Ok, I admit right here that I have been searching high and low on the internet on how one may get hold of some Free Baby Food. It’s not easy. I managed to find some links to free samples which I’ll share with you at the end of this article. But, unfortunately, there is no such thing as a free lunch.
However, the second best option is quite simple and more beneficial for your little one. Making your own, real, homemade baby food. If you haven’t done it before I promise you it’s really easy and I urge you to give it a try. One of the biggest benefits of making baby food at home is that you are making it out of fresh ingredients, fresh fruit and vegetables jam-packed with all the nutrition you need. Shop bought baby food is not as healthy as you think, you know.
Plus it is cheaper. A lot cheaper. There are lots of recipes on this site to get you started and one thing you’ll notice is that they’re incredibly simple, and use basic ingredients. You make food in bulk and freeze the rest, ready for the next week or month. You could use an ice cube tray but the compartments aren’t really big enough. You could get hold of these cheap Happy Mummy Baby Cubes Food Portioners (Stage 2) that do the job perfectly.
Now, back to the free baby food (well ok, free baby samples at least) I promised.
At Hipp.co.uk if you register and join up to the Hipp Organic Baby Club you get free samples as well as
- Personalised pregnancy & baby development calendars
- Personalised emails with expert advice & developmental information
- A-Z of health-related topics
- Samples, money off coupons, special offers, and competitions.
Plum-Baby.co.uk are running a little survey. All you have to do is fill in the questions to win £50 worth of free baby food The survey is here.
For our friends in the U.S., I managed to find free samples of food at Babies Online as well as free magazines, coupons for diapers and other paraphernalia Click here.
Finally, in the UK, the government are giving away free milk, infant formula, vegetables and vitamins under the Healthy Start Scheme which you may well be eligible for:
Who is eligible for Healthy Start?
You may qualify if you’re pregnant and/or have at least one child under four years old and your family gets any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit unless your family is receiving Working Tax credit run-on only) with an annual family income of £16,040 or less (for 2009/2010)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
if you are pregnant and under 18 years old
Please note – Working Tax Credit run-on is the Working Tax Credit you receive in the four weeks immediately after you have stopped working for 16 hours or more per week.
More details of this can be found at the direct.gov.uk website.
Failing all that start making your own baby food. You and your baby won’t regret it! We have a wide range of easy recipes on this site to get you started. How about starting off with Strawberry, Papaya and Yoghurt Puree or Creamed Leek and Potato to get you started?
All the best!