Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mummy Must Have Review | My Lil Pouch

I've been making bub's food since she first started out on solids. To be honest I'd always planned on doing this, purely based on the cost factor, but when we learnt about her dairy allergy it became pertinent that I be very strict with her food. The best way for me to do this was to make my own so I knew exactly what was going into everything she ate.

When she first started solids though and was on purees I didn't know anything about reusable food pouches. I used to freeze all her food in ice cubes and then separate them into plastic zip lock bags and then defrost them into containers when we needed them. I so wish I'd known there were reusable food pouches available - it would've saved so much time and plastic!

MY LIL POUCH REUSABLE POUCHES

Even though we've long moved on from purees, I've recently discovered coconut yoghurt as a dairy free alternative for bub and she's obsessed with it. The pouches make it so much easier for bub to eat the yoghurt when we're out and about {which is all the time}. The pouches mean there's no mess while she's eating and there's no waste because I can wash them and reuse them.

My Lil Pouch 100ml reusable food pouch with yoghurt


My Lil Pouches are non-toxic BPA, PVC and Phthalate free and recyclable. They're dishwasher safe - pouches can be washed on the top shelf and lids in the cutlery basket. They also come in varying sizes from 100ml to 500ml pouches.


The 100ml pouch is the perfect serving size for her yoghurt. I thought at first she might have a bit of trouble working out how to eat it from the pouch given she's never had a pouch of baby food, but she quickly proved me wrong. She grabbed it out of my hand and was sucking it down within a few seconds. Talk about a quick learner.


So far she's only had yoghurt out of the pouches, but I'm going to experiment with some smoothies using almond milk. She's never really had anything other than formula, water and coconut water to drink so it'll be fun experimenting with some new drink flavours for her. I'm also going to try out this banana custard recipe from the My Lil Pouch blog.

MY LIL ICE POPS

We've just started getting into ice blocks around here in a big way. I've felt sorry for bub because she can't eat ice cream like other kids. However, now that I'm a lot more confident with managing her food allergies and I'm more aware of what does and doesn't cause a reaction, I've delved into the wonderful land that is home made ice blocks. To say she's loving it is an understatement!


My Lil Ice Pops reusable ice block moulds by My Lil Pouch

My Lil Ice Pop silicone ice block moulds


The My Lil Ice Pops ice block moulds are made from 100% FDA approved silicone and are really easy to fill. Even though the silicone gives them a squishy feel compared to traditional cardboard ice block packaging, they're quite thick and durable. The lids are also really easy to fit into place and seal well. They come in a variety of solid bright colours as well as a selection of swirl designs. The shape makes it easy to push the ice blocks out of the mould, which makes them great for younger kids through to older kids. T loves them because they remind him of the Calippo ice blocks so he's stoked I can now make home made Calippo's {although I'm not sure they'll taste quite the same}.

So far I've made a couple of different flavours - watermelon & coconut yoghurt, mango & coconut yoghurt, mango slushie, pineapple & coconut yoghurt and pineapple crush. She has reactions to a lot of other fruits so I'm trying to come up with some other combinations so she doesn't get bored over time {but then again who ever gets bored with ice blocks}. I'm going to try a strawberry one once they come back in season because I'm a little too sceptical to use frozen berries at the moment. If anyone has any other ideas let me know.

She loves these ice block moulds because she can push out the ice block herself and it also makes the whole process a lot more mess free than the traditional paddle pop stick moulds. The ice block moulds are 80ml which is a pretty good size for a toddler, but if she ever doesn't want to finish it daddy's always on hand to help her out.

MY LIL POUCH ACCESSORIES

There are also a number of accessories that can be purchased to use with My Lil Pouch products, including funnels, lids, labels, spoon attachments, recipe books and pouch coolers. I've used the mini funnel with both the pouches and the ice pops and it makes filling them so much easier. I also love that it collapses down. The cooler is super cute and also great for when the pouch has been frozen or is fresh from the fridge and still cold.

The choke safe lids are also a must have with children under 3 years old, as far as I'm concerned. The normal lids do the job, but I think they'd be too much of a temptation for bub if she managed to unscrew them. Given she's still in the stage of putting everything in her mouth I could see exactly what'd happen if she got a hold of one. The choke safe lids are perfect being large and they need to be squeezed in to be turned and unscrewed, so they're perfectly safe around bub.

My Lil Pouch accessories - funnel, choke safe lids and pouch cooler


ABOUT MY LIL POUCH

My Lil Pouch is an Australian owned and operated company based in QLD. Owner Sarah created the products as a solution for messy meal times with her two sets of twins {yes you read that right, TWO sets of twins}. After years of research, sampling and design improvements, My Lil Pouch was born - creating an environmentally friendly, durable and reliable food pouch that's available at an affordable price. Over the years the product lines have increased to include the Ice Pops plus accessories and recipe books.

My Lil Pouch are offering Finding Myself Young readers 20% OFF all purchases, simply use the code YOUNG20 at checkout when ordering via www.mylilpouch.com.au.

Did you make your own baby food?

Toni x

Disclosure - I was gifted My Lil Pouch products for review. All opinions are my own based on my experience with the products, as per my disclosure policy. I did not receive payment for this review.

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11 comments:

  1. Awesome just ordered a couple of pouches to try- much better than buying and throwing away

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    1. Definitely much more cost effective and better for the environment :)

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  2. Cool products. I especially like those ice block moulds. They are just like calippos. I really need to get my act together and start making some homemade iceblocks.

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    1. Its really fun coming up with new ice block flavours to make.

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  3. I love that they can go in the dishwasher! I didn't know that and worried about the washing up factor. Great review. I think these will come in handy for Moo, especially with all of her allergies.

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    1. Yea I love that too. I've only hand washed mine though so far and its ok, I just use a chux and make sure I wash out the whole inside.

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  4. Loving the ice pops! So gorgeous and the pouch looks terribly useful for our crew! Thanks for the review!

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    1. The ice pops are really cool, I need to make some just for T and me cos bub won't share hers with me!

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  5. I made my own food and did the same as you with freezing in ice cube trays and then into zip lock bags. Oh how I wish he still had the same love of veggies now as he did when he was a bub!

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    1. Ha, thankfully she still loves her veggies for now, except when she's sick then she refuses everything.

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  6. Love MLP. They are so handy! Even my 11yo loves to take jelly and custard to school via pouch as a treat.

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