All the pureeing and freezing brought back memories of the baby days. My littlest is 5 so I'm kind of sadly out of the baby stage but I remember being fairly newly married, very pregnant, getting ready to give up my job, and really broke.
I have no idea how we survived those early years, they are all just a blur; married one year...baby the next year...another baby the following year....trying to learn how to be a wife and mom...learn how to cook....more babies. But we did survive and I learned some ways to be frugal in the process.
Baby food is expensive....at least the good kind is. I decided to make my own by steaming and then pureeing fruits and vegetables. We didn't do fancy flavor mixes which I think made my kids much more open to food options now that they are older. They knew the taste of steamed broccoli so it's just not an issue years later. Then I would freeze the puree in ice cube trays for single servings to later be mixed with rice and oat baby cereals. This method helped me control costs and make sure that the kids were getting pure and healthy foods.
I also breastfed. It's the cheapest and most nutritious option we have for our infants. We never had the expense of bottles. In fact I fed each of the kids strictly breast milk and baby or table food until they were 10 months old and able to drink from a cup. Then we skipped the bottle altogether. Saved us a ton of money on bottles and liners and nipples and all that stuff. Check out the American Academy of Pediatrics website for their recommendations about going straight from breast to cup after the age of 9 months.
And of course, as we do now, we got lots of our baby clothes from resale stores. But it's amazing how many people want to dress up your baby. We also got lots of clothes as presents.
So if you are pregnant, or planning on being pregnant, know that there are ways to save AND produce healthier meals for your baby.
Now I'm off to make pumpkin muffins.