If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that Leila is now 5 months old and I still can’t quite believe how fast she’s growing. I know the recommended weaning age in the UK is 6 months but I feel she is showing the signs that she’s ready to start the weaning journey. I’m all about making my life easier, I think when you become a parent the easiest option (or the lazy option) is always the way forward. To save on cost and to know exactly what my baby is eating I’ve opted to make her food at home.
Recently Asda had their Baby Event on and the Tommee Tippee Explora Baby Food Blender (£10.00) was reduced to half price. With work top space and cupboard space being limited in my kitchen this nifty little blender seemed the perfect option. The unit has a pretty simplistic and basic design, it can be used to blend both fruit and vegetables into smooth or slightly chunkier textures using the two speed setting. It also features a pulse action to help control the consistency of the food. The four non slip feet are great in keeping the blender in place
The twist and lock container which the food is blended is also a pretty basic plastic design with clear measurements on the side. The internal blade is attached to a plastic piece which can be easily removed for cleaning. The plug is also a good length so doesn’t have to be directly in front of a plug to be used.
For something so small this blender makes an awful lot of noise, so if you’ve just put your little one down for a nap I wouldn’t use it unless they sleep like a log and are oblivious to any noise. So far I have only used this blender to blend soft boiled foods and it seems to do the job fine. It is recommended that the 5-15 seconds blending time should be sufficient for most foods if they have been steamed and completely soft. It’s important to point out that you cannot use this blender for any longer than a minute at a time or it will burn out which is a major flaw!
All removable parts are easy to clean and are dishwasher safe (top section) I haven’t encountered any staining so far which is a good sign. The outer unit can be cleaned with a damp cloth and is easy to maintain.
It’s the perfect size for blending small portions, everything at the first stage of weaning is probably going to be critiqued by the little munchkin with surprised or puzzled, delighted or disgusted facial expressions! So I think it’s safer to keep to smaller portions to prevent wastage. Any left over puree I freeze in the perfectly portioned Tommee Tippee Freezer Pots
Would I recommend this product? In all honesty I wouldn’t pay any more than £10 for it, I have a fair few Tommee Tippee products and have always been impressed by their simple and intuitive design. In theory to tick all the convenience options I should have probably gone for the Tommee Tippee Steamer Blender but whilst we’re still on smaller portions this blender seems to fulfill its purpose.
Let me know in the comments section below which baby blender you would recommend.