Meghan Markle Already Knows How She'll Feed Her Baby
And it won't require trips to the baby food aisle.
Being a member of the royal family comes with certain perks (like a staff of helpers at your disposal for cleaning, cooking and childcare). But when it comes to their new addition (due any day now), Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are proving they want to do things a little differently — and that means making their own baby food.
A source close to Meghan told People, “It's going to be clean living for this baby." The Duchess of Sussex, who loves to cook, has always leaned toward healthy options in her own life. We suspect she may see making her own baby food as another way for her to bond with the baby. The source also mentioned the Duchess’s, “California roots are coming through,” adding that, “she's being mindful of what she puts in her body and on her skin … She’s looking for natural things”.
For anyone who wants to follow in the footsteps of the royals and make their own baby food, it does take a bit of time, but the results may prove to be well worth it. Here are the tools you’ll need to get started.
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The Baby Bullet Blender has two blade types ideal for blending and grinding food in either a large-batch bowl or a smaller, travel-size cup. There are also storage cups that make planning ahead for a busy week or prepping on-the-go food easy as can be.
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This sturdy feeder is the solution to all your baby’s teething and feeding problems. Unlike mesh feeders that typically leave a huge mess and can be difficult to clean, the Boon Pulp claims its durable material makes all the difference. The interior stem is firm enough to force food out and the silicone feeder is sturdy enough for babies to eat from. Sounds like a win-win.
BUY IT: Vitamix, $599.95
Vitamix is a well-known brand for making smoothies and soups, but this model is also particularly great for new parents wanting to make their own baby food. The family pack comes with two, 8-ounce blending bowls and lids perfect for making and storing your homemade purees.
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When it comes to making your own baby food, remember that the freezer is your friend (and ice cube trays are your best friends). You’ll likely have some leftover food when cooking in bulk and storing your purees in ice cube trays will make reheating smaller portions a breeze.
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This vacuum-sealed food saver is ideal for extending the shelf-life of your homemade food and milk. The bottle’s mechanism simply requires a few pumps to remove air from the bottle and eliminates the possibility for oxidization, which the brand claims will preserve the life of fresh, homemade baby food up to seven days. The bottle is lightweight and leak-proof, making it easy to throw in a diaper bag, as well.
BUY IT: NutraMilk, $499.95
Skip the tedious process of making your own nut-based milk and butter, and let this handy gadget do all the work for you. For parents who follow a dairy-free, vegan- or plant-based diet, the NutraMilk claims it can make two liters of your favorite nut milk in less than 12 minutes and up to three cups of nut butter at half the cost. If that isn’t convincing enough, the patented, BPA-free and CET-certified processor promises almost zero waste.
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These reusable food pouches are ideal for storing any pureed food. The microwave-, freezer- and dishwasher-safe pouches mean you never have to swap between food-storage containers again. And, since the company claims these compact pouches are BPA-, PVC- and Phthalate-free, adding them to your diaper bag is a no-brainer.