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Dec 20

5 Tips to Feed Your Baby Organically

If you’re like most parents, you want to do the very best for your child – right from the start. And one of the best ways to do that is by giving them the very best nutrition that’s free of pesticides and processing contaminants. Since most babies start eating their first solid foods around six months, it’s vital to give them the very best since their young bodies are more susceptible to harmful chemicals.

If you’re wondering how to go about feeding your baby organically, it’s actually pretty simple. Here are 5 tips to get you started. Before you know it, your entire family will be on the organic bandwagon.

1.    Buy organic food in bulk. Let’s face it, eating organic is definitely more expensive than the alternative. But when you purchase organic fruits and veggies in bulk from your local, organic farm or from a retailer that sells pre-made organic baby food, you’ll save a bundle. A simple online search, or conversation with your local health food store, will point you in the right direction.

2.    Make baby food yourself. Homemade baby food is much cheaper and healthier than buying those pre-processed jars, even if they’re organic. All you need is a blender, organic fruits, veggies, and a few extra minutes. It’s worth it!

3.    Look beyond baby food. As your child gets older, you’ll have even more options for helping them eat organically. Cereal, crackers, pasta, milk, yogurt and other foods are organic as well – so you can continue to grow their organic options as they do.

4.    Watch for deals. Even though organic food is more expensive, you can often find great coupons that offset the cost. One place to look is in your weekly newspaper circular that offers coupons at the big name retailers. When you see a good deal on organic baby food, or fruits and veggies, stock up!

5.    Plant your own garden. If the cost of organic produce at your local farmer’s market is too high for your budget, never fear. You can grow your own fruits and veggies organically with even a small plot of land. By growing it yourself you’re making strides to be healthy and self-sufficient.

And don’t forget that you have countless resources on the Internet to find ways to feed your baby organically. From organic baby food recipes to coupons swaps to message boards with like-minded parents, you’ll soon see that making a commitment to a healthy diet for your baby from the start will carry them into a healthier childhood and beyond.

Heather is a freelance writer and the resident blogger for collegescholarships.org, an informational website offering tips about college grants for women.