This is a solicitation for advice. Just so you know.
A couple of weeks back Anja started eating baby cereal. A little later we started her on strained organic fruits (funny how they come in a container containing BPA…). Now I’d like to start making my own baby cereal and foods. A good friend gave me a book called Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. While I am excited to use it, it’s yet another tome to add to the building pile of “must-reads.” So, a two-fold question for those of you who have already been through this:
1) What foods did you start your babies off on (just so I can do a few recipes now and then go back and read the book)?
2) Have any of you made your own baby foods? Did you find it to be worth the work?
Disclaimer: The rest of the post is just some blather, so feel free to skip it and just answer my questions. 🙂
I consider myself to be a pretty environmentally-friendly person, and even though global warming has been overly hyped by the media, I have long been a proponent of reduce/reuse/recycle. There reaches a point when I draw limits, however. For instance, when faced with the choice between disposable diapers and cloth, my “green” self wanted to go the natural route. Then I considered the sheer amount of time spent scrubbing poop (or all the “dollars saved” from not purchasing disposables going straight to a diaper service), and disposables won out. It hurts my heart that those buggers will never biodegrade, but I figure Jesus will come back before He’ll let the planet become completely overrun with diapers…
A second example is making my own baby wipes. The same friend who gave me the baby food book makes her own wipes. God love her, but I don’t have the patience (or the coffee cans) required. For the time it would save me in the long run, it’s not worth the $2 a month it would save me. With coupons, I spend probably $4/month on Anja’s wipes, tops, and you have to use paper towels to make homemade wipes, which cost more than wipes.
So, you have learned this about me today: that I value time more than frugality in some instances. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. One can become a slave to money in more than one way. You can have lots of it and love it and always be wanting more, or you can be so penny-pinching that all of your thoughts and time are focused around saving money. Either way, it becomes a god. Lord, give me daily grace to steer clear of either extreme.
“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.” – Ecclesiastes 5:16 ESV
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” – Matthew 6:24 ESV