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.
Vital Baby 2 in 1 Steam and Blend
1. Vital Baby 2 in 1 Steam and Blend, £79.99, MadeForMums Awards Gold Winner
Cooking capacity: 600ml
Functions: Steam and blend
This nifty 2 in 1 steamer and blender convinced our judges through its ease of use, compact design and usefulness. Nabbing the MFM Gold Award, the product fits neatly on even a limited work surface and can be easily stored.
It steams and blends in under 15 minutes, and has a surprisingly large 600ml cooking capacity, so it’s easy to cook batches to store and freeze in individual portions. The included recipe booklet is also much appreciated.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about Vital Baby 2 in 1 Steam and Blend:
“This is an amazing product. Long gone are the days of worrying how I’m going to cook a separate meal for my 7-month-old while using the hob to cook for the rest of the family. It’s very easy to use, great value and great quality.” Mum of 2, Lauren
“I really liked this, because I could place everything in the steamer and blend straight away without having to decant into something else, creating less mess and fewer dirty dishes. The instructions were simple and the blender is robust enough to withstand the full weaning journey.” Mum of 3, Rebecca
Available from: Amazon
Babymoov Nutribaby (+)
2. Babymoov Nutribaby (+), £139.99, MadeForMums Awards Silver Winner
Cooking capacity: 2200ml (1500ml steam mode, 700ml blending mode)
Functions: Bottle warmer, steriliser, steamer, blender
This is the mother of all baby food preparation products, offering 4 appliances in one. A bottle warmer, steriliser, steamer and blender, this could cover all your baby feeding and weaning needs.
The Nutribaby is really rather clever, easily securing 2018’s MFM Silver Award. It has an extra large capacity of 2200ml (1500ml in steam mode and 700ml for blending) and promises enough capacity to cook for the whole family in one.
It saves cooking water for use in purees and soups, and offers 3 blending speeds. Other bells and whistles include an automatic timer, 10 pre-programmed functions, removable parts for easy storage – and at the end of the meal you can plonk it all in the dishwasher. With a lifetime guarantee, it’s likely to last well past weaning.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Babymoov Nutribaby (+):
“I absolutely LOVE this product. It is so easy to use, you hardly have to read the instructions. The console is neat and picture buttons make it very intuitive to use. It’s a perfect item for a small family and looks great too!” Mum of 1, Tina Hodgson
“The different cooking options make this product good value for money, and it offers nice choices of colours, an innovative panel, a very sleek design, and a lot of functions.” Mum of 1, Kat
Available from: BabySecurity, Kidly and Natural Baby Shower
Oxo Tot Mash Maker
3. Oxo Tot Mash Maker, £25, MadeForMums Awards Joint Bronze Winner
This masher concentrates on one function – mashing anything and everything to make it more baby-friendly. Just squash bits of your Sunday roast chicken, veg or fruit into the container and transform it into a baby palate-friendly meal.
The Bronze Award-winning Mash Maker is also easy to take on the road, as it’s compact enough to fit in a bag, and its secure lid prevents any spills.
It also features a non-skid base and catches excess liquid to minimise mess.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Oxo Tot Mash Maker:
“This is a great product. It’s very easy to use and provides perfect consistency to your baby’s food. The instructions could be easier to follow, but I like that it also suggests foods to start weaning baby with, and how to make it more flavourful. Brilliant product.” Mum of 2, Lauren
“I have used this a few times to help prepare food for my 7-month-old, and it is so quick and easy to use – perfect when dealing with a hungry baby! I love it and even my 5-year-old wanted to help turning the machine and watching the food being mashed.” Mum of 2, Sam
Available from: Amazon and John Lewis
Philips Avent 4 in 1 Healthy Baby Food Maker
4. Philips Avent 4 in 1 Healthy Baby Food Maker, £140, MadeForMums Awards Joint Bronze Winner
Functions: Steam, blend, defrost, reheat
This multi-purpose baby food maker lets you steam, blend, defrost and reheat, all in the same, streamlined jar. The appliance retains the cooking liquids for blending – just flip the jar over and start to blend to the desired consistency.
The 1000ml capacity also means that you can bulk cook to save a few portions for later, and the jar and blade are dishwasher safe too.
We really like the look of this product, and its compact footprint.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Philips Avent 4 in 1 Healthy Baby Food Maker:
“It is a really nice quality product and does the job well. Easy to use and I like the fact that it is smaller than others I have seen and takes up less space on my already crowded kitchen counter. It is great for easy preparation of fresh food for your little ones, and saves time.” Mum of 3, Jenny
“The blender was good quality and worked effectively at blending the steamed food to the desired consistency.” Mum of 1, Trudy
Available from: Amazon and Philips