Saving Money On Baby Stuff

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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Having a baby is expensive. There is the medical portion, upgrading to a larger apartment and stocking up on diapers and everything else you little one may need. While having a baby is a joy for any family. Here’s how to keep your baby preparation a joy as well as within your budget.

Two In One Items

Buy dual purpose items. My favorite two in one item was a playpen and a bassinet. There are also strollers systems that also include a car seat. Use resting items ( such as baby seats) that have a tray. You can use it both as a secured play area and a high chair.

Blender

To make baby food all you need is a high quality blender and a baby food recipe book. Make sure that the foods you choose to grind or puree for your little one are age appropriate. Many citrus fruits are not appropriate for a six month old to eat. There is to much fruit acid. Make sure to use blander foods to start out with.

Goats Milk

Goats milk is healthy for an infant as opposed to cows milk, that a baby  can’t consume. It’s preferable to use breast milk or formula, but when you need to feed your baby and neither are available, goats milk is a good third option. Just warm it up to a nice lukewarm temperature and feed it to your little one. You can also learn to make homemade goat milk formula, which is really good for babies with a lactose intolerance.

Used Items

Babies go through stuff faster than rain through a storm drain. People either save the stuff for the next baby or give it away. They donate cast offs to pregnancy centers, thrift stores and their friends. Most of these are wonderful to have and cost next to nothing, but be careful buying safety items such as car seats. Many thrift store car seats are outdated and not up to today’s safety standards.

 


Making Your Own Baby Food

Posted on March 6th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

Making baby food can be a great way to save money, if you are prepared to put the planning and effort into it. It allows you to make food in bulk or for your baby to try new foods that are on hand. It is particularly effective if you already eat a healthy and balanced diet.  Your grocery list will only need a few tweaks. Here are a few other things to consider while making baby food.

Tools

Do you have all the right tools to make baby food? Surprisingly, most of the things you need to make baby food are already in your kitchen. Sauce glassware, baby spoons, bowls, and a strainer. The one thing that I didn’t have to make baby food was a baby food grinder, but my blender worked fine when set for puree. This doesn’t always work with cereals though. For things like oatmeal or rice a food processor would have worked better.

Proper Foods

Make sure that the foods you plan to give your little one are age appropriate to them. Start out with your cereals and move on to sweet potatoes. Study up in books or on the internet what fruits and vegetables are appropriate at your child’s eating level. You will also want to decide if you will use formula or breast milk in you baby food. Will you want to use organic foods? What foods can help you make a balanced meal for your little one? Above all make sure new foods are introduced one at a time and watch for allergic reactions.

Brace Yourself

Now that you have made this wonderful food for your child, brace yourself for the spitting. Making your own baby food does come with the risk of feeling rejection when you tot doesn’t like your new recipe. Remember that it’s not personal. It has more to do with a new taste or texture for your little one to adjust to than mommy’s new recipe.


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