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When I first became a mom, I don’t think I realized how expensive babies can be. Diapers, wipes, strollers, bottles, clothes, car seats, utensils, toys – it all adds up! So, one of my first challenges was how I could reduce my costs. I quickly found that making my own baby food for my baby not only saved me money, but it also allowed me to know exactly what he was eating.
The average cost of baby food jars is around $.50-$1.00 depending on the size of the jar. A child may eat 3-6 jars a day, depending on his or her age. That works out to between $45 to $180 a month! By making my own baby food from fresh in season fruits and vegetables that I was already buying for the rest of the family, I really saved!
Are you ready to start making your own baby food? Here are some affordable tools that will help make the process easier:
- A food processor or baby food grinder. What I LOVED was the Magic Bullet. It was able to grind fruits, cooked vegetables and meats into the smooth puree that my little one needed. Plus, I liked that it was just the right size for baby food. It is also affordable – and years later, I still use mine for making adult food (salsa, pesto, etc). There is also another version specifically designed for making baby food called the Baby Bullet, as an option to consider.
- Baby Food Storage Containers. You will definitely want some type of containers so that you can make a batch of baby food, and then freeze it. This saves you from having to make food every day (or multiple times a day). My favorite was the Fresh Baby- So Easy Storage Trays (BPA-free). You just pop out the pre-portioned sizes and defrost what you need.
Both of these items are available from Walmart.com at a low price so you can get them without spending a fortune. And shipping is free with a $50 purchase or you can choose in store pickup to save on shipping.
Easy Baby Food Recipe
There are some very simple recipe ideas, too. An easy homemade baby food is applesauce (that older kids will enjoy, too). To make easy microwavable applesauce:
- Wash, peel and core the apples.
- Dice the apples into about 1 inch slices and put them into a microwave glass dish. (Optional: You can add a pinch of cinnamon for flavor).
- Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 10 minutes.
- Let cool for at least 5 minutes before pureeing.
- Place apples and juice in the Magic Bullet and puree. Add enough juice to get the consistency that you want.
- Freeze what you won’t use immediately in your So Easy Storage Trays to have food later in the week.
If you don’t want to microwave the fruits/vegetables, you could also steam them on the stove or with a rice cooker.
I did this same process with carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, zucchini, green beans, pears, and peaches. Don’t forget that banana and avocado are also easy to mash up with a fork and can be added to many other items, too. Once your baby has been introduced to a food, then you can start making combinations, like apple/carrot, etc.
The great news is that you will be able to save money and give your baby nutritious food. Don’t forget you can shop online and save money to live better at http://www.walmart.com
Do you make your own baby food? What other tips would you add for new parents thinking of trying it?