Conventional wisdown says that sometime between the age of four and six months, we start giving our little ones baby food. While most babies are still clamoring for more breast milk (more milk please!) and we all know that breast milk offers the best in terms of nutritional value and immunity, many of us are ready to offer up a few more options after countless hours of breast feeding and in many, cases “pumping”! Plus, often our babies are telling us that they are no longer “full” and need more to statiate their appetites! Now, as many of you know, I gave birth to my third child (a son, William) in October of last year (2008). That was three children in 36 months. My first two girls were born just ten months apart, and since I had a little one just learning to crawl when I brought my second daughter home from the hospital, I was a big fan of Earth’s Best baby food. With premade baby foods such as “Sweet Potato Cinnamon”, “Green Bean Casserole”, “Pumpkin Apple” and “Apple Turkey Cranberry”, what was not to like? Time was not on my side and I felt as though I had twins. I hit the food processor a number of times between 2005 and 2007, attempting to be wholesome and make homemade food for my girls. By the time William was ready for baby food this Spring (2009), I promised myself that he would eat nothing but homemade concoctions lovingly made by who else, but me. I attempted to use my Cuisanart mini-prep time after time, but the consistency of the food was never great and I just didn’t have time between running The Well Appointed House and managing three little ones, to steam food or pre-cook it before blending it.
Alas, my saviour! The Beaba Babycook was a new product that I had decided to try before offering it on our site and it was love at first sight! I honestly have never looked back since that very first try. If I were Oprah, this would surely make the O List of Favorite Things. Well, I am not, so the list of Melissa Hawks’s “Favorite Things” will have to suffice and the Babycook will make the cut.
This is truly a MUST for Moms-To-Be. It is a one-of-a kind, compact countertop appliance that functions as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to prepare fresh, healthy meals for baby. It starts by steam cooking vegetables, fruits and meats in less than 15 minutes, while preserving their vitamins and flavors. It then purees and blends them to the desired consistency. Parents can also use the Babycook to quickly defrost precooked foods.
I was skeptical at first. Honestly, I thought it would be just another gadget that would take up space on my already full kitchen counter and take away from the aesthetics of my hand painted tiles(!). Really, there was no room for a green machine in my carefully thought out kitchen….or so I thought. I fell so in love with this stellar gadget that as I perused the aisles of Whole Foods, I wondered what wonderfully nutritious fruits, vegetables and meats I could purchase for little William’s homemade baby foods. Each morning as I am preparing my daughter’s breakfast, I quickly chop apples, carrots, potatos, pears and other fresh yummies for his baby food. It really takes just a few minutes if you have fresh foods available. A great example of a five second recipe would be putting 3-5 baby carrots in the bin along with three quickly chopped baby Yukon potatos, frozen corn, two pieces of cheese and some chicken (from a rotisserie chicken or even some nuggets for speed!)….steam it for 10 minutes, blend and you have some filling and wholesome baby food. Sometimes I add in avocado or make fruit purees in the mornings. I add in some whole grain baby cereal for good measure. If you have other children you can quickly cook a pan full of ground beef – make tacos for your older ones and throw some of the ground beef in the Babycook with potatoes and corn as another tasty option for your littlest one. I am truly no Julia Child, but I am confident in recommending this product.