Monday, July 22, 2013

Having a Baby? Create a Meal Registry!


A friend of mine just had a baby, and when I told her I'd like to bring her a meal, she told me she is registered with MealBaby.  How awesome is that?  A registry where your friends and family can sign up to bring you some post-baby nourishment.

You've heard me say it before-- it is surprisingly helpful when people bring food when you are slugging through the newborn haze.  These meal registries would be a very handy thing to check out prior to delivery.  The sites would also be great for helping a friend post-surgery, during a prolonged illness, after a loss, etc.

If you are like me and many other moms, asking for help can be hard to do.  These tools are a considerate way to make it easy for all your friends and family who truly do want to lend a hand.

Here are the two sites I looked into:*

MealBaby.com.  The mom registers with the site for days and times that would work for drop-offs (Thank God.  It's so hard when everyone wants to "drop by" at the witching hour after work!). The new parents can also list food allergies, aversions, and preferences.  There is even a link where out-of-town friends can send a meal to the couple.

MealTrain.com.  This site is similar to MealBaby, but it has a few more bells and whistles.

One of the nicest things about these sites is that they eliminate the time-consuming scheduling work for the tired, overwhelmed new parents; they both use real-time, interactive online calendars.  The sites also send out reminder emails to help everyone remember the plan.

Have you used one of these sites?  Have you heard of any others that are worth checking out? Please share your thoughts!

~Frantic Mama

*These sites are not sponsored!  They're just Frantic Mama Approved.

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