This is a before and after picture of Kathryn's sweet potatoes. I'm trying my hand at making some of her baby food. Sweet potatoes are all I've tried so far. Once you cook and puree them, you freeze them in ice cube trays, and then you have individual servings that you just thaw and feed them. It's really quite neat, much cheaper than Gerber (but Gerber is still great, too!) , and gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Other helpful time-savers:
-Buy chicken when it's on sale; then you can cook it and cut it up, then freeze it in freezer baggies. Label the bag, then when you want to make a casserole that calls for cubed, cooked chicken, you have it already made and ready. Just thaw in hot water, cut the tip off the edge to drain the water out, and it's ready to add to the casserole!
-Making your own baby wipes is also easy and cheap. Cut a paper towel roll in half, add 2 cups boiling water, and 1 tablespoon each of baby wash and baby oil. (Thanks Sara-Beth!)