Did you just start Baby Led Weaning (BLW)? As a mom on a budget, you may be wondering if this method is costly. Trust me- I get it! Our little one is on his forth month of BLW and I've been doing all the things to make sure our grocery list is still healthy, but not hundreds of dollars!! This blog post will provide tips on how to do baby led weaning on a budget and provide healthy meal for the whole family. 

  • Purchase fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables – One of the best things about BLW is that you don’t need to spend money on expensive baby food products. Instead, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season. This will provide more variety and also save you money. For example, in the summertime, try giving your baby watermelon, peaches, and blueberries. (Always make sure you're preparing the foods in the appropriate way for your babies age) 
  • Plan your meals ahead of time – Meal planning is a great way to save money on groceries. By planning your meals ahead of time, you can purchase only what you need and avoid buying unnecessary items. To make meal planning easier, consider making a list of meals that the whole family can enjoy and incorporate them into your weekly meal plan. This can help you plan for leftovers that your baby can enjoy the next day.
  • Take advantage of bulk purchases – Purchasing items in bulk can save you money in the long run. Look for items like beans, rice, and lentils that can be used in multiple meals. You can also purchase fruits and vegetables in larger quantities and freeze them for later use. This can help you save money on groceries and reduce waste.
  • Incorporate whole grains and protein – Whole grains and protein are important for your baby’s growth and development. They also have a long shelf life and can be purchased in bulk. Consider incorporating items like quinoa, brown rice, and lentils into your meals. These items can be used in multiple meals and can help provide essential nutrients for your baby.
  • Shop at budget friendly stores and farmers markets- Who doesn't love a good bargain? I've discovered that Walmart offers great deals on certain items. Our little guy loves Kiwi, and at our Neighborhood Walmart I can get 5 for $3.00. At another grocery store in town it's 3 for $5.00!  On average, my grocery bill is $20-$30 less when I shop there. They might not have everything you need, but you can get about 90% of your shopping done.
  • Don't be afraid of the frozen food section- frozen fruits and vegetables can actually be just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts, and they're often more convenient and budget-friendly. Just be sure to look for options with no added ingredients like sugar or salt. 
In conclusion, baby led weaning on a budget is possible. By following these simple tips, you can provide healthy meals for your baby and the whole family. Remember, BLW is a fun and exciting way to introduce solids to your baby, and there’s no need to break the bank to do it. Happy feeding!

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