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Ways to save money on baby food.

What’s the easiest way to save money on baby food? By making your own. Though you might think it’s difficult, it’s really not. You’ll need a small hand-grinder or a blender that can puree food. Then simply steam or cook down the fruits and veggies you plan to feed your baby. It’s best to start with fruits like apple, pear, or plum. Peel and slice the fruit into bite-sized pieces. Then add enough water to allow the fruit to boil down to a soft mash (about 8 to 10 minutes). Puree until it’s the consistency of paste. Don’t feed to baby until food has cooled.

Babies usually begin eating solids between 4 and 6 months of age. Start them first on iron-fortified breakfast cereal, mixed with formula or breast milk. Then begin introducing one new food item at a time. Watch your baby’s reaction. Does she eat it willingly? It may take several introductions before a new food is accepted. Also watch how her body reacts. A red rash around the mouth might indicate an allergy; diarrhea may mean a food doesn’t agree with her. Wait and try again when your child is a few months older.

Start your child out on healthy foods, those low in sugar and fat content. That means avoiding items such as bacon, luncheon meats, puddings, honey, and sweet sodas and soft drinks. Most babies can be fairly adventurous eaters; just remember that you determine what they will eat.

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