Travel baby food masher

5 Best Baby Food Makers, Mashers, and Mills of 2022

Written by Jessica Booth

Updated September 20, 2022

While there’s nothing wrong with store-bought baby food, it’s hard to ignore the advantages of homemade baby food. It’s also hard to ignore how intimidating this can seem. Cooking up batches of your own baby food can seem like a frustrating, time-consuming experience, but the truth is that the right gear can make a huge difference. In the over-saturated market of baby essentials, it can be difficult to find the food maker that’s right for your family. To help you decide, we spent days researching and testing the most popular models, pureeing up six different fruits and vegetables any growing baby would love.

While there were plenty of great options, the Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 (available at Amazon) is our clear favorite. A convenient space-saver, it can steam cook and puree with ease. For a less expensive option, the NutriBullet Baby (available at Amazon) doesn't offer steaming capabilities, but its ease of use and included storage containers earned it our pick for best value.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

Credit: Beaba

The Beaba is an all-in-one steamer and blender that makes consistently smooth purees.

Best Overall

Beaba Babycook

The Beaba Babycook 4-in-1 is a compact all-in-one option that both steams and purees your food. It features a straightforward design that makes it very easy to use and was by far the quietest of the bunch when it came to the blending portion of the food making. It steams in minutes, and with a touch of a button, creates smooth and creamy purees in under one minute. You’re able to easily control the amount of water that goes into making your purees, which is a nice plus. You don’t need to figure out how much time to use, either—just add the correct amount of water, press the steam button, and it figures it out for you and alerts you when it’s done.

The Beaba is very easy to clean and most of the parts are dishwasher safe, although I will say that the biggest con for me is that you can’t see inside the water tank, which makes it pretty impossible to check if there's mold or bacteria growing inside. You can clean this out with a white vinegar descaling method, but still: I would feel more comfortable if I could get a glimpse inside. I found the manual to be almost too vague, although with a close look I was able to figure everything out pretty quickly. And while the steam basket isn’t quite as large as some other models, it makes a sufficient amount of food. I also love the aesthetics here: the Babycook is offered in a few different colors, like a rose gold model with gold touches that look surprisingly chic for a baby food blender. All in all, it makes excellent purees and doesn’t compromise on style, so it was hard to beat.

Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Baby Bullet produces smooth purees and is reasonably priced.

Best Value

NutriBullet Baby

The Nutribullet Baby is not an all-in-one food maker: it doesn’t steam cooky, it just purees it. That said, it’s still a terrific value thanks to all of the parts and pieces. It’s just a blender, but it also comes with a freezer tray with a lid, six storage cups, a short cup, and a recipe book. The compact design makes for easy storage, doesn't take up a lot of counter space, and the extra BPA-free containers are very helpful when it comes to putting away the food you just made.

Using it is very simple: you put the blender bowl on the power base, press down, and it blends. It’s fairly easy to clean and blends quickly. The purees from the Nutribullet certainly weren’t bad, but they weren’t very consistent: some were perfectly smooth, while others had some chunks of food in them, especially at the bottom under the blades due to the shape of the bowl. It holds a decent amount of food, the manual and recipe book were very helpful, and the containers made it easy to pack everything up.

Qooc 4-in-1 Mini Baby Food Maker

At first glance, the QOOC 4-in-1 Food Maker is remarkably similar to the Beaba Babycook, and that’s actually not an incorrect way to describe it. Compact and featuring a stylish, minimalist design, the QOOC shares many of the same features as the Beaba (for about $20 cheaper). It steams and purees in minutes, and works with just one button. It comes with a separate tiny “pitcher” to measure out the amount of water you need.

One of the best things about this one is that the water reservoir has a large opening that not only makes it easy to see inside, but also makes it easier to clean. The instructions were a bit confusing, though: for example, while the food guide inside says to steam fruits for 15 minutes, the button on the front shows that you should steam fruits for 20 minutes. It left me feeling slightly lost on what to do, so I just guessed. Still, the QOOC makes impressively smooth purees. Although, in some cases, they were actually a little soup-like, which wasn’t exactly what I was going for.

With some great features and its small size, the QOOC is a great model, as long as you’re okay with figuring out steam times on your own.

Baby Brezza Glass One Step Baby Food Maker

Featuring a large glass bowl, the Baby Brezza One Step Glass Food Maker is clearly one of the more sturdy and durable options on the market. It’s a bit on the heavier side, but is still pretty compact for the size of the bowl, and has little suction cups on the bottom so that it won’t budge on the counter.

Perhaps the best selling feature of the Baby Brezza is its Steam&Blend option, which allows you to add your food and press one button, then walk away while it seamlessly goes from steaming to blending. I was the most excited about this, but to be honest, was left disappointed: I found that a lot of the steamed water collected in the bowl with the food, so when it was blended, the puree was super watered down, sometimes (like with the blueberries) to the point where it was barely edible. You can choose not to use the Steam&Blend option (when I did this, purees were much better) and try carefully straining the excess liquid out of the food, but this is difficult without a steamer basket. Plus, that’s kind of the selling point of this, so it’s frustrating that it doesn’t work that well.

I also noticed that water was getting into some parts of the bowl that I couldn’t clean, no matter how hard I tried, and that made me worry about mold in the future. It was quite loud when blending, something I definitely wouldn’t do during naptime. Still, it’s worth pointing out that the digital interface is a really nice touch and it’s super intuitive to use.

  • Durable

  • Easy to use

  • Digital interface

Sage Spoonfuls Sage Baby Puree and Blend

The Sage Spoonfuls Sage Baby Puree and Blend stands out: it’s a stainless-steel immersion blender that comes with a batch bowl. It doesn’t steam food and is more of a hands-on option since you have to hold the immersion blender down. So, if you were thinking of making food while also holding your baby, you probably wouldn’t be able to accomplish that with this option.

There are still plenty of pros, though: the immersion blender worked just as well as the other blenders on this list in making smooth purees, if not better in some cases. Since it’s not a system at all, it’s smaller and easier to store, and doesn’t have to sit out on your counter. It’s easy to clean because there are so few pieces. It’s also very versatile: this is basically just an immersion blender, so you can use it for anything else, not just baby food. As for the cons? Aside from the fact that it requires two hands to use, the blender bowl is rather small and won’t hold too much food (although it’s worth noting you can use any bowl with this). Basically, there are no special features or add-ons to this one, it’s very straightforward.

What You Should Know About Baby Food Makers

Do you need a baby food maker?

Many new parents question whether they really need a baby food maker or not, and the answer truly depends on your lifestyle. If you know that you'll be making most, if not all, of your baby's food, then yes, a baby food maker may be worth investing in. If you know that you won't be making most of their food, then you might want to skip this purchase and opt for just using the blender or food processor you already own instead.

The benefits of a baby food maker

There are plenty of advantages to using a baby food maker. Making your own baby food can save you money in the long run, it can be the healthier option compared to some jarred baby foods, and it allows you to know exactly what is in your baby's food. Combination baby food makers that steam and blend your food make both cooking and cleaning easier and more convenient than using a separate blender and steamer.

What to look for when buying a baby food maker

A baby food maker should make cooking baby food more convenient, so look for a machine that is easy to clean, doesn't come with complicated instructions, and doesn't take up too much space in your kitchen. You should also read reviews and select the baby food maker that does the best job at quickly and effortlessly pureeing even the toughest foods out there.

How long you'll use it: You'll likely use a baby food maker once your baby is six months old and up until your baby is about 12-13 months old, at which point they'll probably stop eating purees.

More Articles You Might Enjoy

  • The Best Breast Pumps
  • The Best Bottle Drying Racks
  • The Best Strollers
  • The best baby food maker is an immersion blender

Meet the tester

Jessica Booth


Jessica is a freelance writer from New York who loves to write about travel, beauty, parenting, and food. She has also written for sites such as Refinery 29, Bustle, Parents, Romper, The Daily Beast, Insider, and Redbook. She spend most of her spare time on Instagram or in the kitchen cooking.

See all of Jessica Booth's reviews

Checking our work.

Our team is here for one purpose: to help you buy the best stuff and love what you own. Our writers, editors, and lab technicians obsess over the products we cover to make sure you're confident and satisfied. Have a different opinion about something we recommend? Email us and we'll compare notes.

Shoot us an email

7 Best Baby-Food Makers - 2019

7 Best Baby-Food Makers - 2019 | The Strategist

Every product is independently selected by (obsessive) editors. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission.

Photo: Courtesy of the retailer

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing reviews. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

While we’ve written about the best baby mobiles and the best pumping bras before, here we’re going deep on the best baby-food makers on Amazon, according to the people.

NUK Mash and Serve Food Preparation Bowl

4.3 stars, 3,916 reviews


With over 2,700 five-star reviews, this mash-and-serve bowl is highly recommended for its ease of use. “I bought this initially for making baby food while traveling/on-the-go but as soon as it arrived, we used it right away,” says one happy reviewer, adding, “Sure, one can argue (poorly at that) that a fork and bowl could yield the same results, but dump your fresh food right in, give the small pulverizer a push, and about two spins later, you have fresh baby food.”

The portability and size, described by one reviewer as “the perfect size for my toddler,” are also lauded. “These bowls are shallow and wide, making it easy for him to self-feed,” they continue. “The lids are great and fit on very securely. I use these bowls to make meals and snacks for him and then put them in the fridge for later. When I need to feed him, I just grab one and pop it open and microwave it if needed or throw the whole thing in my purse to take with us.” Another reviewer explains how this bowl has helped them manage portion control: “I used to cut the food into small cubes and put them in the blender to make vegetables for my baby, but that is not a good way because you have to make a larger amount than the baby needs! It was a great decision to buy this for making quick and easy baby food. I mash potatoes, carrots, and cabbages in this bowl that does the job well and is easy to clean as well.”

$6 at Amazon


And now for some micro-picks for every type of baby-food maker you might be looking for.

Infantino Squeeze Station Baby Food Maker

$25 now 20% off

4.6 stars, 1,282 reviews


Reviewers love this device for making custom baby food blends, especially since it presses the food into single-serving, ready-to-go pouches. One reviewer writes, “The Infantino Squeeze Station is a must-have for anyone who makes their own baby food. Wish I had this with my other two children. I honestly did not expect it to be as useful and fun as it was.” Another reviewer says, “I purchased this in hopes of making my life a little simpler trying to make homemade food pouches for two toddlers, and I was not disappointed. You can whip together your puree and fill three bags in a short period of time, it’s awesome,” though they add, “Also, be careful not to fill the food tubes too high.”

However, in all, this is described as an easy-to-use baby-food press that’s still useful well into toddlerhood. “It’s very easy to use, easy to wash, easy to store. I LOVE IT,” raves one commenter, adding, “Now that my daughter is 2+, I use it to make yogurt pouches (what I was going today). I throw my yogurt in a food processor with a variety of fruits, blend well, fill using the squeeze station, and VOILA! I have yogurt pouches that are good in the fridge/freezer without having to buy the ones from the store with god-only-knows what preservatives in it.

$20 at Amazon


Magic Bullet Baby Bullet Baby Care System


4.1 stars, 1,103 reviews


With the traditional power and operation as a standard personal blender, this Baby Bullet has a smaller bowl and convenient storage cups for quick baby-food preparation, a feature that’s appreciated in many of the comments. “Works so well on any type of food. We take large pieces of chicken, veggies, etc., and have no problem shredding it. Can be used to shred and puree, which is great for different ages,” writes one satisfied reviewer. “I loved this item! I have a 6-month-old baby, and I refuse to feed her any type of processed food even if it says ‘organic,’” says another reviewer, who continues, “I make all of her baby food with the Baby Bullet. The jars are so convenient. … It’s easy to use and easy to clean. The food is fresh and healthy for your little one!” Another reviewer adds, “My grandbaby is enjoying fresh vegetables and fruits and even meat. No more watered-down baby food — and the savings is unbelievable. I got ten jars of chicken from one chicken breast. And being able to freeze it is also a BIG SAVINGS!”

$94 at Amazon


KitchenAid KHB1231BY 2-Speed Hand Blender

4.3 stars, 1,242 reviews


Not exclusively for baby-food making, this hand blender is worth mentioning for the rave reviews about its puréeing. “I’m glad I purchased this for making puréed baby food over the products specifically marketed for baby food,” writes one reviewer. “I purée more than I need and freeze the rest. The best part about it is that it’s super easy to clean.” Another reviewer likes that this blender is plastic-free: “I did an extensive research about baby food makers, and I really wanted to get one of those steamer/blender to save time. However, I don’t think steaming baby food in a plastic container is a good idea, and the glass one I found had some terrible reviews. SO I settled for this blender and I am so happy with the result. I pureed green peas with it and with adding some water, the consistency is PERFECT and it only took less than a minute!”

And reviewers who use it to make baby food like that it can make a lot in one go. “I’ve only been using this thing for about three days, but in that time I’ve made about six months worth of baby food with it,” writes one. “Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, pears, peas, mangoes, kiwi, you name it. In the past I’ve made baby food with a single serving smoothie maker and a top-of-the-line food processor, and I honestly prefer the way this thing purées. Simple clean-up, easy to grip, great control over what you’re blending/puréeing, the speed is easy to change, and it gets the job done!”

$70 at Amazon


OXO Good Grips Food Mill

4.2 stars, 1,000 reviews


This product is another one that’s not specifically designed to make baby food, but dozens of commenters purchased this OXO food mill expressly for that purpose. “I purchased this mill with the intentions of making baby food. So far it has worked great for banana puree, mango and other soft, ripe fruits,” writes one, who adds, “I would recommend the product over the smaller, strictly-for-baby-food mills because of its capacity for making large batches. ” Lots of grandparents also like it because of the versatility. “I love this food mill. I needed something to make applesauce with,” writes one, adding, “My 4-year-old old granddaughter helped with he turning of the mill. She loved it. I would highly recommend this product. As a matter of fact, I just ordered another one for my friends daughter’s baby shower. It will be a must for making your own baby food.”

$56 at Amazon


Dash Masha 2X


4.5 stars, 167 reviews


Similar in functionality to the immersion hand blender, this Dash Masha has an added strainer element that helps create the smoothest purées. “This is the best masher ever,” says one reviewer. “It takes little effort to operate it, and it cleans up very easy. This is the tool to have if you love to mash potatoes, avocados, or anything else soft.” Another reviewer writes, “I prepare about 10 pounds of mashed potatoes each night from scratch. I have destroyed two wand hand mixers, a blender, and a food processor from the gummy starchy resistance of the potatoes. This machine works PERFECTLY! It never overloads, because of the design. The potatoes become smooth and mashy within a minute of use — without the addition of water or milk to thin it out!” The result is that this masher is “very good for mashing up for baby food even for a first-time baby.”

$100 at Amazon


QOOC 4-in-1 Mini Baby Food Maker

4.4 stars, 102 reviews


“I love this product! Easy to use, and the fact that it comes with a steamer and a blender at the same time is one big thing for me. For a busy mom like me, this is a great buy,” writes one satisfied reviewer about this all-in-one baby-food maker. Another admits, “Lots of people say it’s unnecessary, just use a regular blender, immersion blender, etc. Well, after using it all, I can say that I am very pleased with this purchase. I love that you can cook, purée, and reheat all in one device. It really makes clean up so much easier.” They also add, “I love how quickly this device purées while barely making a sound. I can actually prepare food while baby is sleeping. And, the puréed food slides out so easily.” Other reviewers also appreciate the relatively subtle sound: “If your child’s nursery is right next to your kitchen (like our situation) you will find this a quieter process. Not without noise by any means, but quieter than a standard blender.”

$70 at Amazon


get the strategist newsletter

Actually good deals, smart shopping advice, and exclusive discounts.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

Every editorial product is independently selected. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.

The Best Baby-Food Makers, According to Amazon Reviews

Every product is independently selected by (obsessive) editors. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission.

  1. The Best Gifts for Teenage Girls, According to Teenagers
  2. The Best Gifts for Teenage Boys, According to Teenage Boys
  3. The Best Skin-Care Routine for Your 50s
  4. Every Holiday Gift Guide From the Strategist (So Far)
  5. The Best Holiday Toys to Buy Before They Sell Out, According to Toy Experts
  1. The Best Gifts for Teenage Girls, According to Teenagers
  2. A Gift for Every Type of Dad (at Every Price Point)
  3. The Best Gifts for Teenage Boys, According to Teenage Boys
  4. The Best Skin-Care Routine for Your 50s
  5. A Gift for Every Type of Wife

Related Stories

people's choice

The Best Food Dehydrators on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

people's choice

The Best Deep Fryers on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

people's choice

The Best Mini-Fridges on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

recommended by experts

The Best Small Kitchen Appliances for Small Kitchens, According to Experts

recommended by experts

The Best Refrigerators, According to People Who Sell and Repair Them

best of brand

The Strategist Guide to Shopping for Breville

sunday circular

8 Products That Delighted Us Last Week: From Dishwashers to Unitards

recommended by experts

The Best Dishwashers, According to Appliance Sellers and Technicians

ingenious design

This Compact, Do-It-All Oven Makes Me Feel Like Julia Child in Quarantine

testing testing

This Swedish Sparkling Water Maker Is the Best At-Home Soda Machine

More Stories

Children's vegetable puree: edible or inedible?

/ All materials

GOST not Decree

The tasting of vegetable puree was conducted by specialists who have devoted many years to the development of baby food. Their opinion can be trusted. But we want to warn you: it is impossible to guarantee that the child will like the same puree as the experts (rather, you should rely on your own taste). Much more important is compliance with safety requirements. And most of the samples we tested meet the standards. Most, but not all.

Let's deal with the quality

Andrey Mosov, head of the expert department of NP Roskontrol, doctor:

“Such characteristics as sweetness, bitterness or “unexpressed taste” are subjective. Parents most often pay attention to the water content of the product. The presence of water in the composition of vegetable puree is not bad for the first feeding. You just need to understand that water is a cheaper raw material than a pumpkin.”

Irina Konokhova, leading expert of NP Roskontrol, doctor:

“Indeed, in most of the tested vegetable purees, the mass fraction of chlorides (i.e. salt) is 0. 2%, and in the Babushkino Lukoshko, Heinz and Semper purees it is 0.3%. Perhaps this is due to the higher natural content of sodium chloride in the feedstock, although it cannot be ruled out that salt was added. However, this intake of salt with complementary foods is acceptable, given the physiological need for sodium in children. The permissible mass fraction of chlorides in children's vegetable puree is 0.6%, and this figure is not exceeded in the tested samples.

How about sterility?

Let's start with the main thing: all samples meet the requirements of industrial sterility. Pesticides were not found in any of the samples, and all samples meet the standards in terms of nitrate content.

In addition, the puree was checked for 5-hydroxymethyl furfural content . It was not found in any of the samples.

All preservatives and sweeteners are prohibited in baby food. We checked the puree for the presence of sorbate, benzoate, sulfur dioxide (these are preservatives) and determined the mass concentration of sweeteners. Parents can be calm: no preservatives or sweeteners were found in the samples.

One in the jar, another on the label

Andrey Mosov, head of the expert department of NP Roskontrol, doctor:

in pumpkin puree should be 3.6% (in boiled pumpkin - 4.6%).

Summing up and drawing conclusions

Roskontrol experts noted that the manufacturer of puree Semper misleads the consumer about the presence of sugar in the composition. A mark "Bebivita" does not correspond to the actual product name - it is indicated in small print on the back of the label ("Complementary food product - mashed pumpkin and potatoes").

Puree “Spelyonok” has the inscription “fortified with vitamin C” illegally placed: the actual mass fraction of ascorbic acid in this sample is four times less than indicated in the label. Plus, on all samples, except for Bebivita puree, information about the nutritional value in terms of carbohydrate content is distorted.

Test details

August 27, 2014



Applicant organization name

Name of contact person

Job title



Name of the declared product (goods)

I have read and accept the Rules for the Functioning of the Independent Quality Control System "Roskontrol".

Name of goods

Category of goods



Information about

Main characteristics
9000 ×


You have selected subscription level Free .

The subscription price is now 0.00₽ .

Subscriber Registration Already have an account? Login here







Processing. ..

Homemade baby puree: recipes

Homemade fruit and vegetable puree: cooking secrets

Vegetable and fruit puree is often the first meal of the baby after breast milk or formula, so many mothers prefer to prepare it themselves. Although modern manufacturers convince us that baby food is devoid of preservatives and harmful additives, fresh vegetables and fruits are much healthier, especially when it comes to infant nutrition. Yes, and cooking baby puree at home is not so difficult.

Vegetables or fruits?

Let's try to make baby puree for our beloved baby. Despite the fact that pediatricians of the last century recommended starting complementary foods with fruits, it is better to first introduce the child to vegetables - modern doctors and nutritionists have come to this conclusion. Boiled vegetables do not irritate the gastrointestinal tract, are better absorbed, satisfy hunger, do not cause allergies and increased gas formation. In addition, vegetables do not contain fructose, which irritates the pancreas. And one more weighty argument in favor of the fact that it is better to start with vegetables - fruits are tastier, and if the baby tries them first, he will refuse vegetables, because they will seem to him more insipid.

How to prepare baby vegetable puree

What can baby puree be made from? The ideal puree for the first feeding is from cauliflower or zucchini. A little later, you can introduce pumpkin, broccoli, carrots, potatoes and green peas. Before cooking, vegetables are washed well, peeled, cut into pieces and cooked - steamed, in the oven or in the usual way, in water. The first two methods are preferable because oven roasting and steaming preserve the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and natural color in the vegetables. And most importantly - such vegetables are much tastier. Some nutritionists recommend boiling vegetables with their skins on before peeling them, so choose your own cooking method.

If you do have to cook vegetables in a saucepan, use an enamel pot, add less water and dip the vegetables into boiling water. Boil until soft, but do not overcook vegetables and fruits, otherwise they will become tasteless and lose a lot of vitamins. Ready vegetables are chopped with a blender until smooth and slightly diluted with water, vegetable broth, breast milk or mixture to a gruel state, since the child does not yet know how to digest thick food. Small pieces of vegetables in puree sometimes cause the baby to refuse to eat, so the knives in the blender should be well sharpened, and if there is no technique, you can grind the vegetables through a sieve. Salt and spices are usually not added to baby vegetable puree, and if the baby is more than 6 months old, you can put a little butter in the puree.

A few rules for making baby puree at home

  • Use only fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • Water for cooking vegetables must be filtered or bottled.
  • If you are using frozen foods, choose only whole fruits and vegetables as they retain the most nutrients.
  • All utensils for preparing baby food should be perfectly clean, so if the knife falls on the floor, it should be washed well. Also, the presence of pets in the kitchen during the cooking process is not allowed.
  • Avoid vegetables and fruits high in nitrates, such as spinach, lettuce, beets, melons, and watermelons, in infants' diets.
  • Store-bought vegetables are recommended to be soaked in water to remove nitrates: 1-2 hours for this, up to 24 hours for potatoes.
  • Mix sour-tasting fruits and berries with sweet fruits - for example, blackcurrant goes well with banana or pear. Sour puree is unlikely to please the baby.
  • Give your child only fresh food, but yesterday's puree from the refrigerator is better to eat yourself.

Handmade fruit puree for children

Children are more likely to eat fruit puree because fruits are tastier and sweeter. Fruits contain a large amount of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, fiber and antioxidants, so they are very useful for a growing body. However, fruits are strong allergens, especially berries, bananas, pomegranates and apricots, so they should be given with caution, watching the child's reaction. The most low-allergenic fruits are apples and pears, so it is better to start complementary foods with them, and then introduce all other fruits. First, the baby is fed with a one-component puree made from only one product, and then you can mix different vegetables and fruits, and not only among themselves. Very tasty combinations of fruits and vegetables, such as apples and zucchini, pumpkins and pears.

Fruit must be of good quality, without damage, ripe and juicy, and the rules for preparing fruits do not differ from the rules for cooking vegetables. Naturally, fruit puree is not sweetened with honey and sugar - the later the child learns the taste of sugar, the stronger his health will be.

Aromatic pumpkin puree

Babies enjoy eating pumpkin because of its pleasant sweetish taste, besides pumpkin is very healthy. It contains a whole storehouse of various vitamins, including vitamin T, which normalizes the metabolism in the body. For pumpkin puree, small pumpkins are suitable, since large fruits are not as tasty and difficult to peel.

Cut the pumpkin in half, and then into small pieces, one or two of which (depending on the appetite of the crumbs) cut into cubes. Boil the pumpkin in a double boiler or in water for 20 minutes, while warm, beat with a blender to a smooth puree and dilute if necessary with water or a mixture. Add oil and salt depending on the age of the child.

Gentle Broccoli Puree

One of my favorite homemade baby puree recipes is broccoli. This cabbage is extremely useful because it contains potassium, iron, calcium and other valuable substances. It has much more vitamin C than lemon, and the reason for its nutritional value is its high protein content.

Separate the broccoli into florets, wash thoroughly and steam for 20 minutes. Cabbage cooks faster in water - fresh broccoli will take 7 minutes, and frozen - about 15 minutes. Broccoli puree does not need much water, it should lightly coat the vegetables. After the cabbage becomes soft, chop it in a blender or pass through a sieve. If you're mashing for kids older than a year old, be sure to add butter - the little ones will gobble up broccoli on both cheeks!

How to make baby pear puree at home

Pear is a very delicate, tasty and healthy fruit that rarely causes intolerance. In addition to the high vitamin value, the pear has other beneficial properties - it facilitates digestion and removes toxins from the body.

For baby food, choose green pears to reduce the risk of allergies, which are rare among babies. Peel the fruits from the peel and core with seeds, and then stew the pear in a bowl with a thick bottom in a small amount of water for 15 minutes. Let the pear cool slightly and puree it in a blender with a little of the remaining pear broth. For large kids, fruits can not be boiled, but add half a teaspoon of natural honey to the puree.

Zucchini and apple puree

Little gourmets will love this delicious puree, besides, zucchini is considered the most hypoallergenic vegetables, which, due to their high potassium content, have a beneficial effect on the heart. Apples contain iodine, iron and phosphorus, and due to the high concentration of vitamin C, apples help in the prevention of colds and viral infections.

Wash the zucchini and apples well, de-seed them, cut into pieces and cook in a pot for about 20 minutes, considering that the zucchini will cook 5 minutes faster. By the way, apples are steamed for 15 minutes, zucchini - 10 minutes. Next, vegetables and fruits are chopped in a blender, mixed and brought to a boil. For allergic children, this is the best side dish!

Exotic mango

Sometimes you can pamper your baby with exotic fruits - for example, make mango puree. This is a very delicate fruit with an original taste, containing 12 amino acids and improving sleep.

Choose only ripe fruits that are soft and red-yellow in color. Peel the mango from a thick skin and a large bone, put the pulp in a blender, add 2 tbsp. l. water and mash it, and then heat it in a saucepan for several minutes. For a baby up to a year old, it is better to give mashed potatoes with heat treatment to facilitate digestion, and older children can be fed raw mangoes.

Carrot-Potato Puree

Make normal potato puree without oil. Peel the carrots, grate them and stew them with butter and vegetable broth - about 1 tsp is required for 200 g of carrots. butter and 150 g of broth. When the carrot becomes very soft, wipe it through a sieve, and then put it on a plate, put mashed potatoes on the second half. Let the child choose whether to mix two types of puree for him or eat separately!

Pumpkin and apple puree

This sugar-free sweet pumpkin-apple puree made in a double boiler is suitable for children who are already accustomed to “adult” food and are able to perceive a new unusual dish. It is better to take a pumpkin with a gray or green skin and with bright pulp - such fruits contain more vitamins and other useful substances. Apples are green because they have fewer allergens.

Cut pumpkin and apple flesh without peel and seeds into pieces, place in a double boiler and cook for 20 minutes. Grind pumpkin, apples and raisins in a blender or by hand with a pusher if the child has already learned to chew.

Learn more