From around six months your baby is ready to start trying some yummy foods. It's an exciting (yet messy) time for parents and baby but every food that you would like to introduce them to will need to be turned to mush. This will make it safer and easier for them to enjoy.
I've been trying out the Nutribullet Baby Food Blender for few a months, getting a little creative with fruit and veggie combinations. Some spices have even made there way into the mix to broaden the taste buds of my now 1-year-old. Making our own food is something which I have always been keen on providing for my child, and I also like to save money where I can, so reviewing this product has gone hand-in-hand with my own personal goals.
Keep scrolling to hear how we all got on with it then, take a look at our best blender buyer's guide for something for the bigger kids in the house.
- Speed levels: 1
- Capacity: 0.34 litres (batch bowl)
- Power: 200W
- Weight: 2.11kg
Delivery and set up
The Nutribullet Baby arrives in a neat, compact branded box with very limited additional packaging. This is okay, because it's packaged so well there is simply no need for anything else. In the box is everything you need to get started. However, I feel I could have done with a few simple recipes to try out – especially if, like me, you are a new parent and are a little nervous when trying new things with baby.
Set up was self explanatory but it comes with a user guide which you can refer to, if you need. All components (aside from the motor) are dishwasher safe so you can either wash them this way, or by hand in warm soapy water.
Once everything has dried you're ready to get pureeing...
What's in the box?
- NutriBullet Baby Blender
- Power base
- Cross blade
- Batch bowl
- Single cup & lid
- 6 storage cups with date lids
- Tip-proof tray
- User manual
Using the Nutribullet Baby Food Blender
I found a suitable area on the worktop before using the Nutribullet Baby for the first time. I'm glad I did because by the time I had all the storage pots, tray and food laid out that I wanted to mush I was taking up a fair amount of space. It's mains powered so being next to a plug would be advised, too.
There's just one setting to use which is essentially the start / go, on / off. It's a push and twist design. This took me by surprise the first time; there's 200W to that little blade and it's loud so best avoid using whilst baby is sleeping. Use this push and twist action to determine just how pureed you want the fruit and veggies.
Note: All the foods I've used have been cooked through with boiling water and all recipes are my own.
Butternut squash, carrots and peas
This is a mix of all our daughters favourite veggies. I've well cooked the butternut squash and carrots so it'll make a puree (hopefully!).
The veggies got stuck when the blender was blitzing. It sounded like the blade was whizzing round but it had no veg to catch hold of. I gave it a shake with one had but that didn't do much so I stopped the camera rolling and used two hands to free up the blend, which did the trick.
I used the mini storage pots for storing this mix. They have a good capacity (12oz) for holding enough food for up to a 10-month old which is comparative to the amount of food popular branded food pouches contain (I checked!). Now I say for up to a 10-month-old because from this age and up, baby can eat more so they will soon outgrow these pots. But of course, they could have two pots or you can use the single larger cup. There's a handy date marker on these pots, too, so you're reminded of the exact date in the month when you cooked it - just in case they end up getting pushed to the back of the fridge. If you find that you have enough food for all six pots, I found the storage tray mega useful for keeping them all together.
Pasta, chopped tomatoes, carrots and herbs
We're introducing more food types into little ones diet now, and try to make a more lumpy meal, too. This will help to broaden her tastes and textures. It's the first time I've made this but it's one of our mid-week meals so if this works, then meal times are going to be so much easier.
I used the single cup and lid to make this one so no decanting was required. It has a 340ml capacity which is a nice big meal for baby but what is doesn't have are the date markers you see on the smaller cups.
There was no issue blending this mix, which may be because the single cup was used instead of the larger batch bowl.
Apples and raspberries
This is one of our daughters favourite combinations. I usually just boil up the apples and then use a fork to mush it up a little so, for the purpose of this review, I thought I'd find out how the baby blender takes on super soft fruit.
You can see that it's made a liquid, a yummy one at that. This will be easy (perhaps too easy) for my daughter to eat but it'll be safe and delicious mixed with Greek style yogurt - perfect for tea time. I was out of pots since all six were being used, and the batch bowl, so I scooped this into a grown-up bowl and covered it for popping in the fridge.
Things to note
If you find that you need more batch bowls or storage cups then it would be worth having a look for some more, such as these on Amazon which I've just found. And instead of boiling fruit and veg in water before pureeing, the Nutribullet Baby Turbo Steamer can be bought separately on Amazon which is compatible with the blender.
There's also no measurement on the side of the batch bowl so I advise you to measure your ingredients, before adding them in to the bowl.
Cleaning, maintenance and storage
After each use you'll want to clean the Nutribullet Baby to not only keep it in tip-top condition, but also hygenic. Food does get caught underneath the blade so be careful when scrapping around to get this out. A spatula or some other tool of this sort would be useful. All components are dishwasher safe, apart from the motor which can just be wiped clean.
Unless you're keeping the baby blender out on the kitchen countertop, it can be easily put away until you next want to use it. The storage contains all fit neatly in the storage tray which helps to minimise the amount of space it takes up, too.
How does it rate online?
Looking around on the retailer sites I can see that there are some mixed reviews.
On Currys PC World there is just one customer review but they have awarded it 5 stars for ease of use, ease of cleaning and the pots which can go in the fridge. They've passed comment that it would be good if the pots could go in the freezer – I've done just this and can report that the food froze and the pot survived so I'm unclear why this is not possible.
Amazon customer reviews have given the Nutribullet Baby Blender an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. They echo what I have found with the food sometimes getting stuck, but the ease of use and cleaning is a real positive.
How does it compare with other blenders?
The Nutribullet baby blender is one of the more affordable options, especially since it comes with a complete weaning set.
While I've not tried other baby food blenders, I can see that the Tomee Tippee Mini-Blend Baby Food Blender for £25 at Argos would be it's closest rival. Unlike the Nutribullet baby it has 2 speed settings, pulse action and measure marks on the side. It's received 4.5 out of 5 stars for its ease of cleaning, compact size and good pureeing results. Or the Tommee Tippee Quick Cook Baby Food and Steamer for £69.95 at Amazon could be a good shout, too, since it's an all-in-one small appliance which have received 4.3 stars out of 5.
Other than this, a stick blender would be an alternative which can also be used for making soups and sauces for the bigger kids of the household. These can be picked up for as little as £20 when shopping at John Lewis & Partners, for example.
Real Homes verdict: should you buy the Nutribullet Baby?
If you're new into your weaning journey then absolutely 'yes!'. It makes a really good puree and is mega easy to use. It can cost up to £2/3 per food pouch for baby so this is a really good way of saving some money. You'll find that you won't even be spending that much on ingredients so it's definitely a win for your wallet after the initial £70 cost.
I've given it 3.5 stars because of the lack of settings and power button, which blenders around this price point (or less) all have. Food also gets stuck underneath the blade which makes cleaning a little tricky, and also when pureeing since you'll find yourself shaking the device to move the fruit and veggies around. I appreciate this may not be a bother for everyone though since there are work arounds, which is why I still would recommend it.
However, if you have a baby which is 10+ months old then a stick blender would perhaps be a better option since you can make larger portions and control the lumps / bumps in the mush.
About our review – and reviewer
Jennifer Oksien is our Large Appliance editor heading up vacuum cleaners, washing machines, dishwashers and barbecues across the Future Homes titles. Sometimes she dips into small appliances, too, just as she has done with the Nutribullet Baby Blender.
She was sent this product to review at home whilst on maternity leave, and thereafter. We are not given any compensation for our reviews, but we have been gifted the Nutribullet Baby meaning that we can test it over a greater length of time, and update if required.