Before Maddie was born I promised myself that I would breastfeed for the many benefits it provides to her. I remember spending hours on end researching how to be successful at it and thought I had it all figured out. However, when I began breastfeeding, I was not able to produce enough for her and as a result she would become very frustrated and would not take.

When I made the decision to formula feed I remember telling and promising myself that I would, when the time came, make her homemade baby food. I felt that making this commitment to her and to myself would make me feel better about not being able to breastfeed.  I felt that I would, to some extent, still have control over the ingredients in the food she was consuming.

That being said, my dear friend Joy offered to give me her Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker and over the past few weeks I have been looking up recipes and the best way to store the baby food, both in the refrigerator and in the freezer. In addition, my fellow CT Working Moms Blogger, Marie, let me borrow two excellent books full of wonderful recipes for using the oven.  Also – you might have seen her wonderful post last year on making homemade baby food!

So – between the Beaba and baking, here are the pro’s and con’s of both machines in an effort to help readers make the right decision on what method works best for them, should they choose to make homemade baby food.

Food: Sweet Potato

Beaba Pro: Quick and easy with not a lot of cleanup afterwards.

Beaba Con: It only allows you to make one sweet potato at a time, so if you are making in bulk, baking is the way to go.

Baking Pro: The taste of the sweet potato is unbelievable! It takes on such a stronger flavor in the oven compared to the Beaba.

Baking Con: There is a lot to clean up. From the baking sheet, to then placing the food in the food processor to using tin foil, it’s cumbersome and time-consuming.

Overall winner: Baking is the way to go – the sweet potatoes taste so much sweeter and more flavorful in the oven.  Despite having to wash all the dishes, it’s still very worth it.

Food: Carrots

Beaba Pro: Quick and easy.

Beaba Con: The carrots tend to be a little watery from the steam.

Baking Pro: You can make a lot in a short amount of time.

Baking Con: The carrots tend to stick to the baking sheet and it’s a little hard to scrap off.

Overall winner: Since the carrot pieces are small you can make a good amount of baby food in the Beaba. It’s quick and not labor intensive. Beaba is the way to go on this one.

Regardless of whether you use the Beaba, oven or a steamer, no matter what method you are using, it’s wonderful that you are making homemade baby food as nothing can compare to the taste and ingredients you are using.

If you are thinking about purchasing a Beaba – here are two local stores where you can find them.  I would suggest Bed Bath and Beyond, since you can use your 20% off coupon! That’s well over a $20 savings as the machine costs approximately $120. (this link also offers a great demo video)

Readers – do you make homemade baby food? If so, when you started – what were your top favorite recipes? Also, I know it can be hard to feed babies on the go, so if you do supplement with store-bought baby food – what are your favorite brands?

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