Gosh, time is flying and my little bubba is eating solids!! We started feeding Dane purees at 5 months old and now at 7 months, he is eating them twice a day, with an exciting menu of healthy fruit and veggie purees. I will be totally honest and admit that I did not make Reese and Brooks their baby food when they started solids because it sounded like WAY too much work. Instead I always bought organic pouches and packets of the pre-made options. Well, prior to starting Dane on foods, I received the Beaba Babycook so I had time to give it a test run, and long story short, at 7 months old, he still has not had anything other than home-made organic yumminess.
A little about the Beaba Babycook… the Babycook steam cooks everything from raw meat (yes, RAW!) to fruits and veggies, and even grains like quinoa and pasta, in 15 minutes or less. It’s a French brand and the “original baby food making machine company”, and started over 25 years ago. While Beaba is primarily known for the Babycook, the brand has everything you need for feeding (cutlery, storage containers, bottle warmer, etc) as well as other goodies like our Big Flopsy Pregnancy and Nursing Pillow (a luxurious must-have for all moms – it’s 100% made in Europe and 100% machine washable), MiniCall Audio Monitor (water resistant, USB rechargeable and 1000 ft range) and more. All Beaba’s feeding products are 100% BPA, Lead and phthalate free and have passed European standards (which are typically much more strict) as well as US standards. Beaba products can be found on their website, as well as Nordstrom, BuyBuy Baby, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Target, Amazon and many independent retailers.
Ok so a little bit about our experience…
So as I was saying, I never was into the idea of making baby food. Why? Because it sounded time consuming and tedious, not to mention, how would I know what to make!! Well, this time around I decided maybe I would give the Babycook a go with single ingredients (it sounded easy enough and I always have organic vegetables in my fridge)… and I started by testing the usual, carrots, then squash, etc. The Babycook cooks, blends and reheats all-in-one, so literally I just threw in my ingredient, and done! Once Dane was ready for a bit more diversity, I started browsing the Beaba cookbook, which has endless combinations (which I always taste before the baby and they are delish). The book features nearly 80 recipes developed by nutritionists and chefs, from your baby’s first vegetables and fruits, to more complex mixtures as your baby’s taste buds continue to develop. Before I knew it I was preparing Dane’s food faster in the Babycook than I was making my 3 and 5 year old’s school lunches!
My biggest recommendation: make your baby food in batches (ie. a full potato + other veggies) so the mix lasts for three days – or three meals. That way you are just warming before lunch rather than cooking everyday. Beaba also has accessories for freezing and storing your purees so I keep my fresh ones in the fridge, but store some in the freezer for the babysitter or for lazy weekend days.
So there you have it, making baby food has become the complete opposite of what I expected. It’s easy, obviously super economical, and quite honestly, fun playing the role of Chef! I am loving this new adventure with my third!
Photography by Yesi of Simply Lively
Thank you to Beaba for partnering on this post.