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And Then I Started To Rethink Store Bought Baby Food

I’ve made no bones about it that I am totally ok with feeding baby Paul food out of a store bought jar, instead of purees I’ve made in my own kitchen.

I justify it by reminding myself that there are only so many hours in the day, and when it comes to parenting, it’s very much a game of give and take. We are all human, we can only do so much, and we all just want to do the best for our kids.

So while I do a few things really well, like cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and staying at home with him through the day. Some things I wish I could do well must give, such as making my own baby food and getting him on a daily bathing schedule.

But this past month, when I tallied up what we spent on groceries, I realized that feeding Paul jarred baby food is costing me an additional $140 a month. Depending the deal that I find, his food costs around $0.75 to $1 a jar. He’s been devouring around 5 jars a day, and if you do the math, you can see that it’s a very expensive way to eat.

This needs to change.

I’ve started to attempt to feed him solids, such as tiny pieces of fruit or grains, but he’s just not into it. Clearly, at 8 months old, he still needs primarily purees.

I’ve decided, I need to start making my own baby food, specifically to save money.

So I’m asking for help from all you mama’s who are really good at making your own baby food. Where do you go to find tasty (uncomplicated) baby food recipes? I’m looking specifically for website recommendations or a good book I can reference while in the kitchen.

I have a pretty fantastic food processor that I got for Mother’s Day, so I’m not interested in buying a baby food “maker” or anything. And I’m assuming I’ll need to pick up some ice cube trays or something to bulk freeze the meals.

Friends, I need a less expensive solution to the $140 a month I’m spending on jarred baby food. Hit me up with your best advice, I’m all ears.

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