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Today we are going to be talking about all the essential utensils you need to prepare
and to cook baby's food when your little one hits the 6 month mark and begins the semi
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The day your child takes that first semi solid bite is a big day for your baby and for you
As parents we make recordings of this first taste of food, this first bite that they take , we plan what is the first thing
that they will eat and a lot of us face confusion as to what all do we need to prepare baby’s
food for them?
what are all the utensils or appliances required for this process?
We have so soo many questions!
Do we need to buy new stuff? Do we need to buy new appliances or new things?
Not always! We don't think so! Can we use things that we already have at home?
We would say Yes! A big big yes to that!
In fact a lot of times all the implements needed to make your baby’s food are already
sitting right there in your kitchen.
So lets start off from the very beginning and through this episode lets breakdown what
are all the utensils we need and what do we need them for?
Basically i will take you through what i used for ilham’s food from the beginning and also tell you
what Rohini did for Anupama. And how we used these things and what we used them for.
So here i have laid out everything that came in handy for her food starting at that 6 month
A pressure cooker, a steamer plate or a steel colander or a steel perforated basket which can be
inserted in the cooker. I will show you an image of that as well later.
A steel kadhai, a frying pan, a mixer-grinder or even a hand blender,
a strainer, a knife , a peeler, a masher and of course a baby spoon, bowls, forks and plates.
So number one lets start with the pressure cooker.
This is a 2L steel pressure cooker, we actually did not have such a small sized pressure cooker
at home so we went and bought one and this continues to be used
for ilham’s food and now we use it for other food in the kitchen as well so it's obviously very handy.
It always was and continues to be so.
You dont have to go for a 2 L cooker only.
Even the existing cooker at your home should work.
It is just that baby food quantity is less and a 2 L cooker works well for that small
Once your baby is eating the food that is cooked for everyone else, this cooker, if
you bought specially for your child, will still be useful in your kitchen on a regular
basis, as I mentioned before.
In the initial few months though we kept it only for Ilham and nothing else was made in
it, this was just us being extra careful and at that time we didn’t really need it for
anything else in the kitchen so it worked for us.
The pressure cooker is great for boiling or steaming vegetables and fruits for which this
steamer plate or even a steel colander or a steel perforated basket which can be inserted in the cooker, inside it is very handy
and then you can further mash the veggies or fruits or give as finger food to the kids.
The cooker can be used to make soups, khichdi, daliya porridge etc.
So depending on the age of your child or what stage they are at in terms of eating or you
also may be following baby led weaning you can decide in what way to serve the food to
The pressure cooker is pretty dynamic and takes care of a lot.
Next up is a good quality steel kadhai that can be used for making food like porridge,
kheer, halwa etc. A good quality frying pan will also come in
handy to cook things like eggs, pancakes etc for your child.
Next we come to a masher.
So with ilham the very first few meals like dal water or rice water or some soups were
very liquidy but mostly i used to roughly mash up her food and not even really puree
it because she preferred texture in her food and she was happier with soft but lumpy food
instead of a smooth paste.
So the masher was used to mash up a whole lot of fruits like bananas, papaya (which
she used to love but now refuses to touch), mango (which she continues to like!) and even veggies like pumpkin, potato,
carrots etc which had been steamed in the cooker and then we proceeded to mash them.
And what do we have next but the Mixer-grinder or you can even use a hand blender.
We used the ones we already had at home and this was primarily again used for the initial
few months mainly and we would thoroughly clean these items before we used them to make
anything for ilham.
So when does a mixer come in handy?
A mixer grinder comes in handy in the food making process like this, you steam or boil
veggies in the cooker and then proceed to cool them slightly and then you blend them in the
mixer or you use a hand blender.
And then if you like you can serve the food like this OR strain it for which we move onto our next
utensil- The strainer which can be used to strain this
thick purees or probably a thick soup and you can offer your baby the liquid that comes
So the strainer also comes in handy for those first few months and whenever you want to
offer a soup etc to your baby even as they grow older if you want to offer a liquidy soup, it comes in handy.
But in our experience we would suggest use the strainer occasionally.
In the first year of her life, the solids you give your baby are more for texture
Excessive straining makes the consistency of the food pretty liquidy and doesn’t offer
much in terms of texture and your child could just get used to this liquid version of food
and you don’t want that.
Also, when you strain fruits/veggies you lose out on important nutrients in the pulp that gets left in the strainer, so
you can do it now and then but not too often.
We would recommend opt for a broad mesh strainer instead of the very fine one. This is not too broad
but again I used it very occasionally with Ilham so I didn't really need a strainer that much.
But if you opt for a broad mesh strainer it retains some texture and some pulp
and provides a nutrient dense soup/puree because what comes out is thicker.
Number 7, Rohini invested in a good steel knife and a peeler for Anupama and she kept that separately
and only for her food as the regular ones sometimes carried a strong smell especially
if used with garlic/ginger/onion etc.
I continued to use what was already there in my kitchen but would make sure that there were
no lingering odours on it.
Lastly we come to the cutlery, bowls, spoons required to feed baby.
You can also watch our episode highlighted in the corner of the screen right now that
is a thorough explanation of all the cutlery, bowls or the plates or the spoons that you need for your child to feed them,
when they self feed and also the practical things you need to carry your child's food when you travel.
But anyway, let's talk a bit about the starter cutlery that comes in handy with a baby, so
I used this deep silver spoon which is traditionally used in India to feed a child.
Depending on your weather, you may or may not be advised by your Paeditrician to use silverware.
because silver tends to get blackish and requires additional cleaning effort.
It worked great for us and all we had to do was clean it very well and dry it very well and make sure it didn't get those blackish stains.
I would also use these ceramic or glass bowls to feed ilham and when she would try to feed
herself she would do so from these steel bowls or steel plates or even safe bamboo bowls such as these.
While traveling we would carry BPA free plastic boxes, or steel boxes and safe, reusable plastic
cutlery or sometimes even the spoon and fork she used at home.
So as you can see we tried our very best to stay away from harmful plastic as much as
And we would suggest that you opt for food grade steel or food safe material and avoid
plastic as much as possible too.
So you might have noticed that all the stuff that i mentioned in this episode, all the appliances and
all the utensils etc that I mentioned are things that you can continue to use in your kitchen, they are
versatile, you can use them for many other things other than baby food also.
You don’t really need to go and buy a specific baby food maker or a state of the art blender/steamer/food
processor just for baby food; many moms we know bought these and realised that their
use was limited or the time period they were used for didn’t really justify their cost
or buying them or adding another appliance in your kitchen that you didn’t really need.
Remember your baby will transition from semi-solids and purees to regular food in just a few months,
ideally by 1 year of age.
So even if you buy these things they would not really be useful beyond a few months, or
unless you then probably plan to use them regularly in your kitchen for other things then you can decide to do so and take a call on that.
I hope this list has helped.
When Ilham began the semi solid food journey I was really lost as to where to begin and
I gathered some knowledge through the internet, did some trial and error and my mum harked
back to what she remembered and we pieced it together and managed.
But a list such as this at that time would have been really helpful and would have really helped in helping me understand what all was needed.
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