I want what’s best for my children. That’s why I have ruined my boobs by breast-feeding for more than a year and spend all that time pumping and washing pump parts.
When Ian started eating solid food I felt the brand Earth’s Best was, well, the best. However, I found there was a lack of variety in the vegetables. I couldn’t find a broccoli puree, there might have been one, but I couldn’t find it. Gerber baby food had a lot of varieties but I preferred to buy organic. Of course now there are more organic brands and a lot more variety.
I decided to start making my own. Not only for the cost, but also to ensure my baby got a variety of foods and combinations. I looked for some books to help me with ideas. The first book I bought was Top 100 Baby Purees by Annabel Karmel. She had some combinations that I wouldn’t have thought of like banana, avocado and yogurt. I didn’t make things like green beans because it was easier to buy them.
I then found this book Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. I like the book, but I don’t like her writing style. She comes across as very condescending. There are a lot of recipes for children over a year but not that many for baby purees. I found it to be a good resource for the timing of different food introduction and storage. One good thing is the Super Porridge she talks about.
This is a high protein porridge made with milled grains and legumes. I started to make it and would mix in fruits and vegetables. The combination that Ian liked best was banana and avocado with broccoli and sometimes green beans or peas. After making the porridge I would run it through the blender again to make it more of a puree texture.
I know what you are thinking….YUCK! but he loved it, and still eats it. I don’t always make it, just when I am concerned about his food intake.
Then the baby food companies came out with the food pouches (we call them smoothie pouches). I think these things are the best thing ever! Completely portable and they won’t break in the diaper bag. Plus I can give one to Ian and he can feed himself. I think they are great to keep on hand in the car for snack emergencies.
Over the last year there has been an influx of brands and food combinations available. But they are pretty costly, usually about a buck and a half each. So I had been trying to find a way to make reusable smoothie pouches for Ian’s porridge.
Of course I am too late. I was at Babies R Us the other day to replace the car seats after the accident was wandering around the food prep area. That is when I saw they had the Baby Bullet (which I had been thinking about getting) and what did I find on display with it? Infantino has a new product line called Fresh Squeezed which has the Squeeze Station.
With the Squeeze Station you can fill your own smoothie pouches! Now these ones are not reusable, but they do make a reusable one called the Keeper Squeeze Pouch, but they didn’t have that when I bought my Squeeze Station. However, I will be purchasing a few of those too when I can find them.
So after purchasing the combination of Baby Bullet and Squeeze Station I went home and made Ian some porridge.
My one batch of porridge filled 7 pouches and it was really easy to use. I am very excited about this!
This will be really fun when Baby Sid starts on solids.
January 17, 2013 at 7:26 am
Oh boy, I need this! I saw recently a thing called the Sili Squeeze – a resuable pouch thing that I thought about getting. I wonder how it would compare to the one you got – I don’t think it has a filling station thing, but it looks good too. The squeeze pouches are the BEST.
January 17, 2013 at 7:27 am
Here’s the link to that one – haven’t priced it though, or seen one in person…http://thesilico.com/
January 17, 2013 at 11:04 am
Thanks Darcy. That one is nice. The Infantino line has a reusable one like that but it can be refilled using the squeeze station and has the spoon attachments. Plus it’s like half the price. Babies R Us’ doesn’t sell it in the stores but you can get it online.
So you have to weigh the desire to buy from a small company like The Sili Company or a big one like Infantino and save money…..