I had dilemma, not a huge one, but enough to make me go, harrumph.
I like to make Baby R’s food myself for multiple reasons; I know it’s fresh, it’s a lot cheaper than using jars/pouches, I’m limiting his additive and preservatives and I want him to get used to joining in with our family meals as soon as possible. My dilemma is that Baby R loves to feed himself and loves holding and eating from pouches. So I have been relenting and buying him have a couple of pouches a week. We do a little bit of baby led weaning before you jump in, but I like to spoon / pouch feed as well as this method so I know some foods definitely going in and not just hiding in the high chair or the dog.
Then I stumbled across this, the Fill n Squeeze starter pack over on the Beebeies Baby Store.
…the easy way to store healthy delicious homemade baby food in fun reusable squeeze pouches….
The pack comes with 5 reusable, squeezee pouches, a pouch filler jug, jug cap and plunger/masher. There’s a handy section on the pouches where you can write the contents on with a dry wipe pen, I like this feature a lot as all my homemade food tends to look the same!
The first food I tried was a 4 veg puree. As Baby R is quite happy with lumps, I used the masher to combine some cooked sweet potato, broccoli, parsnip and carrot. when it was pulped within an inch of its life / my arms ached. I removed the yellow cap and attached a pouch to the jar, pushing the puree into the bag with the plunger. Simples! I find pouches much less messier when we’re out as either Baby R feeds himself or I squeeze small amounts onto a spoon, but as the weather was rubbish the next day, we stayed home and test drove one out in the kitchen instead.
During the preparation, I actually found this easier and less messy than spooning baby food into the little jars I use to batch freeze and they’re much easier when out and about instead of carrying around pots which end up lidless and making my change bag messy.
Cleaning them afterwards was easier than I though it would be. I ran the spout under a tap to flush out any left overs, soaked in warm soapy water for a few minutes then flushed out under a tap again. You can sterilise in cold water solutions like Milton which I did as I’m a little bit of a clean freak and love the smell (TMI?)
I’m actually really impressed with the Fill n Squeeze will probably continue using it once we’re out of the baby puree phase to make slushy, frozen fruit smoothies for lunch boxes. I’m not sure how many uses I’ll get out of each pouch yet, but they’re much easier to store than the little pots I’m currently using, most of which I have lost the lids from anyway!
Great product and clever idea.