If you’ve been a long time reader, you know that I’ve made my own baby food for all of my kids.
It’s ultra easy and saves a toooon of money.
Friends of ours were over one day and were feeding their babies from these new fangled squeeze pouches.
And basically, they were brilliant.
No mess? Kid can feed themselves? Love it.
But if I’m not willing to pay for traditional baby food jars, there is NO WAY I’m about to pay the premium for those little squeeze pouches. It’s just not gonna happen. No matter how cool they may be.
Enter Infantino’s new do it yourself squeeze pouch system.
I follow them on Facebook and when I saw them announce this new product, I immediately emailed them asking if I could do a review. Because this was the perfect marriage of DIY and the latest trends.
The folks at Infantino were kind enough to oblige my request and sent me the full system: a Peppy Puree, a Squeeze Station, pouch refills, a set of reusable spoons, and even a little travel pack thing (not pictured…because I forgot. Lo siento.)
As an aside, and totally not important, I love their packaging.
They have nice fonts.
This can be make or break on if I buy something.
And I’m kinda not kidding.
I can sense it from here.
Now, at a whopping 11 weeks old, Owen is obviously much too young to get started eating solids.
But I had an idea: Jilly.
Jilly’s Cerebral Palsy means that using a spoon to self-feed can be a frustrating and incredibly messy experience. She’s getting better at it every single day, but these pouches could make meal time and snacks a more pleasant experience. Not all the time (because she needs the spoon practice), but this mama could use a break from the Jill-needs-taken-out-back-and-hosed-down-after-every-meal.
So for you special needs mamas that read, this might be a great idea.
I decided to make carrots. Because that’s about as easy as it gets.
I have a giant 14 cup Cuisinart food processorthat I usually use when I puree baby food, but since Infantino sent me their Peppy Puree, I thought I’d try it out.
Now, if you’ve ever wondered if blogger reviews are honest, here you go: this mini puree thing was pretty awful. It was much too small to realistically make baby food (it only held enough carrots to fill 2 pouches) which would take forever if you wanted to make big batches at once (which I will forever contend is the only way to make your own baby food), and I fought with it trying to get the lid locked on to the point where I almost threw it across the room, and when I finally did get it snapped together, it didn’t really puree the carrots thin enough for younger babies. I would not recommend the Peppy Puree. Use a true food processor. (Sorry Infantino!)
But stick with me, because it gets better. Promise.
The rest of the system is pretty awesome.
You simply slide your pouches into the Squeeze Station (which is just a fancy name for pouch holder thingamabob).
Then you screw on the plastic tube dealies, pour in your pureed food, and squish it down with the plunger gig.
And that is awesome.
Because it was easy and simple and yielded very little mess.
And that’s all I need in life folks.
Screw on the little orange tops and you are ready to go.
Something else I really appreciated?
The system came with this little magnet that tells you how long the food can be stored.
It’s a simple thing, but I love the attention to detail.
Frazzled mamas can’t always be googling.
When they are ready to eat, you just screw on a little re-usable spoon thing.
My kids were completely enthralled with the pouches.
Henry BEGGED me to try one.
My five year old.
Who wouldn’t eat a carrot if I threatened his very life.
He ate TWO of these things.
And asked if I would pack them in his lunch for school.
I will never, ever understand kids.
Next it was Jilly’s turn.
She examined the pouch from every angle.
Like it was from outer space.
She tasted it.
And then she looked at me like I had just served her mud.
And then set it back down with no intention of ever eating such filth again.
Kid is picky. Carrots are apparently not her thing. But the pouches worked. She was able to use them without making a giant mess.
I’m gonna try apples or something next time. The pouches did their job. It was the food inside that was sub par.
Lucy wanted in on the action too.
And, like her brother, gobbled it all up.
This is Lucy saying “Mommy!!!! I LIKE IT!!!!”
Incidentally, I had a few leftover boiled carrots and gave them to the kids with their dinner.
In their God-given form, Lucy declared that she couldn’t eat them because they “were spicy”.
Calling something spicy is Lucy’s way of trying to get out of eating something.
Whole carrots are spicy. Pureed carrots are delicious.
And here are my Bigs chomping on carrots.
The non-spicy version of course.
It’s all about presentation.
Maybe my font thing is rubbing off on them?
All of that to say that I am super stoked on the Fresh Squeezed line.
I love that I can still make my own baby food, but take advantage of new innovations.
I highly recommend it. Not the Peppy Puree thing…but the rest of it is seriously awesome. I’m excited to keep trying things for Jill and for putting it to work when it’s Owen’s turn. kwCatId=&kw=infantino%20squeeze&origkw=infantino+squeeze&f=Taxonomy/TRUS/2254197&sr=1″ target=”_blank”>Babies R Us.
Infantino provided me with the Fresh Squeezed system for review purposes, but all content and opinions are my own. Obvs.
*UPDATE: Infantino now has a reusable squeeze pouch. I have not used it, so I can’t vouch for it’s effectiveness, but it does seem a little expensive considering you probably need at least a few to make it worth it.