Introducing solids into your baby’s diet is a fun and exciting experience. It’s a whole new adventure of flavors, colors, and textures for their palettes. It’s easy to prepare your own fresh, stage 1 purées with the Babycook. Orange vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash are great starters. They are mild in flavor, not too sweet and not too bland. The purées you make should be thinned out to a soupy consistency when you first start feeding your baby. Think less mashed potatoes, more butternut squash soup. It’s also important to begin with a single ingredient in each purée, to test for possible allergic reactions. If your baby shows no symptoms after 4 days, then you can experiment with different combinations of fruits and veggies.
The BEABA Babycook is an all-in-one steamer that makes preparing baby food for any stage so simple. The design keeps clean-up to a minimum, and also makes it easy to reheat frozen purées you have previously prepared. It comes with a steamer basket, bowl with 4.7 cup capacity with measurements on the side, spatula, mixing lid, and a booklet that provides a measurement chart for the amount of water you need for different foods. It takes the guess work out of the amount of water needed and cooking time. The Babycook logo on the front lights up when the steamer is on and it will beep after 15 minutes to signal it has finished cooking. The design is super sleek, and modern. I love leaving it out on the counter.
I started my 5 ½-month-old son on organic sweet potatoes. One medium sweet potato will fill the steamer basket. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into uniform cubes for even cooking.
I reserved the cooking liquid from the sweet potatoes to add nutrients back into the purée, and to help it blend more smoothly. (Note, you should not save the cooking liquid from steaming carrots because of the levels of nitrates.)
I was surprised by how thoughtful the purpose of the spatula is. Obviously you can use it to stir and extract the purée from the cooking bowl, but it also acts as a handle for the basket to avoid burns.
I froze the remaining purée using baby food trays and stored them in labeled freezer bags. When it’s mealtime, I use the Babycook to heat up the frozen purée, instead of a microwave. I put the frozen portions into a glass container, and set it within the steamer basket. Then I just run it through a normal steaming cycle, and the food is ready to serve. I like to add breast milk or formula right before serving to thin it out to the consistency I want. It also provides a familiar taste your baby will enjoy. Bon appétit!