How We Tested
Hi, I’m Jessica Booth. I’m a contributor to Reviewed and I regularly write for lifestyle sites such as Refinery29, Insider, Bustle, Romper, Redbook, The Daily Beast, and Brides. I have an 8-month old daughter and love being a new mama. I spend most of my time writing or sharing my parenting journeys on my Instagram account.
Determined to make my own baby food for my daughter, I started looking into baby food makers during my second trimester. Many friends pointed out that I could just use a regular old steamer and blender, but I felt like my bulky Vitamix, although a truly wonderful blender, was too big, and I wanted something that would do everything at once—convenience matters when you’re a mom!
When I tested these out, I was excited to see the differences between some of the most popular options out there. I tested the performance of each one by pureeing for 30 seconds for each type of food. First, I steamed and pureed apples, blueberries, and tough butternut squash, then tried out broccoli, spinach, and chicken. I used the same quantities of each one for each food maker, and for the options that weren’t all-in-one, used a steamer to soften and cook the food.
I paid close attention to details like the ease of setup and cleaning, the amount of noise it made (no one needs their baby food maker waking up their baby), and, of course, how well it pureed the food.
What You Should Know About Baby Food Makers
Do you need a baby food maker?
Many new parents question whether they really need a baby food maker or not, and the answer truly depends on your lifestyle. If you know that you’ll be making most, if not all, of your baby’s food, then yes, a baby food maker may be worth investing in. If you know that you won’t be making most of their food, then you might want to skip this purchase and opt for just using the blender you already own instead.
The benefits of a baby food maker
There are plenty of advantages to using a baby food maker. Making your own baby food can save you money in the long run, it can be the healthier option compared to some jarred baby foods, and it allows you to know exactly what is in your baby’s food. Combination baby food makers that steam and blend your food make both cooking and cleaning easier and more convenient than using a separate blender and steamer.
What to look for when buying a baby food maker
A baby food maker should make cooking baby food more convenient, so look for a machine that is easy to clean, doesn’t come with complicated instructions, and doesn’t take up too much space in your kitchen. You should also read reviews and select the baby food maker that does the best job at quickly and effortlessly pureeing even the toughest foods out there.
How long you’ll use it: You’ll likely use a baby food maker once your baby is six months old and up until your baby is about 12-13 months old, at which point they’ll probably stop eating purees.
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