Some Baby Food for Thought

I made my own baby food with my first son, and of course I am doing the same with my second. Making your own baby food puts you in charge of what goes in your baby’s tummy. It allows you to feed him/her the best money can buy without breaking the bank.

What is the point of buying baby food? If you get lucky what you are buying is the pureed vegetable and water. But other times you can also be paying for things your baby should not be eating at such a young age or at all. I was reading the food labels of some baby food jars at my local grocery store and the jars of Beech-Nut baby food listed this ingredient: “fructooligosaccharides”. I was disgusted! I am sure you have an idea of what it is, but if you don’t, it’s an artificial sugar alternative. Because that is just what my seven month old needs: fake sugar added to his food! Then we wonder what’s wrong with the eating habits of our society?

Making baby food saves you money too. I have spent 80 cents in a pound of sweet potatoes, $2 in three pounds of carrots, $1 in a bag of green beans and a bag of peas. I also spent $1.87 on this big bottle of applesauce. It made eleven servings of baby food, or 17 cents a serving. A double pack of Gerber Applesauce costs $1.08 at my local Walmart or 54 cents a serving.

You can also use coupons to feed organic food to your baby. Right now there is a coupon for $1 off any Cascadian Farm product at coupons dot com. You can find bags of Cascadian Farm frozen fruits and veggies at some grocery stores and even Walmart. But even if you can’t find it, any extra money you spend buying these foods is made up in the money savings you achieve by making your own baby food. The health benefits to your baby are immeasurable.