When we tighten our household budget belts with babies in the house, it can be tricky to find areas of savings. When my son grew out of diapers, it felt like we had gotten a raise! No more large packs of diapers each week, constant supplies of wipes or liners for the Diaper Genie. I suppose I could have used cloth diapers to save on the disposables, and perhaps I will go that route if we welcome another addition to the family.
One area where it’s easier to see real savings is in baby’s food. Most doctors agree that at about 4 to 6 months of age, it is good timing to start giving baby some “solid” foods. There are so many options in stores now from traditional to organic to allergy-free, and thank goodness for that. But all those little jars can add up quickly! Making homemade baby purees is so simple, takes very little time (especially if you do it in batches and freeze it) and costs so much less than buying pre-made baby food.
I have gathered several informative links to give you some options if you want to explore this topic. For me what worked best was a combination of store-bought and homemade baby food purees, and my son seemed to like them both equally. If you become a real pro at making the purees, you may be inspired to start your own baby food business, a la Shazi Visram from Happy Baby Food!
Is it time to start baby on solids? Here’s what HealthyChildren.org suggests.
Looking for recipe ideas for baby food purees? The High Chair Times blog on Parents.com is chock full.
You can use your home blender to make purees, or you can get a tool kit like the Baby Bullet, which includes storage containers and a freshness plan.
Don’t forget that some foods are not as good for baby as others. Baby Center has a few ideas on the foods you should skip in baby’s first years.
Don’t forget to use the 4-Day Allergy Rule when introducing new foods! Only introduce one new food at a time, and give it to baby for 4 days in a row to check for allergy symptoms. After that, you are safe to introduce a new food. If you start several foods at once, you may not know which one baby is allergic to. Send pics of your beautiful purees!