According to the Cleveland Clinic, there’s no major gulf between jarred baby food and homemade baby food. It’s a matter of personal choice. If you buy yours in a store, it can be more expensive, plus have more preservatives and excessive processing that can nullify nutrients. But making baby food at home, per the Cleveland Clinic, also has some drawbacks. It takes more time to make it, it won’t last as long and it needs to eaten within a month of being frozen. And if your child is a picky eater, he or she may have texture issues with homemade food that’s too lumpy.
And while it might sound like a massive undertaking, the latest baby food makers streamline the process. To that end, we scoured the market and found the six best baby food makers around for whichever style of preparation (and price) fits your needs, from electric helpers like blenders, steamers, and blend-steamers to manual (and more portable) options like food mills. All are able to prepare food fit for your little king or queen. Just be aware that, no matter which baby food maker you choose, none come with perhaps the most important tool in the baby feeding process: wipes. Things, will still get dirty.
As any parent knows, kids love pouches. But store-bought ones aren't cheap, and they're often loaded with extra sugar. Now, you can easily make your own.
Best for: On-the-Go Snacking
This ingenious pouch-making station fills three pouches at one time, with whatever pureed ingredients you want. And best of all, you can get reusable silicone pouches, so less waste for everyone. As a bonus, the squeeze station is dishwasher safe.
The Babycook from Béaba is insanely popular because it combines both steps of the baby food-making process into one machine.
Best for: All-in-one Steaming and Blending
First, the BEABA steams the raw veggies. Then, with the flip of a button, it blends them into a puree (either with or without bite-sized chunks).It lets you prepare fruits, vegetables, meat or fish from raw to any stage baby and toddler food in 15 minutes. And you don’t need to dirty up additional pots or blenders in the process. The bowl holds 4.7 cups, it’s dishwasher safe, and the thing can even cook/blend meat too. Béaba also sells other models that can warm bottles and/or cook rice and pasta.
This powerhouse makes up to nine cups of food and up to 25 meals. It steams and blends simultaneously.
Best for: Busy Parents
If you want a baby food maker that does the thinking for you, this is the one to get. The Duo Meal Station churns out up to nine cups of food and up to 25 meals. It has three speeds and a multipurpose blade to create just the right texture for each stage of eating. Oh, and it has 10 programmable settings and audible alert when the food is is done. It comes with two steaming trays, allowing you to cook foods separately. Then, after you’re done steaming the food, you can puree vegetables, fruits, meat or fish.
Unlike electric baby-food makers, the Tot Mash is a food mill and requires a little effort to mash and sieve those veggies.
Best for: Portability
After filling the base with fruit, vegetables, or cooked meat, simply attach the crank on top and get down to grinding. Turn the crank until you reach the bottom of the mill, and you should have food of a perfect consistency for your hungry tot (although you can also add water or broth to the mill to make things easier, attain a different texture). What’s nicer still about the OXO is that, at roughly the size of a coffee cup, it’s small enough to bring to a restaurant or grandma’s house.
This is a one-and-done baby food maker. It comes with a hand blender to chop up the food, a bowl to contain the food, a freezer tray to freeze the food, and attachments for soups, sauces, smoothies, and other dishes.
Best for: Versatility
Whatever food your little one craves, you an easily make it. Blend whole ingredients into baby food with Braun’s powerful hand blender. Then, store it in the freezer tray. Best of all, the blender works for everything non-baby related, because it comes with multiple attachments.
Billed as a hand-powered food chopper, the Chef’n VeggiChop is a hybrid mechanical blender and manual food-mill-style masher. And if you know how to start a lawnmower, then you won't have any trouble using it.
Best for: Harder Foods
Simply fill the container with food, attach and lock the lid, and pull the cord like you were starting an engine ⏤ the blades will spin and handle the chopping. It’s small enough to not be inconvenient for travel yet large enough to make a couple meals in one go. And, unlike some of the other manual mashers, the Chef’n chopper can also handle harder foods like raw veggies and nuts.
This set is perfect for parents who don't want any big appliances or gadgets in their kitchen. You can make fresh baby food quickly feed your baby from the bowl or snap the lid on and store it for later.
Best for: Simplicity
So you don’t want to invest in yet another appliance you’ll use for a year? This is your answer. You steam then mash fresh foods into the purees and serve your baby directly from the bowl or store it for later. The set includes a lid and steaming basket to steam your fruits and veggies before mashing it.
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