-pound baby girl last week. Now that I'm tuned into the baby channel, it seems like everyone is having one—the wife of this guy I work with, my dry cleaner's daughter, Tina Fey. Even Mariah Carey is reproducing. This brings up a lot of questions for the rest of us. For instance, Will I ever be ready for parenthood?, Can I pick up your baby?, and, What is the best dish to bring new parents?
The last question is particularly pertinent today because I just received an invitation to MealTrain.com, a website that helps you organize meals for new parents. Now I have access to a shared calendar where I can choose a day and declare what meal I'll bring, so that the new parents won't get seven pasta dishes in a row. This public dish display brought extra pressure to the decision. I had to research.
First, guidelines for bringing food to new parents: