Ultimate Baby Food Flop

The other week we started Noah on solid foods, and as part of our whole eating healthy(ier) and living thrifty, I want to make her baby food. Up until this point, we have just given her a few fruits (mango, papaya, avocado, and banana) and sweet potatoes, so I haven’t needed to blend or steam anything.


We’ve used the Munchkin Fresh Food Feeders for all her food so far. She hasn’t quite lost the reflex that thrusts food out of the mouth, so sucking on the feeders is a great way for her to try different foods.

Last week, we decided to go ahead and order a baby food maker from Target (we still have gift cards).


After reading all the reviews, we decided to go with the Kidsline Baby Chef Ultimate Baby Food Center. Originally, I had only heard of the Beaba Babycook- Sorbet, but this one only had one less star rating and was around fifty bucks cheaper.

When it came in Tuesday, I was super excited and already looking forward to making her first batch of food. So Wednesday I got everything set up and ready to go. With some green peas in the steamer, my fist steamed creation was only moments away. That is until I pressed the “Steam” button, and nothing happened. Well it did beep a few times, but nothing after that.

At first, I just assumed it was supposed to do that, and then it would start steaming. But I got a little curious after reading the directions and warnings reminding me that the steamer would be hot to the touch and that I should use caution… Caution!? I could place my hands right over the vents where the steam was supposed to be escaping, and could feel nothing. Next, I lifted the lid and took out some of the pieces to feel of the warming pad. Warming!? It wasn’t doing anything. Ugh.

So I called the 1-800 number and got a friendly lady who told me my product must be defective and to return it back to Target. Target is sold out online, so I am going to take that as a sign to go ahead and splurge a little on Beaba Babycook- Sorbet with five out of five stars at Target online.


In the meantime I will be steaming the veggies the old fashion way.

Has anybody else used the Beaba Babycook? Were you satisfied with it? Or do you recommend another food prep machine?

Oh, and for extra fun, what are some of your favorite baby food recipes?

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11 thoughts on “Ultimate Baby Food Flop

    1. Krystle Post author

      Thanks! Buying something that doesn’t work is definitely a pet peeve of mine too. A company gets one shot to sell you something and when they blow it like that they just lose you as a customer. Have a great weekend!

  1. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    What a bummer! We registered for one that steams and then blends all in one step (from Babies R Us)…I am not sure what it is called; but I can’t wait to use it. I hope the second option works for you!

    1. Krystle Post author

      Thanks, I feel much better going with the second option now. It seems I run into more people that have the Beaba Babycook.

  2. Casey Moore

    Hey we used the Beabe Babycook and love it! still using it to steam stuff and not blend for us and her! Hope you like it!

    1. Krystle Post author

      I read your post a few months ago when y’all got the Beaba Babycook and remembered how well y’all liked it. I should have just gone with it to begin with. Oh, well.

  3. Erin McCoy

    what’s worked great for us is an immersion blender.. but we steam a lot of stuff (for ourselves so we just threw a baby sized serving of whatever we were making into a coffee mug and immersion blendered it 🙂

    but i’ve always been curious about how well those products worked…

    i was real slow to feed connor and he pretty much just has lil bit of whatever we’re having (provided it’s healthy enough).. it’s easy that way and he thinks he’s soooo big!

  4. Misty

    I have been making all of Jenna’s baby food, too. I didn’t use any of the Baby food making products, though. I steam some things with a steamer basket and have also baked some things. I purée them using a blender or hand mixer. I have used a website, wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com for all of my recipes and have found it to be very useful. I measure the finished food with a Tablespoon into ice cube trays to freeze then store the cubes in ziploc bags in my freezer. It is working very well so far!

    1. Krystle Post author

      Misty, I have done a little research on that sight and really like it. I thought about going sans baby food maker but wanted to give it a try since we don’t have a great blender. Ice cube trays are definitely on our list of things to get though. I have heard they are great for making large batches of food and those things they sell to store food in on the baby aisle are just way overpriced. I’m glad to hear Jenna is liking her food!

    1. Krystle Post author

      It was a complete bummer and it took a lot of self-control for me not to right a really mean critique of the company and their product since mine didn’t work. Hopefully, other people haven’t had the same problem.


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