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If you’ve had a child in the last few years, you know all about fruit and vegetable baby food blends that come in pouches. You’ll see them in the baby food aisle more and more, as they are the fastest-growing type of baby food container. They are great to throw in the diaper bag for a snack if you’re out of the house. Unfortunately, if you’ve ever handed one of these pouches to your kid, you know how much they love to squeeze them everywhere. These food pouches are a great way to get your kids the fruits and veggies they might not eat otherwise, especially when you’re on-the-go, but many parents avoid pouches entirely because of the hassle of cleaning baby food from car seats, carpet, strollers, and clothing.
Yes, you can still hold the food pouch while your kiddo slurps, but then you might as well go back to glass baby food jars and spoons. Not much feeding independence there; you’re still tethered to your kid at snack time. If you hand your toddler a food pouch, you’ll most likely see as much food on and around him than in him.
What is Pouch Pal
This is where a new product called Pouch Pal comes to the rescue. Pouch Pal is a hard plastic case that houses a baby food pouch in such a way that babies and toddlers are able to suck the pouch dry without being able to squeeze it! It’s a pretty genius idea that California mom Jennifer Fellin invented. After years of research and development, Pouch Pal is finally available for sale on Amazon in four cool colors: turquoise, cobalt, bubblegum, and coral.
Pouch Pal has all the bells and whistles that make snack time easy and mess-free. It has child-resistant latches that little fingers can’t pop open, a curvy design that is easy for those little hands to hold, and a cap-saver space to keep the cap to the baby food pouch while your little one is eating. If your kid is a thrower, the inventor suggests wrapping a hair tie around the waist of the Pouch Pal before handing it over to your little one. Plus, you always have an extra hair tie when you need one!
The Pouch Pal’s design pinches the sides of the pouch and pushes it up from the bottom so that all the food can be sucked out with no vacuum seals forming. This means that you don’t have to constantly readjust and roll the food pouch if you are brave enough to hand it over as-is to your kid. You’re no longer tethered to your toddler at snack time! It’s also top-rack dishwasher-safe and free of BPAs and phthalates.
How to Load Food Pouches into Pouch Pal
The key to successfully loading a food pouch into a Pouch Pal is to “rainbow” the bottom of the pouch and load it from the bottom first. Inserting a pouch into the Pouch Pal is pretty simple, and it will take just a few times to become a pro.
What Food Pouches are Compatible with Pouch Pal
Most major brands (and lots of smaller ones) are compatible with Pouch Pal. In general, pouches up to 4.22 ounces fit in Pouch Pal. My kid’s favorite food pouches are Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers. Our favorite flavor is the blueberry. My kids love the taste AND it has veggies in it! Plus they fit great in Pouch Pal!!
Check here for a list of pouches that are compatible. Some pouches with different nozzles, or those where the nozzle is on the side, won’t fit. Here is a list of non-compatible pouches, just so you can make sure your favorite brands will fit before buying your Pouch Pal.
Pouch Pal is available on Amazon, and shipping is free if you purchase two or more Pouch Pals. Use the coupon code V8JXGB86 for an additional 25% off of your order (good through March 31, 2016).
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.