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Babies Encyclopedia: Is it cheaper to make my own baby food?

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Asked by CafeMom Team at 10:20 AM on Sep. 10, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Actually, it is cheaper to for go "baby food" all together and just let baby eat what you are eating. Soft foods like steamed broccoli, bananas and mashed potatoes are always favorites of my kids! Plus letting them feed themselves helps with hand eye coordination!
    MythicMMM

    Answer by MythicMMM at 10:36 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Absolutely! You can use the same foods that you are preparing for your own dinner and just mash them up a bit. If you want to go all out, you can buy a food grinder at most variety stores for around $10. I have found that by preparing our own baby food, we spend about $250/month on our total groceries vs the $320 that we were spending when we were buying separate food for our son. Preparing your own baby food is not only great for the budget but it also encourages Mommy and Daddy to eat properly too!
    Aqua_Jen

    Answer by Aqua_Jen at 10:41 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Yes it is, since it's your everyday food you would buy anyway!.
    cynprz

    Answer by cynprz at 10:47 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Yes. And if you follow "Baby Led Weaning", you can save more and guarantee your little ones stomach is ready for it. Wait until your child is at least 6 months old and can sit unassisted...then, you can feed finger foods and can skip cereal and purees altogether. By one year, they will/can be eating whatever you and the family are eating. So, yes, it is way less expensive and healthier too!!
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 10:59 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Yes. If you have garden-fresh fruits and veggies, you can puree them yourself and freeze them in small freezer bags. You can also mash up the foods that you eat and feed them to your baby, rather than buying "baby food". Be mindful of sodium in your foods though. Limit processed foods for your babies. Give them a healthy start!
    MomToBeISaMom

    Answer by MomToBeISaMom at 12:58 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • Yes it can be cheaper, but is also a lot of work at times. If you are the type to keep your house stocked with a good variety of fruits and vegetables, then it it easy to throw a few in the blender around lunch or dinner time for baby. If you aren't that type, the best way to do this would be to buy fruits and vegetables that you can either can yourself, for later use, or freeze, for baby. If that doesn't fit into your schedule, then baby food can end up being a savior and a saver.
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 1:22 PM on Sep. 10, 2010

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