In the tradition of all old things becoming new again, today at Simple Kids we will discuss making homemade baby food – just like our grandmothers did - but with a fresh spin designed for the modern mom.
Today, unlike our grandmothers’ time, we have a plethora of choices in our supermarkets – everything from the conventional, shelf-stable variety to the expensive, gourmet, “boutique” brands. These foods have revolutionized the way we feed our children and there is certainly nothing wrong with them. However, after having my first child, I made the decision to feed my baby the same fresh, wholesome ingredients I fed the rest of my family. Little did I know at the time how simple and convenient homemade baby food would be.
I am certainly not alone in the decision to make homemade baby food; it is making a big come back these days!
It appeals to modern-day moms for a variety of reasons:
It’s better for your baby.
Homemade baby food allows you to introduce fresh, seasonal, healthy, and tasty foods to your little ones - providing them with the best start in life…no fillers, no preservatives. Because you control the ingredients, you can introduce little one’s taste buds a vast array of flavors and textures that you might not find in the conventional brands. The more fruits and vegetables you introduce to your baby at a young age, the more likely they will eat (and enjoy!) them later.
It’s better for your wallet.
Homemade baby food saves a range of 50-80% off the cost of store-bought food. This can add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars saved over the course of a year. This savings creates margin in your budget to easily justify buying more organic ingredients, if you so choose.
It’s better for the planet.
Because it is prepared and stored in reusable containers, homemade baby food creates substantially less waste. Parents can additionally incorporate organic and/or local ingredients, which also benefit the environment.
Now that you see the benefits of making homemade baby food, stay tuned for Wednesday’s post when I share with you some simple techniques to demonstrate how quick and easy it can be!