There’s a new gadget in town, and we wonder if it’s worth the price. We think it’s definately not worth the exposure! It’s the Beaba Baby Cook! We are never ones to be alarmist however this is a bit dosconcerting.
“The French baby-food maker that has won praise throughout Europe is finally available to American families. This compact countertop appliance multitasks as a steamer, blender, warmer and defroster to prepare fresh, healthy meals for baby. It starts by steam cooking vegetables, fruits, meat and fish in less than 15 minutes, preserving their vitamins and flavors, then purees or blends them to the desired consistency. You can also use it to quickly reheat or defrost precooked foods. With it comes a 2 1/2-cup polycarbonate bowl, cooking basket, spatula and recipe booklet. The bowl and basket are dishwasher safe. 11″ x 5 1/2″ x 8″ high. ” from Williams Sonoma product description
Did you catch that 2 1/2 cup polycarbonate bowl? Yeah, we were thinking about it too because WHOA, polycarbonate is the WORST type of plastic for leaching BPA! Bisphenol A (BPA) is a key building block of polycarbonate plastic – without BPA polycarbonate would not be polycarbonate. Speaking to a rep at Williams Sonoma, where the Beaba Babycook is on sale for $139.99, I was told that the cooking bowl is polypropylene and that the cooking basket polysulfone. Hmmm…..this might be like the Gerber folks not getting their plastic components straight when asked about their #7 containers
If anyone has any more information on this polycarbonate bowl or has called to ask, please let us know!
It sure is a nifty gadget and it you love gadgets for cooking, you’ll probably like this too! Remember tho, there really is no need to go out and buy fancy gadgets to make baby food for 3 months! A pot, steamer basket and an old fashioned blender or food processor will do the trick!
*** Please read our post “And the Truth Will Set You Free” for an important update on the whole Beaba/Williams Sonoma PR issues. ***
updated 29 December 2008 – many parents miss this information containing the timeline as well as the lack of transparency from Beaba. All this bad PR could have been avoided had Beaba and Williams Sonoma been forthcoming with information.
Category: Dangerous Baby Items