If you’re having a baby, definitely expect your expenses to increase. Between purchasing diapers, baby food, clothing, and perhaps arranging for paid child care if you need to work, you’ll probably wonder if there is a way to raise a little one more economically. There are parents who put in a little extra effort to save money – using cloth diapers instead of disposables, breast feeding instead of buying formula, and even making their own baby food. Yes, it is completely doable.
Look around your favorite department store or kitchen boutique, and you will find that special gadget that process fruits and vegetables into food suitable for young eaters come at an affordable cost. By buying a special processor and reusable jars, you not only save in the long run when your child starts taking solids, but you work a bit to reduce your carbon footprint. You will buy less jars and containers to throw away, and because the foods you make can be frozen or stored for weeks (depending on the system you buy) you can keep a good supply handy.
As for what types of foods are best for baby’s first solid diet, there are a variety of fruits and vegetables that work best with a growing digestive system. If you are considering making your own baby food, here are some good foods to use.
Pears: Pears are not only sweet and flavorful, but are an excellent food to give a baby who is feeling a bit blocked up or experiencing tummy trouble. High in Vitamin C, pears are a great first food to introduce to your little one.
Green Beans: It’s good to start your children on green vegetables early, so that they may continue good eating habits as they grow. Green beans are practically a staple in terms of baby food and first “hand foods.” They are soft and simple to puree, plus they are rich in Vitamin K.
Sweet Potatoes: Creamy and tasty when mashed, sweet potatoes don’t need all the butter and fixings regular potatoes may require. Sweet potatoes contain potassium, calcium, and folate and are a delicious addition to baby’s lunch.
Carrots: Similar to sweet potatoes in that they share the same color and richness in beta carotene, carrots give off a sweetness when cooked and are a popular beginning food for babies.
Peas: Yes, many adults may have a difficult time enjoying peas, but you cannot deny they are a very healthy food and easy to make for young eaters.
Chicken: Meats are typically a late stage food for babies. As your child gets closer to the first year you may wish to incorporate a bit of pureed chicken into his/her diet. Combing a small amount of chicken with a green vegetable may make the food more palatable, too.
You can save a bit of money making your own baby food, and even have fun doing it. The love that goes into creating a meal for your child makes for a wonderful bonding experience as well.