You save a TON of money making your own, and it's not that hard. You don't even have to puree things if you don't want to. Sometimes I cook up a ton of carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, etc, and puree it. Mixing and keeping some seperate. Then I will freeze it in small containers. But, most of the time I use a fork to mash/smash whatever we are eating for a meal. If what we ate was non-mashable :D then I gave the kids a banana or yogurt or applesauce.
What helps too, is that the kids learn at an early age to eat different textures and are eating cut up bits of food even earlier (because they are not used to the super fine pureed baby food. There food has always been a bit chunky. My son has been eating solids for about one month and now has 4 or 5 teeth. He will eat just about anything if we cut it into small enough pieces or smash it a little bit.
at 1:57 PM on Sep. 25, 2010