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 (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve compiled a mega list of baby essentials in one comprehensive Google Doc and a part two on baby clothes and gear before, here we’re looking specifically at the best baby-food makers you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best baby-food press
“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. The pouches snap into the frame really simply and easily! And the plungers are fantastic! You just press down and they neatly fill the pouches and expel any trapped air. Then you seal them up and you’re done!”
Best baby-food blender system
“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.’ I make all of her baby food with the baby bullet. The jars are so convenient. I take baby food with us when we go out on dates to feed her. The handbook is helpful, because it tells you which foods are safe to feed them for each age group. It’s easy to use, and easy to clean. The food is fresh, and healthy for your little one!”
Best manual baby-food masher
“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. I have used this for about a month, it is well-made and makes great baby food.”
Best baby-food immersion blender
“Got this for a friend who kept borrowing mine because she liked it so much! I use mine for puréeing soups and making smoothies mostly, comes with a cup that has measurements on the side and a lid for the cup so you can take it with you or store it in the fridge. Very easy to clean as long as you don’t let things get dried up on it. Just put in a bowl/mug of soapy water and turn it on and the blades will clean right up.”
Best baby-food hand blender
Best mini baby-food maker
“I love that you can cook, purée, and reheat all in one device. It really makes cleanup so much easier. I used to steam in a rice cooker, then use a blender and then try scooping all the food out/off the devices. It was time consuming and hard to get all the puréed food out. 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. Couldn’t be happier!”
Best baby-food maker for multiple servings
“I love this baby-food maker: It is compact (does not take up much space on the counter), and I also like the fact that I do not have to use a separate steamer, then clean that; then move to a blender, etc. Easy to use and easy to clean. I can make several batches of different foods, quickly. So far so good. GREAT BABY-FOOD MAKER.”
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