Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mummy Must Have Review | Sinchies reusable food pouches

I don't like wasting things. I guess it was instilled in me when I was growing up and mum was struggling living on a single parent pension. She saved and reused anything possible in order to save money and get the most out of everything. She went a bit overboard though, I remember the time when she saved all the scraps of soap and moulded new soap bars out of them. And how she'd put buckets in the shower to save the water and reuse it. 

I'm not that enthusiastic about saving money, but I do bits and pieces here and there. One thing I've always done is freeze left over food and use it as lunches. I also love batch cooking from scratch. So its no surprise that when bub arrived I made all her food from scratch and batch froze it too. I always wanted to cook her own food so I could save money and also know what was in it as opposed to buying the pre-packaged store pouches. Then once we started discovering all her food allergies it became obvious cooking her food myself would've been the only option anyway so I was glad I'd already decided to do it that way.

I used to steam up her veggies and freeze them in special baby food ice trays and then store them in the freezer in ziplock freezer bags. The special ice cube tray was a godsend because it portioned all her food out perfectly. What she did miss out on though was eating out of pouches like the other babies. She always ate her food out of a bowl or on a plate from a young age. Back then I never knew there were reusable food pouches you could get for homemade baby food, I thought there were only the pouches the baby food came in at the supermarket. I discovered Sinchies a few months after she'd finished eating purees. I wish I had of known about them sooner because they would've been perfect for when she was eating purees. When I looked into them further I realised they're also really useful for older kids and even adults so we've now got a cupboard full of them and use them everyday.

ABOUT SINCHIES


Sinchies are a range of reusable clear food pouches designed to help families save money, reduce waste and enjoy healthier food. They're perfect for homemade baby food and can be reused over and over again saving money instead of using pre-made store bought pouches. They're also great for breastmilk, yoghurt, custard, smoothies, soup, stock and even non food items like toiletries and sunscreen.
The pouches have a strong ziplock top for filling and a spout for kids to eat out of. You can also get spoon attachments if your child prefers to eat off a spoon rather than suck the food. Sinchies are BPA free and dishwasher {top shelf} and freezer safe. I've hand washed mine and used the dishwasher and I prefer to hand wash them {funnily enough} and let them air dry on the dish rack. I'm also thinking of getting the Sinchies drying rack so I'll still have a place to dry my other dishes while the Sinchies are air drying.

Sinchies pouches air drying
Sinchies started out with the liquid food pouches {in varying sizes} and over time the product line has expanded to include sandwich bags, snack bags, wrap bags and pops, as well as a number of accessories. We've got a range of different products including the 140ml pouches, 200ml pouches, 1ltr pouches, sandwich bags, snack bags and pops. I use all ours for storing food, but I'm thinking once bub stops using the baby roll on sunscreen I might use one for storing sunscreen as well.

SINCHIES BIG KIDS LUNCHBOX PACK

Sinchies big kids lunchbox pack

The big kids lunchbox pack is a relatively new pack available from Sinchies featuring a combination of old products and new ones. Its the perfect set up if you have kids at school or daycare as it includes all the Sinchies you'll need for lunch and snacks. The big kids lunchbox pack includes 5 x 140ml pouches, 5 x 200ml pouches, 5 x sandwich bags, 5 x snack pouches and 1 x 1ltr pouch {lunch bag shown in photo is not included in the pack}. Even though bub doesn't go to daycare the items in the big kids lunchbox pack have been perfect for our day trips out and even for around the house.

FOOD POUCHES

We use the food pouches for her coconut yoghurt as she's long past eating purees. I always take one in her lunchbox when we go out and I also use them at home as they're mess free {instead of her getting yoghurt all over herself}. I use both the 140ml and 200ml pouches depending on whether she's having her yoghurt as a snack or lunch. She really loves the 140ml fun pouches because they have the fruit and veggies printed on the front so we point them out and say the names of them all. Its a great way to make eating fun for kids who are fussy eaters.

Sinchies 140ml fun pouches



SANDWICH BAGS

The sandwich bags are an awesome new addition to the Sinchies range. They're great for her lunchbox because they take up less room than her sandwich container box so it means when we're out for longer periods of time I can fit more food in her lunchbox. They're also a good size for storing her vege chips.

Sinchies reusable sandwich bag



SNACK BAGS

The snack bags are great for when we're out and about. They're the perfect size for grapes and sultanas for her and even a handful of nuts for me. In fact they've saved me a fortune on sultanas alone. We used to buy the pre-packaged snack pack sultanas and now I buy the 1kg pack of sultanas and portion them out into the snack bags as needed. The one large bag has lasted for weeks compared to buying the individual snack packs every week.

Sinchies reusable food pouches lunch box ideas

SINCHIES POPS


Another new addition to the Sinchies line are the Sinchies pops. The pops are 80mls and are perfect for iceblocks or dry snacks. I've used them to make pineapple iceblocks so far, but plan on making a variety of different flavours. I literally just whiz up the fruit and then freeze it in the pops.

Sinchies reusable pops iceblocks

She needs me to push the iceblock up through the plastic for her because shes' not yet strong enough to do it herself, but other than that she eats the iceblocks herself. They're great because they don't create any mess {at least they don't while I can control how much gets pushed up at a time}. They've also been really useful when she's teething to relieve her gums.


The pops also make great storage bags for small dry snacks. I've used them for sultanas too and they're small enough to slip in your handbag without taking up too much room.

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I love all our Sinchies products because they save me time and most importantly money. I also love that they allow for mess free eating and are great for on the go and when we're out at other people's houses. They wash well and are thick enough that they don't deteriorate over time, even though ours get a lot of use.

Bub loves them because of the novelty of eating out of the pouches. She literally jumps up and down when she sees a pouch of yoghurt. I think she really likes being able to suck the yoghurt instead of eating it out of a bowl all the time {and I love that it doesn't go all over her}. She also really loves pointing out the fruit and veggies on the fun pouches, especially the banana {or NANI as she calls it}.


Have you ever considered using reusable food pouches?

Toni x



Disclosure - This post contains affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small % of the sale {it does not affect the price you pay}. All opinions expressed in this review are my own based on our experience with the products, as per my disclosure policy. I did not receive payment for this review.

18 comments:

  1. These look great! I noticed you have Baby Mum Mums... I thought they contained dairy? :)

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    1. She only eats the banana or plain ones and they say may contain milk powder {but its not an actual ingredient, obviously produced on the same as other stuff}. She's been ok with them, occasionally we get one where she'll get a few little hives but nothing major. I got them originally as she couldn't have normal teething rusks so they gave her something to chew on.

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  2. Perfect for going out! Much more convenient than bulky containers too!

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    1. I do love my containers but these are so much better for saving space in the bag :) And mess free woohoo!

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  3. I had heard of their yoghurt pouches but didn't know the range was so large now. Thanks for sharing your review.

    Leaving some fairy wishes and butterfly kisses from #teamIBOT

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    1. Yea its really big now, she keeps coming up with awesome new ideas.

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  4. Brilliant we love Sinchies and need a new order!!

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  5. What a great idea - I think as a species we really need to have a major cultural shift that makes this kind of thing habitual, because it would save so much waste.

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    1. Definitely, I hate to think how much plastic is thrown out just in baby food pouches alone.

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  6. How handy are these? I got a sample pack too (I'm yet to review them) but you've opened my eyes up about how versatile they can be. Oodles of use and I think people could get in the habit of creating less waste. Ya know, for the sake of the planet and all.

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    1. So many different uses Vicki! When I first discovered them I thought they were only pouches for baby puree basically, but I'm glad I looked into it further.

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  7. These look great. I think they'd be perfect for when we are out and about. I'm using containers at the moment and they make the lunch box fill up so quickly. You could fit way more stuff in with these. Hope your little darling is doing well x

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    1. The sandwich bags leave so much more room in the lunchbox. Its much better for when we're going out for longer periods and need to pack more food.

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  8. You can imagine how much space is taken up in our house with reusable sandwich boxes, so the idea of reusable sandwich bags is awesome to me!

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    1. I can imagine! The good thing is they take up hardly any space in the cupboard {as well as the lunchboxes} ;)

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  9. Never used these but after reading your review Ill be hunting them down

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  10. Wow! These seriously are a mummy must have! I have heard of these but now I have read you review, this is exactly what we need in our household! Thanks so much for sharing

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