This is my 9-month old son, Evan, aka The Bottomless Pit. When I watch him pack away food, I always wonder how it’s possible that a baby’s stomach is only as big as their fist?! The kid definitely loves to eat, so I spend a small part of each day whipping up homemade baby food for him. I do all kinds of crazy combinations, Pumpkin-Peach or Avocado-Sweet Potato-Banana, none of which would ever make the Gerber cut and most of which I’d never eat. Evan likes to suck on shoelaces and sticks, though, so I figure pretty much anything is a step up. I like making his baby food. I know exactly what goes into it, how he reacts to it, and what he will eat. It goes without saying that making baby food from scratch saves money. I’m not against commercially pureed and packaged baby food. It is quick and convenient and what parent doesn’t like those things. I’ll grab containers of commercial baby food occasionally when they are on a great deal, but for the majority of the time I simply cook vegetables or fruit in the oven or microwave, puree them in the blender or food processor, and store them in the fridge or freezer. It is fast and easy and economical. If your child is getting close the solid food stage, making baby food is easy, even if you don’t spend much time in the kitchen. If you’re not sure where to start, there are many great resources out there. Check your local library or try a simple baby food system like the Fresh Baby So Easy Baby Food Kit. Their Fresh Baby So Easy Baby Food Kit comes with an instructional DVD, cookbook, reference card, and two lidded cube trays. This system could be a great gift or resource for a new parent, especially one who likes to do things by the book. I definitely wing it in the baby food department, but even I will admit that the cookbook, So Easy Baby Food, is a good resource for a baby’s first year (check out the reviews on Amazon). And yes, the trays are just glorified ice cube trays but it’s nice to have separate ones devoted just to baby food and the lids are a cool bonus. I haven’t had to freeze baby food this time around. Remember Mr. Bottomless Pit? Yeah, there’s no point for him, but for those of you who have dainty eaters, this could be a helpful tool. As with most new things, experiments and experience will bring confidence. Trust me, whether you use a system or intuition, you’ll be whipping out gourmet baby food in no time. ********************* Fresh Baby is giving away a So Easy Baby Food Kit to one Frugal Living NW reader! To enter this giveaway, just leave a comment! Please only enter once and leave a valid email address. It’s not visible to the public and is the only way we can contact you if you win! If you are viewing this post in your email, please click the post title to enter. Replying to this email is not an acceptable entry — straight to the trash you will go! Comments will close and one winner randomly selected at Noon on Monday, January 31. Disclosure: We were sent a So Easy Baby Food Kit for review and given one to giveaway by Fresh Baby. All opinions are 100% ours and not edited by Fresh Baby.
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