The ease of grabbing a pouch of food for your little one can’t be beat. After so many recalls and uncertainty in the world of food pouches - I was excited to try out these Squooshi Reuseable Food Pouches.
You know exactly what ingredients are in your pouch
Easier to clean than most reuseable pouches. (Wash out immediately after use or upon returning home - this will help prevent food from getting stuck in it. Or you can soak overnight. Using one of the small, thin bottle brushes helps too.)
Dishwasher Safe (Although I try to hand wash them when possible.)
Save money on buying Food Pouches (which are typically around $1.00 - $2.00/pouch)
BPA, Lead, Phthlate & PVC free
Baby’s can use for 1st foods...all the way up to Big Kids for smoothies!
Cleaning. (I know. I know. I put this on the Pro list too because it’s easier than I anticipated, but it’s still a bit of a pain because I don’t think the dishwasher completely cleans them and I prefer to hand wash them.)
Hard to fill without a Filling Station and I don’t want another gadget sitting around my house. No Filling Station for me! (See below for what I do instead)
Sip'n silicone soft tops: (Which are sometimes sold with the Squooshi- In my opinion these are a waste. I tried them and my son just ended up getting biting or pulling them off.)
You can use these for Baby’s first foods on up till their big kids.
I've been using these pouches since my youngest was 8 months old and still use them for my 3 year old. I assume I’ll be using them for years to come. Whenever I make a smoothie, I’ll just pour 2 pouches to have when we are on the go...one for my 12 month old and one for my 3 year old.
Great way to get greens into their diet as well..
So what about filling the pouches so you don’t make a mess?
Like I said, I didn’t want to get the filling station because I don’t like extra gadgets around the house and I didn’t want to have to lug it out every time I wanted to fill a pouch. These things are suppose to make my life easier afterall.
The fill side (bottom) of these is like a double-lock zip lock bag. You open this side to fill.
Just make sure to have the cap on so it doesn't come pouring out the other side. (I've made that mistake more times then I care to admit.)
So, here is what i do….
I get use out of my breast pump funnels.
Finally they are good for something other than milking me!
Makes filling these pouches super easy and not messy.
Where to buy?
Just search Squooshi & lots of options come up. I tend to purchase through Amazon.
I was chatting with my hubby’s Aunt (who is well versed in childhood development) and she mentioned her concern in children being fed pouches for every meal and not getting enough of the hand/mouth coordination that comes with feeding themselves via spoon or grasping food. Also, pouches don’t allow the children to fully chew and use their mouth/tongue the way solid food does. Just food for thought. Pouches shouldn’t be a replacement for every meal, but rather a replacement for a snack or a meal on the go.