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Fresh Squeezed Squeeze StationBaby food pouches are all the rage these days, including around my house. Max went on a bit of a food strike and would eat only food pouches because he can feed himself. He has no interest in a utensil when he can just put his food directly in his mouth. And, my infant isn’t the only one who likes food pouches. My six year old loves applesauce pouches in his lunch box. But, let’s face it: those pouches can get expensive and, until now, they prevented me from feeding Max homemade baby food.

We are absolutely thrilled that Infantino recognizes the trend toward baby food and puree pouches and has developed a complete system to make your own pouches. The Fresh Squeezed Feeding Line is easy to use, comprehensive and affordable.

Making Food Pouches with Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station

I’ve been making baby food since 2006 and I’m pretty sure I’ve tried every “system” out there – from piecing together my kitchen equipment and ice cube trays to made-from-scratch-to-table-systems. The Fresh Squeezed Feeding Line is the first comprehensive system I’ve encountered to help you make your own pouches. The system is really quite simple and smart.

The main pieces you need to make food pouches is the Squeeze Station. There are no plugs or batteries – this is all people (and brain power on the part of Infantino). The Squeeze Station has three spots to attach empty Pouches. There are slots that hold each pouch in place.

Fresh Squeezed Feeding Line Pouches

Infantino Fresh Squeezed Squeeze Station

Attach a tube to the top of the food pouch, and fill the tube to the desired amount. Each pouch can hold up to 4 ounces of food. Use the press to move the food from the tube into the pouch. While the process is straight forward, it did take a little trial and error. The food has to be pureed pretty fine or it won’t squeeze through the top of the pouch. And, the press creates a very powerful suction, so remove it slowly or you may pull out some food (or send it onto the wall like my husband did!).

Fresh Squeezed Baby Food Pouch Maker

Fresh Squeezed by Infantino Squeeze Station

Twist on the top, label and date your food and you’re all set! Eat immediately, store in the fridge or freezer. We appreciate that the set even includes a little magnet for your fridge to remind you how long the food is safe to eat. We keep our pouches in the freezer, move them a couple at a time to the fridge and then I toss one in my diaper bag or my son’s lunch box. Neither child has complained about the temperature, which was a concern of mine since you can’t easily heat the food. It seems that by the time they eat them, they’ve reached near room temperature. Or they’re just so delicious it doesn’t matter if they’re a little chilly?

DIY Baby Food Pouch with Fresh Squeezed by Infantino

DIY Baby Food Pouches with Fresh Squeezed by Infantino

Each Pouch can only be used once, but the reusable Keeper Squeeze Pouch is sold separately. It works the same way as the disposable pouches and is top-shelf dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Fresh Squeezed Keeper Squeeze Pouch

All the pieces are top rack dishwasher safe and the tubes and press fit inside the Squeeze Station for compact storage.

Max gives our homemade baby food pouches a big thumb’s up. With his belly. By literally sucking them empty. I’m still perfecting an applesauce recipe that will please my picky 6 year old, but he’s my biggest cheerleader. He loves taste testing them and taking his very own made-just-for-him pouches to school for lunch.

Fresh Squeezed Keeper Squeeze Pouch

Fresh Squeezed Feeding Line

The Fresh Squeezed Feeding Line includes more than the Squeeze Station. In fact, the Line has everything you need to make, package and store purees. In addition to the smart design, one of our favorite features of the Fresh Squeezed collection is the affordable price tag. The entire system costs – seriously ENTIRE thing – costs less than a popular single appliance that makes baby food.

Fresh Squeezed by Infantino baby food pouch system

1. Squeeze Station // 2. Mighty Mill // 3. Peppy Puree // 4. Steam and Mush // 5. 50-pack Squeeze Pouches // 6. Keeper Squeeze Pouch //
7. Couple a Spoons // 8. Fridge & Freezer Sleeve

To Buy or Not to Buy

To Buy… We live our life on the go, and food pouches are made to be mobile. We love the convenience of serving from a pouch and now we can make our own with the awesome Fresh Squeezed Feeding Line. The Squeeze Station is simple, smart and and easy to use. The Pouches are good quality, freezer safe and, most importantly, baby friendly. Max loves that he can feed himself – and I love that mealtime goes off without a hitch.

Or Not to Buy… To successfully press food into the Pouch it has to be pureed pretty fine. I had to fish out some small chunks of apple that got stuck in the small mouth of the tube to the pouch. The Pouches are not reusable so purchasing them may get pricey – certainly less than buying store pouches, but it might be worth investing in several Keeper Squeeze Pouches if you plan to use the system.

Shop! Visit Infantino to read about the entire Fresh Squeezed Feeding Line. The Squeeze Station is $24.99 and a pack of 50 Squeeze Pouches is $17. The rest of  the accessories and food preparation products are also available at Amazon and Babies R Us.

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Thanks to Infantino for providing samples.
Kate

Kate

Kate started The Shopping Mama™ in January 2009 when, after graduating law school, she traded in online legal research and writing for locating the best products for children. She shops three kids ages 6,4 and 1 from their home in Germany. Her military family is making the most of the overseas assignment by traveling Europe every chance they get.

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  1. 1.

    I’d like to use the Infantino system so I can use my own organic ingredients and avoid preservatives.

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    I would like to make my own baby food because then I would know what is going into my baby’s food.

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    I’ve been struggling to find a solution and this is it! We are a family on the go and I’ve been using the ready made packs which are expensive. My hunt for a disposable bag has been fruitless so I’m glad to this Infantino device! I know my readers would love this too!

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    Carly B.

    I would LOVE to use this system to make my own baby food. It would let me choose exactly what ingredients I wanted and I love the squeeze station.

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    Erin S.

    I make my own baby food already, but have to freeze & store in ice cube trays. We are out & about a lot, & the option to have some squeezable pouches with homemade baby food (so there are still no additives) would be AWESOME!!

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    Andrea

    Genius! I made all my baby food also, but liked the convenience of the pouch. This is perfect!

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    Jocelyn

    Very cool, I would love this.

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    Tiffany Holtzinger

    I’d LOVE to make my own pouches so then I know exactly what it is that’s going into them. I’d love to include my 7 and 3 year old (maybe my soon to be 2 year old), in helping to prepare the pouches. Maybe with the older ones helping, it will make them want to eat more fruits and veggies. My 23 month old would LOVE these (he loves “squeezy pouches!”Oh, and I’d also love to win because it would be cost saving and helping the environment with less trash.

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    ashley

    with 3 children 3 and under these would be a life saver since i buy so many pouches already

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    Laura

    I love this! My sister (over at Stuff Parents Need) has something similar that she used with her first daughter and will soon be using again! I love the concept of making your own food. I can only imagine how gratifying it is to know exactly what is in your babies food, and to know that you made it yourself!

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    Kellie

    I would make fruit smoothies for my girls. I would also make some veggies with Chicken.

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    Miranda W.

    I’ve been eying these up for awhile now! I would love to make my own to save money! But also because then I know what is IN the pouch. I know there were no additives or chemicals.

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    Thao

    My twins love the pouches. They are easy to transport and easy for them to feed themselves with minimal mess. I like to make our own pouches because I can control what goes in their tummies. minimal preservatives and more organic products.

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    Annie

    We LOVE pouches. We eat so so many around here. I am tired of the waste and expense and want to get more into my son than just applesauce (because the applesauce ones at costco are so much cheaper). I would love to make my own foods and get (gasp) green foods in him!!

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    Jessica S

    Love it! We are always on the go as well & my daughter loves pouches, so I would love to have this to make more purees for her! Thanks for a great review! :)

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    Carrie

    I have made my own baby food with my older boys and would like to do it again. This looks like a great and easy way to store & serve it! My boys love food in pouches so this would be great. thanks

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    Lisa

    This is such an awesome idea! My 2 1/2 year old son loves pouches — we hope to have a second child and this system would be great to have on hand.

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    Bryn

    I was just telling my hubs that I wish this existed!

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    Megan C

    Would LOVE to make my own pouches! I have a five month old starting solids soon and had some serious sensory/texture issues with my youngest daughter and am seeing the same tendencies in him. Baby food is waaaaay expensive, hoping to make all of my own and controlling the texture/thickness at home is best for him in this circumstance, too. Thanks for the chance!!! megancrose@gmail.com

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    I would love to make our own because we would take it with us traveling with a 15 month old and 4 year old, I have to buy the disposable ones at the store that are already filled with food, I would rather know exactly what’s in it :)

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    Amanda Starr

    The system seems pretty easy to use and always a huge plus when you can control what your kids eat and make it yourself.

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    I already make my own baby food but I would love to put it in pouches for on-the-go. Pouches are so much easier to travel with than jars and as my son gets old her can feed himself and stay clean!

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    Kelly

    I would love to win this for my 9 month old. he loves squeeze pouches!

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    Charlotte

    I would love this as it would be a lot cheaper than the store pouches.

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    Ilana

    The pouches are so easy to travel with – I’d love to be able to make my own.

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