American Baby’s Baby Booty: Get a Baby Food Maker!

Joe meets blueberries

It’s an incredible responsibility, giving a baby his first taste of solid food. I made a big deal out of giving my son Joe his first rice cereal—I had a whole little ceremony at my Dad’s house. So of course Joe spit it right back out like it was poison. You’d think I would have learned my lesson after my firstborn, Grace, rejected the steamed, pureed carrots her aunt lovingly made for her first serving of veggies. Here’s the good news: Both my kids have gone on to be champion eaters. They will try anything, and enjoy most foods, even at the tricky ages of 6 and 9. I’d pat myself on the back except I’m not sure that I had much to do with it, beyond making sure they tasted a lot of different flavors between the ages of 6 months and 2 years. A 1-year-old will put anything in his mouth, it doesn’t have to be bland or sweet. But I have friends who served up a wide variety of tastes and still ended up with a picky kid, so it’s not a foolproof way to get a little foodie, just a good practice to try.

Yesterday I read an entertaining entry in my coworker’ baby food blog. Heather Morgan Shott chronicles her adventures feeding her son, Mason, at High Chair Times. Over the holidays, Mason accidentally ate peanut butter for the first time, giving his mom a scare as she watched to make sure he didn’t have an allergic reaction. It’s one of those funny-because-nothing-happened stories, and was similar to a scene that played out with me and baby Grace. She was sitting on my lap in a Thai restaurant when I absentmindedly let her chew on a steamed vegetable that had been in peanut sauce. In my sleep-deprived stupor, I didn’t even think about it until the end of the meal, when all I could do is be thankful she’s not allergic.

This is all to say that I salute all of you who are feeding a baby, or about to start. You’ll hear advice from everyone, but there is no one guideline to follow on the baby-food journey. You can get a rough idea of how much food—and what type—babies eat, here. And are you into the idea of making purees yourself? Check out our new story on homemade fruit purees. Since so many moms are on the make-your-own kick, I’m going to give away one Baby Brezza One-Step Baby Food Maker, which retails for $100, and one Baby Bullet set, worth $90. They’ll be part of a baby food maker slideshow, which I promise to post shortly. You have through Wednesday, January 11th to post a comment and be entered to win one of the two baby food makers; read the full rules here. You can only post once a day. Goody luck!

 

 

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  1. by Bonnie L.

    On January 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    What fun!

  2. by Yemima G.

    On January 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Would love one! :D

  3. by Miranda

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I would love to win this for my youngest son!

  4. by Chelsea L

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    would love to win!!!

  5. by andrea thill

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I would love to have one of these for my little baby!!! <3

  6. by Alisha McMichael

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I am so excited to mKe my sons baby food!!! I can control what he has and feel good about what u give him!!

  7. by Emily Vergara

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    I just fed my baby his first food (bananas) and was thinking about the Bullet. Would love to win one !

  8. by gilda g campos de hernandez

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Would love one!

  9. by Jessica

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Awww. I want one of these so bad. Our baby is due in March and I am so excited. I would love to be able to make baby food for him, I think it would be much healthier and comforting to know what is actually in his foods. It would also be a lot of fun :)

  10. by Toni Hughes

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    sure would make things alot easier

  11. by Heather

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Great giveaway!

  12. by Holly

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    This would be wonderful for my daughter!

  13. by Corina

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    My son is barely going to start eating solid foods. I would love to win this.

  14. by erica

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    So excited!

  15. by Angela

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I would love to win this! My son is almost 6 months and starting to show signs of wanting something besides breastmill

  16. by Amy

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I would love one of these to make food soon for my daughter :)

  17. by Aimee Day

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I have dreamed of this wonderful machine.

  18. by toni lynne yaple

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Wow! Im currently making all my own organic baby food with NO blender or chopper! This would be AMAZING!!! <3 thanks!

  19. by Carey Burke

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Baby food is so expensive especially when your little one is eating about 5 jars a day! Would love to try and make my own and save some $$:)

  20. by Janet Beauprez

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I would love to start making homemade baby food for my sons!

  21. by Brittney Wilde

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I would love one!

  22. by Claudia

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    These giveaways are awesome! I’d love to win this, would definitely be put to use if we won it!

  23. by Ivana Fitzgerald

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    It would be amazing to win this! I would not have to puree my baby’s food by fork.

  24. by Claudia

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    These giveaways are awesome!! My husband and I have been thinking about making our own baby food for our son, so if we won this it would definitely be put to use!!:)

  25. by Shena Parton

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I would love to make fresh baby food. My son will be 5 months so foods will be started soon. Me and my husband are going to plant a garden this spring to provide fresh veggies for both out kids. I would like to know exactly what my kids are eating… Good luck to everyone!!

  26. by Jennie Whitney

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I registered for one! Winning is better!

  27. by Hannah

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I plan on getting fresh fruit and vegetables off the salad bar from our work cafeteria to experiment with what my son will eat. It’s a great way to try out new things!

  28. by Christina P

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I really really really want one!

  29. by Crystal Walker

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    My daughter is 5 months and is just starting to eat baby food. I’m so worried about what might be in the jars of food. Sometimes shards of glass are found in them. We could never afford the bullet. It would be such a blessing if I could win one of these!

  30. by Tiffany pate

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    I did homemade baby food for my first and can’t wait to do it again this time! These would make thing so much easier!

  31. by jennifer sheremetta

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Oh my goodness! we(me 38 and hubby 49) have just taken in our 7 month old great nephew (never had children of our own) and we are wanting to make our own baby food for him (after taste testing what we feed him everyday…yuck!).
    I hope we win one of these! It would definately be used and used and used…did I mention we would most certainly use it? LOL
    This was a great blog page to read!
    Can’t wait until the next posting! :)
    Have a wonderfully happy new year!! :)
    Jennifer, Frank & Baby Shawn “Peanut”

  32. by Ebony

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Awesome giveaway!!! Would love one for my little boy and the future little ones that may come along!

  33. by Candace Po

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Will be starting my baby on solids soon. She would love to have this so Mommy can make her yummy fresh food! :)

  34. by Julia F

    On January 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I would love one of these!

  35. by Leticia Rodriguez

    On January 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I would LOVE one of these! =D

  36. by Tracie taylor

    On January 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I’d love one! Hope I win. Thanks for the article.

  37. by Sarah Anderson

    On January 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Perfect timing.. My son is turning 4 months on Monday and we are starting cereal.. Baby food is right around the corner

  38. by Deanna Cruz

    On January 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I really need this my son will be born next month :)

  39. by Celina Pierce

    On January 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Oh i would love to win one of these! My little guy is just starting to eat baby food on a regular basis. I would love to be able to make our own :)

  40. by Cortney Schwalbe

    On January 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I would love to win this for my daughter Morgan!

  41. by Aura

    On January 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    My sister has been begging me to buy her a baby food maker to make homemade baby food for her son

  42. by Kal T

    On January 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Would love to have a baby food maker! We just started our 5 months old on rice cereals and will be starting baby food very soon!

  43. by Michelle

    On January 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Kaya just ate her first rice cereal on Christmas day. We cant wait to feed her some fresh fruit! This would be so awesome to win!!

  44. by Kelly

    On January 5, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Baby Jax will be starting food in 2 weeks! Would love to be able to feed him homemade foods!

  45. by Sharon Roche

    On January 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I’ve been making my own baby food using an old blender and would love to simplify the process! Thanks for offering such great items!!

  46. by Hannah

    On January 5, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Annabelle just started food! This would b awesome

  47. by Katie

    On January 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    The Baby Bullet looks awesome!

  48. by Shannon

    On January 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Lil Miss Hannah will be starting big girl food in about 2 months. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  49. by Sara C.

    On January 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    My son loves homemade pureed food. This would be great to have.

  50. by Whitney Estes

    On January 5, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    I would love one of these for my 4.5 month breastfed baby girl!! It would be so beneficial for her if I made her food instead of giving her processed baby foods!! I’ve heard great things about the Baby Bullet and Baby Brezza both!! I would love to use one of these!!

  51. by Jihae

    On January 5, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I love making baby food for my 1 year old. That’d be awesome!

  52. by Jessica Taylor

    On January 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    I’d love either of these! I just started making puréed veggies and fruits for my baby usingy bulky, ancient food processor.

  53. by Laura

    On January 6, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Might as well throw myself into the running, right? Today was my first time visiting the site and the giveaway immediately caught my eye. Sheena Roisin will be 6 mo next week, and just started gerber the last week of last year.

  54. by Dana

    On January 6, 2012 at 1:39 am

    I just started making my own baby food for my son using a blender, and he prefers my food over a jar any day. I would love to win the baby bullet! It would encourage me to make even more foods for him.

  55. by Heidy C

    On January 6, 2012 at 2:09 am

    What wonderful item(s) to win! Goody luck for my little love Liam! ;)

  56. by Alicia

    On January 6, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I was just talking about getting one of these a week ago. Might as well try to win one!

  57. by Melissa Shirley

    On January 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I would love to win this for my sisiter who is expecting.

  58. by Miranda Welle

    On January 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Would love to win one!

  59. by Christina P

    On January 6, 2012 at 9:06 am

    i would love to win this for my new baby girl!

  60. by marlee

    On January 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

    YES PLEASE!!! we are execting our fifth! none of my babies have eaten commercial baby food… momma makes it best! :) this wouldbe a great help with our new baby!!

  61. by Ashley

    On January 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Would love love love to have this!! It would make life so much easier!!

  62. by jessica dees

    On January 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

    i would love to win this item. i plan on making all of my daughter’s food.

  63. by Marissa C

    On January 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I’m definitely planning on making my own baby food once he’s ready to start eating solids. Winning this would be a huge step in the right direction!

  64. by Jamie

    On January 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Our little one just started cereal on Wednesday so this would be perfect:)

  65. by chris conanan

    On January 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    this would be a great prize for my newborn

  66. by Laura Love

    On January 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I would love to win this for my baby boy – what a neat giveaway!

  67. by stacey sanchez

    On January 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I have heard such great things about this, I’d love to win one! This year our family has resolved to eat healthier foods. This is an awesome way to save money and make sure everyone in the family eats healthier, no more canned foods! We are trying to reduce our salt and sugar intakes. Thanks for the chance at winning such a great item!

  68. by Dustin

    On January 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Our daughter Kaya Star just turned 4 months old on christmas. We are so excited to feed her new things and this would be an amazing prize to win!!

  69. by Bethany Mead

    On January 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Would love to win…baby just started solids and I’d love this to whip up delicious meals for him. Thanks!!

  70. by Jeannine R

    On January 6, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Just started solids with my youngest, would love to try making it for him!

  71. by Maria Gabriel

    On January 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    This would be wonderful, I just had a little boy three weeks ago!

  72. by Heather

    On January 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    looking forward to seeing the slide show. Fingers crossed that I win!

  73. by Stephanie L

    On January 7, 2012 at 12:59 am

    We are starting solids at 6 months, which is in about 2 weeks. I am a little sad that he’s growing so quickly, but excited for this milestone.

  74. by Danielle M

    On January 7, 2012 at 1:48 am

    What a great giveaway! I’d love to have these to make homemade food for my baby.

  75. by David Heath

    On January 7, 2012 at 7:33 am

    i would like this for my coming grandchild

  76. by Jay Gillespie

    On January 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Going to have to buy one soon anyways

  77. by Jeannine R

    On January 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

    still hoping fr one of these!

  78. by Heather

    On January 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I’m looking forward to making my own baby food!

  79. by Laura Love

    On January 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I would love to win this – I’d really love to make my own baby food for my son.

  80. by Alicia

    On January 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    My family and I will be moving out of the country soon. The country doesn’t have very good quality baby food. This would be perfect!

  81. by Mariaelena

    On January 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    This would be a great experience, for my
    older daughter to have. helping out with our
    New addition to the family.

  82. by Alicia C

    On January 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This would be so helpful since I’m going to be
    Be cooking for my 17 month old and my
    Twins on the way.

  83. by Jeannine R

    On January 8, 2012 at 8:46 am

    would love to start making some food for my 5 month old

  84. by Heather

    On January 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I’m looking forward to making my own baby food! this provide much needed assistance

  85. by steff

    On January 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    id love to try this!

  86. by Stacey Sanchez

    On January 8, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    This sounds like an awesome product. I hate the smell of baby foods. I would like to have something I could make for my little one that I know what goes into it. I have resolved to make healthier foods for the entire family this year and this would be a lifesaver! Thanks for the chance!

  87. by Laura Love

    On January 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I would love to win this – it sounds wonderful and so much healthier than buying processed baby food

  88. by Alicia

    On January 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Hoping to win one of these for my 5 month old!

  89. by Jenna

    On January 9, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Great giveaway!

  90. by israel y

    On January 9, 2012 at 1:46 am

    amazing!

  91. by Jay Gillespie

    On January 9, 2012 at 8:52 am

    awesome giveaway

  92. by Alicia

    On January 9, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I would love to have one of these for my 5 month old!

  93. by Jeannine R

    On January 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    still hoping for a chance to win one of these!

  94. by israel y

    On January 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    hope i win

  95. by Laura Love

    On January 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I would love to win this for my little boy!

  96. by Jamie

    On January 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    This would make life a easier:)

  97. by Heather

    On January 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Awesome product!

  98. by Alicia

    On January 10, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Just started introducing solids to my son. This product would make me feel a lot better about what I’m feeding him!

  99. by Stacy

    On January 10, 2012 at 4:01 am

    I would love to win these.

  100. by Craig Mcgarry

    On January 10, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Lucky number 100 I would love to win this

  101. by Jeannine R

    On January 10, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Have heard good things about both of these processors – would love to try it out!

  102. by Nancy R

    On January 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

    would love to have one of these!

  103. by Jay Gillespie

    On January 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Really hope to win this

  104. by PEGGY JACKS

    On January 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve been experimenting with making my own baby food on my own but I think this will come in very handy. Especially because my son loves to eat and I don’t think the store bought food satisfies my son’s appetite at times.

  105. by Anthony J.

    On January 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    My son is great eater and would love to try this.

  106. by Jamie

    On January 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    my fingers are crossed-little one just started on cereal last week!

  107. by jeanne conner

    On January 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Would love to win this…

  108. by Laura Love

    On January 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I would love to win this!

  109. by israel y

    On January 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    hope i win!

  110. by Stacey Sanchez

    On January 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I have seen commercials for this and would love to try it. My resolution for the year was to cook healthier for the whole family. Making baby foods is not as easy as it sounds. This product would be a huge time saver for me. I would like to be able to serve the healthiest freshest foods possible to everyone in the family. Thank you for the chance to win this!

  111. by Amanda Nied

    On January 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Would love to make Braxton some homemade baby food!

  112. by Sarah

    On January 11, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Yummy! I love making baby food!

  113. by Sarah

    On January 11, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Yummy! I love making baby food! Delicious

  114. by Jeannine R

    On January 11, 2012 at 8:14 am

    last chance – really hoping for one!

  115. by Jay Gillespie

    On January 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

    need to start making baby food soon!

  116. by Briana M.

    On January 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Pick Me, Pick Me!!! :-) I would love to win this.

  117. by Stacey Sanchez

    On January 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I would love to win this! The reviews and commercials make this look like a super time saver for me! I would love to be able to make healthy fresh foods for my baby! Now days you never know what the big companies are putting in foods or what tiny mistake someone could make to contaminate foods we give to our families. I would feel so much better being able to make home made fresh foods easily. My resolution for the year was to make fresh healthy foods for my family, this would be a great addition! Thank you for the chance!

  118. by israel y

    On January 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    hope i win this!!

  119. by Alicia

    On January 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Hoping to win one of these before moving overseas!

  120. by Sheryl W

    On January 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Hope I’m not too late! My 5 month old is almost ready to start baby food and the blender is just not working out so well! =)

  121. by Laura Love

    On January 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    I would love to win this for my little baby boy!

  122. by Jackie

    On January 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Would love to make my own baby food!

  123. by Donna Moore

    On January 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Hoping to win :)

  124. by Stacey Sanchez

    On January 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I would love to have this! The Baby Brezza would allow me to steam food and make it instantly into baby food! The Baby Bullet would allow me to serve the same foods the “big kids” eat to the little one! These would be such a time saver for me! I would love to be able to serve healthy and fresh foods to everyone in the family! This is the year our family is going to eat less fried and fast foods. I would like to be able to have fresh foods for the baby too. Now days we can’t trust big companies to not make mistakes. I don’t want to worry about what I am serving my baby. Thank you for the chance!

  125. by Heather

    On January 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Uses tool for baby meals!

  126. by Deborah Puffer

    On January 12, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I am an active gardener with my first on the way. I plan to make my own baby food from the garden and would appreciate a Brezza or Bullet to make the process ‘a gift’!

  127. by Jessica Hartshorn

    On January 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for all of the entries! The contest is now closed.