Do you love the convenience of baby food pouches, but feel the drain on your wallet?
If you have time to whip together a few batches of homemade baby food on the weekends, you will love Infantino's Fresh Squeezed line.
The Squeeze Station ($24.99 through Toys 'R Us) is easy to use: just blend together fruit and veggie combos your child enjoys and pour into tubes that connect to the Squeeze Station. Little pouches twist onto the tubes, and a small push tool is used to squeeze in your ingredients. The pouches include space where you can write the date for safe storage. And each squeeze station comes with a magnet that details guidelines for safely storing and serving your homemade pouches.
In addition to the Squeeze Station, Infantino's Fresh Squeezed line includes a variety of products that make creating homemade purees for baby a breeze. Visit Infantino online to view all the Fresh Squeezed products and to watch videos with tips for use.
The greatest benefit of making your own purees for baby is that it allows you to create combinations based on your child's own preferences and particular needs. Concerned your child isn't getting enough Omega-3? Add a tablespoon of Flaxseed Oil to a fruit smoothie. Add yogurt or cottage cheese to purees to give your child a boost of calcium and protein.
In addition to the health benefits, making your own baby food is a budget saver. And with the Squeeze Station, you can continue saving as your child grows into a toddler by making your own pouches.
The cost of one HAPPYTOT pouch (which I highly recommend, these organic superfood snacks are great to stock up on when you're going on a trip or just don't have time to cook yourself) is about $1.50, depending on where you shop. At about 27 cents per disposable pouch (plus the cost of food), you save significantly with the Squeeze Station.
To realize even greater cost savings, you may choose to invest in several of Infantino's reusable pouches, $7.99 each through Toys 'R Us. Or purchase just one or a couple of the reusable pouches to cut down on the number of pouches you dispose of.
If you have enjoyed making homemade purees for baby, you will love being able to make your own convenient pouches.
Here are a couple recipes to get you started with your Squeeze Station:
Berry Yummy Smoothie
1 peach (frozen peaches work great, steam over boiling water until thawed)
1/4 cup blueberries
1 Tbs Flax Seed Oil
Splash of orange juice, or enough to make the mixture smooth
Fruity Veggie Blend
1 container yo toddler brand yogurt (apple, sweet potato)
Splash of soymilk
Just a suggestion:
Avoid using fruits with large seeds, like blackberries or pomegranates. If you use seeded fruit, be sure to strain before adding to the Squeeze Station or the seeds will get stuck and your smoothie won't pass into the pouch (try subbing pomegranate or blackberry fruit juice if you don't want to strain your puree).