Making your own baby food puts you in control of what goes into your child's meals and will save you money at the grocery store. It also gives parents a more hands-on role in the process of discovering their little ones' culinary preferences. What better feeling than watching your baby happily devour a meal you lovingly prepared?
The process is pretty simple. You can make an endless variety of single- and multiple-ingredient baby meals with just two basic steps: steaming or roasting, then blending. Fruits, vegetables, and proteins can be roasted in the oven or steamed on the stovetop, microwave, or in an electric food steamer.
While you could mash by hand or process steamed food through a food mill, a blender saves you the time and mess by making quick work of pureeing everything from baby’s first bites to thicker, more advanced textures. Plus, blenders are a staple for making smoothies and frozen pops, both useful recipes when introducing fruit and veggies to kiddos. From standard blenders and handheld stick blenders to dedicated baby-food makers, we found the best blenders for making baby food.
Vitamix Ascent Series A2300 Blender Family Pack
Comes with 64- and 20-ounce blending jars
Includes two 8-ounce baby-food bowls
Easy to clean
Only includes two baby food cups
Yes, Vitamix blenders are among the most expensive on the market, but they're also among our favorites, coming out on top on our lists of best high-powered blenders and best overall blenders. The Ascent series represents Vitamix's top-of-the-line models, and this powerful, versatile, and coveted machine comes with a set of baby-friendly accessories to boot.
The A2300 has a whopping 2.2-horsepower motor (equivalent to about 1,600 watts), more than enough to make ultra-smooth purees out of even tough ingredients like leafy greens or dried prunes. It can also whip up smoothies (great for toddlers and the whole family), frozen desserts, fresh nut butters, soups, and more.
This kit comes with the Vitamix trademark 64-ounce low-profile blending jar plus a 20-ounce blending cup and a pair of 8-ounce baby-food bowls (with included lids) that all fit onto the same blade and base. It's even equipped with "self-detect technology" that adjusts the speed and power for the size of container attached to the machine. And on top of that, the blade, containers, and lids are all dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.
A simple dial controls the blender speed, with 10 settings so you can achieve any consistency you need. But the Ascent series also has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and can be paired with the Vitamix app for access to a recipe library and remote control. Besides the high price, the main issue we have with this blender as a baby food maker is that it only includes two of the small cups, though you can buy more to have extras on hand.
Price at time of publish: $650
Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 17 inches | Weight: 11.9 pounds | Maximum capacity: 64 ounces | Power : 1,641 watts | Includes: Blender base and blade, 64-ounce container, 20-ounce to-go cup with lid, 2 (8-ounce) bowls with lids, tamper, cookbook
Best With Steamer
Baby Brezza Glass One Step Baby Food Maker
Cooks and blends in one unit
No storage containers included
Technique-wise, homemade baby food is pretty simple: You cook fruits and veggies until soft, then puree them. But monitoring the process, transferring from stove to blender, and then cleaning up all the equipment can be a pain—especially when you have a baby to take care of at the same time.
The Baby Brezza solves that problem by incorporating all the steps into a single machine. The all-in-one tool steam-cooks food inside the blender bowl, then automatically turns on the blades when cooking is done. You fill it, start it, and just walk away while it does the work. The Baby Brezza also works quickly, with most recipes ready to serve or store in 10 to 15 minutes. The LCD control panel is simple to use, with time controls for both steaming and blending as well as steam-only and blend-only modes to increase its functionality. It can make completely smooth fruit and veggie purees and then upgrade to chunkier foods and meat or fish as baby grows into a toddler.
The glass bowl holds up to 4 cups and is dishwasher-safe, along with the blade. The steam module and water tank can't go in the dishwasher, but both open up fully for easy access with a sponge. You will need to use your own cups, bowls, or bags to store the finished baby food, or you can buy a set of Baby Brezza pouches that are reusable, dishwasher- and freezer-safe, and even come with a funnel to make filling easier.
Price at time of publish: $200
Dimensions: 12.6 x 10.7 x 10.2 inches | Weight: 7.6 pounds | Maximum capacity: 32 ounces | Power : 400 watts (steamer), 150 watts (blender) | Includes: Blender/steamer base, blade, 32-ounce container, spatula
BEABA Babycook Neo Baby Food Maker
Can steam, blend, reheat, and defrost
Food never touches plastic
No storage containers included
Food has to be manually transferred between steaming and blending
The sleek and modern-looking Beaba Babycook Neo is a convenient system that can steam raw ingredients and blend them info ready-to-eat (or ready-to-freeze) baby meals in just 15 minutes, plus it can also defrost or reheat food straight from the fridge or freezer, no microwave required. Most of the models on this list have at least some plastic parts that come into contact with the food; these are usually free of BPA and other problematic chemicals, but if you're looking to avoid plastic altogether, the Babycook Neo is a great option. Nothing plastic comes in contact with the food or the steam used to cook it: There's a glass blending jar and stainless steel steaming rack and water reservoir.
This machine has a small footprint for its impressive capacity: At 5.5 cups, it can make 10 infant-size servings at once. Whether you want to make apple sauce, veggie purees, or multi-ingredient toddler meals, the process is easy. You fill the water reservoir and place food in the steamer basket insert. Touch the steam button to start the cooking process. When food is cooked, the unit will automatically shut off and sound a timer. Then, you transfer your food into the blender and hold the pulse button until the desired texture is reached. The brand also sells lidded glass storage containers and an insert for cooking rice, pasta, and grains. This isn't exactly an all-in-one machine, as you have to dump the food out of the steaming rack before blending. Everything happens in the same glass jar, but there's that one manual step in between.
Price at time of publish: $260
Dimensions: 14 x 12.3 x 11 inches | Weight: 6 pounds | Maximum capacity: 44 ounces | Power : 450 watts | Includes: Blender/steamer base, blade, 44-ounce container, steamer basket
Braun MultiQuick 5 Baby Hand Blender
Lots of convenient accessories
Can be used in almost any vessel
Not very durable
While some baby food makers bring the food to the blender blade, this device brings the blade to the food. A handheld immersion or stick blender can process both small and large quantities without taking up too much kitchen real estate. Braun's MultiQuick 5 Baby can be used in any pot, pan, or bowl, but it also comes with a specially sized cup and food processor-style chopper that are perfect for making both smoothly pureed baby food and chunkier toddler food as time goes on. And when you're done blending, you can put the food into the included silicone freezer mold to prep nine servings at once for long-term storage.
Thanks to the bell-shaped guard at the bottom, the blades won't scratch or damage surfaces, and there are two speed settings you can use on softer and harder ingredients, respectively. The small blade size and mere 300-watt motor mean that the Braun might have trouble with larger pieces of food or more fibrous greens, though moving the blade up and down and side to side while blending will help break everything down into a smooth puree eventually. Cleanup is a breeze with this machine, as everything except the motor base can go straight into the dishwasher.
This machine also provides tons of versatility since it can also be used to make grown-up recipes like creamy soups, sauces, dressings, marinades, and dips. It's not as powerful (or as durable—a few users complain about the accessories warping or breaking after a few months) as other models, but it's also relatively inexpensive among both immersion blenders and baby food blenders in general.
Price at time of publish: $75
Dimensions: 2.2 x 2.2 x 15 inches | Weight: 1.5 pounds | Power : 300 watts | Includes: Motor wand, blade base, food chopper, silicone freezer tray, spatula
Sage Spoonfuls Baby Puree & Blend Immersion Blender
Includes food processor and immersion blender
Doesn't include storage containers
The Sage Spoonfuls kit is great for small kitchens: It's a combination food processor and immersion blender you can use to make baby food or anything else that needs pureeing or chopping. The handheld stick blender can be used to blend soups, sauces, and steamed fruits and vegetables right in the pot. Or, you can attach the motor to the food processor bowl to create finely chopped and minced foods as your baby progresses to more advanced textures.
The 4-cup food processor bowl is fairly small (albeit big enough for kid-sized meals) and the motor isn't the most powerful at just 300 watts, but for this price it's still a solid deal. Both attachments are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning, and the bowl's plastic is free of BPA, phthalates, lead, and PVC.
This set doesn't come with any storage containers, but the brand does offer a 10-piece and a 17-piece version that include a steamer plus plastic and glass containers, respectively.
Price at time of publish: $50
Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 17 inches | Weight: 2.5 pounds | Maximum capacity: 32 ounces | Power : 300 watts | Includes: Motor wand, immersion blender blade, food processor bowl and blade
Nuby Mighty Blender Baby Food Maker Set
Includes steamer insert for microwave cooking
Lots of storage and accessories
If you don’t have a lot of counter space to dedicate to baby food-making, the Nuby Mighty Blender Baby Food Maker Set is small in size but includes an amazing array of accessories. The bullet-style blender comes with a standard blender blade as well as a grinder blade to turn oats or other grains into fine powders for baby cereals. There's a short cup for pureeing a serving or two at a time as well as a larger batch bowl that includes a steamer insert so you can cook food in the microwave and then go straight to the blender.
The Nuby includes lots of storage, as well, with six lidded cups that hold a single serving and a separate freezer tray for longer-term storage. The blender itself isn't the most powerful or versatile, however: Its 200-watt motor is on the weaker end, and it doesn't have any speed settings or timed programs. You push down on the cup to activate the blades, and your only control over the consistency of the final results comes by adjusting the blending time.
Price at time of publish: $60
Dimensions: 10.4 x 11 x 8.3 inches | Weight: 5.3 pounds | Maximum capacity: 16 ounces | Power : 200 watts | Includes: Blender base, blending blade, milling blade, batch bowl, steamer insert, short blending cup with lid, 6 (2-ounce) storage cups with lid, freezer tray with lid, spatula, 2 feeding spoons, recipe book
Ninja SS351 Foodi Power Blender and Processor System
Like our top pick, the Ninja Foodi Power Blender makes the list because of its tremendous versatility and value. If you want a multifunctional appliance that can help you make baby food and feed the rest of the family, a powerful standard blender like this one is your best bet.
This model features a huge capacity and huge power, as well as a bunch of other attachments that are useful for baby food. In addition to its 72-ounce pitcher, it comes with a smaller "Nutrient Extractor Cup" designed to create ultra-smooth purees—in other words, perfect baby food. There's also a smoothie bowl maker with a built-in tamper that can handle frozen fruit, ice, and tough greens, more ingredients that you're likely to use for feeding an infant. There's even a dough-kneading blade so you can whip up fresh bread or bake delicious cookies with ease.
The Foodi's variable speed control and six pre-programmed settings let it create textures from smoothie to chopped veggies, so it can grow with your baby, as well as serve as an everyday kitchen appliance for people of any age.
Price at time of publish: $135
Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.4 x 14.2 inches | Weight: 8.2 pounds | Maximum capacity: 72 ounces | Power : 1,400 watts | Includes: Blender base, 72-ounce pitcher, 24-ounce smoothie cup with lid, 14-ounce smoothie bowl maker with lid, chopping blade, dough blade, recipe book
Best With Storage
Nutribullet Baby The Complete Baby Food Prep System
Storage cups and freezer tray included
Not very durable
Made by the company behind the popular Magic Bullet, the Nutribullet Baby works in much the same way but is outfitted for homemade baby food, right down to the adorable smiley faces printed on its blending and storage jars. You can blend in either the 32-ounce bowl to make large batches of purees or in the 12-ounce handled cup for smaller portions to use right away. It comes with an impressive amount of storage, including six cups with a clever ring in the lid to record the date, and a freezer tray with space for a half-dozen meals. This kit will put you well on your way to creating a serious backup stash of baby’s favorite meals. And everything but the motor and blade can go straight into the dishwasher when it's time to clean up.
The low price, simple operation, and assortment of accessories make the Nutribullet Baby appealing for new parents, but its mere 200-watt motor can really only handle fairly soft-cooked ingredients. Some reviewers also complain that the motor gives out and seals on the blending cups start to give out after several months of heavy use, so this may be a better choice for a family that's using a mix of homemade and jarred baby food.
Price at time of publish: $70
Dimensions: 5.4 x 5.2 x 11 inches | Weight: 4.6 pounds | Maximum capacity: 32 ounces | Power : 200 watts | Includes: Blender base, blending blade, 32 ounce bowl with lid, 12 ounce short cup with handles and lid, 6 storage cups with date ring lids and storage tray, silicone freezer tray with lid, recipe book
Our top choice is the Vitamix Ascent Series A2300 Family Pack, which includes a powerful standard blender you can use for anything and everything, along with a set of baby food-friendly accessories and storage containers. For a budget-friendly option, we recommend the Sage Spoonfuls Baby Puree & Blend Immersion Blender.
What to Look for in a Blender for Baby Food
The classic blender has a cup or jar that attaches to a base containing the blade and motor. These come in lots of sizes, shapes, power levels, and prices, but all are a great way to turn cooked fruits and veggies into smooth baby food. Versions of this style blender advertised especially for baby food tend to include infant-friendly accessories like single-serving cups and storage containers, but they work the same as any standard blender. If your plan is to prepare large batches of baby food and freeze in individual portions, a standard countertop blender with a large capacity might be your best bet. When it comes to cost, a higher price usually indicates more power, heavier-duty construction, and more control options and accessories.
An immersion (aka stick) blender doesn't need its own cup or jar, because it brings the blending to whatever container you want. Its blades sit at the end of a post that you can put into a saucepan on the stove, a bowl on the countertop, or anywhere else. A stick blender can handle a big or small batch and is very useful as babies transition to eating what the rest of the family has for dinner. A quick pulse of an immersion blender can transform chunkier soups, stews, and sauces into a more manageable texture for young babies either right in the cooking pot or in a serving bowl. Immersion blenders are also easier to store than standard blenders and generally a bit cheaper, though most models don't include a lot of extras.
Making baby food requires cooking ingredients as well as pureeing them, something you have to do separately with either type of blender above. There are a few models out there that combine cooking and blending into the same machine. These work by heating water from an attached reservoir and releasing the hot steam directly into the blender cup. You cut up the ingredients, and then the machine handles the rest, timing out the steam-cooking and blending for you. These are great for baby food but tend to have a pretty small capacity, low power, and limited usefulness as a regular blender.
When you make baby food at home, you end up with a lot of baby food you have to portion out and pop in the fridge or freezer. Some of the blenders on this list include single-serving lidded jars for refrigeration, and freezer trays that create frozen food cubes that will last for weeks. But if you go with a standard blender that's not specifically baby food-focused, you'll need to buy something separately. There are all sorts of food storage systems out there that make things simple and convenient, and most blender brands also sell extra cups and jars sized to fit their machines.
How do you make homemade baby food?
The first step is to prepare your produce: wash, peel, and remove any pits, seeds, or anything that can't be pureed. Next, cook until soft and tender—you can steam veggies on the stovetop or in the microwave, or roast them in the oven. (You can skip this step for most fruits, which are soft enough to puree raw.) Then simply place the ingredients in the blender and puree until completely smooth. If the mixture needs to be thinned out, you can add breast milk, formula, or water. As your baby gets older and can handle chunkier foods, you can blend for less time to retain a bit of texture.
What's the best way to store homemade baby food?
Pureed fruits and vegetables need to be kept in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container. If refrigerated, baby food will stay fresh for two to three days; frozen will last up to a month. Make sure to label and date the containers before storing. If you don't have a special freezer tray, you can spoon the pureed food into an ice cube tray before freezing to create individual servings.
When do I feed my baby pureed food?
It is recommended that you start your baby on puree once they are four to six months old and continue until they reach eight to 12 months. Keep this in mind if you are making large batches and freezing the homemade baby food for later.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Sharon Lehman is a registered dietitian nutritionist, a mom (established 2020), and the author of this roundup. She owns a Vitamix blender, which she uses daily to blend smoothies and fruit ice pops, mash sweet potatoes, puree Bolognese, grind oats, and more for her hungry and growing baby boy. She happily makes space for any gadget that makes cooking faster and easier and specializes in small kitchen appliance testing and reviews for The Spruce Eats.
The Spruce Eats commerce writer Jason Horn updated this roundup. He doesn't have kids, but he is well-acquainted with blenders after nearly 20 years of writing about food and drinks.