Vitamix 5200 Series

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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
Price: $449.95
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Container Size: 64 ounce
Protection Plans: 3 yr $39.98 OR 2 yr $29.94
Amazon Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Made in the USA

I know the cost is a bit high but the savings are out of this world! One sweet potato could make you 24 feedings if you give your baby 2 cubes and 48 feedings if you give baby 1 cube. Gerber baby food costs around $1.00 for 2 feedings. It’s a no brainer! It will quickly pay for itself and then save you a lot of money.

Believe me, I am all about saving money. I also use my Vitamix to grind up coffee beans for my K-cup refills, granola for parfaits, oats for homemade baby cereal and so on. It is such a powerful machine, you can use it to grind up just about anything!

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It is made of BPA free Eastman Tritan Copolyester. The 64 ounce container will save you time by not having to make several batches. The motor has several speed settings, giving you full control of the textures and consistencies. This makes it perfect for stage 1 and stage 2 purees.

It is also great for smoothies. It can handle frozen fruits and veggies, such as rock hard frozen strawberries! The stainless steel blades make this a powerful and durable appliance that will give you amazing and consistent results, even after years of daily use!

Vitamix 5200 Series Blender can blend even the smallest of things, such as flax seeds and leafy greens, without leaving any chunks or small pieces. I give it 5 out of 5 stars because I haven’t had any issues with mine over the past 5 years and it is a breeze to clean.

With frozen strawberries 

Result: Creamy Green Smoothie

Ground Granola

Coffee Beans for Mommy

Result: Fresh Ground Coffee for Mommy
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Farberware Stainless Steel Stack ‘n’ Steam

20160613_130438-1Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
Price: $27.19
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Size: 2-Quart Steamer in 3-Quart Saucepot
Warranty: Lifetime Warranty Against Defects
Amazon Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

You are going to need a steamer to make many of the recipes. This is the steamer I use. It is made of stainless steel, has a 2-quart steamer that fits inside a 3-quart saucepot. I love this steamer because it can steam a lot of fruits and veggies evenly. The handles stay cool and it is dishwasher safe! You can also put it in the oven up to 350 degrees. This is a durable steamer and super easy to clean. It is a top quality product with a modest price. I have had mine for years and it still looks new!


5 Quart Oblong Clear Glass Baking Dish

20160613_131544-1Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
Price: $17.49
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Dimensions: 5 Quart 17″ x 11″ x 2.5″
Amazon Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Made in USA

This is the baking dish I use to roast fruits and veggies for purees. It is 11″ x 17″ so you can easily fit large produce in it, such as butternut squash. The glass is durable and it makes it easy to monitor the baking/roasting process. It is dishwasher, microwave, freezer and oven safe up to 425 degrees. It is also made in the USA.


Kitch Easy Release Ice Cube Trays

20160613_132411Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
Price: $9.95
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Count: 4 Pack, 16 cubes per tray
Amazon Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Made in the USA

You are going to want at least 4 durable ice cube trays. These are flexible, making it easy to release the cubes with a simple twist. These stack well in the freezer and come in a pack of 4 with 16 cubes per tray. They are dishwasher safe and made in the USA.


Wean Green Round Baby Food Glass Containers


Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
Price: $21.99
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Dimensions: 3″ x 3″ x .2″
Amazon Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

These BPA free homemade baby food containers are perfect for defrosting and warming up baby food.  It is recommended to warm foods in glass baby food storage containers because BPA and phthalates found in plastic can stick to foods, disrupting the endocrine system.

I love these leak proof containers because they are made with heavy glass, making them very durable.  Each microwave and dishwasher safe container can hold 3 small cubes or 2 large cubes of frozen baby food.  Daycare facilities also love these containers because they make warming up foods a piece of cake and they are so easy to clean.


Other Items You Will Need

  • Large Cutting Board
  • Knives
  • Sandwich Ziploc Bags
  • Fine Point Sharpie
  • Highchair
  • BPA Soft Tip Spoons
  • Bibs

Leave comments, feedback or success stories below!



  1. Ashley

    A really interesting list here 😉
    I was actually looking for a blender for some time, and this Vitamix seems a really good choice, I’ve heard of it many times so I guess it’s pretty popular.
    I’ve seen this one is called Vitamix 5200? Is it a rather new or older version? And do you have any ideas about the other ones existent on Amazon?

    • Rachel

      Hi, Ashley! Thank you for visiting my site!

      Vitamix 5200 is an older model but I absolutely love it! I am actually about to grind up some coffee beans in just a few minutes! 🙂 If you click on the Vitamix text link or the photo, it will redirect you to browse all Vitamix models and price ranges. I hope this helps! Feel free to contact me anytime and I will be happy to help! Take care and stay healthy!

  2. Brook Dede

    Hello! being in the health field I really liked reading through your recipes and nutritional facts. I plan on making my own baby food the day I have children so having a website like this available will be quite helpful since children’s diets are not exactly my specialty. very informative, thank you.

    • Rachel

      Awesome! Coming from someone within the health field, I take that as a great compliment. I do not want you to feel intimidated or discouraged, so please reach out to me with any questions when the time comes! 🙂

  3. A great site. Moms today are very health conscious and want the best for the babies. You offer a lot of great information. The recipes I’m sure will be a big success. I like the color scheme you chose, its very relaxing. Good luck.

    • Thank you for your kind words. I truly believe homemade baby food is the best way to go. I’m confident that anyone who makes their first batch will be hooked! It’s delicious, nutritious and so easy to make! 🙂

  4. Allen Adkins

    Hi Rachc

    I truly love your website. I have always made my kids and grandkids foods only because of all the stuff that you hear that they put in those store brought jars. I have always been very afraid of getting glass or some kind of bacteria in it so I love the information you have provided. I would love to see more moms and grandma’s doing this just so we can protect our children in this day and time. Keep up the great work and looking forward to seeing more information on your site.

    • admin

      Thank you for your kind words. I completely agree! It truly is a win win. It costs less, it’s easy to make, there are no fillers or preservatives and it’s delicious! It is also an easy way to sneak in veggies for those picky eaters. I am very passionate about this and I try my best to encourage all parents to at least give it a chance.

  5. Binamra Bhatta

    Hi rachc,
    I am really impressed by your website. It’s really a gem. You are willing to help people and have tons of useful information. This recipe is certainly easy to make.

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