As a mom of 4 little kids, I’m pretty frugal and intentional with our money (most of the time). I hate wasting my money on something that doesn’t work or isn’t right for our needs. This review is an attempt to help other moms navigate the world of baby food and feeding, specifically, a review of the Infantino Squeeze Station and pouches.
I just finished using the Infantino Squeeze Station to make some nutritious baby food for my little boy, who is almost 2. He has a bunch of health issues that we are still working through and baby food is one of the only things that I can get him to eat at this time. He also has food allergies that are severe enough to prevent us from giving him any food from a restaurant when we are out to eat. Making my own baby food is cheaper and it means I know exactly what he is eating, specifically including meats/protein. Using the pouches is helpful for traveling, as long as I can plan ahead.
For this batch of food, I chose to make squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, pears, chicken, and spinach. I cooked everything and blended each individually so I could control how much of each went into the pouches. You can make it easier and just blend everything together or do separate flavors in each pouch. I had purchased the box of 50 pouches, which used to come with 50 caps. Somewhere along the line, Infantino decided that 25 caps would be better. So, instead of filling all 50 pouches, I could only do 25 and hope that we remember to save the caps to reuse. I had 7 cups of extra food left over which was ok since I plan to feed it to my boy anyway. Hopefully Infantino goes back to providing 50 caps in the box, or start selling the caps separately.
UPDATE: I contacted Infantino about the cap situation and this is what they told me: Infantino sells two versions of the Squeeze Pouches. One comes with equal numbers or pouches and caps and retails for $16.99. The other has 25 re-usable caps (wash by hand or throw them in the dishwasher), and retails for $14.99. By electing to use the reusable cap version, parents can save a couple dollars, which is valuable to families that go through a lot of pouches.
The Infantino Squeeze Station retails at $24.99, and you can purchase it directly through Infantino’s website, or at Babies R Us, or an online retailer. You can purchase a simple squeeze kit, but that just looks like more trouble than it’s worth. You could use the tools in your kitchen to fill the pouches, but it would be messier and way more effort than needed. The Squeeze Station definitely makes things so much smoother. The pouches are not reusable, since there is no way to clean them completely and have them dry out. I tried using some other reusable pouches but could not get them totally clean (which is gross). Also, my husband was too stressed out trying to remember what pouches were to be saved and I was stressed trying to make sure the reusable ones weren’t thrown out by mistake.
Make sure you add enough water to your food otherwise it will be too thick.
Be sure that the food is pureed well. Big chucks will get stuck in the bottom opening of the tube. If you push hard enough on it, the food will squirt out every which way and make a mess (can you tell I did this very thing?).
Write on your pouches in the beginning, while they are dry. Use a Sharpie.
Make your own baby food pouches and easier filling of those pouches.
Easy to operate.
Dishwasher safe parts.
Some packages don’t have enough caps for the pouches. If you buy the pack of 50 pouches that comes with 25 caps so you will need to save caps and reuse.
Pouches are not reusable.
Squeeze station gets really messy. You have to screw on each individual pouch, then unscrew it and put on the cap. During this whole process, food usually leaks out and all over.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
I’d definitely recommend this system if you are wanting to make your own baby food for on-the-go. If you are just planning to feed baby at home, I’d just skip this and use reusable containers instead. I also have used the Baby Bullet System before and liked that as well. I plan to write a review on the Baby Bullet in the future as well and will link to that when it’s available.
Thanks for reading my review of the Infantino Squeeze Station and please comment and share if this review was helpful!