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Exploring First Foods + GIVEAWAY

I’ll be honest and admit that when my both my boys were little and began eating solids I never made their food for them. It was always store bought in jars or tins from the baby section of the supermarket. I did make them mash potato but that was only when we were having it. So for the most part they didn’t experience homemade nutritional meals until they could properly eat. I always put it in the too hard basket when realistically it would have taken much to make homemade puree meals for them. At least that way I would know exactly what was in their food; not that store bought baby food seems to have done any harm to the boys. I am going to give it go making my own baby food this time round which shouldn’t be too hard now that I have this neat little contraption to help me. Closer to Nature has released an awesome little blender designed specifically for making baby food called Explora Electric Baby Food Blender.

What I love about this is that you can make purees, mash and chunky food with the one machine simply by using different speed settings. The Explora Baby Blender is extremely easy to use and to clean once you have created your baby nutritious textured foods. It is dishwasher safe and microwave safe which is a must in my house or it won’t ever get used (yes I love my dishwasher and despise having to hand wash anything). I was expecting this Closer to Nature baby blender to cost quite a bit but at $40 I am impressed not only at the value for money but also the quality.

There are also Closer to Nature Explora freezer pots that are the perfect size for storing food made in the blender. They have soft easy pop bases and are small in size (60ml each pot) which is a convenient size for first foods. These come in a packet of 4 with a tray for only $10.

I have 1x Closer to Nature Explora Baby Food Blender to giveaway!!

To enter all you have to do is follow the instructions on the rafflecopter below. Winner is decided based on skill and chance plays no part. Australian residents only! Sorry everyone else. **The mandatory instructions MUST be completed or your entry will be void!**

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  1. Lauraine Ormond
    30/08/2013 / 12:28 pm

    always preferred home cooked food for my girls but it used to be really inconvenient but with the closer to nature blender this would make everything so very much easier!!!

  2. Lauraine Ormond
    30/08/2013 / 12:30 pm

    my babys first food was mashed potato!! and the absolutely loved it!!

  3. Narelle Rock
    30/08/2013 / 12:38 pm

    mashed banana, the perfect first food, at least if the bubba won’t eat it I will, so not waste!!

  4. sapna
    30/08/2013 / 12:50 pm

    My baby loved mashed avocado – he loves to play with the big avocado seed while I feed him the mashed avocado… eating & playing at the same time..

  5. jacinta hamill
    30/08/2013 / 12:54 pm

    Great product!

  6. Jessie Hay
    30/08/2013 / 1:46 pm

    Her favourite was always pumpkin mash,
    She would gobble it in a flash,
    Now at 2 years old she loves it which is great,
    I love that it’s first to go from her plate,
    I hope her little brother loves it too,
    When he gets his first taste of pumpkin soon!

  7. Joselle Griffin
    30/08/2013 / 3:51 pm

    Chicken…. when I was pregnant it was all I wanted to eat… I guess she must have remembered because she loves it and gobbles it up.

  8. tanya e
    30/08/2013 / 4:00 pm

    Mashed sweet potato was always gobbled up without a problem and also stewed apples. I’ve always blended whatever the family was eating mixed with a little formula or milk to feed mu bubs.

    • tanya e
      30/08/2013 / 4:01 pm


  9. katrina day-reilly
    30/08/2013 / 7:01 pm


  10. S Armstrong
    30/08/2013 / 7:11 pm

    He’s still hatching so I really don’t know yet – due in 2 weeks

  11. Daniella
    30/08/2013 / 9:21 pm

    I still don’t know as she will turn 6 months in two weeks, but I hope she loves vegies as much as I do.

  12. Tricia Z
    31/08/2013 / 9:53 am

    Miss Daughter’s favorite foods were vegetables.

    My lovely daughter would not eat
    any fish or any meat.
    If a morsel passed her palate
    my little angel just wouldn’t have it.
    Her darling face would start to pucker
    when she detected carnivore tucker.
    So vegetarian she’s destined to be,
    which is best for those furry, or scaly, and her father, and me.

  13. Tricia Z
    31/08/2013 / 9:54 am

    just entered for fun. I’m not in Australia. Have a great day!

  14. Jane Whelan
    31/08/2013 / 7:53 pm

    Mine loved mashed pumpkin.

  15. Marwa Sayed
    31/08/2013 / 10:18 pm

    My son love mashed mashed potato

  16. Aimee Tatham
    01/09/2013 / 8:48 pm

    My son just loved, sweet Corn and chicken puree 🙂 the smiles were priceless the poos however where not..

  17. Ei N
    02/09/2013 / 2:07 pm

    Yogurt! My daughter can’t enough of it and giggles with pleasure every time I feed her yogurt. Aw to be young and innocent again.

  18. Stephanie Veljanovska
    02/09/2013 / 2:36 pm

    My Eldest Sons was Strangely Broccoli which I was Very Happy with as it is the Perfect Food to Love once he was Eating more Solid Food he would put a Whole Broccoli Stem in his Mouth.

  19. Diana O
    02/09/2013 / 3:12 pm

    Soft boiled egg, I’ll never forget the enormous smile on his face when he first tried it.

  20. Di
    02/09/2013 / 3:15 pm

    Jelly!! And I don’t blame him, even as an adult I find heinz apple and black current gel delicious 🙂

  21. Melissa Jones
    02/09/2013 / 4:52 pm

    Mashed sweet potato. I tried to feed him mashed potato, but he refused to eat it. Then I tried sweet potato, it worked. Oh well, maybe because it’s sweet?

  22. Karina W
    02/09/2013 / 7:43 pm

    Pumpkin and sweet potato combo mash!!! He can’t get enough of it!

  23. Sonia El-Sheikh
    03/09/2013 / 11:22 am

    Mashed peas and carrots and she loved it! 🙂

  24. Jade
    03/09/2013 / 1:14 pm

    Banana and mango were a huge hit in our house!

  25. Rachel Kriss-Newell
    03/09/2013 / 1:23 pm

    The spoon is poised, the smiles awide
    Bubbies eyes showing anticipation, alongside
    Her sits a delicious bowl of mush
    She’s super keen, I’m not so fussed.

    Mashed potato with peas and corn
    A flavour slightly sweet, adorn
    Highchair, floor and hands galore
    She giggles as mum slips on the floor.

  26. Claire
    04/09/2013 / 12:30 pm

    My son love mashed mashed potato

  27. Lynda Kibblewhite
    06/09/2013 / 7:02 am

    My children’s first solid was always fared. I don’t know if you can still buy it but it was a rice cereal. My daughter had her first baby a month ago and this prize would be wonderful for when her little fellow goes onto solids. She is a keen cook so I guess she would have lots of ideas on how to put it to use.

    • Lynda Kibblewhite
      06/09/2013 / 7:04 am

      That should say farex not fared. Don’t you hate predictive text. it’s such a know-all.

  28. Nicole C
    09/09/2013 / 10:12 pm

    Banana! Both my kids love them and eat them like there going out of fashion!

  29. Pauline Stacey
    10/09/2013 / 3:05 pm

    Banana custard

  30. Stacey Shailer
    13/09/2013 / 3:07 pm

    Sweet potato and carrot puree, yum!

  31. Sonya
    15/09/2013 / 10:40 am

    Avocado mashed with banana – sounds awful but actually tastes great and is very healthy.

  32. Nola Goodwin
    15/09/2013 / 12:28 pm

    This is a really great invention. I owned one where you turned a handle like on a mincer.

  33. Melissa Davis
    15/09/2013 / 1:41 pm

    Deconstructed apple pie, (aka stewed apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon!). Delicious!

  34. Emily Rose
    15/09/2013 / 1:58 pm

    I enter these comps for my cousins and little second cousins, but I know my favourite food was pureed pumpkin when I was little! And every bubba I’ve ever babysat loved strawberries. I know all my little relatives love chocolate too!

  35. Kirsten W
    15/09/2013 / 2:58 pm

    Mash for her entree, mash for her main and mash for her dessert. Picking a pattern here yet?

  36. Nicole Morris
    15/09/2013 / 4:15 pm

    apple. nice and sweet and such a treat

  37. Caroline
    15/09/2013 / 8:52 pm

    mashed nanas

  38. Mary Preston
    16/09/2013 / 10:39 am

    Breast milk & Farex. This cereal mix went down a treat. Got to hand it to breast milk – can’t be beat.

  39. Indika Wijayasekera
    16/09/2013 / 10:17 pm

    pumpkin,pear and apple puree!!!!

  40. Leah
    17/09/2013 / 11:57 am

    Pear and banana were the clear winners,
    Just right for first time dinners,
    Then came pumpkin and apple for my little beginners.

  41. Karen Edwards
    18/09/2013 / 10:13 am

    Ive just started my 6 month old on solids and she loves everything sweet her favourite so far is sweet potato and carrot mixed in with rice cereal doesn’t look very nice, my older two children always gag at it little do they know thats what they use to eat too a big bowl of slop!! 😉

  42. nicole larsen
    18/09/2013 / 11:52 am

    mashed banna and avacado

  43. Falon Downing
    18/09/2013 / 8:47 pm

    Spaghetti, what a mess!

  44. Ange Fletcher
    18/09/2013 / 9:30 pm

    Pumpkin and Apple – I love that you can give them any whacky combination at this age and they eat it! I know life wont be so simple later on, so I’m enjoying it whilst it lasts!

  45. Crystal McFarlane
    18/09/2013 / 10:12 pm

    nothing could compare
    to his first taste of fruity pear

  46. maria p
    19/09/2013 / 1:53 pm

    It was mashed avocado….and she still has expensive tastes!

  47. Kelly Ryan
    20/09/2013 / 11:50 am

    Rice Congee, not colourful or exciting, but a perfect first food for baby!

  48. tegan
    20/09/2013 / 3:38 pm


  49. 20/09/2013 / 10:10 pm

    My little one has always had a sweet tooth – pear puree (packham pears only too!) was her absolute favourite!!!!

  50. Mick G
    21/09/2013 / 3:45 pm

    Surprining enough but Cooper loves pumpkin especially when mixed with apples

  51. Leah Johnston
    21/09/2013 / 9:27 pm

    my son loved yogurt and would enjoy making a mess feeding himself, and then cry when it was gone and he’d finished it.

  52. Becky S
    21/09/2013 / 9:35 pm

    Yoghurt, sweet, creamy and easy to digest, its still a firm favourite as bubby thinks its the best!

  53. Karlene
    21/09/2013 / 10:18 pm

    Our first son’s first food was a milk arrowroot biscuit. We videoed it being handed to him and him sucking on it. Within 2 minutes he was covered in a rash and there began our journey of allergy testing and careful food selection. Fortunately all veges were safe so I mashed a lot of them. A dedicated baby food blender is a great idea.

  54. Linda Hynson
    22/09/2013 / 12:16 pm

    I made steamed pears as my go to first food for all 5 of my kids:-)

  55. Wendy Darcy
    22/09/2013 / 2:32 pm

    Home cooked is so much better my boys loved pumpkin and brussle sprouts although they hate them now , I would love this for my brand new granddaughter myla please

  56. Jan
    22/09/2013 / 2:39 pm

    Mine actually loved brains. I couldn’t bare to temperature taste them so I would just dip my finger in!!

  57. Stacey
    22/09/2013 / 10:30 pm

    I have only started this week with solids for my little girl, but apple seems to be the go!

  58. Justine
    23/09/2013 / 8:11 am

    Mashed potato is always the first to go..
    Its the one food that I know,
    Will be eaten every time!

  59. Tarshy Treasure
    23/09/2013 / 10:09 am

    I always did a huge range of pureed fruits and vegies – It was a lot of work to make up everything in bulk and freeze in ice-cube trays. This would have made it MUCH MUCH MUCH easier. I would love to win one for my sister who is pregnant 🙂

  60. Charisse Childs
    23/09/2013 / 3:08 pm

    Avocado Puree,
    Please like it I prey,
    First taste he took,
    I caught him like a fish to a hook,
    With his mouth open wide,
    He looked like a baby bird wanting more I confide,
    It was the start to a great appetite.

  61. Tabatha Robinson
    23/09/2013 / 9:28 pm

    Apples it happens to be mums favorite too

  62. faysie
    23/09/2013 / 11:18 pm

    Our little princess loved mashed banana and our little prince loooooves mashed avocado. And Mummy loves both!

  63. Renee Ballantyne
    24/09/2013 / 2:50 pm

    Both my son’s loved mashed avocado with a little lemon juice

  64. Dana
    24/09/2013 / 5:02 pm

    My daughter’s favourite first food was lemon and greek yoghurt.

  65. L Conroy
    24/09/2013 / 8:17 pm

    Mushed roast sweet potato…actually maybe that’s my favourite too

  66. Leigh
    24/09/2013 / 8:38 pm

    Broccoli, whole, mashed, mixed can’t get enough of it. Hopefully this lasts as I used to hate greens.

  67. 24/09/2013 / 8:58 pm

    Apart from Farex, my first *loved* pumpkin! It was the first real flavour she tried & she couldn’t get enough of it. I thought that was great until I go the nappy the next day yikes!

  68. Christy Seymour
    24/09/2013 / 9:25 pm

    apple, carrot & pumpkin puree.

  69. tracy wedding
    24/09/2013 / 9:45 pm

    mashed pawpaw and banana

  70. Jenny Newstead
    24/09/2013 / 9:55 pm

    He had a love/hate relationship with banana! Screwed his face up with every mouthful but couldn’t get enough of it!

    • Mad Mummas
      06/10/2013 / 9:53 pm

      You’ve won 🙂

  71. Kaz Purtill-Wright
    25/09/2013 / 3:07 am

    As long as it whatever he was eating was pureed with breastmilk, he was happy. Brestmilk with rice cereal and banana, pureed. Sweet potato and breastmilk, pureed. Avocado, banana and breastmilk, pureed. Apple, stewed and mashed, add just a hint of watermelon, and don’t forget the breastmilk, pureed.

  72. Amanda Gorton
    25/09/2013 / 6:13 am

    Custard with pureed fruit – Sweet! How lucky was I that it was quick, cheap and healthy!

  73. Belinda Smetioukh
    25/09/2013 / 8:01 am

    Avocado and banana, mashed together,
    Bub would gobble it up whatever the weather!

  74. Katrina Corbett
    25/09/2013 / 9:40 am

    Both of my kids loved mashed sweet potato, but hated mashed potato???

    • Michelle
      25/09/2013 / 2:57 pm

      Mushy apple! Couldn’t get enough! It didn’t look so great when sneezed across the room though 🙂

  75. Craig Austin
    25/09/2013 / 9:56 am

    We did carrot as a first solid lol, lessons we learnt make sure shes not wearing white lol and make sure the spoon sippey cup and bowl are used again for carrot as they stain orange too lol.
    She loves it though mixed with pumkin too.

  76. Ann M Sculley
    25/09/2013 / 1:32 pm

    Sweet potato.pumpkin and potato mashed to a puree for both my children

  77. J Lou
    25/09/2013 / 2:16 pm

    Avocado & sweet potato, odd combination but he loved it & still does.

  78. Lana
    25/09/2013 / 4:48 pm

    Mashed ripe banana he spat it out at first then smiled for more!

  79. Santhia Keiller
    25/09/2013 / 5:32 pm

    Strawberries and ice-cream.

  80. Valerie
    25/09/2013 / 11:30 pm

    My little girl had her first carrot puree and she finished it all the time.

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