Making your own baby food allows you to know exactly what your little one is eating. You can ensure your preparations are free of preservatives and added sugar, which is found in many commercially prepared baby foods. You can also cater to your baby's individual tastes while avoiding any nasty additives.
Creating your own baby food is easier than most people imagine. Just by saving some of your own meal, especially fruits and vegetables, you can whizz up a nutritious and delicious meal for... the youngest member of your family. Other good choices for baby’s first foods include pasta, rice, oatmeal and mashed beans. Some foods barely need any preparation at all, such as soft fruits like avocado and banana, these can be a good way to get started while you become more experienced in cooking for your baby.
Options for baby food makers include models that simply process and smooth chunky food into a more palatable consistency for little mouths, to all in one machines that can cook, process and store a whole week of baby food.
Read on for our picks of the best baby food makers on the market:
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This comprehensive blender includes a complete kit with everything you need to create a range of different delicious recipes for your baby. It also includes accessories to steam baby’s food, make large and small quantities and store all your batches.
The blades can be adjusted to make food for different stages, including beginners purees and chunkier toddler mini meals. It even has a milling blade to use with oats and cereals. The starter kit comes with a set of spoons and a freezer tray which... allows an individual portion to be popped out and prepared at a time. Which are really convenient for those midweek suppers when everyone is in a rush to eat.
The high torque power motor will last for years, yet comes in at a lightweight five pounds. The Nuby Garden Fresh Mighty Blender is the only baby food maker you’ll need.
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If portability is important to you consider a simple unit like the Munchkin Fresh Food Grinder, which is totally mobile and can be packed up in your bag for an overnight visit to the grandparents or a weekend away. That way you’ll know exactly what your little one is eating wherever you end up and helps you to avoid expensive and addictive laden jarred baby food. It’s a non-motorized option that fits easily into the top shelf of the dishwasher for effortless cleanup. Just fill, grind, and feed -... simple!
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The BEABA is not cheap, at all, but if you are looking for a luxe baby maker that can do it all it could be the one for you. It’s a multi tasker's dream unit, as it allows you to steam cook on one side while you puree on the other, helping you to get through big batches of recipes. An afternoon with this machine could see you preparing weeks of food to freeze and store for the future. An audible alert lets you know when dinner is ready so you can do other things while baby’s supper is being... prepared. With two large graduated bowls, it can make up to nine cups of food at one time. With a detachable power cord, it also stores away neatly when not in use.
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The Baby bullet is based on the wildly popular regular bullet food processor. This model, however, comes with so many extras, including the batch bowl, blend blade, milling blade, silicone batch tray for storing and freezing, six storage cups all with cute smiley face motifs, and a clever dating system that ensures you never waste a serving. It’s easy to see why this product has become a popular baby shower gift.
Made from durable BPA free plastic and with a 200-watt motor, this baby food system... represents great value for money.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
If you are looking to save a few bucks removing the word “baby” from your search can reveal some big savings. Although this processor doesn't have a steam option it will transform cooked fruit and vegetables, grains and more into smooth delicious purees, for a fraction of the price of some more expensive models. It features a 250-watt motor and a patented reversible steel blade for chopping and grinding. The simple push-button control is easy to use one-handed for those days when baby is... fussy and needs to be held. Plus when your baby is eating table food you can use this to make pestos, pie crusts and more.
Customer reviews for this affordable little processor are positive and include the tip to pulse rather than hold down the power button to get a smooth consistency in your purees and avoid burning out the motor.
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This fun new product helps parents to prepare and store their baby’s food in convenient pouches which they can take on the road and allow baby to self-feed by simply squeezing. Or mom can help out with the included attachable spoons. This unit looks a bit like a test tube rack but without a plug, it takes up much less space than a traditional motorized blender. You will need to ensure your foods are soft or pre-mashed before squeezing them into the tubes but as these pouches are loved by older... kids too, as a snack, this squeeze station can last you way out of the baby stage.
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One of the worst parts of making your own baby food is all the cleanup, especially if your machine includes lots of fiddly parts that have to be hand washed. It’s enough of a hassle to make those store bought jars seem appealing. But if homemade baby food is important to you, check out the Hamilton Beach Bebe Food Maker, a versatile all in one system, which makes light work of cleaning.
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The Baby Brezza is a simple, single bowl design that allows you to steam and puree all in one. Its BPA/phthalate free bowl can whizz up meals with veggies, fruits, fish or meat in one step, and as the bowl and blade are dishwasher safe, cleanup is quick and easy too.
To make sure your Baby Brezza lasts for years be sure to pre-chop your hard vegetables to avoid overburdening the motor. But for pre-cooked fruits and veggies, you can expect perfectly blended recipes at the right consistency in just... thirty seconds.
There are options to blend only, steam only, blend and steam, and reheat and defrost-making this an incredibly versatile baby food maker.
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