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Benefits of Homemade Baby Food
The global baby food industry is expected to generate sales of more than $13 billion a year by 2015, and if you’re a new mom there’s a good chance you’ll make a contribution – to the tune of about $100 a month once your baby starts eating solid foods.
The good news is that you can shave that expense nearly in half with homemade baby food. We know you've heard it all before, but take a second to think about all those corporate fat cats and lab zombies cackling at one another as they mass produce <em>who knows what</em> to put in your baby's mouth, and try to imagine an alternative that really is healthier and less expensive.
<strong>Baby Food Costs</strong>
Let’s put it into context. Prices and babies vary, but $100 is the average cost of feeding a baby for a month at $1 per four-ounce jar – a <em>conservative</em> estimate for “good” store-bought baby food. (And we're not going to count the money you spend on frozen pizzas, snack cakes and soda when all you really needed was baby food, either, because that's just depressing.)
One recent estimate by finance servicer Mint puts the average savings of homemade vs. store-bought baby food at more than $400 a year – <em>a 45% savings when using organic foods</em>. Of course, the savings would be even higher if you were to compare that cost to store-bought baby food of an equivalent quality ... if there were such a thing.
<strong>Baby Food Ingredients</strong>
Simply put, there is no way to guarantee what’s put in store-bought baby food and many well-known brands contain preservatives and fillers that are of no benefit to babies. Many manufacturers also superheat the food to kill bacteria, often vaporizing vital nutrients in the process.
Moreover, just because something is all-natural doesn’t mean it’s all there. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) reports that while claims of “natural ingredients” in store-bought baby foods are largely accurate, name-brand manufacturers use water and thickening agents to dilute the food.
When you make your baby’s food you’ll always know exactly what’s in it because you’re in control, and that’s the kind of peace of mind you’ll never find in a grocery store.
<strong>Baby Food Prep Time</strong>
Common sense tells you that it’s going to take longer to make your baby’s food than to buy it at the grocery, but that’s only assuming your trip to the store isn’t primarily driven by the need for baby food.
Baby food is easy to prepare and there are plenty of recipe books and <a title="Reliable Homemade Baby Food Products" href="http://www.newbabysupply.com/food-preparation-storage_17645.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">food prep and storage systems</a> available that make it even easier. A little steaming here, a little blending there, seal it, label it, store it and you're set for the entire week.
Plus, there’s always going to be the intangible but irreplaceable perk of doing something amazing for your baby. Will you feel more joy when your baby smiles at something you made? All you need are a few simple tools and a little know-how and you can find out for yourself.
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