Having a baby can be overwhelming with every decision, but my tips for buying and making baby food makes life easier for you!
When my daughter was younger, I loved making her baby food; I felt like I played the game right. I didn’t always make her food and would purchase organic baby food if the price was right. I learned a lot about baby food during that span of her life and thankfully documented it well knowing I may one day want to share it with the world or realistically a friend. Here are my favorite tips for buying and making baby food.
- When you first start making food only introduce one solid at a time. Our doctor suggested giving the same type of food for four days in a row to make sure there are no allergies.
- If you make your baby food, make sure to have enough storage available. When I bought jarred baby food, I saved the glass jars so I could store my homemade baby food in the jars. These were my favorite. Fresh Baby So Easy Baby Food and Breast Milk Trays
- When purchasing baby food look for coupons. Sometimes I received coupons for free baby food. You can also use apps like Ibotta, Checkout-51, and the Target Cartwheel app for money back on baby food.
- My favorite tip is to try Big Lots for baby food. Big Lots is not always a guarantee, but we could usually find Earth’s best baby organic food for 40 cents a jar which were half off the Wal-Mart price. We sometimes could find the introduction jars which are smaller for 20 cents. One time bought a package which included 12 or 16 jars of baby food for under $4.00. Again, it’s not always a guarantee, but if you’re looking to save money, it’s worth a shot. Just in general they have good deals on name brand food.
- If you don’t have a steamer you can boil the vegetables but it takes longer, and you lose nutrients in the process.
What to use when making baby food:
When I made my daughters food, I used a steamer and then a blender to puree her food. For the record, a good blender goes a long way when making baby food.
Let’s explore the different options.
I will admit the baby bullet is cute, and I inherited one from my sister-in-law, but I found the baby bullet to be inconvenient because it didn’t blend as well and it didn’t blend a lot at once. It would take me triple the amount of time to puree food, especially sweet potatoes, and squash. However, if you are on a budget it does work, and it’s inexpensive.
If you know anything about the Vita-Mix blender, it’s probably how amazing the machine is. My mom bought me a refurbished one in college, and almost ten years later it’s still going strong. Since the baby bullet was too time-consuming for me, I started making food in my Vita-Mix machine, and it pureed food in under a minute. The blender is expensive, but I can vouch it’s worth every penny. I mean, how many blenders last ten years? My love for my Vitamix blender is a topic for another day but I promise you, it’s worth the cost.
One Step Baby Food Makers:
When my daughter was born, the baby bullet was the “In” thing to buy. Today, an all in one food maker is the must have item on a baby shower list. There are two popular brands which seem to do the same thing. Consider these baby food makers a one stop shop. They steam and puree the baby food in the same container which is pretty remarkable to me. I have never used one, but I have a few friends who have and love it.
My suggestion is to buy the brand which offers the largest containers since you will probably want to do a lot of cooking at once. They claim to take 15 minutes or less to steam and puree the food, which is convenient if you are short on time.
There are two brands, and if I had to make baby food again, I’d probably go with the BEABA Babycook brand since they have better reviews on Amazon, and it can hold up to 4.7 cup capacity.
The favorite brand is Baby Brezza and while the reviews are decent I know my friends use this brand to make baby food and love it. It’s comparable in price and how much is can hold. They also make smaller inexpensive models. The one thing to consider is if these products are worth the investment. Making baby food can last anywhere from four to six months, and you have to consider if it’s worth the investment on these products for a short span of time but if you are short on time, these products will help provide homemade meals for your baby.
Hopefully, this extra knowledge on buying and making your child food have helped you with your consideration. Remember, there is no right or wrong decision regarding this matter as long as your baby is happy, healthy, and eating that’s the most important thing!
If you made your own baby food, which method did you use?
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