Are there traditional things that a new mom is supposed to eat? I don't know anything about babies, but perhaps there are certain nutrients (calcium? protein?) that a new mother needs.
I ask because I'm making a few things to include in a gift basket for a new mother, but am not sure what to include. I know pregnant women typically shouldn't eat too much sugar (danger of prenatal diabetes, right?), but what about afterwards?
For some reason my gut tells me to stay away from full entree type things like casseroles for the freezer (which is what I would do for a relative or close friend). I don't know her or her tastes well enough to bring her entire meals. Somehow it feels like imposing my tastes on her. A basket of goodies seems more appropriate.
I'm also not sure about making something for the baby since she's probably breastfeeding now.
How does this sound for a basket (bearing in mind that the husband can eat everything if for some reason the mom can't):
-mini muffins of something healthy, like oatmeal blueberry or raisin bran.
-chocolate chip cookies (just because I make a mean chocolate chip cookie)
-a jar of oven-dried cherry tomatoes soaked in chili, garlic, and olive oil. Good for dipping bread, or for when they start cooking again (or maybe preserves since it's summer?)
-baby clothes from the couple's alma mater (they met in college)
-a pair of cigars for New Dad.
I'm so lost and open to suggestions it's not even funny. What did you want to eat when you (or your partner) had a baby?