I’m the type of mom to make her own baby food. I do buy an occasional pouch of food to have in the diaper bag or jar of prunes to have on hand in a pinch. I like to cook and for me that means cooking for my whole family. I also know that homemade baby food costs less and can be really tasty and healthy. I know making baby food takes time though and I’m here to tell you how to make your own baby food the easy and quick way. I’ll even share a recipe for spiced carrot oatmeal my nearly 9-month-old baby is crazy about.

The Beaba Babycook is one of those things I would have rolled my eyes at while walking through the baby store before. Why would I need a whole appliance dedicated to making baby food? I made baby food using pots and pans, my blender or food processor the first time around. Thankfully I received the Babycook as a gift from a good friend, otherwise I may have made it through this round of parenting a baby without knowing the awesomeness that is the Babycook.

homemade baby food using the beaba baby cook

Now instead of using pans and food processors, I can easily chop up a sweet potato or butternut squash or toss in some carrots or pears to quickly steam. Then using the same small machine I puree the fruits or veggies in no time. The Babycook Multi-portion freezer trays are great for freezing individual portions for later meals. Now that Delaney has decided she would rather eat more finger foods I still use the Babycook to steam fruits and veggies for her to eat. I would rather use the Babycook to steam vegetables for the family meal than get out our large pan and streamer insert. Starting solids can be a little overwhelming and having the right tools on hand can save you a lot of time and trouble. The Babycook has changed the way I make baby food and left me with more time and for that I am not ashamed to say I’m in love with my Beaba Babycook.

Make your own baby food, the easy way

Spiced Carrot Oatmeal
(Spiced Carrot Oatmeal is meant for babies developmentally ready for stage 2 or 3 foods)

1 tablespoon quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons carrot puree, at room temperature
pinch of ground cinnamon
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of ground cardamom

Combine the quick cooking oats and water in a microwave safe dish. Cook the oats in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. When the oats are finished cooking mix the carrots and spices into the oats. Check to make sure the oatmeal is a safe temperature before feeding baby.

Do you make your own baby food? Do you have a favorite puree or baby meal to make?

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