I can finally see the light at the end of the expensive formula feeding tunnel… The babies have not cut down on their formula yet, but as they eat a little more solid food each day I can see that the end is near! At the very least there’s only four more months until we can start swapping for regular milk, and at $3 a gallon that will be a welcome change from our $40 a week on formula!
In the meantime, we’ve started introducing solid foods to the twins. Elizabeth eats like a champ… most days. If she is both happy, and wide awake. Bentley is still figuring out the concept of swallowing everything that goes into his mouth. A lot of his time is spent trying to figure out why all of his food went into his bib. We love these bibs!
One of the things that has helped me most being a new mom is our freezer meal swap that we’ve been doing about once every other month. I’m able to quickly stock up on meals for Marshall and I to share each night, which leaves more time and energy for taking care of the twins! And since stocking up on meals for the grownups is so helpful, I started stocking up on baby food as well. I couldn’t get over the cost of buying pre-made baby food at the store, as well as the lack of freshness that comes with it. While we have used the to-go packs of food for traveling, I try to keep our every day baby food as fresh as possible.
Thanks to fresh fruits and vegetables from Publix, and a few great storage containers, and our trusty freezer, I’ve been able to stock up on baby foods for a fraction of the cost – and using a lot less time than you might think!
My favourite storage containers so far are called Kiddo Feedo. They are easy to use and wash, and the portion sizes are perfect for one meal for the twins.
Honestly, I can make about a months worth of food in about an hour. Today I took their morning nap time to restock us on a few of our favourite fruits and vegetables.
For about $10 at our local Publix, I am able to stock up on carrots, yellow squash, peas, butter nut squash, sweet potatoes, apples, bananas, and pears. I like to make fruits fresh as we need them, so my prep time is mostly spent on vegetables!
When I buy our vegetables fresh, I peel and chop them and then toss them into a pot to boil! When they are done I drain them, and put them into a blender. I try to blend everything without adding any more water, but if you have to, just add an ounce or so at a time. I have found that when foods thaw out in the fridge, they tend to get too watery for the twins to eat and then I have to add things like rice or oatmeal cereal.
Once the food is blended smooth, I add it to the freezer trays and put them in the freezer until they are solid. Another cheap way to freeze your foods is to use ice cube trays! Once everything is frozen solid I take all of my cubes of food and put them into Ziploc bags, and label the bag with what’s inside.
This makes everything so easy! Each day I take out only enough cubes for what I will need tomorrow. In the morning the foods are thawed out enough to eat! Usually in the mornings I make a fresh fruit mixed with oatmeal cereal for breakfast. Then for lunch and/or dinner, the twins eat vegetables, which I thicken up with rice cereal if they are too thin for the babes to swallow.
So while I keep a stock of pre-made containers to go, I have learned to love meal prepping for the grownups as well as the babies! Do you buy baby food? Make your own? Leave your tips tricks and questions in the comments below!