Homemade for Baby … Cheaper for Mom!

Baby Food MakerLast weekend I had dinner with an old friend who’s now Mommy to a bouncing 4-month-old baby boy. We had the usual heated discussions about teething, sleeping, doctor’s appointments – all the things on new moms’ minds. My friend mentioned that she had started pricing jars of baby food at her local market, since her son is about to start eating cereal and after that, “real” food. She was astonished at the simple ingredients (applesauce = apples and water) and the higher-than-expected cost. “I think I’m going to make my own,” she said. Remembering my own shock at baby food prices, I gladly pointed her toward a baby food maker from Lehman’s.

This thing is great. Small, well-made, portable (take it to grandma’s house, out to eat, etc!) and so easy to use even the baby could do it … well, almost. (I’m fairly sure my 2-year-old could handle it now.) Best of all, it’s affordable. And when you add up the money you’ll save – not to mention the cupboard space! - on all those jars of food, this is one little accessory I think every new mother should have.

6 thoughts on “Homemade for Baby … Cheaper for Mom!

  1. We also used this baby food maker for little “Missy”.

    It was a lot cheaper than purchasing the jars of baby food. As long as you are willing to take the extra couple of minutes to run the food through the device it is wonderful. We would also put a bit extra in the fridge for when she needed a quick fix. We did keep a jar or two on hand for the “emergencies”.

    It worked well, held up nicely through that stage of babies life.

    The only problem that we discovered (no fault of the device) was that some of the parts were small and got lost when it came time to clean up.

  2. I remember my mom had something like this when I was very young (though not quite as small). Growing up, my parents would just grind up whatever meal they were having for my brothers and I. We all turned out fairly normal, so I guess it’s a pretty good idea.

  3. Yep, my mom had one too, when I was little. It works great for almost anything – ground-up tuna noodle casserole was a favorite for a while. I also used it when my daughter was a little older for things like chicken noodle or vegetable soup – it made it into a sort of puree that she could spoon easier than the chunks in broth. A little bit less messy, too. :)

    The only thing it didn’t do quite as well was meat – unless the meat was pretty soft.

  4. I use to make a cheese ravioli with tomato sauce, which worked great. Tortillini also works well. Almost any thing that we were eating, my babies could eat as well. I felt it was easier because I wasn’t making ‘seperate’ meals, and it was cheaper. They were able to eat the same fresh food that we were, instead of the pricey pre-packaged foods. Great tip for all mothers.

  5. Also, it cuts preservatives out of children’s meals almost completely, if they are eating the same fresh-out-of-the-oven meal you are.

  6. I used this grinder for both my kids. I’d recommend it to anyone. We even took it with us when we’d eat out. (there was never the extra expense of a kids meal just alittle of mom or dads. We had two around the house so one was always ready to use. When grandpa came to stay and was having problems chewing out came the grinder it worked great.