When it was time for me to wean, I decided that as often as possible I wanted to make my baby’s food. As a result, it was essential that I had something simple to take a lot of the legwork out of it, otherwise it wouldn’t have been long before I was beating a path to the supermarket! That’s when I discovered the Beaba Babycook and Blender, a baby-portion blender that also steams, reheats, and defrosts.
Made from easy to clean polycarbonate, this is one of the best things I’ve ever bought, period.
How it works â€“ Unscrew the lid on the left of the base unit and pour water into the reservoir. How much water depends on what you’re doing – It’s basically level one for reheating, level two for fruits and certain vegetables or defrosting and reheating, and level three for hard vegetables like potatoes, meat, fish etc.
The food goes into the vented basket, which in turn sits inside the jug. I often do meat plus some frozen vegetables and I do this on level three. Screw the jug lid on (it slots into the handle of the jug) and then place the jug on the base and basically turn it back anti clockwise so that it locks into the reservoir mechanism. Basically if you don’t do this, no cooking happens. Turn the dial on the base unit to steam and the orange light comes on. Depending on which level of water was poured in, the light will go off after 15 to 20 minutes. I then unscrew the lid of the jug and tip the contents into the liquid that has gathered in the jug, put the lid back on and turn the dial to the blender setting.
Ease to set up â€“ Pretty straightforward. It also comes with an orange spatula and a mini recipe book for babies age 6 to 18 months. Don’t panic when you open the instruction manual and think it’s all in French (they’re a French company). The English ones are there!
Ease of use – The first few times you have to twist the jug into place takes a bit of a knack but you get the hang of it. You can control the consistency of what youâ€™re blending by pouring out the cooking liquid before you blend and then pouring it in, in between blends. Sometimes if youâ€™re like me where you have a scatty dayâ€¦you will get a bit confused and forget to put the water in the reservoir and then wonder why itâ€™s not working. A tip is to pour water to each of the levels and then pour them into a measuring jug to find out how much it is. This way you donâ€™t end up having to take everything out of the jug just so that you can put the water in the reservoir!
Any negatives â€“ Nothing big. My lid is a bit stained from cooking orange food like carrots and sweet potato. Takes a bit of practice getting used to the mechanism of making it work.
Value for money – It’s Â£70 which is quite an investment for weaning. They go like hotcakes on ebay and for decent prices so it’s worthwhile looking there too. It is an investment but over time it more than pays for itself and Iâ€™ll be using it when I have other babies! I wouldn’t recommend purchasing this if you’re in two minds about preparing most of your babies food as you could spend that money elsewhere.
Overall rating â€“ 4.5 out of 5. Actually for me, I can get over those little things because it is one of those fabulous products that lets you feed your child healthily, let you feel good about your fantastic mothering skills (wink), and it makes life easier, especially when youâ€™re not exactly wonder chef! Really it’s a 5 out of 5 for me!
This is one of my best purchases as a mum and for me an absolute essential! The bambino really enjoys her meals and the great thing is that I can just chuck all of the ingredients in, turn it on, and then leave it and get on with whatever I have to do instead of slaving over a hot stove 😉
Available at John Lewis