Months ago (a year, maybe?) I blogged about making our own baby food. It worked well until we had to travel. Sometimes we’d buy containers of food, but then we discovered our baby loved the pouch foods. I still make some of his vegetables as purees (sweet potatoes, squash), but when it comes to green vegetables, he doesn’t want to touch them. I know I can give him a pouch with pureed broccoli and he’ll eat it with no problems.
Imagine my delight when I saw on Pinterest that someone had devised a system so that parents could make their own pouch food! I was so excited when Babies R Us started selling it, and I bought it right after Christmas with some gift cards I had (this was before the gadgets were sold in stores.) It deserves its own review.
My first attempt at using it was for peas. I cooked the peas, saved some of the water and stuck them in the blender to puree. I added water to make them a little thinner, and then used the Squeeze Station to transfer the peas into the pouches. The first two or three were fine, but then I had so much trouble getting peas into the pouches. Pureed peas went everywhere.
My second attempt at using the Squeeze Station was for sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Both were a disaster. In the end, I did get pouches created, but I was putting the squeeze station on the floor to put enough pressure on the handle to squeeze the vegetable into the pouch. It was messy and exhausting.
The vegetables have to be frozen (or eaten within a few days) and it takes some time to thaw them, for obvious reasons. So the pouches aren’t the best things for traveling.
Oh, and my son won’t eat the vegetables from these pouches. In fact, he’s decided that he doesn’t really like sweet potatoes now. I guess I’ll take the blame for that one.
I’ve read conflicting articles on the food pouches. They’re easy! Kids love them! But some parents and/or “experts” believe that the pouches could lead to kids overeating later in life or not liking textures of foods. I think we’ve hit that with our son. He doesn’t want to try any new foods these days and it’s so frustrating.
The Infantino Fresh Squeezed line has good intentions, but I think I either started it too late in the game (of feeding my son) or it needs improvements in getting food into the pouches. Either way, I’m pretty sure we’re getting rid of it.
**I was not asked to do this review and I have no ties with Infantino or this Fresh Squeezed line, except for the fact that I used my own money to buy it. I wanted to share my experience because I didn’t see much online except for “this is fantastic!”