Reusable Food Pouches – Time to Go Fresh for Baby
Our babies depend on us for nutrition and good health. This is an amazing responsibility and a simple choice between disposable and reusable food pouches like GoFreshBaby can make a significant difference in the value we add to our babies’ lives.
So, exactly when do you need to worry about what to feed your baby? According to research conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), you can safely start feeding your baby external solid foods, if:
- Baby has good head control and can hold their head up while sitting in a high chair or infant feeding seat.
- Baby is showing readiness to try other food e.g. drooling at the sight of food, opening mouth and sticking tongue out, reaching out for food, etc.
- Infants whose weight has doubled as compared to their birth weight may be ready for solid food
If your baby is 6 months old and meets the other requirements in AAP’s checklist, he or she is deemed ready for the introduction of other solid foods.
Disposable Food Pouches – Good for Baby or Just Convenient?
Though dietary guidelines recommend at least 5 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, the truth according to a Harvard study is that an average American gets only three servings of fruits and vegetables in a day, if that.
What does this mean for our babies? It means that at an age when their body is growing and thriving, babies are barely getting the nutrition that they need to be healthy. Food pouches were first introduced as a way to get the needed nutrition easily. Specialty Food Magazine (National Association of the Specialty Food Trade) announced that the idea of food pouches was the “new food trend” in 2006. We have come a long way since then. Peter Rabbit Organics entered the US market with food squeeze pouches in 2004 and was quickly followed by the popular brand Ella’s Kitchen in 2006. While both these were UK based companies, Plum Organics became the first US company to launch food pouches for babies in 2009. Since then the sale of food pouches designed for babies have grown astronomically. Plum Organics alone saw their sales revenue increase from $5.4 million in 2008 to $38 million in 2012 and the company hopes to reach double this amount within a year’s time – with your money!
How does this affect our babies, our wallets and the earth?
A study by CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) shows that the nutritional quality of commercial baby foods indicates that we are cheating our babies. As fillers, companies like Gerber and Heinz add water, flours and chemically modified starches to their baby food. This cannot be good for babies; but the convenience of easy squeezable food pouches seems to overtaking nutritional concerns that parents might have.
The truth is that in today’s fast-paced world, multi-tasking parents find it much easier to use commercially produced squeezable food pouches because they ‘promise’ high nutritive value, convenience and the freedom for babies and toddlers to feed themselves.
However, there are a few important factors to consider. Depending on the age of your baby, it is quite likely that they are going through a surprisingly large number of these disposable food pouches per day. For your budget, this means absolute mayhem, when you consider that the price of a Plum Organic disposable food pouch is approximately $2 per pouch! In the short run, this may mean some freedom and questionable nutrition for babies but in the long run, you will start feeling the pinch of this expensive option.
Who hasn’t watched the amazing heartrending movie Wall-E? The price that we will be paying for using disposable, one-time-use-and-throw food pouches will be much higher than the convenience we get today.
Is there an alternative?
GoFreshBaby Food Pouches
The answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’
The alternative to disposable food pouches, their expense and nutritive compromise is a reusable food pouch that allows you to feed your baby highly nutritious, homemade food purees every day at a cost that is much lower than disposable food pouches. GoFreshBaby food pouches are the answer to every parent’s woes because they are reusable, resealable, easily filled and cleaned as well as completely BPA free!
If you are worrying about the long time it will take to cook a meal for your baby, you are probably imagining cooking a full three course meal with a stuffed turkey thrown in! The fact is that food purees are incredibly easy to make, they will barely take any time out of your busy schedule and you can refrigerate and freeze them in GoFreshBaby food pouches. Mash a banana or try out one of GoFreshBaby food puree recipes and simply freeze them in time. Refrigerated meals will be good for 48 hours while immediately frozen purees last up to 3 months.
Cleaning GoFreshBaby reusable food pouches is incredibly simple and involves a bottle brush, if you want to get your hands dirty or a quick run through the dishwasher. You can even reseal the pouches between meals. Enjoy the convenience and peace of mind that having a healthy well-fed baby will give you when you choose GoFreshBaby reusable food pouches. Your baby, budget and the earth will thank you for it!