Kim Clijsters Whips Up Baby Food – In Her Hotel

08/29/2010 at 05:00 PM ET
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Many a celebrity mom has sung the praises of homemade baby food, but how many will whip up a batch of sweet potatoes in their hotel room? At least one!

“We travel with a Babycook — it’s a little steamer and a grinder and so the first thing we do is try to find an organic store or food store and just buy all our groceries,” tennis pro Kim Clijsters, 27, confesses to CNN.

“Then we ask the hotel to put in a little fridge or empty out the mini-bar to put all the food in there and we try to make most of her food ourselves.”

Life on tour “is definitely a lot more busy” with daughter Jada Ellie, 2½, and not only because of the extra trips to Whole Foods!

“In the past, whenever I was done with practicing or massage or treatment or working out, I had all the time to myself and now I’m sharing that with Jada,” Clijsters explains.

Not that the first-time mom is complaining! “It’s a pleasure having her around and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Clijsters adds.

Nor would she change Jada’s only child status.

Clijsters says that she and husband Brian Lynch “would love to have more children” but for now, she has set her sights on making the 2012 Olympics in London.

Intent on making the most of her time as a competitive player, Clijsters says she knows opportunities are somewhat limited.

“Obviously Jada’s going to have to go to school at some point as well, so that’s really important to us and I didn’t come back to play tennis to put my family situation in a bad situation,” she points out.

“But as long as it’s going well and it’s working for us then we’ll keep going.”

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Laura on

It’s commendable that she makes her own food on the road, but if Jada is 2, why is Kim still blending her food? I assume the toddler would be eating more of a regular diet by now.

Jennifer on

Exactly what I was wondering – what 2 year old eats their food still ground up like that?!

Phyllis on

Laura, is it your business the way Kim feeds her child? Did she ask you? Sheesh…

Tess on

If Kim talks about what she feeds her child, then others have the right to comment on it.

Jennifer on

I wondered the same thing. Most 2 year olds eat “normal” food.

Laura on

Phyllis, I honestly don’t care how she feeds her child, but I am surprised that the toddler would tolerate or prefer blended foods. I have a 2 1/2 year old son and he generally eats the same foods we do. I just can’t imagine blending all of his food. I was just commenting on that, not necessarily criticizing her choices.

Mama on

er…perhaps she has mashed potato like a lot of people? Perhaps she grinds up nuts? Perhaps she steams all the food and doesn’t blend it? It doesn’t actually say she purees everything!!

My goodness how rude people can be!

Tatum on

Laura has every right to talk about the article, the article is about Kim feeding her 2 year old. So you Phyllis were the first negative nelly on the page…

DD on

Maybe this was an old interview….

Wendy on

Phyllis: Do any of these celeb moms ever ask us what we think? This is obviously a comment section. Pull the stick out of your rear end.

Tee on

Tess, I agree. This is an interview that was published and Laura’s comment was simple and polite. It’s a shame when people feel the need to rip apart a polite comment.

Abbys mom on

to the negative nellies…Babycook does more that puree food…from the williams sonoma site….people need to research before commenting!

A steamer, blender, warmer and defroster in one compact appliance.
Steams vegetables, fruits, meat and fish in less than 15 minutes, preserving vitamins and flavors.
Purees or blends foods to the desired consistency.
Quickly reheats or defrosts precooked foods.
BPA free.
Recipes included.

Michelle Z. on

Well…she doesn’t say if she still uses the grinder part of the appliance. Maybe she just uses it for steaming veggies and meats. And the grinder part might make really good mashed sweet potatoes. I eat solid foods, but I still like mashed sweet potatoes!

lili on

i don’t read that she actually blends all the food. it is a steamer in the first place and then optional you can blend patatoes to make mash patatoes. i used the same thing for a long time when travelling. at least your child eats healthy steamed food and the vegetable still tastes like vegetables. most of the belgian mothers do this . we prefer the work then having overweight children.

Catherine on

They may find it’s just a very convenient way to cook good, healthy food for their daughter while they’re away from home. They may also just use it to steam vegies and not use it to puree them.

My daughter would occasionally have mushed up veges for tea if we weren’t having a proper cooked meal for tea, that way whe was still getting a nutrious meal with little hassle. She’s now nearly 5 and eats anything, so I don’t see that eating “babyfood” beyond 1 year is that detrimental to their longterm eating habbits.

Alicia on

What’s the big deal about how she feeds her child? At least it’s healthy food and not junk. I’d rather hear about a mother feeding their child organic ground-up veggies rather than hearing about how they feed them nothing but McDonald’s.

Janna on

Well, she could still be using the Babycook as a steamer without actually mashing all of the food up.

Jen DC on

Um, gee, Phyllis, ever think it was a legitimate, non-judgmental question? As in, Laura and Jennifer are genuinely wondering why?

Yeah, I would think she’d be well on to finger foods and using those cute, stubby utensils. Maybe it was just a plug for the traveling steamer?

TC on

we prefer the work then having overweight children.
Please explain what you meant by that comment. Are you trying to say that jarred food leads to childhood obesity? Or that mothers that make their child’s food do not have overweight children?

I use and love the bebecook from williams sonma. It’s wonderful for parents who want to make their own food, it makes it super simple and really easy and I highly recommend it. Now my kid is just over a year and he’s at that stage now where he’s trying more solid foods. I cut up peaches into teeny tiny pieces and steam it twice on the highest setting so that it almost melts in your mouth. With sweet potatoes and squash I steam them and then lightly mash with a potato masher so that it’s chunkier but still soft enough for him to eat.

Now on to a 2 yr old using it. I really can’t see the point. If she is making mashed potatoes or something similar I just don’t see the point in taking it on trips unless she’s gone for months at a time. When my child gets to be 2 we wont be bringing this on trips. We have taken it in the past but it’s more of a pain. There are just so many pieces that need to be washed that I would be afraid I’d lose them. You’ve got the lid to the water resovior, the spoon that also helps to remove the basket, the lid, the basket, the cup/blender, the rim, the blades and a black rubber gasket. Again too many pieces to lose in a hotel room for me.

Kat_momof3 on

I would assume they used the grinder portion when her child was younger… and now they use it strictly to steam…. but with grinders, you dont’ necessarily grind it into mush.. you can grind just a bit to kind of chop it up… but again, she mentioned sweet potatoes.. and who doesn’t enjoy mashed sweet potatoes??

Laura on

You are all likely right and the article just wasn’t clear. She probably just uses the steamer part of the Babycook now that Jada is older. I actually own it, too, and still use the steamer portion for a few veggies. So that does make some sense. I think the fact she mentioned the sweet potatoes and then the grinder specifically might have pushed my brain in the blended food direction.

denise on

I agree she probably only uses the steamer function. we have a similar device by philips avent and we love that thing, steamed vegetables contain more vitamins than cooked ones or tinned food. Even I myself prefer steamed vegetables and so we also still use our steamer/blender. You can also whip up milkshakes or smoothies or make applesauce.

Vix on

Well I still use mine for making blended pasta sauces because it’s easier to clean than a regular blender and does the heating too. Also useful for blending fruit for smoothies…

Sometimes I think people lurk on here looking for opportunities to be unnecessarily critical.

Jennifer on

Wow Lili, way to assume anyone who doesn’t cart an appliance all the way around the world with them is going to give their kid junk food and have them be obese. I used to travel all around the world, and yes to Belgium, and never had any trouble finding healthy and nutritious food for my daughter. Even in Belgium, despite the fact that all the pre-mixed formula for babies over 6 months there is flavored with sugary flavors like chocolate, vanilla and banana.

Anonymous on

It’s food people who the hell cares?! It’s her business not yours, and no just because someone says something doesn’t mean you HAVE to comment. Some toddlers like their food mashed still just like adults like mashed potatoes. Have you all nothing better than to criticize a mother trying to feed her child in a manner the kid will actually eat her veggies!! Go Kim, you’re doing fabulous!!

Karen on

Mommy guilt for dragging her two year old “on tour” from pillar to post and not giving her a quiet home life.

Erin on

Def agree with Laura. First thing I thought of too when she mentioned a steamer and a grinder. 2-year-old should be eating what the family eats. My 1-year-old eats what the family eats, just chopped, but not blended. Everyone just needs to chill…jeez!

anastasia on

Kim is a wonderful mother!

Linda on

I had the same thought in the beginning… my two year old eats with regular utensils and dishes, and eats anything and everything that we eat, has for quite some time now. But like people said, maybe she is using it for steaming, etc. Some of you are just a little extra sensitive about this… maybe it was a legitimate question?

Sophie on

A couple of remarks from someone who’s actually living in Belgium:

@ Jennifer: I have never ever heard about formula with chocolate taste…no idea where you’ve found it. The ones with vanilla do exist, but the vanilla is used as a replacement for sugar (so it’s actually healthier).

About Lili’s comment: I think it’s more a general prejudice that Europeans tend to have towards Americans, that Americans don’t care as much about healthy food and that’s why so many people are overweight in the US. I don’t think she was pointing out someone in particular ;-).

And in Belgium mashed potatoes are almost a “traditional dish”. Almost all Belgians eat potatoes (not always mashed, though) several times a week, combined with different types of vegetables and meat. So maybe, just maybe, it’s also what Kim is used to from home, and she wants to pass these healthy eating habits on to her daughter…


mommytoane on

Considering that most of us grew up on jarred food….or food our mothers puree’d for us. What difference does it make? Who the heck cares how someone prepares a child’s food? Isn’t it the fact that they are eating and health that REALLY matters? So she prefers to steam her own foods over hitting up McDonalds for some soggy fries. Whooptie ding. Grow up, and really…find something else to bicker about. Blog your frustrations people. See a therapist. But good gracious. Fighting over food is just….redic.

elizabeth davis on

Why are you all commenting on Kim’s dietary needs for Jada, I was born in Belgium and am now 78 years of age, the food I was given I enjoyed including mash of any kind, as far as I’m concerned Kim is a good Mother, end of story!!!


Terri on

Why are people so hyperdefensive? It was a simple question and comment, not a critique or slam on what she feeds her child. Goodness. And yes people, can comment on things. If you don’t like that, why are you reading the comments sections?