I receive a lot of offers from companies to review foods/nutrition products for babies and kids but some seem ridiculous or complicated and I won’t recommend them. The product has to be something that will improve baby’s nutrition AND make life easier for mom and dad. I found that in the Baby Brezza One Step Food Maker.
*Note: I have NOT received payment for the below information. This review is for the benefit of the readers.*
Why Should I Make My Own Baby Food?
It’s a legitimate question. What are the benefits?
1) Knowing what your baby is really consuming. If you blend that sweet potato, pear or organic, hormone-free, additive-free meat at home, you know 100% what is going in your baby’s body. Are the commercially prepared products you purchase diluted with water or starch fillers? Read the ingredient list or check out the Center For Science in the Public Interest’s report for parents on commercially made baby food here. It’s pretty surprising.
2) Cost. If you’ve chosen organic jar/pouch baby food because you don’t want fillers, be prepared to pay $2/jar or pouch (cost varies depending on where you buy it). From one fresh sweet potato, you can get about 4 oz. puree (maybe more, depends on the size) for anywhere from $0.50-$1.00.
3) Variety. When was the last time you saw zucchini or honeydew melon puree on the shelf for your baby? Never! This is a great way to introduce new flavors to your baby. You aren’t limited to the fruits, veggies and meats the commercial food industry produces.
*I want to add a note about nitrates in veggies since this question comes up when I suggest making baby food. Non-organic produce like beets, spinach, squash, green beans and carrots, retain higher levels of nitrate from soil and fertilizer but commercially prepared baby food screens for levels of nitrates in the food. That sounds scary and a good reason to go with the jars HOWEVER…the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation is that these veggies not be given BEFORE 3 months of age. Ok. Please don’t give your baby ANY food before 3 months of age. Period. Regardless of what it is. Point being: this shouldn’t be a reason not to make your own baby food.
What Is the Number One Reason Why Parents Don’t Make Their Own Baby Food?
I understand. I’m right there with you. You have to steam in one container and then take the food out to puree in another. Lots of clean up for a tiny person.
I wanted to see how Baby Brezza was going to improve this process…so I made sweet potatoes and applesauce. Here’s what I did: Prepped veg–peeled fresh sweet potato. Cut roughly into pieces and put in BB bowl. Filled steaming tank with water. Put lid on, pressed ‘Steam + Blend’ for 25 minutes.
Walked away. When I came back, I was shocked at how smooth the puree was. Shocked. I combed it for little chunks that could be potential choking hazards. Nope. Smooth as can be. I was very impressed.
So here’s why I love this Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker:
1) You can change the settings depending on what texture stage your baby is in. If you want more chunky, set to steam only and either mash yourself or press ‘Blend’ afterwards to control how long the blade purees.
2) Suction cup bottom to prevent it moving around.
3) Easy to prep. Easy to clean (lid and ‘bowl’ are top shelf dishwasher safe) and only ONE container to clean.
4) Doesn’t take up a lot of room on the counter.
5) Can cook raw meat and puree all in one. I hate transferring proteins between several containers for food safety reasons.
You can find it retail for ~$100. Which is the equivalent cost of just over 2 weeks of organic jar/pouch baby food (3 jars/day). Find it in stores or online at Baby Brezza, Amazon and more.
*I received the machine from Baby Brezza but have accepted NO money to ‘endorse’ this. I reviewed this because it is a great product that should mean making your baby’s food is a whole lot easier.