We've rounded up our favorite products every new mama deserves to have in her kitchen—because you're busy with baby, but you also need to eat, and you deserve to #treatyoself.
It's true that trail mix and yogurt can go pretty far when you're in a pinch, but now that your baby is eating solid food, these 5 useful kitchen tools will do all the hard work for you, and take mealtime to a whole new level—
We love using our Vitamix for smoothies, soups, pesto, and tomato sauce—and since it blends so well, my toddler never has an issue with seeing flecks of something (ahem, kale) that she isn't expecting.
You can also use it to turn almost any food into a baby-friendly puree.
If you don't want to splurge on a new one, you can get a certified refurbished one (with a warranty) at a fraction of the cost.
Baking muffins, brownies, cake, and even bread is a lot easier when you make the dough or batter in a food processor. Just pulse to combine when using wheat flours (to avoid overworking the gluten) and stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. They are also a handy way to mix up salmon salad with veggies mixed right in, easily chop veggies and herbs for meatballs or meatloaf, and make thicker purees for older babies—without having to buy a specialty appliance.
An electric kettle
I used to think electric kettles were silly…until I got one myself. This boils water super fast, which is helpful when you need that cup of tea or French press coffee now. It's also a great way to quickly warm water to thaw peas, soften shredded carrots or sweet potatoes, or soak beans for baby.
A dough whisk
This dough whisk is, hands down, one of our favorite tools for cooking with kids.
It's incredibly strong, so it's almost impossible to break, but the handle is wide enough for little hands to comfortably grip.
It's also perfect for stirring muffin batter, mixing bread dough, or whisking things.
Kitchen Aid multicooker
Go beyond the slow cooker—and prevent more meals from burning on the stove while you attend to the baby—with a multi-functional machine.
This sleek cooker has settings for risotto, rice, sear, sauté, simmer, soup, yogurt, steam, slow cook high and low, and warm, so you can use it every day in a new way (if you want to).
We're officially obsessed.
Amy Palanjian is a writer, mother and founder of Yummy Toddler Food.