I know, I know…you all think I’m crazy, I get it. I’m only halfway into incubating this baby, but I’m already pureeing and freezing veggies into baby food that the baby won’t eat until she’s 6 months old. I mean, that’s like…10 months away!! That’s almost a year in the future!!!
Well, let me give you my reasons and let you judge for yourself. You always have to do what is best for YOU and YOUR FAMILY…ALWAYS!!
- Right now I have the TIME and the ENERGY!!
I’m in the second trimester right now, so I’m past the horrible tired days of the first trimester where I dragged myself through each day and just tried not to throw up.
I’m still tired. There’s no denying that. But you always have some level of tiredness when you’re pregnant. That’s a given. But at least I can get through the afternoon without feeling like I’ll die if I don’t take a nap.
Right now, I am currently looking for a nursing job, so I don’t have work getting in the way of making baby food. I’ll try to make as much as I can before I land another job.
And finally, let’s face it—I only have one kid right now that’s outside of my body. I better make hay while the sun shines, as the saying goes. It will be much harder to go through the process of making homemade baby food when I have 2 little munchkins needing momma.
- It’s late summer and the veggies are CHEAP!
Good quality vegetables are always cheaper when they are in season. Late summer and early fall are prime veggie times. The local farmer’s market and the grocery store have many options of veggies begging to be turned into baby food.
Instead of paying $1 each for 4 4oz. jars of prepared baby food, I can buy $4 worth of veggies and easily turn them into the equivalent of 10 jars (or more!) of baby food. This is a rough estimation, but this would save me $6, which is a savings of 60%!! (See my cost savings from my baby-food-making session the other day!) Another added benefit is knowing that my own homemade food has no additives.
(I can’t wait for fall to get here so I can grab up winter squash varieties—those make wonderful baby food! My first child would have survived on squash alone if he had his way!!)
SIDE NOTE: I’ve made a personal choice to only turn veggies, with the exception of apples, into homemade baby food. While I have a chest freezer, it IS a small model, so unless I want it to be stocked with baby food alone, I do have to limit how much I store away.
Also, the price of fresh berries are generally not low enough for me to justify spending the time cooking and pureeing them (and then straining the seeds!! *disgusted face*). I am satisfied to stock up on good organic baby food sales with coupons to get jarred baby food of the fruit variety.
- Even though the baby food will be stored for at least 10 months, it won’t go bad!
This is the beauty of freezing—it won’t mold or go bad in any way. There might be some discoloration or slight freezer burn when you do pull it out, but once you warm it up and stir it to give to baby, you won’t notice any difference, especially in taste which is what matters anyways.
- I might somehow get another boost of energy later.
Later on in this pregnancy, I might get that third trimester second wind and then I can put away even more baby food. Then I won’t have to make more when the baby is eating baby food and I run out.
But, if I never get that second wind, at least I know I made baby food earlier and I’ll have some peace during that long third trimester, knowing I’ve already made preparations.
- Being productive this early is helping to satisfy my urge to do SOMETHING to get ready for this new baby.
I don’t know about you, but when you are early in the pregnancy, you start thinking “I need to get ready for this baby somehow!!” Many of us resort to prematurely buying baby things that we might be gifted later or actually never end up needing.
By making and freezing baby food, I am doing something that the baby will definitely need later. I’m not wasting money on things that won’t be used, and I am giving myself the satisfaction of knowing I’m preparing healthy food for my baby.
So these are my reasons for making homemade baby food this early. I’m curious to know if any of you have chosen to make your own baby food too—I’d love to know! And how early on did you start preparing??