Item: Squeez'Em Reusable Food Pouches
Price: $7.99 for two pouches
Overall Impression: Actually? Pretty neat.
I hesitate to use the word "neat," because Madonna so famously mocked Kevin Costner for it in Truth or Dare, and I really want Madonna to like me, if we ever meet. But Squeez'Em Reusable Food Pouches are just that, pretty neat. And I probably won't ever meet Madonna.
Characteristics and Specs: Each pouch holds a single serving of pureed food or yogurt. They are BPA, PVC and phthalate free and safe in the microwave, freezer and the top rack of the dishwasher.
Favorite details: Each pouch, including the top, is one piece, so you can't lose part of it. Every single product for kids should work this way!
Potential problems: Can be a little bit messy to fill.
I didn't expect to like them. In general, I prefer to give kids normal, chewable food, and my kids only occasionally eat yogurt at breakfast, so I never need to pack it. But my seven year old loves a gimmick and he was pretty tickled when these arrived in the mail, so I gave them a try.
We've been filling them with applesauce, the nice chemical and sugar-free kind he loves, and packing them in his lunch. They come back empty and are easy to pop in the dishwasher. We do have to leave them out to dry, but this is hardly an inconvenience, since we can just refill one the next day.
If you make your own fruit purees, or buy larger jars of fruit purees or yogurt, these are a great way to include them in lunches. I would much rather do that than buy individual containers of things, to avoid waste. They would also be great for transporting baby food, especially if you make your own in large quantities to freeze. I would rather my kids have a second serving of fruit in their lunches than a junkier "third thing," so I love the idea of sending applesauce.
The top you open to fill them was a little difficult to remove the first few times I filled them, but it's gotten easier. Frankly, you don't want it to be too easy to remove, lest your child decide to make a big old mess at school. The narrower top for eating was easy to maneuver.
Are Squeez'Ems Reusable Pouches something you would try?
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