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Feeding equipment for preparing baby food
When you start weaning your baby, a few nifty pieces of feeding equipment can make things easier. A baby blender or masher/grinder is ideal for making purees and mashing solid foods into delicious baby recipes.
Weaning your baby from milk to solids will see you blending, grinding and crushing foods into smooth purees to begin with and then with more textures and lumps later on. There are a number of baby blenders and grinders on the market so to make your life easier, we’ve rounded up a handful of the best electrical blenders plus a manual alternative too.
1. Beaba Babycook Neo, £160
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Baby food preparation product – Gold
A stylish piece of kitchen kit if ever we saw one, the Beaba Babycook Neo is not just a pretty face. Picking up Gold in our awards, this chic product makes preparing meals for your little one a breeze.
The only baby food maker with a glass bowl and a stainless steel steam basket, the look and price of the Beaba Babycook Neo represent serious quality.
Although it’s the priciest on our list, it has 4 settings – steam, blend, reheat, defrost – and the blender makes super smooth purees to chunky veg blends.
The Babymoov Nutribaby (+), £149.99, is its biggest rival, which has a capacity of 2,200ml to Beaba’s 1250ml and also doubles as a bottle warmer and steriliser, a seriously handy addition that potentially means one less gadget on the kitchen-side.
Style-wise though the Beaba comes up trumps and we can picture this product as a family essential for years to come.
MFM judge Laura says: “The more I use it the more ideas I came up with and now have a freezer drawer full of healthy homemade food for my baby. This is going to become a permanent favourite in our home!”
Available from: JoJo Maman Bebe, Kiddies Kingdom and John Lewis
2. Vitalbaby BabyFood Pro, £99.99
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Baby food preparation product – Silver
Making meals for your little one is a walk in the park with this all-rounder of a machine, the Vitalbaby BabyFood Pro, a Silver-award winner.
A 3-in-1 product, it can be used from birth as a bottle warmer, then later when weaning as a steamer and blender.
With one more function and a bigger capacity than the slightly more expensive Tommee Tippee Baby Food Steamer Blender, it’s offers good value for money.
It’s also in competition with the Philips Avent 4 in 1 Healthy Baby Food Maker (£140), which has the same 1000ml capacity, but a few more functions for its higher price tag.
MFM judge Louise says: “It was extremely easy to use and clean. I have made large batches and small, one-off meals for my baby – I would highly recommend it.”
Available from: Vitalbaby and Amazon
3. Itsy Blitz, £39.99
Awards: MadeForMums Awards 2019 Baby food preparation product – Bronze
Feeding your little one healthy food while you’re on the go can be a challenge – enter the Itsy Blitz, a clever portable baby food blender, so you can prep your baby’s lunch here, there and everywhere.
Small enough to pop into a changing bag, it has a number of clever add-ons that make it great value in a crowded market – a detachable bowl and spoon, USB charger, worldwide adapter and cool carry-case means it works hard for its £39.99 price tag.
The Oxo Tot Mash Maker has a similar feel and could be used while out and about, plus it’s only £25, but it’s manual rather than electric. We think the handy extras of the Itsy Blitz mean you have everything needed to give your baby food there and then, plus if it saves money on pouches in the long run it’s a major bonus.
Available from: Itsy, Amazon and Kidly
4. Babymoov Nutribaby(+), £149.99
Kick your weaning game up a notch with the Babymoov Nutribaby(+) – an innovative, all-in-one gadget with 5 useful functions. It blends, steams, defrosts and warms up bottles and jars. It even sterilises – the only prep product on our list that does.
Other bells and whistles include an automatic timer, 10 pre-programmed functions and at the end of the meal you can plonk it all in the dishwasher.
Cheaper than the Beaba Babycook Neo, it has a much bigger capacity at 2200ml (1500ml steaming and 700ml blending) to Beaba’s 1250ml, and its double function means you can blend a puree while cooking a meal for yourself.
You pay for these functions in kitchen space though – while it’s stylish enough, it has a large footprint. It has a lifetime guarantee and we predict it’ll last well past weaning.
Available from: Babymoov, Amazon and Mothercare
5. Oxo Tot Mash Maker, £25
This compact, go-anywhere gadget has one main function – to mash – and it does so with ease. The food mill has stainless steel blades that you use to grind fruit, veg and meat to make baby-friendly meals in a jiffy.
A straightforward product with a simple use, it’s less sophisticated than the electric Itsy Blitz, but it’s also £15 cheaper and an efficient option if you’re looking for a non-electrical way to blend your food.
It’s also really easy to take on the road, as it’s compact enough to fit in a changing bag and its secure lid prevents any unwanted spills.
Available from: Amazon, John Lewis and The Hut
6. Philips Avent 4 in 1 Healthy Baby Food Maker, £140
One of the best baby food gadgets on the block, parents love how easy it is to use this multi-purpose Philips Avent 4 in 1 Healthy Baby Food Maker. This clever product lets you steam, blend, defrost and reheat, all in the same streamlined jar and like many others on our list, the appliance retains the nutrient-rich cooking liquids from steaming for blending – just flip the jar over and get going.
It’s £10 cheaper than its main contender, the Babymoov Nutribaby(+) and has a smaller capacity at 1000ml to Babymoov’s massive 2200ml, plus it doesn’t sterilise, but it’s also much sleeker in design, saving on that precious kitchen side space, and it’s pretty effortless to use.
Available from: Philips, Amazon and Mothercare
7. Tommee Tippee Baby Food Steamer Blender, £106.99
Tommee Tippee is a brand synonymous with quality baby products and the company’s Baby Food Steamer Blender will enable you to whip up batches of tasty food for your little one in no time. You can use this sleek all-in-one in three ways – as a steamer, a blender or as a combi steamer/blender.
Like the more expensive and higher functioning Philips Healthy Baby Food Maker, it means you can quickly make baby food from raw ingredients using just one device.
Compared to the similarly-priced Vitalbaby BabyFood Pro, it doesn’t have a bottle warming capability, but parents rave about its ease of use and compact design.
Read our full review of the Tommee Tippee Baby Food Steamer Blender
Available from: Amazon, Asda and Argos