I put a lot of thought into what my first post was going to be. I wanted to post about something that would really encompass what I was trying to do with this site, share the little things that help me feel a little bit closer to being super mom.
When I had my second child a lot of things changed. It was around the time I was shutting down personal business and money was tight. Not only did we have an extra mouth to feed, but we were making a lot less money too.
So I started looking for ways to save money. My daughter was an extremely picky eater. She didn’t drink formula. She didn’t drink milk. She hated the bottle. One of the things she would eat was baby pouches. That was a relief for me, but it was certainly painful for the household budget.
She was a hearty eater, which meant a couple of pouches per meal or snack, three to five times a day. It adds up quickly. Not to mention six to ten pouches per day is horrible for the environment. Those things are well built, which means it takes a lot for them to break down in landfills.
So I started to look for alternatives.
The Reusable Baby Pouch
I did a little research and this is what I found. Nature’s Little Squeeze Double Zipper Reusable Food Pouch (that link will help you find it on Amazon). I bought the six pack with three different sizes. I tested them all out and I found that just like the three bears, one was too small, one was too big, and one was just right.
The 3.4 oz. pouch doesn’t seem to hold enough. The 7 oz. pouch seems to hold too much. The 5 oz. pouch is just right.
Like the title says, the pouch has a double zipper, which is good because when it’s shut right, it’s hard to pop. My daughter’s a devious little girl, but she hasn’t been able to break the seal yet.
In the interest of full disclosure, she has figured out that if you turn the pouch upside down, you can come up with some awesome fruit fingerpaint for your highchair tray. You’ll need to be aware of that.
The pouches are dishwasher safe and fridge friendly. You can clean them with warm soapy water and a bottle brush, which you probably already have.
How I Use Baby Pouches to Save Money Without Taking Up Too Much Time
When I started using the pouches, I went for the easiest process possible. I bought giant bottles of applesauce at Costco and then filled the pouches. It was a simple DIY baby pouch that took the same amount of time to make as a trip to Target to buy the pouches in the first place.
Since then, I have gotten bolder and more confident. Now, when I shop at Costco I buy fresh fruit. I buy things like apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, and bananas. I take a little extra time to wash, peel and cut the fruit and then I divide them up into storage containers.
The containers go into the freezer and then I pull one out when I need it. Each container makes 3-4 pouches. I’ve done all the prep ahead of time, it becomes one-time prep for 30-40 pouches.
When it comes time to make new pouches, I pull out my Magic Bullet (I got it at a Christmas gift exchange and it’s probably my best snag ever!) and a make a mix that fills about 4 pouches. There are two benefits to this, I’m making fresh pouches all the time (the Magic Bullet makes clean up easy). Plus, I know the pouches won’t go bad before I serve them up to baby girl.
Without the freezer, waste can be an issue.
Added bonus: That freezer fruit combined with the Magic Bullet can also make smoothies for the older kids. One dish, two options!
3 Reasons Why Reusable Pouches are the Way to Go
There are a lot of reasons why I like the reusable pouches, but here are my top three.
- I’m saving money. I bought the pouches for about $17 on Amazon. I pay about $20 for fresh fruit each go around, but I get 30-40 pouches out of that. Normally a pouch costs $1.50, so 30 of them would cost $45. I’ve made my money back in one go around.
- It’s better for the environment. I read the news just like everyone else so I know we’re doing some serious damage to the world with our waste. I am by no means an eco-warrior, but I do understand that if I don’t take steps now, my children could end up with some serious problems on their hands. So I do what I can. These pouches have cut down on some serious waste, which makes me feel a little bit more like I’m spending my time productively.
- It’s healthier. I don’t always buy organic or choose the best items to eat, but I get that there’s a lot of stuff you have to watch out for out there. Making my own pouches at least gives me the peace of mind that the food I’m putting into my baby is the healthiest I can manage, free from preservatives, secretly added sugars and all those other things that I’m not sure about.
So that’s my experience with the pouches. I hope it helps you and if you decide to go this route, let me know. I’d love to hear from parents who have tried it.