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8 Reasons Organic Baby Food Is More Affordable Than We Think - Do you do all organic? If so, how?

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 7:01 PM
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8 Reasons Organic Baby Food Is More Affordable Than We Think

Posted by Sasha Brown-Worsham on April 25, 2012 

In a perfect world, we would all feed our babies all natural, organic fruits and vegetables that were free of pesticides and harmful agents and full of the goodness that will keep them growing strong and healthy. But for many parents, the price difference is limiting.

At Walmart, a 12-pack of Earth's Best Baby Food goes for $19.08 while a 12-pack of Beech Nut might go for more like $12. For many, this price difference is simply too much to handle. And with making one's own baby food, it can be the same.

Simply put: many people believe organic is out of their price range. But it doesn't have to be. Here are eight ways to make organic baby food more affordable:

  • Eat out less: I know for us, balancing our bank accounts in order to buy all organic meant cuts elsewhere. We looked at our Starbucks coffees and our lunches/brunches out and our three nights a week of take-out, and we quickly realized there was a lot more room in our food budget that we thought.
  • Buy what you can buy: Certain foods absorb more pesticides than others, so if you can't afford to be all organic, maybe you can afford to be 65 percent organic or only 50 percent, but some is better than none.
  • Make your own baby food: Most of these tips are for people who plan to make their own baby food, but it bears repeating. It isn't expensive and will save enough money on baby food that you CAN afford to buy organic.
  • Shop on sale: It's fine to have a clear idea of what you want, but if you can be flexible, you can find bargains.
  • Shop farmers' markets: Same concept applies here.
  • Shop seasonally: Veggies and fruits are much cheaper in season, even organic ones!
  • Join an organic CSA: One of the best ways to get good organic produce (or even meat) is to join a farm share (Community Supported Agriculture). It's typically a bit cheaper than grocery stores and supports local farmers. Big win all around!
  • Start a garden: If you have outdoor space, why not grow your own organic foods? As your baby grows, she can get it on the fun and learn about gardening herself.

Do you do all organic? If so, how?

by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 7:01 PM
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michiganmom116
by Gold Member on Apr. 25, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I don't typically buy organic...but I can grow it myself.

I don't have any babies in the house anymore, just a 4 mo granddaughter, but when my kids were little I made a LOT of their baby food from fruits & veggies that I'd picked and canned myself.  My DIL plans to do the same thing for granddaughter.

Kelly913
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 7:57 PM
No babies here. We follow the EWG's guide to pesticides-buying the dirtiest 25 organic or not at all, and conventionl for the cleanest 25. Makes a big difference-considering ONE organic bell pepper is $6 where I live. I love the farm stands over the summer when I can buy them for .75ยข a piece!
jbyrd898
by Jessica on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I dont buy all organic, but when my little guy was smaller. I made his baby food.

mommyprice09
by Ashley on Apr. 25, 2012 at 8:24 PM

i dont buy

MamaBear2cubs
by Nikki on Apr. 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I do not buy organic baby food.

ReesesPieces
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:04 PM
We do not buy organic, but I occasionally get organic baby food on a B1G1 sale thus saving me money. If it's not cheap I won't bother with it.
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yvonne37
by Yvonne on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:35 PM

 When my children were babies I used to make their baby food from scratch.  I would boil things like yam, sweet potatoes, plantains, yuca, etc and would mash it with milk and they loved it.  That and breastmilk was their meals :)

momto3isme
by Dawn on Apr. 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM
No babies here and I never made theirs baby's food.
mstevens10
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

We have a small garden, I plan to make it when baby #2 is here. I tried for DS but I wasn't very into it. I had reasons jarred food was cheaper (which it wasn't haha)

Stevensmomma
by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I make most of my kids baby food especially the fruits I feel so much more comfortable doing it than buying stuff in jars

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