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Cheap Recipes for Baby Food.




Cheap Recipes for Baby Food

Cheap Recipes for Baby Food. We all know that babies need to eat. But, the cost of buying commercial brand baby foods can quickly mount up. For the frugal spender, and especially with a new family addition, it seems almost impossible to keep up with the demand when it comes to buying those jars of baby food and canisters of baby formula. Even when you can buy it cheap with coupons and club cards, the cost of purchasing pre-made foods (especially the baby formula) far exceeds the cost to make your own baby food. If you choose to follow these tips, not only will you be saving money for your family, and knowing exactly what you eat now, but you will also be reducing waste, simply by consuming less.

Babies can cost a lot of money. You have to buy diapers, clothes, and all types of baby care products. So, to offset the cost of those other baby necessities, you may want to consider making your own baby food.  You can easily make your own baby food and here are some super simple recipes!  It’s not as hard as you probably think. Follow these simple tips for finding frugal recipes for making baby food that will allow for saving, cost-cutting, and yet be exceptionally nutritional for your little one.
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Step One. Prepare ahead of time for your baby’s food.  If you have a freezer, then there’s no reason why you can’t puree some fruits and veggies ahead of time and get that freezer stocked!  You’ll be surprised how quick time goes by and when you already have some things prepared, it makes dining at home a bit easier.  Pureeing some fruits and veggies is a great way to prep for healthy smoothies and tasty bran muffins.  Another mini “pre-baby” step you can take is to actually read the hospital’s New Parent Packets that you receive when the baby is born. These brochures come from a number of different companies that may also include some baby food recipes for first-time parents.  If you have a Whole Foods grocer near you, their FREE magazines at the check out also have great baby and kid snack recipes.  Their a gold mine when it comes to seasonal snacks.  There may only be a few, but they are usually extremely simple and made with ingredients that are not that costly.

Step Two. Search out organic or all natural parenting websites and grocers for baby specialty foods and baby recipe ideas. Buying “organic” and natural foods can be a bit more expensive than non-organic foods, but if you put some effort into it, you can use coupons and save a little that way.  See if you can arrange your shopping items; purchase according to what’s on sale or the grocer’s special offers.  Usually, the grocer will have weekly or daily ads to check out at the door.  This is always a smart way to shop!  Plus, if you can get in the routine of purchasing less, yet a little more often, you will find that the amount of food you waste is less too.

Step Three. Buy your baby food ingredients at your local farmer’s market and ask them about recipes for making your own baby food.  Farmers have been making their own baby food since the beginning of time. From bananas, apples, and pear puree to a carrot and squash blend, farmers will have plenty of information on making the most out of the foods that they sell. Expect healthy, all natural, and frugal recipes, as well as bargains on the foods that you buy from them.  We love farmers!  These markets usually offer savings of up to 50% off of the regular supermarket prices.  Not to mention the priceless tid bits you’ll get along the way.

Step Four. Ask other parents (experienced parents) and the older members of your family if they have any good recipes for baby food. You might be surprised at how much people remember about the “good old days” when they didn’t have manufactured baby food, and they didn’t have a choice but to make their own baby food!  Can you imagine?   Tap into your friends and family resources and I’ll bet you’ll be surprised what they share.  Grandma’s will introduce you to the “cup of frozen peas” and such!

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With any baby food recipe, keeping your ingredients simple, and doing your best to buy quality while on a budget, will keep you busy enough.

A “Mom Tip”: Use your freezer wisely.  Freeze what you can to get the most out of the foods you buy, for you or the new baby.  If you find that you are always tossing out old moldy bread, freeze half of it in a Ziploc Freezer bag until the first half is gone.
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Cheap Baby Food Recipes:

If you’d like to make your own breakfast for baby, then try this baby cereal recipe which is both wholesome and easy to prepare.

Wholesome Rice Cereal
2 oz brown rice powder
8 fl oz water
a little formula/breastmilk

To make the rice powder, grind brown rice in a blender or food processor. This is best achieved by grinding in small quantities – and to make the powder REALLY fine, you might find a coffee grinder attachment useful.

You can use white rice if you prefer, but brown rice (especially organic brown rice) is more nutritious. Bring the water to a boil. Add the rice powder, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Simmer for about 10 minutes (don’t forget to keep stirring, or the rice will stick). Then stir in enough formula or breast milk to give the consistency that’s best for your baby. Once baby has been introduced to fruit, you could always add a little of his favorite fruit puree.

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Sweet Potatoes. Experts have ranked sweet potatoes the “number one healthiest vegetable.” They’re
an excellent source of

vitamin A and a very good source of vitamin C and manganese. They also contain vitamin B6, potassium, iron, copper, dietary fiber and

manganese.

The following are the best ways to cook this healthy veggie for your baby.

  • Baking. This is oh-so-easy! Pre-heat your oven to 375 deg F, 190 deg C. Scrub the potato, prick it with a fork and bake it for around 45 mins, until it feels soft. Cool briefly, then split the skin and scoop out the soft flesh.
  • Boiling. Peel and cut the sweet potato into chunks. Use just enough water to cover the potato, then cover the pot and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, then simmer until tender. Drain straight away, or the pieces will become mushy and watery.
  • Steaming. Place peeled sweet potato cubes on a steamer rack over a pan containing around an inch of water. Cover and bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat and steam for 10-12 mins.
  • Microwave. Pierce a whole sweet potato with a fork, then place on a paper towel and microwave on high for around 5 mins. Allow the potato to stand for a further 5 mins – it will continue to cook during this time and will soften considerably.
  • Having a barbecue? Then just wrap a sweet potato in foil and place it in the coals to cook. It will take around 45 mins… and is a great way for your baby to join in the party!

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The Avacado. These avocado baby food recipes add an array of nutrients to your baby’s diet. Learn how to prepare nature’s ready-made baby food for your little one!

Please note: When you introduce any new foods to your baby, it is important to follow the four day rule, to help you spot potential food allergies and digestive problems. Please remember to consult your doctor before including new foods in your baby’s diet.

First Avocado Baby Food – Sweet Potato and Avocado Dinner

1 small sweet potato
1 avocado, peeled

Bake the sweet potato in its skin for 45 mins – 1 hour until tender.
Cool, then remove the flesh from the skin and mash with the avocado.

Avocado also tastes delicious mashed with cooked butternut squash.

First Avocado Baby Food – Creamy Fruit Mash

1 apple or pear, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 avocado, peeled
little water

Place the prepared apple or pear into a small saucepan and add a little water.
Simmer gently until the fruit is tender.
Transfer the apple or pear to a food processor and puree until smooth.
Mash the avocado with the fruit puree and serve.
First Avocado Baby Food – No-Cook Fruity Treat

1 small, ripe banana
1 avocado

Peel both fruits and mash together for a creamy treat for your baby that’s ready in a flash!

You may also like to try mashing avocado with cooked egg yolk for a simple meal brimming with goodness.

NOTE: We highly recommend avocado as an ideal food to take when you’re travelling with your baby. An unpeeled avocado doesn’t need to be kept cool and you can just slice it and serve it to your baby when you’re out and about. You don’t even need a bowl!

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The Blueberry.

When can my baby eat blueberries?

Unrelated to strawberries and raspberries – and related instead to the less allergenic cranberries and bilberries – blueberries are not subject to the usual ‘berry baby food’ rules! Whilst medical professionals usually recommend waiting until at least 12 months before introducing other berries (strawberries in particular), blueberries are not as likely to cause allergic reactions and many pediatricians will suggest offering them to your baby at some point between 6 and 9 months of age.

Why blueberries are a ‘superfruit’

In research carried out by the USDA/Tufts University, blueberries were named as the number one source of antioxidants of all fruits and vegetables!The role of antioxidants in the human body is varied – helping prevent conditions such as peptic ulcers, cataracts, glaucoma, hemorrhoids, varicose veins – and serious diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

The anthocyanins in blueberries (which give them their distinctive colour) are believed to protect the brain and – in later life – limit the effects of conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

And that’s not all – blueberries are also packed with manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K and fibre.

Fresh blueberries have a very mild laxative effect on the body, meaning that they can be very useful in preventing and relieving constipation. Dried blueberries, on the other hand, seem to have the opposite effect and are often recommended for firming up the stools after a bout of diarrhea.

Another interesting characteristic of blueberries is their ability to prevent urinary tract infections, in much the same way as cranberries do. If your child experiences frequent urinary tract infections, then including blueberries in his diet or offering blueberry juice will be a far more palatable and popular solution for him than offering cranberries!

PLEASE NOTE: Eating lots of blueberries can make your baby’s poop look almost black in colour – so beware!

Apple, Pear and Blueberry Puree (6 months+)

1 small, sweet apple, peeled, cored and diced
1/2 ripe pear, peeled, cored and diced
4oz (1/2 cup) fresh blueberries

Remove any stems from the blueberries, then place all the ingredients in a small saucepan.
Just cover with water and simmer gently for approximately 5 mins, until the fruits are tender.
Drain (reserving the cooking water), then transfer the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
Use the reserved cooking liquid to thin the puree, if necessary.
Blueberry Custard (6 months+)2 beaten egg yolks
8 fl oz (1 cup) whole (full fat) milk, breast milk or formula
4oz (1/2 cup) fresh blueberries, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 deg C).
Place the prepared blueberries into the bottom of a small, oven-proof dish.
Combine the beaten egg yolk with the milk and vanilla extract.
Pour the egg mixture over the blueberries.
Sit the oven-proof dish in the middle of a high-sided baking pan and pour water into the pan until it comes around half way up the sides of the oven-proof dish.
Transfer the baking pan to the oven and cook for 30 mins, until set.
Cool and store in the refrigerator.
Serve chilled.
Pork with Blueberry and Apple Sauce (7 months+)4oz pork loin, cubed
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
2oz (1/4 cup) blueberries
4 fl oz (1/2 cup) homemade or low sodium chicken stock
Put the cubed pork into a small saucepan and pour in the stock.
Simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the diced apple and the blueberries and simmer for a further 5-10 mins, until the apple is tender and the pork is cooked through.
Puree or mash all the ingredients together and serve with pasta, rice or potatoes.
Blueberry Pancakes (12 months+)1 cup (4 oz) whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
8 fl oz (1 cup) cow’s milk, breast milk or formula
1 whole egg
oil
4oz (1/2 cup) fresh blueberries

Mix the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredents in another.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients, then gently stir in the blueberries.
Spoon the mixture into a non-stick frying pan, 2-3 tablespoons at a time, and fry for around 1 minute on each side.

NOTES: If you are baking with frozen blueberries, DON’T thaw them before use. If you do, the colour will ‘bleed’ through the food you are making.

And in a recipe containing both baking soda and blueberries, you may find that the blueberries turn green! This is not harmful and is the result of a reaction between the baking soda and the yellow pigment in blueberries.


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Baby Food Coupons



Baby food coupons are a great way to cut back on your grocery expenses. Does it drive you nuts to think about how much baby formula and diapers cost?  Now that you may need things like infant formula, baby food, diapers, and teething biscuits, baby food coupons can really help cut the costs. It may take some time and effort but with the internet, baby food coupons are more accessible now than ever!  Bookmark FrugalBabyTips.com  as your resource guide to a directory of websites for: baby food coupon, baby discount sites, where to find cheap baby stuff, and even contests for baby cash, scholarships, or maybe free diapers for a year!  Explore all the different way to save when it comes to raising your baby and eating well too.

Besides using this site, you may also consider going directly to the source. For example, if you need things like infant formula, take note of who makes these items and look on the packaging to locate their direct website. Don’t be shy to write them down on your next trip to the grocery store. For example: Enfamil.com, Similac.com, or Nature’s Best. Also be sure to check out Pampers.com, Huggies.com, Diapers.com, Gerber.com, and companies like Earth’s Best, Johnson’s Baby, and BeechNut.com (click the coupons tabs). Typically, these manufacturer’s websites offer baby food coupons right on their homepage and Special Offers / Coupons spot. Some offer baby food coupons along with opportunities to register for discount alerts and even FREE product offers just by signing up. 

Hit the books for more savings! You will find great savings opportunities in baby and parent magazines.  A lot of times, their ads are filled with coupons and “buy one get one free” deals.  You may also spot a few promo codes in their ads to entice you to use their product for the first time.  Also be sure to actually read the magazine articles.  Typically, baby and parent magazines write articles about this same topic.  Parents want to know how to raise their kids and get their baby needs without breaking the bank!  A free subscription to Baby Talk Magazine is available at the Pregnancy Section of Parenting.com. Click on the BabyTalk “Free Subscription” link. The magazine is offering this free subscription to expecting parents. These types of magazines are filled with baby product coupons along with savings opportunities to help you manage your baby budget.

Want more savings? Hit the web!  Sites like BabyTalk.com, BabyZone Freebies Page, and DisneyFamily.com, BabiesRUs.com, and TheCuteKid.com Contest also offer special offers, family vacation giveaways and baby photo contests that reward their winners with free baby stuff, including baby food products. You just have to be willing to register, send in the requirements, and be patient. They have all sorts of baby food coupons as well as special offers, promotions, and giveaways on various baby products. Sites like TheCuteKid.com are found to be a lot of fun, offering contests for the cutest baby photo. some give away up to $25,000 in prizes!

When it comes to baby coupons,  websites like these can be a great resource.  Bookmark FrugalBabyTips.com to be your resource directory for coupon sites like these and more to come.  Some of the favorites are Coupons.com, CouponMom.com, TheCouponClippers.com, Deals.Yahoo.com/coupons/, SwapBabyGoods.com, and CleverMoms.com. And don’t forget, before you head to your local grocery store, check out their own websites for weekly sales and promo items. Your local grocer may be Safeway.com, KingSoopers.com, or Albertsons.com. Typically you can register for grocery coupons or a Club card on the grocer’s site. The Club cards are easy to register for and a lot of fun to see the instant savings every time you check out. If you’re serious about finding the deals, take some time, and go see what type of savings are waiting for you!

Have you ever considered Ebay for coupons? Most people haven’t yet. But think about it. Baby coupons are a commodity just like anything else. Especially when you’re talking about $10 vouchers with 12 month expiration dates. Check out Ebay.com and search for baby coupons and formula vouchers.

Coupons, Coupons, Coupons! Check out UltimateCoupons.com for their Kids/Baby coupons. Print Grocery Coupons. When you visit these sites, you may want to search for topics like: kids snacks clearance, baby food coupons, baby/infant formula, ect. When you’re ready to have some fun, sign up at the BabyZone – Free Stuff page. Coupons are great, but if you’re a serious parent looking to have some fun and go for the Big PRIZES, you’ll want to participate in a few baby photo contests hosted by DisneyFamily.com, TheCuteKid.com, Parents.com, ContestGiveaways.com, and ContestForMoms.com. Prize awards vary depending on the contest. Prizes may range from small dollar amounts, free products, family vacations, and even college scholarships! Enfamil has a baby scholarship fund as well as Similac. All you have to do is go to their sites, sign up, and complete the requirements. How great would it be to kick of your babies 1st college fund with a prize like that!


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What You Need To Travel Cheap

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What You Need To Travel Cheap


Baby Travel Needs

Traveling with a baby can be a nightmare. Not only can this be tough on you physically and mentally, but you must also keep a close watch on your finances. Doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, does it? Of course, this is taking things to extremes. You can most definitely travel cheaply with a baby no matter what situation you are in. And once you do this a few times you will make things much easier on yourself in the future.  Traveling with a baby can also be wonderful!

Tips for Travel On A Budget:

  • Don’t Be Afraid To Say, “No.” If you’re traveling with older toddlers and they’re old enough to ask you for things, don’t be afraid to say, “no.”  This is one biggy that will save you lots of money on stuff you or your toddler don’t need.  We all want to show our kids that we love them and we want them to have nice things.  ..But they don’t have to have everything! Consider teaching your kids how to be selective and buy smart – even at the age of 2.  It’s never too early to lead by example.  When you’re out shopping, especially when traveling, let them see that you want some things too, but you’re not going to get it because you simply choose “not right now.”  Let them know by being expressive and verbally say to yourself, “Gee, I want that, but I’m not going to get it right now.”  Let the child hear you and learn.  The “not right now” phrase will help a lot when a toddler is considering “a moment” in the checkout line and doesn’t understand why he’s not getting that toy.  If you feel that it’s not an item that you really need or want to buy, don’t be afraid to say, “no,” and stick to it.  Don’t get in the habbit of tossing extra items in your cart just to satisfy Junior and avoid a melt down.  You would only be setting yourself up for failure down the road (when the items get more expensive.)  Good habbits, including good spending habbits form early.
  • The Essentials, To Go. Make sure that you have enough diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, and more diapers.  This little thing alone is going to save you money because you can pretty much guarantee that the diapers and formula you have to buy in an airport or a hotel courtesy shop are not going to be cheap.  Not to mention the fact that carting your baby in and out of a store is never easy, especially with multiple kids.  Baby wipes are a prized thing to have when you’re traveling.  Only now, they’re not just for the baby.  Keep these handy and your trip will be cleaner and probably smell a little nicer too.  Remember one thing:  Vacations are not for diaper shopping.
  • Baby Food On The Go. No matter how old your baby, make sure that you have enough food to last the duration of your travel. This is one area that many parents underestimate time after time. Remember, it is better to pack too much food than not enough. Dining out with your baby can be done!  If you’re dining out in a restaurant with the baby, consider packing a small snack dish of baby food.  You can find small baby packs for food travel in most grocery stores or Walmart or Target.  These mini snack keepers are a must have when you’re on the go.  If you do pull out a baby food on the table at a restaurant, don’t worry.  Most restaurants respect that you need to feed the baby baby food and not a chicken club.  And any good waiter would even offer to warm it up.
  • Sleep and Save Money.  Have you ever thought about how much money stress can cost you?  If you think about it, we pay for all sorts of de-stressing things from products to spa treatments.  How much money do you think you would save if you never had to buy Asprin, IBprofen, Starbucks, Energy Drinks, Supplements, or that $80 massage?  We also tend to over eat and drink alcohol because of stress.  A lot of family travel budgets are busted when it comes to all day snacking and fast food joints.  How much money would you save on your travel food bill if you (and the baby) got a good night sleep everynight and stuck to a normal eating routine?  Take a note from your baby.  Let your body rest, drink lots of water, and feel your best throughout the day.
  • Stay Organized. If you want to travel with your baby in tote while staying frugal you need to be organized. This means that you should have all of the proper baby items in an obvious place, and your budget should be laid out in front of you.  I once had “a friend” who would have to buy the most basic baby things over and over again because she simply wasn’t organized and couldn’t find anything when she needed it.  This was rediculous and I had to step in with some see-thru storage bins.  If you’re in this situation too, you’re throwing money out the window.  Get some help from some friends if you have to, but get organized.  It’s not just important to know what you have, but know where it is.  And there’s nothing wrong with buying things along the way if they fit a need and fit your budget.

Soon enough you will want to take your baby on the road with you.  When the time comes, have fun traveling cheap!

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Frugal Feeding: When Your Baby Won't Eat

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Frugal Feeding: When Your Baby Won't Eat


What To Do When Baby Won't Eat


There is nothing more frustrating for a parent than a baby who won’t eat. If you are dealing with this situation it is safe to say that you will be feeling many emotions. On one side of things your main concern will be making sure that nothing is wrong with your baby. But on the other hand the frugal side of you is sure to come out sooner or later. After all, you can only waste so much food before you begin to see an effect on your bottom line. There are ways that you can save money even if your baby won’t eat.

Stop putting it down the drain! Try to buy and prepare baby food that can be easily saved in the fridge.  Don’t rely on food that cannot be saved for later. This way if your baby doesn’t eat you can always save the food and try again in a few hours. If you attempt to feed your baby food that can’t be saved, you may be wasting a lot of money down the drain and in your waste can.

Stick it in the freezer.  Don’t forget how to use your freezer.  Many babies don’t eat there entire bowl full of cereal or mashed peas.  If your baby is only eating a certain amount on a regular basis, consider serving that amount and just a pinch more every tiime.  That way if you have prepared extra servings, you can stick them in the freezer for another time.  Freezing things in individual small freezer bags is ideal.   This allows you to thaw out only the amount of baby food that you want to prepare again.  It’s also a great way to prepare for traveling too.  A bag of frozen peas is a fun snack to have in the car or on the plane.  No matter where you’re traveling to, snacking can also be fun and frugal.

Have you ever tried to find what your baby likes to eat? In other words, don’t rely on food that your baby does not like.  This is going to be a clear waste of your time, patients, and money.  You want to make sure that your baby gets all the proper vitamins and nutrients, but at the same time you don’t want to continually buy food that is going to end up in the sink or in the garbage can. It may take some time and experimentation to find the type of food that your baby likes the most, but in the end this will work out in your favor.

Coupons, Coupons, Coupons! Coupons are a parents best friend when it comes to trips to the grocery store.  Parents want to buy the good stuff, the good heavy whole grain breads, organic milks, and all that beautiful organic produce.  But they just seem too expensive, right?  Check out all these online pages that offer printable coupons and e-coupons:  GroceryCoupons, Coupons.com, Printable-coupons.com,

Favorite Pick: CouponDiscounts.com is a favorite because they have a zip code search to find local coupons from stores located nearest to you.  You can change your zip code too if you’re on vacation away froom home.  Go get your coupons before your next trip to the store!

Favorite Pick: CouponMom.com is also good for local searching.  You can search by city and state for coupons on groceries, diapers, formula, kid care products, baby products, ect.  You name it, it’s on CouponMom.com.  I found their links to more expensive baby items, like formula, to be very good.  I followed through the links to Enfamil.com and also big formula maker, Similac.com.  Also be sure to click on the ones for Earth’s Best and other baby food specific items.  Sometimes you can sign up on these sites for future promo and free sample offers.  Free samples are perfect for tossing in the diaper bag, taking to restaurants, ect.  So stock up on anything you can get your frugal hands on!

Be frugal, but be cautious. Dont waste your time filling out those forms that are obviously scamming you for your personal information.  If the form asks you for your birthdate, give a fake one.  If it asks you for your SSN #, never, never, never give it out.  If you want to be extra cautious about giving out your information in sample offer forms, create a new seperate email account, use an alias name and never use your real birthdate.  Use a birthdate that is similar in age range, so you don’t mess up any statistics that the company is trying to figure out, but if your birthday is on the 20th, say it’s the 22nd instead.  Little things like that will not hurt anyone, but will help maintain your security.

Club Cards were invented for a reason. Do you shop at a major grocery store like Safeway, King Soopers, or Albertsons?  Not only do they have their own coupons on their company websites, but they all have club cards for extra savings on top of whatever coupons you use.  Avid coupon clippers save a ton of money every year by snipping coupons and using virtual e-coupons now.  If you’re not using coupons and club cards, you’re throwing money out the window.  If you don’t have one already, get one a.s.a.p.  It’s another great way to save money on your baby food needs.  The most expensive items that new parents continue to buy is diapers and formula.  Check out the article titled:  Baby Food Coupons for quick links to get discounted and even free samples of baby formula and free diapers and wipes from Pampers and Huggies!  Put coupons to good use and enjoy the money you’ll be saving on something more fun than baby formula.

Frugal feeding as a parent. You don’t want to skimp when it comes to quality foods for your baby, but at the same time you need to keep your budget in mind. If you follow the tips above you should be able to stay within your budget while also making sure that your baby gets the right food from day one.

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