Organize a Baby Food Swap
A Well-Fed Baby is a Happy Baby!
Babies Love Homemade Baby Food
We all know how expensive babies can be, from diapers to clothing to baby food. And yet we all want the best for our babies. Baby food swaps are an easy and inexpensive way to provide a variety of healthy homemade foods for your baby. Swapping food with other parents is also a great excuse to socialize, share recipes and exchange parenting tips.
Step 1: How a Baby Food Swap Works
Each participant makes an agreed upon amount of homemade food and "swaps" with each member of the group. Everyone goes home with a variety of healthy and delicious homemade foods at a fraction of the cost of store-bought baby food - ideally enough to last until the next swap date.
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Step 2: How to Start a Baby Food Swap
In order to start swapping, you'll need to get the word out. Speak to other parents at mom and baby groups, at the park, at daycare or anywhere you run into other parents. Talk to your friends about swapping. Post messages on twitter and facebook. Or try sparking interest with a notice at your local community center or coffee shop.
Step 3: Organize the Baby Food Swap Details
The group will then need to agree on the details. How big should the group be? Does it make sense to split into smaller groups? How often will the group meet up? Some groups decide on roles with a different person hosting and keeping track of who is bringing what type of food for each swap.
Step 4: Enjoy Baby Food Swapping!
Your baby food swap date can be as casual as a coffee date, or a chaotic, fun baby food making extravaganza – and can meet as frequently as each week, or on an “as needed” basis. Whatever works for your group, have fun and enjoy your efforts. A well fed baby is a happy baby. Bon appetit!
About Nicole Breit
Nicole Breit is a published author and poet. Her debut poetry collection, , retraces the journey to have her son, and was a finalist for the 2012 Mary Ballard Poetry prize. She is the owner of Sparrow Writing + Editorial Services, and when she isn't having fun with her kids, she is helping small business owners craft blog posts, articles, web content, and ebooks. Follow her writing journey on her blog, I Can Make LifeWriting for my Life, or on twitter @NicoleBreit.
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