I’m going to share a few recipes for homemade baby food in an upcoming article but before I do that, I wanted to take a moment or two to talk about why you should considering making your own baby food. It’s easier to simply head down to the grocery store and pick up ready made food but is that really the right choice for your baby? Many of my friends have started making their own baby food so I decided this was a subject worth looking into a bit further and after many in depth conversations, I’ve come up with a list of reasons homemade baby food is the way to go for most mothers.
It’s less expensive.
Having a baby costs a lot of money. There is just no arguing that point. Your little one will be your pride and joy but it will also be a huge strain on the average person’s bank account. Saving money any way you can is obviously appealing. Even you will have to initially spend a little more to make your own baby food, the savings in the long run definitely make it the more financially sound option. Start gathering the basic materials before you plan to start feeding your baby your homemade baby food so you don’t have to worry about spending money on pre-made baby food to feed your baby while you’re buying materials to make homemade baby food. Buy the materials a little at a time so you can spread the cost out a little bit. Too see how much money you’ll actually be saving, factor in how much you’ve spend on materials and figure out how long those materials will last. Now, add up the amount you would’ve spent buying pre-made baby food for the same amount of time. You might be a little surprised at how much you actually wind up saving.
It isn’t complicated.
I’ve mentioned my friends who make their own baby food but when it comes to writing this portion of the article, there is only one friend I have in mind. This sweet, sweet, lovely woman is a wonderful mother and a terrific friend but the lady can’t cook. She could burn water. She can also, however, make food for her baby with no trouble at all. Follow a few very basic recipes and even the culinary-challenged Moms and Dads out there can pull off making their own baby food. The money you save combined with how easy it is to make should be enough alone to sell you on the idea of learning how to make your own baby food.
You know what’s in it.
This is a big one. When you’re buying pre-made baby food, you can look at the ingredient list to get an idea of what’s actually in the product but that’s all it will be – an idea. You weren’t there when it was made. You have no idea what actually wound up in the final product. From chemicals and preservatives to things that may have made their way into the food during the manufacturing process, it can be hard to say what you actually may be feeding your baby. While most often, any food you buy at the grocery store will be perfectly safe for your baby, more and more mothers and fathers are becoming less okay with the idea that they can’t know exactly what goes into the food their baby is eating. This makes homemade baby food an appealing option for obvious reasons.
You can opt to go ‘all natural’.
All natural food is a big deal these days because people are becoming more and more conscious of what they’re putting in their bodies. If you eat an all natural diet, why should you offer your baby anything else? Your baby needs certain vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy and to grow up strong but you can make sure they’re getting everything they need in their meals by making their food yourself, opting for all natural ingredients instead of ingredients that may have preservatives or other chemicals in them. Organic ingredients can be a bit more expensive to buy but even with the added expensive of opting for organic, you’ll still be saving money – especially if you were considering buying organic baby food which can be outrageously expensive.
It doesn’t take as long as you might think.
When a lot of new parents start thinking about making their own baby food, one of the first thoughts they have is that they won’t have nearly enough time to undertake such a big project. That just isn’t true the vast majority of the time. It is faster to just open up a jar of baby food, of course but making your own baby food doesn’t take all that long either, especially since you can make it in advance and store it for when it’s needed. Most of my friends who make their own baby food choose one day a week to make the food they’ll need for the following week in advance. Sunday evenings are often a good option because there isn’t quite as much going on. If you’re working and making your own baby food, plan on a time that fits into your schedule. We’ll talk more about how long it takes to make your own baby food when we talk specific recipes because different recipes may take longer than others.
It’s great for baby sitters.
When you’re making your own baby food and storing it for when it’s needed, label each container with the day it was made and the day you intend to feed it to your baby. If you have a baby sitter or nanny that watches your baby while you’re at work or at school, you can just tell them where to find the food and they can look for whatever container they need. It’s no more difficult for your baby sitter than opening a jar of baby food.
Do you make your own baby food? What made you decide to start? Are you happy with your decision? Let us know in the comments section below. Just considering making your own baby food? Make sure you come back for our step by step tutorial that not only teaches you how to make your own baby food but offers a few great recipes you can try out at home.