New Moms really appreciate a meal that is already cooked and easy to grab. Soups in individual containers, a mild chili, pre-portioned individual meals or casseroles, pre-made sandwiches for the refrigerator and freezer, individually wrapped. For freezer sandwiches, don’t use lettuce or veggies that wilt and use individual sauce travel packets so the bread doesn’t get soggy.
I suggest it’s a good idea for friends and loved ones to sit with the mom before baby comes and ask what she likes to eat. Then you have a list to work from and Mom doesn’t have to think about it. I also provide this service when I work with a family. The best part is it can be customized for the family and in some homes, meals are the sole focus of what the busy family wants by way of assistance. Mom gets to spend more time with baby and siblings rather than in the kitchen.