Raising children is difficult and expensive!
I only started cooking 2 years ago when my daughter started weaning. Even though I trying to cook, I was still giving her baby food brought from the shop about 80% of the time. It is only now I realise how expensive it all was. Here is what I roughly used to spend in a week on baby foods:
- Porridge/cereal: £2.00
- Jars of baby food: £6.00
- Snacks (biscuits, crisps, snack bars etc): £3.00
So if you add that on top of your weekly food shop, include nappies, baby wipes and milk powder. It used to cost nearly £100 a week! Two years later, I’m a better cook, better at budgeting and generally more confident with parenting. Now my weekly shop is around £50 so it has been cut in half by budgeting and shopping around.
I now have a 9 month old son who is eating more or less every thing we eat. He still has the occasional pre bought baby food for when we are in a hurry or have a day out. I still believe that there isn’t any thing wrong with giving your baby some food from a jar or pouch. I especially like the idea of the pouch as it gives little ones the chance to feed themselves, which my son loves to do. So many companies are turning their packaging into pouch form now but they are so expensive!
Whilst reading a parenting blog resently, I came across Nom Nom Kids reusable pouches and I was lucky enough to have the chance to review some.
Since I have been using them I have not had to buy any baby food from the shop and because they can be washed up or put in the dishwasher, I can carry on not buying any.
For meal times I make meals to serve four as I have to feed two adults, a toddler and a baby. I take out a portion for my son and mash it down with a fork. I used to blend it when he was at the first or second stage of weaning. There is always a small amount of the meal leftover. Not enough to feed an adult or a hungry toddler but a perfect amount to put into the pouch and put into the freezer once it has cooled down.
We had a day out on Saturday. Normally we would take two jars of baby food with us but this time I took the reusable pouches. One with cottage pie from the night before and another one with yoghurt in.
It turns out that he isn’t a great fan of yoghurt so his sister, who is nearly 3, had it instead and she loves it! So in future I will definitely be packing her one too.
I’m not normally the type to part with money but I would definitely recommend them to any one with young children. I can see them coming in handy on so many occasions. Both of my children start nursery in a few months. The pouches come with a chart to fill in on the back for their name, what it’s filled with, the date it was filled, if to keep it cool or to heat it up (you just have to place it into hot water for a couple of minutes to warm up). So the nursery will know what to do with their lunch.
The handy pouches make parenting a bit cheaper and a lot easier!
Here is Edwin giving his a go for the first time:
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