Monday, July 20th, 2009
Wean Machine Baby Food Press
The Wean Machine by Jackson Beazeley Limited is a tableside baby food press for 6-month-and-up infants who are ready to begin soft foods. Unlike a food mill that you use in a kitchen to prepare food ahead of time, the Wean Machine is intended for on-the-fly food preparation.
It’s like a garlic press, except the food never leaves the press.
- Fill the hand-held unit’s bowl with soft fruit or cooked food.
- Squeeze the handles together. The strainer fits snugly into the bowl, becoming part of the bowl.
- Spoon feed your baby straight from the bowl.
The unit includes a plastic cover to keep the bowl clean when not in use or during transport. It also reportedly balances on flat surfaces. Two grates (strainers) are provided to strain food into different sizes.
Food preparation involves slicing fruit, or boiling vegetables and cubing them. The company’s recipe page lists brief instructions for bananas, apples, potatoes, carrots, avacados, stawberries, cauliflower and broccoli. A more comprehensive list of acceptable and no-go foods can be found in the food squidgometer.
Wean Machine is dishwasher safe (top rack), but not microwave safe. It’s billed as being PVC and BPA-free. Also see a list of government safety tests passed. It retails for $24.
My family used a food mill off-and-on with our two kids. My daughter was the longest — very late in getting her first tooth (15 months?) and slow to embrace chewing her own food. Meanwhile, my 16-month-old son was off puréed food by 12 months with one tooth. He wanted to emulate us, even if it meant gumming his food into submission.
I’m undecided on how good an idea the Wean Machine is. At home, I suppose it comes down to whether you want to prepare a large quantity of food for several meals (thus needing a food mill). Or if you prefer to process food during a meal and experimenting with cooked food other family members are eating.
It’d come in handy for travel, taking whole fruit with you without needing to keep it on ice. But then, you still need to slice it and I wonder what’s easier — spending prep time upfront in the kitchen or spending prep time as you sit in front of your child.
Yes? No? Is the Wean Machine more or less appealing than a traditional food mill?
Would you take the Wean Machine to a relative’s house? To a restaurant?