There are so many things that I thought were givens before I had a baby. I thought I had it all figured out... what a "pre-mom" I was! haha...
Little did I realize how many hours I would spend researching products, techniques, and money saving tips. I really have had fun re-evaluating my preconceived notions. I could make a list the length of my arm of all that I have reconsidered over the past several months, but today I will just share with you one of my favorites!
Baby food!!! Perhaps one of the most fun, healthy and money saving decisions I have made it to make my own baby food. I never thought I would say this, but canned baby food is almost more work (and money!) than making it myself!!
During one of my researching escapades, I came across Wholesome Baby Foods
. While I had already made the decision to make my own baby food, this site gave me the tools/resources I needed to make the task easy! Whenever I am inspired to try a new food, I just look up how best to prepare it with Wholesome Baby Foods.
In a nutshell, here is why I am a baby loving/baby food makin' mamma:
- Healthy - I know exactly what is going into my son's food. I am able to use organic products and
products from the "Clean 15," so I know that he is being exposed to a limited amount of pesticides and preservatives.
- Freshness - My son is going to have a lifetime of eating processed and preservative filled foods. I love that I am able to start him off on the right foot and teach him to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Economical - I am able to make several weeks worth of food for only a couple dollars. One butternut squash makes 30 (3T) meals. This makes this frugal mamma happy!!
- Time Saving - When I am making dinner for my husband and I, I am able to throw on one extra fruit or vegetable to batch up for my son. This saves me from unnecessarily running to the grocery store to buy baby food when I realize I am almost out.
One added bonus to making my own baby food is being able to use breast milk in place of water in the recipes. I was a pumping fool the first several month after my son was born, so we have a freezer FILLED with unused breast milk (my son refused to take a bottle until recently). Now I am able to use it in the food I am making for him, so I know that the homemade baby food has an added punch of nutrients to it :)
If you are interested in seeing the techniques that I am using for making my own baby food, click here.
Labels: Baby, Recipes