I admit it…I was extremely intimidated when I started making homemade baby food for my daughter. In fact, I didn’t even attempt it with my oldest because I figured there was no way that I would have the time or energy at the end of an already busy day. After encouragement from a friend, and help from An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Baby Food I’ve conquered my fears and have truly grown to love the process and the high quality food that results from my efforts.
My best advice for someone just starting to make their own baby food? Make it fun. But, how do you make it fun if you don’t even know where to start? By reading the new book, An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Baby Food, you’ll learn simple and straight-forward ways to make baby food. The book gives step-by-step instructions and useful tips for all the different stages of eaters, telling you what to make, how to make it, and when. It helps to make the process simple by covering some of the common concerns with homemade food such as storage, and how to prepare food for daycare and travel.
Adrianne Hunter, the author of An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Baby Food, offers the following advice for parents who might be considering making their own baby food:
“It’s not as scary as you may think it would be! It’s actually pretty easy as long as you know the basics. Once you have the basics, you can get as fancy as you like or just keep it simple. All you need is a little time and a little knowledge, and the rest is easy. This book gives all the tools you need without all the extra stuff.”
Making homemade baby food is a fun and enjoyable; I’ve even started getting my three year-old involved in the process! I started making baby food because of the nutritional value, but quickly realized the true cost saving benefits. The amount of money I save from making homemade baby food is shocking and continues to offer just another incentive to homemade. I never would’ve imagined that I could make my own quality food so cheap and yet so simple.
The cost savings can be huge, especially over time.
Store Bought Baby Food vs. Homemade Baby Food
1 oz of Bananas = $0.23 1 oz of Bananas = $0.01
1 oz of Peas = $0.23 1 oz of Peas = $0.04
1 oz of Sweet Potatoes = $0.23 1 oz of Sweet Potatoes = $0.04
1 oz of Applesauce = $0.23 1 oz of Applesauce = $0.03
An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Baby Food covers in detail some of the estimated savings and author Adrianne Hunter says:
"Looking at the store prices, they don’t seem too bad, but if you keep multiplying these prices over and over, serving after serving, it definitely adds up over the months. For example, if you bought a jar of bananas (a typical jar is two ounces) for one meal a day, every day of the week, that is a total of $3.18 a week. Homemade bananas would equal $0.14 for a week. So, by making one serving of bananas, you are already seeing a savings of 12.5 percent over buying one serving. Keep in mind that is only one meal a day. After a while, you will be feeding your baby three times a day not to mention that your baby will be growing, therefore needing larger amounts of food. So, the cost will only go higher and higher …”
If you are thinking about getting started making homemade baby food Adrianne Hunter’s An Easy Guide to Making Homemade Baby Food is the perfect tool to lead you in the right direction. The book lives up to its name as far as keeping baby food making simple – and thus enjoyable for Mommy and delicious for Baby!
A big thank you to Diversion Press for sending a cookbook to review. All opinions are 100% ours and no form of monetary compensation was received in exchange for this Rave Review.