When Cullen arrived, we spent the first few weeks in a little newborn bubble – snuggling, feeding, cuddling, cooing, staring, and occassionally – sleeping. Eventually, I had to take a shower and start getting dressed again, and I had to try to figure out how to do things that used to be quite simple – things like grocery shopping.
A while ago I wrote about the experience of grocery shopping with a young baby. To sum it up for you, it’s not fun. It’s stressful, it takes forever, and it often ends up being your only activity of the entire day. A friend of mine had a baby recently and I was trying to think of something that might make a good gift for her. Then it hit me – the gift of groceries!
Here are a few ways you can help save new moms (or yourself!) from a few extra trips to the grocery store …
1. Amazon Fresh. I am willing to admit that I am a total Amazon junkie. Click submit and it’s on my doorstep in two days? Yes, please! But beyond bottles and burp clothes, Amazon also sells FOOD! Anything you could ever find at the grocery store, you can also find on Amazon. And with Amazon Fresh, you can order groceries and have them on your doorstep the next morning. Amazing.
2. Local store deliveries. Here in Seattle, we have something called SPUD – Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery. It is similar to Amazon Fresh in that it’s a grocery delivery service, but our specific store carries only organic and hand-selected brands – more similar to a Whole Foods type of grocer. In addition, there are many local options from bakeries, delis, butchers, and more. It’s a great way to get groceries while also supporting your community!
3. Meal delivery services. Everyone knows that new moms need help with meals and cooking for the first few weeks. But once all the casseroles have been eaten and the meals have stopped coming, it can be daunting to get a home cooked dinner on the table every single night. Many cities have meal delivery services, where you can opt for dinners to be delivered one or two nights a week – just enough to give the new mom a bit of a break. In Seattle, we have Lucky Palate – a delivery service for vegan and vegetarian dinners. Perfect for a family like mine with special diets!
A gift card or certificate for any one of these types of services would be a unique and helpful gift for any new family. Eventually, every mom has to figure out how to navigate the grocery store with a sidekick, but it never hurts to have a backup plan.