The stresses of parenting a baby can be made infinitely easier by adding the best baby food makers to your list of essential helping hands.
Purchasing one of these can save you valuable time, energy and money, while still producing a delicious and healthy meal for your little one.
With the ability to puree almost anything, you can experiment with tons of combinations of fruits, vegetables and other ingredients to create the perfect recipe that your baby will love.
The best of the best of this product will come with built in food storage, a steamer and food processor, is BPA free and safe for frequent, repeated use.
By the way our favourite baby puree recipe book is 201 Organic Baby Purees.
Below are 5 fantastic options with a summary of key features, functions and performance, all of which will make a great addition to your parenting kit!
Best Baby Food Makers
1. BEABA Babycook Solo
All mothers want only the very best for their children, especially the first food their babies are introduced to from milk.
Many mums opt to make their own baby food from fresh ingredients but the process of steaming and pureeing, then defrosting (if necessary) and reheating is longwinded and can create a mess and washing up.
The BEABA Babycook Solo takes a lot of that work and cleanup away by doing it all for you in a machine which is an all-in-one steamer, blender, defroster, and reheater.
Steaming is the best way to keep valuable nutrients in baby's food. The texture is perfect thanks to a multi-purpose mixing blade.
The inbuilt timer alerts you when the food is done. You can even further enrich the puree with the cooking juices from the bowl.
If you have leftovers, simply freeze them in meal-size portions and when you're ready the Babycook Solo will defrost it for you and then reheat to a temperature perfect for the baby’s palate. Or you can simply use the reheat function on its own.
To make it even easier for mum, the machine can be used single-handed, literally, for those times when baby can’t be put down. And the whole process only takes 15 minutes.
The Babycook Solo comes with a handy spatula, mixing lid to avoid a mess, smoothie filter and useful recipe book.
The bowl is made from copolyester, the tank from stainless steel, and the cooking basket from polypropylene. The entire unit is free from BPA, lead and Phthalate.
2. Cherub Baby Prep Unit
f you’re transitioning your baby from milk to solids and are thinking about what foods you want him/her to have there are a few choices.
Of course, there are the vacuum-sealed puree preparations available in the supermarket but do we really know what’s in them and how nutritious they are?
Or you can spend quite a lot of time that you don’t really have doing all the preparation and cooking and pureeing yourself.
Or there is the Cherub Baby Food Preparation Unit which takes all the work out of it. You’ll know precisely what goes in, it’s quick and it’s fresh and all the nutrients are preserved.
This combined steamer and blender processes the food you put into it from beginning to end with an LCD screen to show you its progress. The machine will also sterilise and heat baby’s bottles for you. You can steam two separate meals at the same time.
The food steaming basket and steaming/sterilisation chamber are both BPA-free and dishwasher safe but all other parts need to be either hand washed or cleaned with a damp cloth only.
The Cherub Baby Food Unit is great for all mums who don’t want to spend a lot of time on messy puree preparation with multiple pieces of equipment.
3. Babycook Food Processor
The Babycook Baby Food Processor will deliver all that to your kitchen and allow you to prepare nutritious and delicious home-made purees for your baby in 15 minutes with little effort on your part.
The processor will do all the work while you press a button or two and play with the baby on your hip. The processor initially prepares the ingredients (vegetables, fruits, nuts, proteins) by finely chopping them and then pulse blending them into a puree.
You can control the texture of the puree by controlling the pulsing of the appliance. Every part of the process can be managed with one hand so no need to put baby down.
And no cleaning up except to put the removable parts into the dishwasher. The processor is free of BPA, lead and phthalate so is perfectly safe for baby.
4. TOMMEE TIPPEE Steamer
TOMMEE TIPPEE is an all-in-one steamer/blender with no transfers of food between the two stages of processing. The blending can be set to different textures to suit all stages of the weaning process.
The steamer will cook proteins, vegetables and grains whilst retaining all the essential nutrients and flavours. The blender purees to your specifications.
The unit has quite a small footprint so fits easily onto any kitchen benchtop.
The unit is BPA-free. And there are only a few parts so clean up is easy.
It comes with a useful weaning guide which gives helpful tips around what the various stages are and what foods to give a child at those stages. Recipes are also included.
5. NUK Baby Menu
The NUK baby menu food processor takes over most of the job for you. It will save you valuable time in the kitchen by taking over the tedious task of preparing the transitional pureed meals for your baby.
With the versatility of two baskets for preparation of two meals at the same time, this steamer/blender first uses gentle steam to cook the foods (proteins, grains, vegetables) and then blends the food to the consistency you choose by the setting button you press.
Speed 1 creates a fine puree for children from 5 months.
Speed 2 is a coarser puree for children ten months and older. There is an extra blade for making refreshing fruit smoothies for the whole family.
Cook large quantities and freeze for later. The NUK even defrosts frozen ingredients ready for processing and heats portions for baby's meals.
Clean up afterwards is a breeze because all removable parts are dishwasher safe.
The appliance also comes with a helpful book around the nutritional needs of children from birth to their first birthday. Recipes are included.