One of the big ways we’ve saved money as parents is to cloth diaper. Another is that we make our own baby food. Rarely do I buy jars or pouches of baby food. Typically I reserve those for convenience, particularly when we are traveling. We make our own baby food because it saves us money, but we also love that we can control what goes into our babies’ food. We’re able to make organic baby food with nothing artificial in it and I love that.
Making your own baby food is easy. Here’s my simple recipe for carrot puree:
Step One: Peel and chop some carrots.
Step Two: Steam the carrots. I use my rice & veggie steamer to do this, but if you don’t have one you can steam them on the stove top.
Step Three: Puree the carrots in the blender (or food processor). Or just mash them up.
Step Four: Divide into ice cube trays.
Step Five: Freeze trays overnight. Then pop cubes out of the trays and into a plastic bag. Write the date on the bag and put the cubes back in the freezer.
The night before you need the puree just pull a cube (or two) out of the freezer and put in a container in the fridge to defrost over night. You can follow this same basic recipe with other veggies. My sons have particularly loved sweet potatoes and broccoli. I can’t believe it, but our little guy is getting better and better at eating and we’re moving out of this stage soon. He’s eating more and more finger foods and bigger chunks of table food, so this will probably be one of the last batches of purees that I’ll ever make.