Think quickly! How much is a meal for one at your favourite restaurant? How much is a packet of nappies? More often than not, a single packet of nappies, which won’t last even one month, will cost you the same as going to eat out. Then comes baby wipes, clothes, baby washing powder, toiletries and baby food, and all the time that goes into buying them. That’s a lot of ‘me’ time & money that’s no longer for you.
So what are you going to do? Well, we can’t help you out with tips for toiletries but we do have some ideas for baby foods. Here they are:
Big money saver: Puree your own food
When baby’s start to eat soft solids, like pureed pumpkin or butternut, we usually grab the best looking puree on a store’s shelf. It’s cheap if you look at it one time, but all those meals add up and become very expensive. It’s a lot cheaper to buy a pumpkin and puree it yourself. Other foods that you can puree are: butternut, peas, sweet potato and carrots.
A great time saver: Freeze leftover baby food in ice trays
Once you make your own baby food, you’ll have lots of leftovers. What do you do with them? Store it in an ice cube tray and pop it in the freezer. Food, even baby food, lasts a long time when frozen. Simply pop out a few cubes and defrost them in the microwave. This saves time and money.
For fussy eaters: Disguise food
It’s not easy to get little ones to eat veggies, especially toddlers. Getting them to eat things like Brussel sprouts and spinach can be a nightmare. But all that can be taken away if you hide the food well enough. For example, blend or mix spinach into mashed potato.
Bonus tip: Make food time a fun time
Now, when they get older, and this will happen sooner than you think, you’ll need to come up with a clever way to get them to eat their veggies. Looking around the dinner table with our own kiddies, we know that kids LOVE to eat food they’ve made themselves. You’ll even get an idea of what they like and what they don’t like. If you let them cook with you, like peel potatoes or chop green beans, they’ll probably want to eat the food they worked hard to make. Plus it will make cooking time, bonding time with you and your kids.
Having a kid is expensive, but it’s not all bad. They pay you back with unconditional love and joy. A smile on your child’s face is worth more than watching a movie at the cinema every weekend.