Tip from the Expert
Today’s tip of the day comes from Erica Keil. She and I first met through Lisa Paul, my Bradley Method Instructor, and then became closer friends through the Knoxville chapter of the Holistic Moms Network.
Erica is the owner of ChildOrganics, an online boutique offering a variety of organic children’s products. Erica blogs about living a simple, organic life at www.childorganics.blogspot.com, she is passionate about issues such as breastfeeding, natural childbirth and of course, her children!
Since many people are intimidated about making homemade baby food, I was thrilled to see that she chose to offer some easy to use tips on the subject:
Feeding your child jarred organic baby food can be expensive, not to mention the issues of processing and extra waste created by jarred foods. You can save yourself a lot of cash by incorporating a few simple ideas. You also can provide organic healthy produce for your children at a fraction of the cost by using whole foods instead of prepackaged foods.
1) Use a small microplane grater to grate small piles of apples,carrots, cheese or other yummy whole foods for little ones. This is a great way for baby to practice feeding himself and is cheaper than buying jars of food.
2) Any leftover bits of fruit ( and even veggies) from your child’s plate can be thrown in a bag in the freezer to be added to smoothies. No need to waste!
3) Consider delaying solids. Many experts agree waiting to introduce solids can be very beneficial. This gives your child more time to develop their fine motor skills making them ready for thicker textures. This makes it easier for you to use food off your plate for your child and you can avoid jarred foods altogether. Baby food is expensive, breastmilk is FREE!
Erica D. Keil