I’m keen on making homemade baby food for my 9 month old, but as with all my cooking adventures, I like things simple, quick, and healthy. Thanks to my NutriBullet, D has unintentionally been on a raw foods diet. Why bake, boil, and cook when I can just make a greens- and fruit-packed smoothie, thicken it with organic baby oatmeal, and call it a meal?
All was going smoothly until we went on vacation. Yes, I packed my trusty NutriBullet and still blended up meals for him…the first half of the week. But then those oh-so-convenient single serving packets from Earth’s Best, Plum Organics, and Happy Baby just lured me in and promised me 5 minutes of free time. And who doesn’t want an extra 5 minutes away from the kitchen, especially on vacation? But then we got home from vacation, and I kept buying those packets….$1.29-1.59 for ONE packet…and he eats 3 times a day in addition to formula. Ridiculous. That’s when I called an intervention on myself and researched reusable pouches.
- The pouch must be transparent. I want to see through it to confirm it is completely clean, mold-free, dry, and it’s also nice to see exactly how much my son has consumed.
- It must be easy to clean. Similar to above, I was most worried about mold. The opening must be big enough to get a sponge in. Side note: Every month or two, I buy a 4-pack of sponges from the Dollar Store. I cut each sponge into 2 pieces (like the states of NH and VT if I’m being honest haha) and I use one half to wash all bottles, nipples and sippy cups. Then I throw out the used sponge half after 8-9 days and move on to the next half without guilt.
- It must be easy to fill. I had visions of myself looking like a mad scientist with a headlamp and a funnel trying to load it up and making a mess in the process. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
- It must have a safety cap. How many times have I had a moment of panic that the baby has swiped the dangerous cap of an Earth’s Best packet, only to realize I already threw it away?
- It must be at least 6 oz. My baby might be a spitting image of my husband, but the joy on his face when food is nearby, he gets that from his mama. Honestly, I’d even like an 8 oz packet!
- It must save money and time. No explanation needed.
When I began researching on Amazon, I found a couple of viable contenders but ultimately decided on Squeez’Ems Reusable Pouches. And friends, I am now obsessed with this product! It met and exceeded all my above criteria.
Criteria a: One side of the pouch has the company logo, but the other side has a full, transparent window. I know when to help my son with the extra squeeze to get the last mouthful, and I know that I’m getting it fully clean. Two big thumbs up.
Criteria b, c & d: The screw top design is brilliant. There’s an attached orange cap that is very similar to the disposable pouches so you can seal beforehand or if your child hasn’t finished. No chance for losing that bad boy, because it’s securely anchored to the neck of the pouch. The larger top piece is childproof—and you even hear a very satisfying ‘click’ when it’s properly tightened, after my own heart!—and this is what creates the nice wide mouth for spooning or pouring in your pureed food, or getting clean with a sponge. Additionally, they are BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-free. They are also safe for the freezer, microwave, and top rack dishwasher!
Criteria e: These are exactly 6 oz and the largest cup of my NutriBullet generally yields 24-25 ounces, which fits 4 of these pouches (plus one sip of leftovers for mommy!) Since I only bought the one pack to try, I am about to order 1-2 packs more to have a back load of pouches—making the “5 minutes saved in the kitchen” luring valid for this product too!—and so that I can give to my older son as a snack too.
Criteria f: For the cost of a mere 5-6 disposable pouches ($8.35 on Amazon), I received a pack of 2 Squeez’Ems pouches. So basically I’ve negated the cost on just yesterday and today’s meals alone!
Overall I HIGHLY recommend this product! Since I’ve only had them for a few days, I am unable to comment on durability at this time. They seem very well made and an excellent green alternative to disposable packets. I’ll let you know if anything changes on that front.
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Do you use Squeez’Ems or a similar product? Please let me know your experience in the comments below!