Be a baby food chef!

Parents, grandparents, caregivers and anyone else involved in the life of a baby can tell you: feeding the little bundle of joy can get expensive! Breastfeeding is, naturally, one low cost way to make sure your baby gets the proper nutrition, but what happens once the little one begins eating solid foods?

Just a quick glance at popular places to purchase premade baby foods like Target, Safeway or Nob Hill shows that the average price of a high-quality jar of baby food is about $2…an expense that can grow as quickly as the baby! Many of the premade baby foods also contain preservatives or other artificial ingredients that parents might prefer their baby to not eat on a regular basis.

So what can you do if you want to stay on budget and ensure that your baby is getting loads of wholesome nutrition with each tiny bite? Consider becoming a baby food chef right in the comfort of your own home! Making your own baby food lets you control what goes into each meal and helps keep the cost down as well. If you’re not sure where to get started, check out the many books we have in the Santa Clara County Library that are loaded with information and recipes for you to make for the baby in your life.

 

Blender Baby Food

Blender Baby Food (2005)
by Nicole Young

Whether choosing to make all baby's food at home, or just some of it, the blender is a great way to offer new flavors in a baby-friendly texture. Once a child begins to eat table food, there is always an occasion for a fruit smoothie or a nutritious blended dip.

The Wholesome Baby Food Guide

The Wholesome Baby Food Guide (2012)
by Maggie Meade

Offers more than one hundred fifty recipes for making baby food at home and provides information on nutrition, allergies, myths, and best practices for feeding babies.

The Petit Appetit Cookbook

The Petit Appetit Cookbook (2005)
Lisa Barnes

In The Petit Appetit Cookbook, mother and professional cook Lisa Barnes offers a healthy all-organic alternative to commercially processed, preservative-filled foods to help create delicious menus, nurture adventurous palates, and begin a lifetime of positive eating habits for children.

The Baby Food Bible

The Baby Food Bible (2008)
Eileen Behan

The Baby Food Bible also features an alphabetized index–from apples to zucchini–that explains how to buy, store, prepare, and serve more than 100 foods, with delicious recipes for every meal, wholesome snack ideas, and advice for eating out.

The Baby & Toddler Cookbook

The Baby & Toddler Cookbook (2011)
by Karen Ansel

Packed with over 90 recipes and loads of nutritional information, The Baby & Toddler Cookbook makes cooking healthy meals easy, even for busy parents. By setting aside only a few hours a week, you can make and store an array of nutritious foods to keep baby happy and fed.

 

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