Parents are making home cooked baby food as budgets tighten41% of parents are choosing to cook at home

24 August 2012

Baby eating

As money becomes tighter at home, four in ten parents are choosing to make home cooked food for their babies and toddlers, according to new research by Mintel.

Although the baby food market has seen a 51% increase in value in the last five years, reaching £611 million in 2012, it has reduced by almost two thirds in 2011. 

Which? deputy home editor Hazel Cottrell says: 'Cooking for your baby doesn't just save money - it also gives you more control over what they are eating. And you don't need a specialist baby food blender - if you've got a good hand blender you can make pureed food in seconds. When we test hand blenders we rate each one for pureeing - based on time taken, evenness and consistency - and our Best Buys start from around £20.'

For a stress-free way to cook food at home visit our independent hand blenders reviews to find a Best Buy. Not already a member? Discover the benefits of taking out a £1 trial to Which?

For help with family finances visit our guide to planning an effective budget.

Buying baby food

When buying pre-packaged baby food, only 36% of parents say they read the full list of ingredients, with many having trust in the big name brands. Conversely, only 38% of parents trust baby food labelled as organic.

Marketers love to shout about the health benefits of their food – seeing that something is good for us can have us reaching for our wallets. So Which? is running a campaign to demand clearer food labelling making it easier for parents to determine whether what they is buying is indeed healthy. Visit our page to see how we're making changes.

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