Are you a new parent that wants to make homemade baby food, but doesn’t want the hassle of having to spend hours cooking and cleaning up afterward? Them I’m happy I get to introduce you to the BEABA Babycook, a.k.a your new best friend! The Babycook is an all-in-one steaming, blending, warming, and defrosting kitchen gadget that is about to rock your baby-filled life, all while saving you time, energy and money! What’s not to love!?
The BEABA Babycook Neo is a must-have gadget if you want to make your own homemade baby food but are short on time, energy or don’t have the patience to spend hours cooking and cleaning in your kitchen.
Here’s how it works – you fill-up the cooking basket with chopped fruits, veggies, meat, or even fish, press steam, transfer steamed food into blending bowl, and blend to desired consistency.
It’s that simple!
You can also use the Babycook for defrosting or reheating homemade baby purees, which is a great feature that provides your baby with a warm meal with the push of a button.
The areas I am going to review on this product are:
- Key Features
- User Experience
- How to Use the Beaba Babycook Neo
- How Much Time to Make a Batch of Baby Food
- Does the Babycook Leak?
- Beaba for Baby-Led Weaning and Finger Foods
- Pros & Cons
- What Parents are Saying
Here are some of my favorite key features of the BEABA Babycook Neo:
- glass bowl & stainless steel steam basket
- can prep fruits, veggies, meat, or fish from raw to any stage baby and toddler food in 15 mins or less
- 4-in-1 steamer, blender, warmer, and defroster
- unique, one-handed operation – designed so you can hold your baby in one hand and make food with the other:)
- blend feature lets you control consistency from fine to a chunky puree
- soft beep signals end of cooking; auto shut-off for enhanced safety
- BPA, Lead & Phthalate free
- large 5.2 cup bowl capacity
I have made thousands of ounces of baby food over the last nine years and wrote a best-selling cookbook on the subject. There is nothing I love more than spending a few hours in my kitchen making delicious purees for babies.
But let me tell you – the Babycook Neo is 💯 amazing! I have tried every single baby food maker on the market, and the BEABA Babycook stands above the rest. It’s easy to use, simple to clean, and makes a smooth puree that is bursting with flavor.
While most baby food makers fall short with the blender section of the machine, the Babycook has a mighty blade that will make a puree as smooth as my Blendtec or Vitamix does when I am making homemade purees. This is saying something since those blenders are a single focus gadget and also a serious investment.
The Babycook Neo is super easy to use, even with a squirming baby in your arms!
How to Use the Beaba Babycook Neo
Making Baby Food
Here are the basic steps you would follow using the BEABA Babycook:
- Cut food into the same size pieces – roughly 1-inch cubes.
- Fill the stainless steel tank with water to the line (level 1, 2, or 3) indicated on the cooking guide.
- Close and lock the tank lid.
- Fill the stainless steel basket with food – do not overfill.
- Place the stainless steel basket in the glass bowl. Close and lock the lid in place.
- Place the glass bowl onto the appliance. Important – make sure the handles are aligned, and the steam valve is in the right place.
- Plugin the Babycook.
- Press the Steam button.
- When finished steaming, the machine will beep 5 times.
- Carefully (contents will be hot), release the lid, take out the stainless steel basket, and pour the cooking water into a separate glass measuring cup.
- Place the glass container back onto the machine and pour the cooked food into the glass container.
- Close the lid.
- Press and hold the Blend button until you get your desired texture. You may need to add some or all of the cooking water, fresh breast milk, or formula into the glass container if the puree is too thick or chunky. I added all of the cooking water when I was making the sweet potato puree shown. For a very smooth consistency, I added all the water and blended for 1 minute.
- Spoon a serving of the puree onto a plate for your baby, and then spoon the rest of the puree into storage or freezer containers.
- Let cool and then serve to baby.
Reheating and Defrosting Baby Food
- Place frozen or cold food into a glass container without a lid.
- Fill the water tank to corrected measurement (1-3) depending on how much food is being reheated.
- Press the Steam button.
- When the cycle is finished, remove the glass container with the food WITH a potholder as it will be hot.
- Stir food and check for the correct temperature before serving.
How Much Time does it take to Make a Batch of Baby Food
It will take approximately 13-24 minutes to steam a basket of food, depending on how dense the food is. Strawberries and apples take less time than sweet potatoes or carrots. Then you have to blend the food, which can take between 3-5 minutes. Overall, the food will take 20-30 minutes to finish a batch of baby food.
The Babycook does indeed have a slightly longer cooking time than the same method on the stove. But it is a very passive cooking system, and once you click the Steam button, you can walk away knowing that it will automatically shut off when it’s done. So you can go off to play with your baby, take a nap, do a load of laundry, etc., all while safely making your baby a batch of homemade baby food.
Let’s talk price – because the Neo is definitely not cheap.
First of all, the Babycook will last you almost an entire year of feeding your baby since it makes purees and steams foods for the finger food stage. And stick with me a minute because I am about to do some math (which still hurts my post-baby head). The average baby eats 12 ounces of baby food a day, or 360 ounces a month, which would roughly be $108 a month for store-bought baby food. So in three months, this machine pays for itself.
It would also be a great option to add it to your baby shower registry or borrow one from a friend that has passed the puree stage.
Yes, you will need to clean the Babycook. But it doesn’t take a ton of time. Here is what each cleaning will look like.
- Take the blade out of the glass container.
- Hand wash the delicate parts – glass container, stainless steel basket, lids, seals and blade.
- Let air dry.
All of these parts or also dishwasher safe! But the manual does state, “long-term dishwasher cleaning can result in premature wear on the parts.” So I would hand wash all the parts when I have time and then feel confident that I could also toss them into the dishwasher when needed.
There is also a descaling process (similar to what you should do with a coffee maker) that will need to happen every 50 cycles.
Cleaning Tip: One thing I love to do to make cleaning the Babycook a little easier is that I fill the glass container 1/4 of the way full of warm water and 1-3 drops of dish soap. Then I put the lid on and put the container back on the machine, and pulse for 5 seconds intervals 3-5 times until all the food is off the container. Just make sure that you don’t fill the container too full, or it might overfill. Then all you have to do is take apart the machine and hand wash the pieces, but it’s a simple task since all the puree is already gone.
Does the Babycook Leak?
After reading hundreds of review of this product, this is one I heard about the most. So let’s take a closer look.
This is a product that is steaming the food. So there is bound to be a small amount of hot water that escapes during this process, similar to what you would find when steaming something on the stove.
For my first trial run, I ran a cycle following the directions to a tee, double-checking everything. After steaming the produce, I did notice a small amount of liquid at the base of the machine under the glass container. There was no water on my counters.
Now, I ran another steam cycle, but I left the handles of the stainless steel basket, glass container, and lid slightly askew. After the full cycle ended, there was water on my counter and under the machine’s base. Having those handles separated did make a huge difference in how much water escaped the glass container.
So, yes. The Babycook will leak if you don’t line up your handles. But for me, this was a user error, not a machine error.
And lesson learned. When using the Babycook, make sure to line up those handles.
Beaba for Baby-Led Weaning and Finger Foods
The Babycook Neo is a great tool to have on hand for baby-led weaning or the finger food stage. You can steam 2-3 inch pieces of hard foods so that baby can eat them without them being a choking hazard. Cooking sticks or strips of carrots, sweet potato, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, pears, or squash for your baby will be super easy to make in the Babycook.
Pros & Cons
Here are some of the pros & cons of the BEABA Babycook Neo:
- Convenient: makes amazing baby food with the touch of a button! Great for busy parents that don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.
- Easy To Use: This machine was designed so you can hold your baby in one hand and make food with the other!
- Quality of Materials: I also love that it has a glass bowl and stainless steel cooking basket, so that baby’s food doesn’t touch plastic while it’s being cooked.
- Cleaning: While the Babycook does require some cleaning, it is much less than what you would have to clean if you were steaming and blending the same recipe with normal kitchen items – pot, steamer basket, lid, blender, blender lid, etc.
- Design: You couldn’t ask for a more beautifully designed kitchen gadget! I have the midnight color, but the cloud and eucalyptus are just as pretty.
- Price: The price can be steep for a lot of parents.
- Cleaning: This machine does require you to clean it after each use, which is why I have cleaning as both a pro and a con, because I can see having to do any cleaning at all may and having to descale the machine every so often, deter some parents. Cleaning it after each use takes me roughly 3 minutes to complete.
What Parents are Saying
And it’s not just me who’s completely in love with the Beaba Babycook Neo! Here’s what a couple of parents have to say from the amazon review section…
I received my first Beaba in 2014 for my first child’s baby shower. I have used it probably 3-4 nights a week for the last SEVEN YEARS. And it still works perfectly. However, now that my third son is on solids, and I’m looking at at least another 7 years of steaming veggies for dinner, I decided to upgrade my old model. WHEN I TELL YOU that this steamer feels like a LUXURY purchase i am not lying. The glass, the stainless steel, the silicone buttons, the “midnight” color way…. I am seriously obsessed with it. And it feels SAFE. The glass and stainless steel feel safe for cooking, and durable, and chemical free! If I had to complain about something- and I always find something..- is that the lids on it are light pink. Pink does not work in my kitchen or with my life and I wish it wasn’t on my beautiful midnight steamer but that’s all.
This baby mixer is super easy to use and super easy to clean! I like that I can steam and blend my baby’s food right after. It is on the expensive side but it’s totally worth it!
Absolutely awesome unit. Pricey, but if you’re paranoid about packaged foods from what used to be safe toxin free companies then this is your go to. Stainless steel glass, no BPA, no Heavy metals, no contaminants, easy to clean and disinfect. Best of all is you the produce, press a button walk away and let it steam. Any vitamins/minerals that are unchanged from cooking collect in the water vapor that are caught in the bottom. Remove produce from basket add to the collected water and hold the button to make the baby food. Super easy, super clean, and does a terrific job at making parent life simpler. You have plenty to worry about, what your kid eats shouldn’t be one of them. Highly recommend.
Note: I reviewed the BEABA Babycook because I personally think it is an amazing product and that you need one in your life – this is not a paid sponsorship.
BEABA Babycook Neo review
Product Name: BEABA Babycook Neo
Product Description: The Babycook Neo is an all-in-one baby food maker that steams, blends, warms, and defrosts homemade purees in minutes.
- Ease of Use
Are you a new parent that wants to make homemade baby food, but doesn’t want the hassle of having to spend hours cooking and cleaning up afterward? Them I’m happy I get to introduce you to the BEABA Babycook Neo, a.k.a your new best friend! The Babycook is an all-in-one steaming, blending, warming, and defrosting kitchen gadget that is about to rock your baby-filled life, all while saving you time, energy and money! What’s not to love!?
- Easy To Use
- Quality of Materials
- Saves Time, Money & Energy