Friday, April 24, 2015

Reusable Pouches!

I've been meaning to consolidate all my favorites on baby food and big kid puree feeding into one post so here goes. When Nolan was just a baby I was always telling Tim how neat it would be if they had reusable something similar to the applesauce and babyhood pouches that were just hitting the market. one day we were in Babies r Us and I saw the first one. I seriously texted the picture to everyone I could and bought the overpriced $20+ dollar silicone Beaba brand pouch. Sadly, although I tried often Nolan never took to it. It was hard to suck from unlike the store bought disposable ones and had a huge capacity so either I kept it half full or I wasted a bunch. It was relegated to the closet and life went on.

When it came time for Carter to start solids we got lucky.  I won an Infantino test party to try out their Fresh Squeeze system. You can see the full review here.  We still use it and plan to again with Oliver. Since then I've learned to love the reusable zippered pouches. I have two favorite brands but there are tons on the market and all are similar. Big things to consider when purchasing is ease of cleaning and size. Larger isn't always better! I do love having one or two large pouches perfect for taking smoothies on the go. Otherwise the standard size works great for babies, toddlers, and school aged lunch boxes. I've also made ahead large batches and froze directly in both of my recommended pouches (below). They worked perfectly and stored nicely no leaking.

Yummi Pouches and U-Fill are my favorite. U-Fill are most affordable at only $1 a piece when purchased in bulk but Yummi pouches are cute and stylish. The side nozzle on the decorative Yummi pouches is also very easy for all of mine to eat from in case you're wondering. I've done a few large orders and it's always easy to get a few friends to go in on the 100-pk.

Nolan with the smoothie size pouch.

In another 3 short months we'll start on the journey of solids with Oliver and I'm sure I'll have fun recipes posts again!!

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