$14.80! That is how much it cost me to make all of the food pictured above. I’ve never been one of those penny pinching people but for $14.80 to feed Xavier for a whole month is amazing.
I usually feed him two “ice cubes” a day, which is about two ounces. Now obviously this is just how I feed him in the house but being a stay at home mom, we’re almost always home when he’s hungry. If I know we’re having a day out-and-about I’ll take a jar with me. So comparing that price to the Gerber jar food, it saves me over $5 every time I decide to make my own baby food (saying he eats 2oz). But, that two ounces will increase over time and once he eats more I’ll be saving even more! Let’s say it was only two ounces forever, that would be $60 saved a year. Four ounces would save me $120 a year, and so on. It doesn’t sound like a lot but making your own baby food is one of the many small things you can do to save money with a baby! And yes, it’s very very easy. As long as you have a blender, you can make your own baby food!
At first I was very set on getting a baby blender that was meant for making and storing baby food. Then I realized there was no point if it did the same exact thing as a normal blender only with a smiley face on it. Why waste my money on a baby blender, when I will eventually get rid of it because I in fact just have two blenders. So I decided a normal blender is going to do the job just fine. In the picture I made a few different foods; apple and banana, apple, blueberry, blueberry and plum, carrot, carrot and sweet potato. Obviously the carrots and sweet potato were very dry vegetables, so I added apple juice as a slight sweetener and to help the mix become more of a baby food consistency. Making all of the food took me maybe an hour total, I was interrupted a few times of course.
Overall it was the easiest $5 I’ve ever saved! I would totally recommend anyone do your at-home feedings this way, it adds five extra minutes to your shopping trip and you know exactly what is in your child’s baby food!
1 banana 1 red apple
2 red apples
5 ounces blueberries
4 ounces blueberries 2 plums
1 carrot 1 sweet potato