I want to share how I have recently started making Ridge’s baby food and putting it into squeeze pouches. This has been a game changer and is especially helpful when traveling or just running errands or going to the pool or a play date. I gave my recipes for homemade baby food purées in this post. Putting those purées into squeeze packs is extremely helpful now that he’s a bit older and is more interested in feeding himself. This has also already saved us money! The organic squeeze pouches from the store are pricey! Not a sponsored post – just a product I love.
First, let me give a disclaimer, or a motherhood confession:
Making my son homemade baby food may make it seem like I am some sort of super mom. But let me tell you, that just is not true. I struggle, just like every other mom, with trying to do my best for my family. One way that I do that well is by cooking and keeping our house stocked with healthy foods. Want to know that I am really terrible with? Cleaning! We hire a lady to come clean our house once a month because I just cannot seem to get it together enough to keep the bathrooms scrubbed and the floors mopped! And I don’t even think about the baseboards! So there’s my motherhood confession. 😉 None of us are perfect!
I just like to keep it honest around here.
Now, onto the squeeze pouch details…
I bought these reusable ones initially. I still may use those, but if you are interested in making a large batch of squeeze packs to freeze and have on hand (which I highly recommend), THIS is the way to go! This gadget is genius and very user-friendly, and I am not typically a gadget person. I filled 35 squeeze pouches with some purées I had on hand in less than an hour. And my four-year old loved helping.
Tips for making the purées:
- Follow these recipes or something similar.
- If you use a green vegetable and/or a fruit that would brown, such as apples, pears, or peaches, add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the purée.
- Squeeze pouches are good in the refrigerator for 48 hours.
- After that time, freeze them.
- To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight or place in a bowl of warm water.
- Smoothies can be placed in squeeze packs. After filling them put the pouches directly into the freezer and leave them cold while feeding them to the baby.
- I made a smoothie using frozen berries, banana, spinach and canned full fat coconut milk. Ridge loved it (but keep an eye on your child the first time he/she has any nut product)
- The flavors I’ve tried in the squeeze pouches include: plain sweet potato, steamed, with a little extra water added; and pea/broccoli/apple with a squeeze of lemon juice.
- You’ll need the Infantino Squeeze Station and the Squeeze Pouches (I bought the pack of 50, plain print for $11)