Sunday, September 19, 2010

3 Biggest Baby Food Ripoffs

Let me begin by saying I think most jarred baby food is a ripoff. I understand that everyone doesn't have the time to buy fresh produce, cook it, puree it, and freeze it. However, there are some commercial baby food items that I don't think you should ever buy.
  1. Applesauce
  2. Yogurt
  3. Bananas
Allow me to explain.

Applesauce- The applesauce in the baby jars is the EXACT same as the applesauce found in large jars in the grocery aisles. Here is the difference:
46 oz jar of regular applesauce- $1.50
4 oz jar of baby applesauce- $0.49 ( $5.75 for 46 oz)
One caution! Buy the no sugar added applesauce. It only contains apples, water, and absorbic acid. Other applesauce has added sugar that babies don't need.

Yogurt- Baby yogurt is no different than the yogurt you get in the refrigerated dept. Here is the difference:
Let's crunch the numbers:
32 oz "adult" yogurt- $2.00
14 oz "baby" yogurt- $2.66 ($6.08 for 32 oz)

Bananas- Ok, these are the BEST fruit to feed babies cause they're totally portable and all you have to do is peel and mash. That's not so hard right? No cooking needed!
Bananas run about $0.49 per pound. (Accounting for the fact that part of that is skin, let's say $0.75 per pound).
Jars are $0.49 for 4 oz ($1.96 per pound)

So, that's my opinion on baby food. Do not waste your money on these ripoffs. If you want to learn to make other homemade baby foods (which I highly recommend), go to for more info!

1 comment:

  1. another note on bananas! do you know that ripe bananas weigh less than green ones? SOOOO always buy your bananas ready to eat rather than buying green and waiting. You'll pay less for the same banana.