Save Money: Make Your Own Baby Food!

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When my kids were old enough to eat baby food, but still too young to do a lot of chewing, I decided to make baby food rather than buy it in the jar. I did this for a few reasons.

First, I wanted to know exactly what they were eating. Second, we have always eaten fresh foods, so I knew what I was feeding them was good for them. And third, I knew if I fed the girls what the rest of the family ate it would save money.

I began with the basics. The girls ate a lot of avocados, mashed bananas, and steamed and mashed carrots when we first started off. Then, when they were old enough, I moved into proteins, which I would puree in the food processor and add to the veggies. If I fixed chicken, potatoes, and carrots for dinner, the girls ate these, too, though, of course, they were more liquid than solid. Snacks consisted of mashed up fruit or vegetables.  The only time I had to buy food in jars was when we were traveling and I wasn’t sure I’d have access to good foods and/or a blender or processor to make it the consistency the girls needed it to be.

I feel this one strategy saved us a lot of money in that first year or so. I know it takes some time to do this, but in reality it didn’t require much more work than what I was already doing by preparing dinner.

What about you? What is the one thing you do that saves your family money in terms of child rearing costs?

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Save Money: Make Your Own Baby Food!

Kathy Murdock works as a full time writer and web designer. Recently planted in the middle of the deep south from the busy streets of Los Angeles, when she's not coding Wordpress websites or writing about women in business and thrifty motherhood, Kathy spends time photographing alligators, playing with her family, and running. ... More

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  1. mamabear03 says:

    I didn’t start making baby food til our second baby and we didn’t have to worry about running out of baby food. Just the stuff to make it. Though that was ok because it was the same stuff we adults ate, just in a different form, mushed up. We are currently pregnant with baby number 4, and our last, and I plan on making baby food all over again.

  2. sayhola says:

    I made nearly ALL of his baby food, and it was super easy! It really didn’t take long, either, and I certainly recommend freezing the food in ice cube trays so that you can whip up a batch (2-3 cups) and save time later in the week. EASY!

  3. Aubrey says:

    Made mine all the time. Loved my baby bullet for it and have some refillable pouches on order for when we are on the move.

  4. yup. my grandmother told me early on that i should do this. same reasons. saving money and knowing what baby will be eating. 🙂 cant wait!

  5. Zaiynab says:

    Nice! I definitely plan on trying to make baby food. While I don’t think I will blend meat products, lol, veggies and fruits can easily be pureed. For protein I can always use lentils, red lentils get all mashed when you boil them a long time in soup.

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