Foolproof Homemade Pouches for Toddlers and Babies

Homemade pouches for toddlers and infants

5 Simple Homemade Pouch Recipes

The grocery stores only have so many flavors of pouches, I wasn’t sure exactly what was in them, and the prices of them were starting to add up! When I saw my friend pull a homemade pouch out of her diaper bag, I was instantly curious. I invited her over and she taught me how to make these homemade pouches for toddlers and babies. Since then, I have made a few different batches. I will share all the tips and recipes here!

I highly recommend making homemade pouches with a friend and splitting the pouches. It’s more fun and takes way less time!

No experience needed, but there are a couple kitchen tools you will want to purchase in advance:

Infantino Squeeze Pouch Station

Infantino Squeeze Pouches

Immersion Blender

Prior to my attempt at homemade pouches, I had some experience making baby food for my first son. I didn’t do anything too fancy. Basically, it was steamed or baked veggies, blended in my food processor, and then frozen in ice-cube trays for convenient reheating. He would eat a mix of store bought and homemade purées as a baby. 

These homemade pouches are SO convenient, cheaper, and full of fiber and nutrients!

So, why dabble in making homemade pouches? 

Convenience:

If you’ve ever experienced feeding a baby puréed food multiple times a day, you may understand that after a while it becomes so time consuming!

Giving a baby a pouch is quick and easy once they get the hang of it! My 7 month old can hold his own pouch and eat without my help. That means Mama can enjoy a meal. 

The best when you are on the go! Just throw it in the bag, and feed anywhere, no spoon/plate/bowl needed!

(I don’t recommend you give a pouch at home for every meal. I’m no specialist, but this could prevent the baby from learning how to eat from a spoon and table food at the appropriate time.You also want your child to know what the whole food looks like.)

Variety

I’m going to share a few recipes that can make tons of flavors. 

You have infinite opportunities to play around with different ingredients at home to make any flavor you want, and that may not be available at the grocery store. 

Child Involvement: 

Involve your kids in the process. 

They may be more excited to try new flavors if they are involved in the process. Of course if you’re trying to hide vegetables that you know they wouldn’t eat if they knew what was in them, I’d hide that ingredient.  

Have your kids decorate the bags by coloring on them! This way they are excited when they get to eat it!

Cost Effective:

I priced out a recipe that is shared below, it came out to about 90 cents per pouch. This cost includes the food and the plastic pouch. Just looking at Target’s prices on pouches, a 4-ounce pouch ranges from $1.40-$1.80. 

Muscle Development:

We were referred to a specialist when my second son was 3 months old because he refused a bottle. She introduced us to a cup called, The Honey Bear Cup. From my understanding, this is a therapeutic cup that helps children learn how to drink from a straw and to develop critical muscles in the mouth. We had great success with this cup!!

Using a pouch could also help train or strengthen the muscles in the mouth that also control the sucking motion. I am told this is good for speech development. Yet again, I wouldn’t encourage pouches all the time, but it certainly can’t hurt when on the go or you need to get addition nutrients in your kids. 

Peace of Mind:

Remember the study where they were finding metals in baby food? Check it out if you haven’t already. If that doesn’t alarm you, have you heard about moldy food in pouches that you cannot see through? In addition, the actual pouch bag is clear! You get to see the food and what’s left in them. This is a game changer.

Nutrition:

Prefer all organic? When you make pouches at home, you get to pick what food goes in them!

Lastly, the amount of sugars that are in baby food and pouches can be extreme. The missing piece when it comes to baby food and popular kids juice is fiber. It is unclear if the store-bought pouches and baby food have enough fiber for the amount of sugar from the fruits. 

When you make homemade pouches, you know that you are keeping the skins on from the apples or using the whole vegetable, not a powdered form of it. 

By doing this, you are keeping all of the nutrients from the food and not just a part of it!

Let’s get down to the recipes…

But first, here is the basic formula when making them.

Basic formula for any pouch:

I recommend that you start with a base that is on the sweeter or bland side such as mangoes, apples, whole milk yogurt, pears, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, or broth are just examples. 

Then, pick a couple different vegetables and fruits to add. 

Steam and blend a few of them, keep it simple. Mix them together to create different combinations of flavors! 

Again, you will need the following:

Infantino Squeeze Pouch Station

Infantino Squeeze Pouches

Immersion Blender

Here are a couple combinations that are my favorites:



Mango/Squash/Zucchini Pouch Recipe

Mango/Spinach Pouch Recipe

Yield: 66 pouches

Ingredients

  • 20 very ripe mangoes (buy ahead of time and let them soften on your counter)
  • 2 (1.5 lb) bags of power greens (spinach mix)
  • 2 lbs of zucchini and yellow squash 

Directions for Mango/Zucchini/Squash Pouches

  1. Peel & rough cut mango fruit away from the pits. Divide fruit into two large bowls. Squeeze all of the juice left on the pits into the bowls. Use an immersion blender to blend each bowl into a smooth texture.
  2. Cut the zucchini and squash in half and steam until soft. Drain water. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  3. Combine the zucchini/squash with 1 mango bowl using the immersion blender.
  4. Fill about 33 pouches!

Directions for Mango/Spinach Pouches

  1. Steam the power greens in a large pot. Drain water. Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  2. Combine the power greens with the second bowl of mangos using the immersion blender. 
  3. Fill about 33 pouches!

Fall Edition of 3 Homemade Pouch Recipes:

Homemade pouches for toddles and babies

Apple/Carrot, Apple/Spinach, Apple/Squash/Zucchini Pouch Recipes

Ingredients

  • 55 honey crisp apples
  • Cinnamon
  • 2 bags of large carrots
  • 2 giant bags of spinach
  • 4 zucchini
  • 4 yellow squash

Directions

1. Chop apples. Leave the skin ON (this is where the fiber is, and this helps regulate blood sugar from all the sugar in the apples) Steam apples with cinnamon and water. Blend with an immersion blender.

2. Roughly chop carrots, steam, and blend with an immersion blender.

3. Rough chop zucchini & squash, steam, and blend.

4. Steam spinach, drain water, and blend.

5. Combine ingredients as you wish for different flavors and fill pouches!


The Nutrition is Unlimited!

I have found that store bought baby food and pouches are very high in sugar and low in fiber. I assume this is because the skin is removed before pureeing the food. 

The peel is where all the fiber is! Fiber is essential when consuming fruits to manage blood sugar levels. (This is why fruit juice boxes should not be a daily drink for your kids) 

Consider adding…

Chia seeds before you use the immersion blender to add heart healthy Omega-3 fats and added protein. 

Blended oatmeal to add more fiber, protein, and iron to the pouch. 

Peanut butter or any nut butter for more protein and fats.

Ground flaxseeds for Omega-3 fats and fiber. 

Let Me Know What You Think!

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to play around with new flavors! Up next, I am going to try yogurt pouches because they can be so expensive and full of sugar!!!

Happy pouch making! (share your own recipes below!)

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