12 Tools to Help You Make Your Own Baby Food

Electric to parent-powered, sophisticated to simple: Pick the tool that's right for you, then start making your own baby purees.
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Courtesy of NUK

PORTABLE PAL

NUK Mash and Serve Bowl 

This simple tool lets you smoosh fruit and steamed vegetables into a baby-friendly consistency while you're away from home. Its small size (approximately 6 inches by 8 inches) and weight (5 ounces) makes it easily packable, and you can serve food directly from the bowl. A comfort-grip handle and anti-skid base provide additional convenience. NUK Mash and Serve Bowl for Making Homemade Baby Food, $6; amazon.com

STEAM & SMUSH

Beaba Babycook

This device can be credited for starting the spate of sophisticated baby-food machines. It lets you do both the cooking and the pureeing in the same device. Set it to steam, and then when you're satisfied that the food is soft, turn it to blend. It can handle 4.7 cups at a time, and comes with recipes to get you started. Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 Steam Cooker & Blender, $150; amazon.com

MEALS ON AUTOPILOT

Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker

Similar to the Babycook, the Brezza can both steam and puree, although it only has a 2.5-cup capacity. The machine's winning feature is its ability to steam and then automatically puree food without you switching settings. That means you can turn it on and walk away, then come back later to a meal ready for your baby. Baby Brezza Baby Food Maker, $78; amazon.com

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Courtesy of Oxo

YOU'RE IN CONTROL

Oxo Tot Baby Food Mill

With a food mill, it's up to you to steam and chop baby's food first. Then you load the food into the mill, turn the crank, and voila, you've got puree. Oxo Tot's model allows you to feed your little one straight from the top, and its curved body and rubber base make for an easy, no-slip grip. Oxo Tot Mash Maker Baby Food Mill, $25; amazon.com 

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Bryan Lynde

MINI ME

Baby Bullet

And now on to electric blenders! This one is modeled after the Magic Bullet, a popular food processor for grown-ups. The brand's baby version comes with a bowl for large batches as well as a bowl for making just a meal or two at a time, storage containers if you're pureeing ahead, and a recipe book along with nutrition tips. Baby Bullet Complete Babycare System, $60; amazon.com

VERY HANDY

Cuisinart Smart Stick

An immersion hand blender like this Cuisinart model is another way to go when you want to make food for a baby. Plug it in, hold it in a bowl (of any size!) with food that's steamed or otherwise ready to go, and hit the "on" switch so it can get to work making a smooth puree. It's great for soups, batters, and other grown-up foods too. And it's a definite space-saver! Cuisinart CSB-75BC Smart Stick 200-Watt, $26; amazon.com

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Courtesy of QOOC

COMPACT COOKER

QOOC 4-in-1 Mini

This one's known for its quiet motor, so you can cook meals while your baby is napping. Its four functions—steam, blend, reheat, and defrost—make this machine incredibly handy, and its precision blades can pulverize even tough foods like nuts. QOOC 4-in-1 Mini Baby Food Maker, $70; amazon.com

BEST FOR BATCHES

Ninja Personal Blender

This machine can blend and puree, and because it comes with two separate blending cups, you can make a couple of different babyfood recipes in a row without stopping to clean a bowl in between. Ninja Personal Blender with 700-Watt Base, $60; amazon.com

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Courtesy of Infanto

MAIN SQUEEZE

Infanto Squeeze Station 

Ready to go next-level and take your homemade baby food on the road? Infanto's station comes with 10 single-use pouches so you can package your purees for travel and bagged lunches. The pouches feature child-safe caps, clear windows, and labeling space. Infanto Squeeze Station, $20; amazon.com

WAY BEYOND BABY FOOD

Oster Stainless 14-Cup Food Processor

The same food processor you use for all your family cooking can also be used to make baby food, especially if it comes with a small work bowl insert like this one does, perfect for pureeing a small amount of food when needed. Oster Designed for Life 14-Cup Food Processor, $103; amazon.com

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Courtesy of CHULUX

DUAL PURPOSE

CHULUX Personal Blender

This handy 2-in-1 blender makes smoothies, juice, and baby food—and grinds nuts and beans. So you can use it to churn veggies and fruit into pulp-free juices and crush coffee beans for cold brew. CHULUX Personal Blender and Coffee Grinder 2-in-1, $60; amazon.com

STEAM & BLEND AT THE SAME TIME

Babymoov Dual Meal Station

Moms love this food processor for its ability to steam and blend two foods separately at the same time, which comes in handy when you're preparing vegetables with different steam times. Its high capacity bowls and blender (9 cups total) mean you can make a week's worth of baby food in one afternoon. Babymoov Duo Meal Station 5-in-1 Food Processor; $128; amazon.com

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