Choosing to make all of my baby’s food at home was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
What are the benefits of homemade baby food?
It’s safer and healthier than store bought baby food.
Besides saving money, there are an endless amount of benefits to homemade baby food. The number one reason, being that it’s healthier!
Recent news stories, have brought to our attention, that 95% of store bought and packaged baby food contains harmful ingredients, including arsenic and heavy metals. Knowing this, why is it sold in stores and why would we want to buy it?
An obvious answer would be, that we shouldn’t. By choosing to make homemade baby food, we can ensure the health and safety of our children. I mean, we’re gonna have to start preparing their foods anyway once they become toddlers, so why not start 6 months earlier?
Better quality and taste!
In return, our babies will thank us for choosing a healthy diet for them and appreciate better tasting, quality food.
My first time trying Beech Nut Organic’s bananas and apple sauce, I thought, “hmm it actually doesn’t taste too bad”. Though, after preparing a banana and apple puree from scratch and comparing it to the store bought food, there was a noticeable difference in taste. Immediately tossed every can of food into the trash.
I now, feel so much better knowing exactly what ingredients go into my baby’s meals. Not to mention, he’s a lot happier at meal times, making my part easy and stress free.
It’s cheaper, yet worth every dollar!
It’s one thing “being told that you can save money”, but actually seeing the proof is much better! So, to prove how much you can save with homemade baby food, I’ve created a shopping list on Kroger’s website.
The first list has; five cans of Beech Nut Organic’s fruits and veggies, to last 6 days each, with one container of organic oatmeal.
The second list has; the same 5 organic fruits and veggie produce items, with one container of whole grain oats, also to last 6 days each. PLUS an extra 6 days worth of Avocado fruits.
Here’s a chart :
|My Kroger Cart: List #1 (Canned foods)||My Kroger Cart: List #2 (Produce)|
|(6) Beech-Nut Naturals Stage 1 Just Carrots Baby Food Jar – 4 oz||(1) Simple Truth Organic™ Whole Carrots – 32 oz|
|(6) Beech-Nut Naturals Stage 1 Just Green Beans Baby Food Jar – 4 oz||(1) Pero Organic Green Beans – 12 oz|
|(6) Beech-Nut Naturals Stage 1 Just Honeycrisp Apples Baby Food Jar – 4 oz||(1) Simple Truth Organic™ Honeycrisp Apples Pouch – 2 lb|
|(6) Beech-Nut Naturals Stage 1 Just Sweet Potatoes Baby Food Jar – 4 oz||(2) Potatoes – Sweet – Jewel Yams – 1 lb|
|(6) Beech-Nut Naturals Stage 1 Just Bananas Baby Food Jar – 4 Oz||(2) Organic Banana – 1 each|
|(1) Gerber Organic Oatmeal Cereal – 8 oz||(1) Kroger® Old Fashioned Whole Grain Oats – 18 oz|
|(2) Organic – Avocados – 1 ct|
And here are the illustrations, with prices and cart total…
As you can see, from the inserted chart and illustrated photos, I saved $16.21 by choosing to make my own baby food. Which, is just $1.17 short, from being half the cost of what I would have spent on a month’s worth of store bought, baby food.
That is with the assumption, that your baby will eat 2 servings of fruits and veggies per day, equal to 1 out of 30 cans of baby food on the list, not including the added oatmeal.
Meanwhile, the produce in the cart would actually save even more money, considering that the bulk items will last more than 30 days, if stored away properly, as well as the oats.
I could literally go on and on about the benefits of homemade baby food, but to make this easier let’s discuss, “why NOT”…
What are the cons of making my own baby food?
Unlike pre-packaged baby food, making your own at home, means you will have to invest a little more time. While some meals can be made on spot by mixing or mashing with a fork, raw, crunchy fruits and veggies will need to be steamed or cooked before blending.
Steaming and boiling, could take between 2-10 minutes. Roasting veggies in the oven may take 45-60 minutes and blending normally takes me no more than 2 minutes.
On a better note, most homemade baby foods, can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days and stored in a freezer for 30-90 days. Even with a busy schedule I’ve still found it easy to make. I normally choose 2 days out of the week to meal prep, and do things around the house while veggies are in the oven.
Another factor, that people may see as a disadvantage of homemade baby food, is the purchase of a baby food maker or blender.
While it is highly recommended and helpful to use a baby blender, it isn’t a “must have”, and will not stop you from being able to prepare your baby’s meal. You can choose to use; a regular blender, hand mixer, vegetable masher or even a fork, to prepare some items.
But should I purchase a baby food maker?
Knowing that having a baby blender would save me time and benefit my baby, I chose to get one, and am very glad I did. I do, highly recommend investing in one, even if not right away.
It was one of my greatest investments this year and for my baby. That alone (knowing it would benefit my baby), gave me much reason to get one. As well as, knowing that it was a one-time purchase, that would save me money down the line. So, I honestly felt like I was saving money by making the purchase.
Nuby Garden Fresh Baby Blender
There are many different baby food makers you could purchase, so you don’t have to pick the most expensive one. I’ve found that prices range from about $30 – $100 and up.
After much research, the one I chose was the Nuby Garden Fresh Mighty Blender with Cook Book, 22 Piece Baby Food Maker Set. With this brand, I didn’t have to spend a lot of money, and I still received a lot with it. Honestly, I was skeptical that it wouldn’t do great and considered purchasing a more expensive one. Though, this one exceeded my expectations.
It literally came with everything I needed. Besides, a cutting knife and vegetable peeler. As a first time mom, I wasn’t sure where to start, so the recipe book and grocery shopping guide really came in handy for me!
It tells you what to purchase, how to pick the fresh, ripe and best produce, and even tells you how to store it, before and after cooking. The book itself was worth purchasing, along with the storage containers, steaming basket, utensils and freezer trays.
The Nuby Garden Fresh Mighty Blender with Cook Book, 22 Piece Baby Food Maker Set, was everything I needed to get started, right away. You can follow the link to purchase one as well, or I will also leave a few more brand links below.
If you decide to make the transition and make your own baby food, I’d like to hear from you, please comment below! If you have questions, comment or message me on the about page. Then, head on over to a short tutorial on How to make avocado and banana puree in 5 minutes and 4 easy steps!
- Nuby Garden Fresh Mighty Blender with Cook Book, 22 Piece Baby Food Maker Set
- Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System
- Baby Food Maker Eccomum Baby Food Processor Multi-Function Cooker and Blender to Steam and Puree Baby Food Warmer Mills Machine- 20 Oz Tritan Stirring Cup, Touch Control Panel, Auto Shut-Off
- Infanso Baby Food Maker Food Processor BF300 for Infants and Toddlers 7 in 1 Organic Food Making Machine with Steam Cooker, Blender, Chopper, Defroster, Reheater, Disinfector and Auto Cleaning