Transitioning your little one to baby food is one of the most memorable experiences of becoming a new parent! There are a wide variety of benefits to making your own baby food, such as increased nutrition, fresher flavors, saved money and time, and more control over the ingredients and textures.
While parents should take notice of what is inside of their baby’s food, it is important to pay attention to how their purees are stored as well. Fortunately, there are some great ways to store your homemade baby food, to keep it fresh and long-lasting! It is particularly important to choose your baby food containers wisely.
Here are a few of our favorite homemade baby food containers:
Ice Cube Trays and Freezer Bags
“Wait - Ice cube trays and freezer bags?! Can it really be that simple?” The answer is YES! You don’t have to use anything fancy, as ice cube trays and plastic storage bags (like Ziploc) can do the trick! This is perhaps one of the best and most convenient ways to store homemade baby food in the freezer.
Just freeze your homemade baby food in ice cube trays covered in plastic wrap, and then pop them out into freezer Ziploc bags once frozen. Be sure to label with the type of food and the date it was made. For optimal quality and nutrient retention, it is suggested to keep frozen baby food cubes in the freezer for a maximum of 3 months. However, baby food cubes are safe to remain in the freezer for up to 6 months.
This method is ideal because every ice cube sized frozen baby food puree is approximately one ounce, which helps you measure how much food your baby is actually eating! You can also defrost one cube at a time, which creates less waste than traditional baby-feeding methods.
If you are choosing to store your homemade baby food in the refrigerator for a short amount of time, you can use small, glass canning jars (sometimes referred to as little mason jars)! However, if you prefer to freeze your baby food for a longer shelf life, it is important to purchase only freezer-safe glass jars, to avoid cracks and breaks!
If you love the convenience of store-bought baby food pouches but choose to make your own baby food, the best storage option would be to make your own homemade baby food pouches! Fortunately, we offer a few products that can help.
You can make and store your own convenient food pouches with the Infantino Squeeze Station. It's quick and easy! Just pour in the purée and press down to fill. The non-skid base stays secure on your counter and the soft press ensures a stable grip. Plus, the station is dishwasher safe, so clean up is simple!
The Squeeze Station is perfect for homemade baby food and smoothies, as well as store-bought applesauce, yogurt, and purées. Your little one can enjoy the pouches right way, or you can store them in the refrigerator or freezer for later. These are perfect for making on-the-go feeding a breeze! The Squeeze Station also includes 10 Squeeze Pouches™.
50-Pack Squeeze Pouches™
You can also purchase more squeeze pouches in packs of 50! Use the Fresh Squeezed® refill pack of pouches with the Squeeze Station™ to create homemade food pouches. The pack includes 50 food-safe, disposable pouches, and 50 kid-safe caps. Each pouch holds up to 4 ounces of food and features a transparent window to see the food inside. The rear window also has a space to write dates, name, and the food type. All of the pouches are freezer safe and BPA, PVC, and phthalate free!
This environmentally friendly, reusable food pouch can be used with homemade purees, smoothies, applesauce, yogurt and more. Use the screw top to pour in your child’s favorite snack. Perfect for The secure, screw top prevents leaks and messes. Plus, the Reusable Squeeze Pouch includes a handy clip for attaching to bags and strollers. This silicone pouch is easy to clean, dishwasher safe and BPA, PVC, and phthalate free.
Finally, you can attach these convenient spoons to the Squeeze Pouch™ for an easy way to serve purees and smoothies to your baby at home or on the go. These spoons fit all of our pouches as well as standard-sized commercial food pouches. Plus, they come with a handy travel case to help keep them clean when you are out and about! Spoons are dishwasher safe and BPA, PVC, phthalate free.