And no, it’s not just my imagination. It’s not even just my personal opinion. One study by Brown and Lee conducted in the United Kingdom showed that BLW (baby-led weaning) moms felt that they were saving money through baby-led weaning too.
Think about it. One jar of baby food is 79 cents, more if you opt for the kind in the pouch. So, you can spend 79 cents of a jar of pureed plums, or you can spend 66 cents on two hardboiled egg yolks, a far more nutritionally dense food for your child. Now, you may be saying, “That’s only a .13 difference! So what?” But the difference is this: you were probably already planning on buying the eggs. Would you be buying baby food if you didn’t have a baby?
Consider these three things:
1. Our daughter, Baby J, eats what we were already planning on buying for ourselves. We are having roasted chicken and potatoes. She is having roasted chicken and potatoes. No extra food purchased.
2. J helps us with food waste. A head of broccoli that needs to be eaten soon? Guess what is part of dinner for everyone.
3. Eating out? J eats the food off my plate instead of buying another meal or bringing baby food along.
Our grocery bill has not increased since she has begun eating solids. In fact, being diligent about eating what we have and practicing a Whole 30 lifestyle has caused our grocery bill to be lower.
But baby-led weaning hasn’t just saved us money, as great as that is. It has also brought us closer as a family. Our whole family eats together, and we eat the same things, at the same time. Our meals are truly communal.
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