Making your own baby food really isn’t complicated at all; it allows you to serve your baby fresh food, and it lets you control the ingredients. Beaba has been making baby food makers for over twenty years, and their design keeps getting better, which means making baby food is getting easier and easier.
I got the chance to try one of these one-stop-shop baby cooking machines for my own nine-month-old’s food. I love being able to make home-cooked meals for my little one, but as a mom of two, my time is tight. The Babycook simplifies the process. It allows you to steam cook, puree, defrost and reheat all in the same machine, and the Pro2X has twice the capacity. This allows you to make larger portions, cook two meals at once or, my favorite, have one blending bowl in the dishwasher and have the other still in service! Those are magic words for all you exhausted, multi-tasking mamas out there—dishwasher safe!
The Babycook Pro (shown above) and Pro2X were designed to allow for one-handed use. I tested it out with my baby on my hip (where he can often be found) and had no trouble loading the machine, setting it to cook and then transferring the cooked food from steamer basket to blending cup and blending, all one handed. I would warn, as the manual does, to always be very careful of the hot steam when opening the machine especially if your baby is with you. The food is also quite hot after the steaming cycle is complete. I just let it cool for a few minutes before preparing it further. Always, always mix food well and test its temperature before feeding it to your baby.
Don’t be fooled by its compact size, the Babycook has major blending power. I chopped up four ripe avocados and threw them all in one blending bowl. At first, I was worried that I had overloaded the machine, but it pureed them right up.
All the plastic components of the Babycook Pro2X are BPA-free and phthalate-free, and it comes in three colors: latte mint, gypsy and sorbet. With its modern design, the machine looks great left out on your kitchen counter just waiting for you to make delicious, home-cooked meals for your baby.
WIN IT! One Project Nursery reader will win the Beaba Babycook Pro2X in your choice of color—a $200 value! (contest open to US and Canada only)
HOW TO ENTER: Visit Beaba, and leave a comment below letting us know which color you would pick. Contest ends Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:59PM PST. Winner chosen by random number generator.