Beaba Babycook Review
|August 15, 2012||Posted by thecheapskatemom under baby, food, reviews|
by Hannah Walton aka The Cheapskate Mom
The Beaba Babycook :Two Thumbs Way Up !
I received the Beaba Babycook baby food maker at my baby shower – even though it wasn't on my registry. At first I was a little bit hesitant because making my own baby food, on top of learning to care for a baby, seemed like an awful lot of work. Alright, I was down right intimidated. Shouldn't I trust companies like Gerber to make complete nutritional meals for my son? All I had to do was pay the price, open the jar, put a spoon in, and feed , right?
After things settled down with my son and I learned the mommyhood basics, I took out my Beaba box and started to read about the benefits of making baby food…& apparently, there are a lot of benefits to diy baby food.
Benefits of Making Baby Food with my Beaba Babycook:
Homemade Baby Food is Fresher
Jars of baby food sit on the shelf for gosh knows how long – and before they sit on the shelf, they sit in the grocery store storage room, before that trucks, before that – warehouses. Wow. That's a lot of sitting around for food that's supposed to feed our little guys, huh? Homemade baby food is made with food that you buy fresh from the store. Because you're making it, you can tell the veggies you're giving your baby are fresh and healthy. It just feels good.
Homemade Baby Food Has More Vitamins
Commercial foods, in general, are cooked at higher temperatures than homemade food – it's a way of reducing bacteria that may be lurking and making commercial food safer for consumers. That's great – but the high heat cooking process also kills off important vitamins and nutrients in your baby's food. By cooking your baby food at home with the beaba, you keep the vitamins in the food – another feel good thing!
Homemade Baby Food is Cheaper
According to Momtastic.com - homemade baby food is drastically cheaper than store bought. You can buy a bag of frozen peas for around a dollar – which comes to about .05 cents an ounce, while Gerber comes to about .28 cents an ounce. That's a big price to pay for less vitamins, less fresh food, huh? Check out this link about the cost of homemade and store baby food for more info.
Homemade Baby Food is Easier (especially with the Beaba):
Let's face it : buying bags of frozen veggies at the store and making a bunch of baby food in advance is a lot , lot easier than worrying about running out of those little and expensive jars of baby food. Making my baby food with my Beaba has made me feel less dependant on big brand name companies – and has helped me to save money I can put in the all-important college fund !
You can use ice cube trays, special baby food dishes for freezing – or these awesome baby food trays from Mumi & Bubi that I got at my shower – I love them because they are easy and will make great ice cube trays later on.
What I Love About My Beaba Babycook (Review) :
I love simplicity. Like , I love simplicity so much that it can even make life complicated when I focus too much on things being simple. I was actually worried that having a baby food maker instead of just steaming myself and then blending would make things too chaotic.
I was really wrong. The Beaba Babycook is so darn simple – it steams baby food and then you blend it right in the bowl. Awesome. Afterwards, you can use it to both defrost and reheat babyfood you've kept in the freezer.
Basically, all you do is put the food in, press the buttons – and you've got cheap, easy, fresh – and most of all – simple baby food. I was worried it was going to be really complicated because of all of the features – and it's so not. My friends have another baby food maker that I guess was so complicated – and finally stopped working – that they stopped using it and just steam and hand mash their own food – which takes them a lot more time. They were so annoyed they didn't bother trying another brand.
I feel lucky I received the Beaba Babycook – I like to call it the rolls royce of baby food makers – instead of the one they got!
In reviewing my beaba, I HAVE to tell you how easy this is to clean (which is another thing I was worried about). It's dishwasher safe – and since I'm a slacker mom, I love this…So I just rinse, load into the dishwasher, and forget about it. Much more simple – which is so important for every new, over tired, over worked mom like me.
I haven't had any problems with the Beaba – and I absolutely reccomend it to any new mom who wants a simple and easy way to prepare baby food at home!
Plus, the Beaba actually is great with grown-up food too. Use it to make flavored yogurts with plain yogurt and fruit chunks, or smoothies – guacamole … even pureed soups.
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