Saving money when having a baby

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Saving money when having a baby

Hello everyone!

My husband and I have a four year old son and when he was a baby, he ate all the prepackaged baby food from jars bought at the grocery store. I had friends whom made their own food, but since I didn't have a ton of spare time and didn't own a food processor, I just bought what was at the store.

We are considering having our second child and I'm pretty sure I would like to make their food, because we now have a food processor and I've heard it can be cheaper and healthier. Does anybody have any tips or good recipes to share?

We also bought the store brand of diapers because they were much cheaper than Huggies or Pampers. Sometimes I would find a good coupon and the big brands would be slightly cheaper, but I could always depend on the store brand to be the same low price.

Does anybody else have any good money saving tips?

I have a tip when it comes to baby food. When you make your purees for a very young baby, like when they're just starting on solids, freeze the puree in an ice cube tray. When frozen, pop them out and store them in freezer bags (or if you're overly cautious to avoid "that freezer taste" like I am, maybe in foil and *then* in a freezer bag.

When it's time to eat, just thaw one or two of the cubes and warm it.

Thanks for the tip. What foods did you do this with? I'm trying to remember what foods are considered the first foods. I know we tried giving our son some of that mushy rice cereal but he hated it! Once he tried carrots and peas, he was hooked on those. Using an ice cube tray is a neat idea though because I bet those are perfect portions for them. I never thought about wrapping things in foil before putting them in freezer bags, that's a great idea too. I like the idea that I know exactly what my baby is eating. Our son was never into any of the meat baby foods, however they feed those to our puppy at the vet when he goes in for shots and he loves them.

At 6 months old you can give your baby pureed pumpkin, potatoes or squash mixed with boiled chicken. You can also bake the pumpkin, potato or squash and serve it in small pieces. You can put a little butter, or sprinkle a little cinnamon or sugar to make it tasty.

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