Guest reviewer Marya Renkema lives in Hampton, Ont., with her husband and four boys (ages three, four, six and eight)…man, that’s a lot of testosterone (and skid marks). She teaches French immersion part-time and enjoys spending the rest of her days at home with her two youngest kids. She enjoys baking, crafting, playing piano and blogging over at You Pinspire Me; and she’s also busy learning how to live in the country for the first time in her life.
Marya received Squeeze Please reusable food pouches to test out.
After having four boys in the span of five years, I really felt like I knew what I was doing when it came to baby food. I made all of their food from scratch, read all the books and introduced all the “right” foods at the “right” time. I loved looking at the products designed to make our lives easier, but I knew that most of them were very gimmicky and overpriced. I mean, who would spend all that money on something like a “Baby Bullet?!” [Editor’s note: Baby Bullets are the least of what people are spending money on. Here are some of my top picks for baby food makers.]
The Squeeze Please pouches showed up when we were past the whole baby food phase, but the concept intrigued me for my three and four year olds. It looked like something they would enjoy, and I liked that fact that they are reusable.
The pouches were easy to fill, and I liked that they had the wide opening at the bottom. It seemed to hold a lot of food. We tried applesauce, yogurt, water and pudding.
The three- and four-year-old boys loved eating from the pouches because it was something new and exciting! The older one liked the challenge of getting out every little bit.
Squeeze Please is a mess-free way to enjoy these kids of foods, which are clearly not just for babies, and gives kids all of the control.
I like how using the Squeeze Please pouches slowed them down a bit (our boys tend to wolf down their food).
I also like that they are BPA-free; that’s so important these days.
We used Squeeze Please food pouches in our van on a long trip. It was nice to give our kids a healthier snack on the road and still avoid mess. It was almost like having those yogurt tubes (that we never buy) without all of the added sugar and the waste.
I also sent pouches to school with our older kids (six and eight) with some yogurt. They liked having something new and different in their lunches. Unfortunately, one lid got lost at school and that pouch can’t be used again. So…
…If there was something attaching the lid to the pouch, that wouldn’t happen.
My concern when I first saw the Squeeze Please reusable food pouches was how to clean them properly. I liked that they opened widely at the bottom, but I wasn’t convinced that they got clean enough in the dishwasher. I washed them by hand, and had to balance them somewhere to dry, which reminded me a little too much of bottle-washing.
Another problem that we had? The first time my three year old used his Squeeze Please pouch, he chewed the spout. After that, the lid wouldn’t fit properly, so it didn’t seal well. I’m sure that this wouldn’t happen if you use these to squeeze out the baby food yourself onto a spoon for your baby, but our older kids were harder on them.