When I was pregnant I only had one weird craving – BBQ potato chips.  I could not get enough of them!  One time I even made my husband stop at a gas station on the way home from a doctor appointment to buy a bag!  Other than BBQ chips though I was pretty good about what I ate.  I figured the food I eat is the food that my baby eats, and if I wouldn’t want him eating a a ton of sugar when he’s older and actually has the ability to choose what he eats, then I won’t make him eat it now when he doesn’t have a choice!  After he was born and started to eat solids my line of thought had not changed.

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Are you thinking about making your own baby food? Here I'll tell you what worked for me and what didn't! Plus, it's a great way to save some money!

I decided that I was going to make all my baby food, I wouldn’t buy pre-made food in a can, because A) if I pureed chicken it certainly would be kinda chunky and not that smooth and B) if that really has turkey then why is it sitting out on a shelf?!  If your way of thinking is totally different than mine that’s fine too, to each their own and I’m sure you’re an awesome momma :). However, if you’re about to take on the journey of making your own baby food then these are items you need to buy right now!  As a side note, if you already have a food processor or blender then don’t go out and buy a baby bullet or any other “baby” food processor.  A food processor is a food processor is a food processor!

  1. I have read horror story after horror story after horror story about parents finding mold in their child’s pre-made food pouches.  After seeing all the pictures and reading the stories I know there’s no way I would eat one, much less let G eat one.  But the pouches really are a convenient idea!  Especially when your child is just starting to eat solids!  This Squeeze Station was the answer to my prayers!  I could mash up a bunch of veggies and squeeze it into a pouch, that way I knew what was in it.  You can either eat it right away or stick it in the freezer.
  2. This is, hands down, the best baby recipe book I have.  It’s extremely informative and will probably answer 90% of your food questions in the first few pages!  It also has recipes for your older children.  Our son is 2.5 years old and we still use this recipe book from time to time to come up with meals we can eat as a whole family!
  3. When your child gets a little older and your food gets a little more solid you’re going to be looking for a great little container to store your food in.  You’re welcome;). OXO is one of my favorite kitchen brands, so when I found these beauties on Amazon I knew I had to have them!  I love how they have a little tray on the bottom so when you store it in the fridge you don’t have baby size Tupperware everywhere in your fridge.  That would be enough to give me nightmares!

Pears and almond butter with rosemary, green beans with quinoa and almond butter, and of course the ever popular green peas and carrots!

In the end, you know what’s best for your family and your baby!  For us, this was a great money saver that helped me sleep well at night knowing exactly what was going into Gavin’s meals – no added sugars, no preservatives, just good ole organic food!

If you’ve read even one other article on this blog then you know I’m all about saving some mulah, especially when it comes to baby things!  Without further ado, the money savings!

  1. If you buy a two pack of baby food, specifically a 3/4 smooshed banana, from Target it’ll cost you $1.19.  That’s .60 for 3/4 of a banana.  Whereas, I could go to Trader Joe’s and buy a single organic banana for .19.  Cha Ching.
  2. Let’s say you decide to buy the pre made banana food from Target, (and hey, if you do, use Ebates, you can save 1%!) your baby eats at least 3 times a day.  That’s $1.19 X 2 (2 pack, remember?) = $2.38.  Over a week this totals to $13.09, over a month it’s $52.36.  Eeks,  Or, .57/day for 3 *whole* square bananas.  I think you can see where I’m going with this…
  3. Let’s not forget you already go grocery shopping for yourself, right?  It doesn’t add much for you to puree and smash one of your 15 🍎 apples 🍏   (am I the only one who loves apples this much?) into some delicious applesauce!
  4. Buy in bulk!  If you go to Costco (seriously, if you can’t think of what to ask for for Christmas, ask for a Costco membership!) you can easily buy all the ingredients you need for a month in one go and freeze it!  Pureed apples? Yes, please!  Smushed peas and carrots?  Can’t get much better! Pureed blueberries?  Check, check and check!

What are your favorite baby food recipes?  How do you make and freeze your meals?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Elizabeth

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