What the best baby food makers do

  • Create smooth purees: Ultimately, a baby food maker should result in a puree that eliminates all large chunks so it's appropriate for younger babies, according to Enfamil.
  • Clean with ease: Baby food makers should be easy to clean, especially since it's important to thoroughly clean all equipment each time you cook, says the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. This includes disassembling the unit safely without risk of cuts from exposed blades.
  • Require no excessive maintenance: A baby food maker should be no harder to care for than any other kitchen appliance. However, it may need extra attention now and then just like other tools, according to the blog Chef Mom.
  • Last for years: Many parents consider baby food makers to be an investment that will last through multiple babies; the best models should outlive their necessity.

Know Before You Go

What is your baby's eating stage? There are developmental milestones your baby will reach that indicate he or she is ready to begin eating solid food, according to KellyMom.com. Always check with your own pediatrician before giving a baby any food other than formula or breast milk.

How much time do you have for food prep? Some parents cook large batches of food to freeze and reheat later while others prefer to cook meals one at a time. This decision is important in determining the capacity you'll need.

How much of baby's food will you make? If you cook all of your baby's food at home, you may want to spend more on a top-notch baby food maker.

Is this for home or travel? Manual food grinders are best for prepping food when traveling or eating out, according to Momtastic.com, while electric baby food makers are best for home use.

Back to top