As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started plotting to make our own baby food. And if baby food kept in the freezer that long (and if I didn’t have horrible morning sickness), I probably would have been whipping up purees for Baby Girl that first trimester. Homemade baby food is easier to make than you think (really!) and it’s often a lot healthier than the food you find at the store—you know exactly what’s in it, so you know it’s good for baby.
This list of equipment for making your own baby food isn’t comprehensive, but it’s everything I found that I needed for my baby food adventures.
Baby Food Makers
These come in 3 different varieties: blenders, mills and processors (i.e., things that puree), steamers, and small appliances that both steam and process. I have the BEABA Babycook and I love it, but if space and budgets are limited, you really don’t need any of these (see the next section of this post).
1. Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System // 2. Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker // 3. Babymoov NutriBaby Zen Food Processor with Steaming, Sterilizing, and Warming systems // 4. Munchkin Baby Food Grinder // 5. Cuisinart BFM-1000 Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer // 6. BEABA Babycook Pro
Kitchen Equipment for Making Baby Food
If you don’t want to buy a specialized baby food maker, you probably already have everything you need to make baby food right in your own kitchen: a steamer basket and large pot for steaming foods, a roasting dish for baking anything in liquid (like peaches and apples), a sheet pan for baking everything else, and a food processor or immersion blender for pureeing. (A regular blender works for pureeing too if you’re making large batches of baby food.) Just remember, babies are extra-sensitive to chemicals because of their body weight, so make sure any kitchen equipment you use is free of BPA, phthalates, and non-stick coatings.
1. KitchenAid 7-Cup Food Processor // 2. Cuisinart Smart Stick 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender with Attachments // 3. OXO Good Grips Silicone Steamer // 4. Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Rectangular Roaster // 5. Norpro Stainless Steel 15 Inch x 10 Inch Jelly Roll Baking Pan
Freezer Trays for Baby Food
Unless you’re planning on using the baby food right away, you’ll need to freeze it. The easiest way to do that is to freeze it in a tray, pop the frozen portions out, and re-freeze them in a zip-top bag. Regular ice cube trays work too—baby food can be tricky to remove when it’s frozen, so silicone trays are best. Because babies start out eating only a few teaspoons of food at a time, I like the smaller trays and I personally used the green sprouts Silicone Freezer Tray.
1. green sprouts Silicone Freezer Tray // 2. OXO Tot Baby Food Freezer Tray with Protective Cover // 3. Mumi&Bubi Solids Starter Kit, Baby Food Freezer Storage Trays // 4. BEABA Multiportions Container
Storage Containers for Baby Food
Once you’ve taken your frozen baby food cubes out of the refrigerator, you’ll need someplace to put it. Pouches are one option, especially if your baby is old enough to feed herself—there’s even a kit for filling them. Otherwise, thaw your frozen baby food in small containers with covers. Make sure they’re BPA- and phthalate-free!
The Best Baby Food Cookbooks
I own a ridiculous number of baby food cookbooks, but you really only need one or two. If you have the BEABA Babycook, I suggest buying the Babycook Book because the recipes in there are developed with the Babycook in mind, and then one additional cookbook.
1. 201 Organic Baby Purees: The Freshest, Most Wholesome Food Your Baby Can Eat! // 2. Top 100 Baby Purees // 3. The Baby and Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start // 4. Real Baby Food: Easy, All-Natural Recipes for Your Baby and Toddler // 5. Cooking for Baby: Wholesome, Homemade, Delicious Foods for 6 to 18 Months // 6. The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book: Make 3 Months of Homemade Purees in 3 Hours // 7. The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet: Know What Goes Into Every Bite with More Than 200 of the Most Deliciously Nutritious Homemade Baby Food … More Than 60 Purees Your Baby Will Love // 8. BEABA Babycook Book