Buying Guide to Baby Food Makers
6 Things to Know Before You Buy
Many parents love the peace of mind that comes with making their own baby food at home. A baby food maker allows you to pick and choose the ingredients you feel are best for your child, including organic fruits and vegetables. No longer limited to the jarred baby food you find in the grocery store, you can create various food combinations, and the only limit to those combinations is your imagination.
Baby food makers are an easy way to allow your child to enjoy freshly prepared foods, and parents love that these makers preserve the majority of the foods’ natural vitamins and minerals. Plus, there’s no baby food jars or containers to throw out, so you’re creating less household garbage.
An electric baby food maker is so much easier to use than a traditional manual food mill. And while it provides the same results as a steamer and blender or food processor, an all-in-one unit requires less clean-up and can be more convenient. It also takes up less space on your counter than multiple bulky items.
Fact #1: Capacity
While a variety of baby food makers are available, most make between 2 and 2 ½ cups (16 to 20 ounces) in one batch.
Fact #2: Ease of Use
It takes just a few minutes to turn adult food into pureed food that even babies can enjoy when you use a baby food maker. Just place prepared food in the bowl or chamber where the chopping and blending takes place and turn it on. That’s all you need to do to create the smooth, even texture that your child can easily swallow and digest.
Fact #3: Helpful Features
While some baby food makers only blend and grind, others will do everything in one unit.
If you like to make huge batches of baby food at one time, look for an electric baby food maker with defrosting and reheating features.
Some models also offer a steaming option. This feature allows you to steam and cook in addition to pureeing. This is not only ideal for the pureed food stage, but you can also use it to steam finger foods once your child is a little older. Steaming is also a great way to keep valuable nutrients in food.
And if you like to take care of all your child’s feeding needs with one unit, you’ll find a few baby food makers that offer built-in bottle warmers.
Fact #4: Cleaning Simplicity
Most units are top-rack dishwasher safe. After washing, allow unit to dry completely before reassembling. This helps to avoid mold accumulating in the water reservoir.
Fact #5: Material
Look for baby food makers made of unbreakable materials for safety. Many are made of heavy-duty BPA free materials.
Fact #6: Savings
By using foods that may already be on your grocery list instead of buying jars of baby food, you’ll save money at the supermarket. When deciding how much you are going to spend on a baby food maker, keep in mind that you may only use if for six months to a year. Then again, maybe that’s just the first time around!