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Baby food blender for cuties

It's exciting when it's time to introduce your baby to the tastes and textures of food. Of course, you want to wean your baby gently, with nutritious foods that will be kind to their body, stimulate their senses and support their development.

Step in, the baby food blender. This is the tool you need to make beautiful, velvety baby food at home - quickly, easily and thoroughly. The great thing about preparing your child's blends yourself is that you know exactly what's in them.

Which baby food blender shall I choose?

You can create high quality purées for a hungry baby with any KitchenAid blender. Whizz up baby food in a flash, as well as soups, smoothies sauces, dips and recipe bases.

The Diamond blender comes in 6 colours with a sturdy die-cast metal base. Its patented diamond-shaped BPA-free jar creates a powerful vortex to quickly stir, chop, mix and crush ingredients for healthy food.

How to purée baby food

Some purées can be made with raw food, like bananas. Simply fork or blend a ripe banana with a little milk or water.Other purées like sweet potato, butternut squash or apple need to be cooked - either steamed, baked, roasted or boiled until soft. Add a little water to help the blending process and create the texture you're looking for.

The purée should be perfectly smooth when the baby is first introduced to solid food at around 6 months old and then you can gradually have a slightly lumpier texture when they're between 7 and 9 months. Most fruits, vegetables, meats, pulses and fish can be blended so try some imaginative combinations.

Baby food blender tips

Ice cube servings

Babies only need a tablespoon or 2 of food at each meal. So, it's fun to put your precious blends into an ice-cube tray to freeze and preserve them. As your baby grows, you'll notice they go from having one or two 'ice cube' amounts to 3 or 4. It's a convenient way to store your homemade blends and keep track of how much you need.

Consider allergens

Be aware of allergens when weaning. Common allergens include milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts and shellfish. When introducing any new food, be on the look out for reactions. It can help to keep a food diary so that you keep track of what you have introduced.

Start simple

First of all, stick to single-ingredient purées like carrots, peas, banana or sweet potato. This way, you'll know which flavours baby likes the best! As they grow, conbine ingredients. Fruits can be mixed with veggies to create irresistible blends like apple-and-potato or pear-and-butternut squash. See what baby prefers and have fun!

Why choose organic for your baby food blender

It's a good idea to choose organic food if you can. Organic food is better for all of us, because it's produced with stricter environmental standards and without exposure to chemicals, petroleum-based fertilizers, pesticides, hormones or antibiotics.

Organic meat and dairy products come from livestock reared and housed in a spacious environment with access to roam outdoors and organic feed - which means they tend to be leaner and healthier, with less fat. Similarly, organic fruit and vegetables are highly nutritious as they're grown with natural methods in healthy soil.

Benefits of steaming

Steaming is supreme! When you steam food ready for your baby food blender, you retain more of the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes), as well as the beautiful colours and the taste. It also removes the need for any oil and fat, giving you light and healthy meals. There's less mess and you don't have to worry about burning or overcooking.

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