Homemade baby food doesn’t require a ton of specialized tools, just a few kitchen basics and a few containers. I’ve outlined my favorite equipment recommendations and tools, as well as shared some tips and tricks for making the most of your time in the kitchen!
I’ve got some good news for you today. ✨
You don’t have to have special or expensive equipment to make your own homemade baby food. Promise. In fact, you’ve probably got most of what you need already.
I’ve outlined below everything I’ve used to make and store homemade baby food. And I made ALL of the food for both of my kids. We never bought a jar or squeeze pouch. They are big eaters, too, so I’ve had plenty of practice and experience and still didn’t need any of those so-called baby food making machines.
Whether you plan to make all your own food, or just want to supplement some store-bought items with some homemade foods, you will be well covered with the equipment below.
Some of these are certainly optional, as well. You don’t need both sizes of food processors and you can use whatever containers or small bowls you already have instead of buying baby-specific ones. However, many are helpful if you’re going to stick with it and I wanted to include all of our favorites.
Start slow and add on, after you see what you need and how things are working for you.
You can check out my complete list of homemade baby food resources for other ideas, tips and information on getting started. (And here’s my homemade baby food introducing solid schedule so you know what to introduce at what age/stage. It has a free printable too!)
Homemade baby food equipment recommendations — The basics:
- Food processor — I have and use both a small mini food processor and a regular full size one. I use both of them a lot but you could certainly get by with just the bigger one.
- Mini food processor: It’s small and handy for whipping up something quick (I make my 5-minute, 5-ingredient hummus and other dips in here all the time). And it’s so easy to clean.
- Large food processor (11-cup): It’s useful for making big batches of baby food and for larger family recipes.
- Immersion blender (aka hand blender): This is so fast and so easy, you will use it all.the.time. ❤️
- Steamer basket: Place this in a pot with some water and steam, steam, steam away. It’s a healthier way to prepare veggies than putting them in boiling water, which leaches out a lot more of the nutrients.
Baby food equipment — Containers and extras: