9 baby food makers for every budget

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Most mumma bears are pretty excited when their little one takes the big step of starting on solids. Then comes the realisation that food is a lot trickier and time-consuming than popping your bub on the boob or bottle. This is where a baby food maker comes in super handy.

A baby food maker either helps you prepare meals in one clever, compact unit, eliminating the need to spend hours in the kitchen and taking the fuss out of food prep. Some steam, puree and chop, others work as blenders to create the perfect consistency for baby’s age and stage. But best of all, a food maker means you’ll always know exactly what your munchkin is munching on.

To help you get ahead in the kitchen, we’ve done the prep work for you. Keep reading for some fab buying tips and a handy list of the top brands in Australia.

Things to look for when buying a baby food maker

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Function: Ask yourself what you want a baby food prep machine to do? Will you still be cooking food for the whole family and just want something that quickly and easily turns that into mush for your bub. Or do you want a stand-alone machine that can do everything – steam, mash, reheat, defrost, everything but wash up.

Ease of use: You want something that makes your life easier. If the instructions are gobbledegook, it comes with a box of unrecognisable parts and you need to be a NASA scientist to get it to work, perhaps it’s not the one for you.

Durability: Look for a quality build and a warranty always helps, just in case something goes wrong. Also consider whether you want to invest in a product just for the short term or whether you’d like it to have a life after baby moves on from mash.

Cleaning: When it comes to preparing your bub’s food, cooking is only half the job. Then there’s the cleanup. Lots of fiddly parts take extra washing time. And be sure to check if it’s dishwasher friendly.

Safety: Look for shatterproof material so you don’t run the risk of bits of the device ending up in your little one’s dinner. And look for plastics that are BPA, lead and phthalate-free.


9 baby food makers for busy mums

We’ve rounded up our favourite baby food processors to make life a little easier when it comes to feeding hungry munchkins.

In no particular order, here are 9 baby food makers for fuss-free meals:

Beaba

BEABA Babycook Baby Food Processor

Beaba Babycook Neo 4-in-1 Food Processor ($449)

The ultimate all in one, the Beaba Babycook Neo steam cooks, blends, reheats and defrosts, all in 15 minutes or less. With a unique pulse-blend feature that adjusts from a fine to a chunky puree, you can be sure what you cook up for your goldilocks will be just right.

  • Functions: Steam blend, defrosts and reheats
  • What’s included: 1.25L glass bowl, stainless steel steam basket
  • Optional extras: Grab a Babycook recipe booklet for ideas


Tommee Tippee

Tommee Tippee Quick Cook Baby Food Processor

Tommee Tippee Quick Cook ($164.95)

Steam fruit, vegetable, meat and fish then blend for a nutritious meal at the push of a button. Use the automatic timer to set steam and blend times for ‘Michelin starred’ mush meets five-star convenience.

  • Functions: Steams, blends
  • What’s included: Jug, steamer basket, spatula stored in the handle
  • Optional extras: Pair it with a Tommee Tippee magic mat for mess-free meals


Philips Avent

Avent 4-in-1 Healthy Baby Food Maker

Avent 4-in-1 Healthy Food Maker ($299.99)

You can’t get much easier than this one jar wonder. Steam circulates upwards from the bottom, making sure all the ingredients are evenly cooked without boiling. When it’s done, simply flip the jar over and blend.

  • Functions: Steams, blends, defrosts and reheats
  • What’s included: Jug, spatula, storage pot and recipe booklet
  • Optional extras: Store leftovers in the Avent Fresh food storage pots


NutriBullet

Nutribullet Baby Blender

NutriBullet Baby Food Blender ($89)

A complete mealtime solution, the NutriBullet Baby blends, purees and chops food to the right consistency for baby’s stage of eating. It comes with adorable cups and a freezer tray for simple storage of homemade meals, and in the name of less mess and stress, every component is dishwasher-safe.

  • Functions: Purees, blends, chops
  • What’s included: Blender, freezer tray, storage cups
  • Optional extras: N/A


ChiccoChicco 4-in-1 Easy Baby Meal Steamer Cooker and Blender

Chicco 4-in-1 Easy Meal Steamer Blender ($129)

Cut your prep time in half with the Chicco 4-1 Easy Meal Steamer blender. Use the built-in mini mandolin to slice veg straight into the cooking basket, then simply steam, blend and the job’s done.

  • Functions: Slices, steams and blends
  • What’s included: Steamer, cooking basket, cut express file, recipe book
  • Optional extras: N/A


Cherub Baby

Cherub Baby Steamer, Blender and Baby Food Preparation Unit

Cherub Baby Food Preparation Unit ($129.49)

Packed with features, the Cherub Baby Natriblend is a baby feeding machine. Not only does it heat, steam and blend all your bub’s solids, it can also warm up milk pouches and even sterilise your bottles and accessories. Clever.

  • Functions: Steams, cooks, blends, warms and sterilises
  • What’s included: 2 steaming chambers, jug, LCD screen, Cook Book
  • Optional extras: Pair it with On the Go Food Pouches and Food Pouch Spoons


Green SproutsGreen sprouts baby food maker

Green Sprouts Baby Food Mill ($27.89)

For those times when you don’t need to start from scratch, this handy gadget is a great way to make mash from pre-cooked fruit and veg. With no batteries or electricity needed, it’s a simple, low-cost solution that you can take anywhere. It even separates seeds and skins from purée.

  • Functions: Purees
  • What’s included: Hand mill, built-in serving bowl
  • Optional extras: N/A


OXO TOT

Oxo Tot Baby Food Mill

Oxo Tot Baby Food Mill with Silicone Feeding Spoon ($49.99)

With a contoured body, non-slip grip and non-skid base, feel confident knowing the food won’t fly everywhere (at least until after you’ve served it to bub). You can also easily add liquid to control puree thickness, and the trough in the base catches any mess.

  • What it does: Purees
  • What’s included: Hand mill, feeding spoon
  • Optional extras: N/A


Kitchenaid

Kitchenaid Mini Food Processor

Kitchenaid Mini Food Processor ($149)

If you’re happy to pre-cook your poppet’s food, most food processor’s can take care of the mashing part for you, but they can be big and bulky. The Kitchenaid Mini Food Processor is just the ticket – it doesn’t take up much space and you can easily chop, mix, and puree coarse or fine food at the press of a button. And you can use it long after your baby’s moved on from mush.

  • Functions: Chops, mixes and purees
  • What’s included: Bowl, lid with drizzle basin
  • Optional extras: N/A


What is a food maker?

Baby food makers are benchtop appliances that make preparing baby’s first meals easy, quick and enjoyable. Some units puree food to the perfect consistency, others take care of everything from defrosting to steaming and chopping.

Do you need a special appliance to make baby food?

If you’d prefer to use your existing steamer or food processor to make baby’s meals, go for it. Many parents who choose to use a prep machine do so for the convenience it brings to food preparation.

Is it cheaper to buy baby food or make it yourself?

Without any doubt, it is more cost-effective to make your own baby food using fresh ingredients than to purchase ready-made products at the supermarket. Plus, by making baby’s first foods yourself, you have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what goes into every spoonful.


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