It is safe to say that Carson is far ahead of the game when it comes to body size and anything that has to do with food. The kid is gigantic and loves him some real people food. He prefers pieces of a peanut butter and jelly or waffles over pureed sweet potatoes and spoon-fed applesauce.
Feeding him was so frustrating! The kid popped his first teeth at about 4 months and I swear a few weeks later 4 more buggers came poking through! He has had 8 teeth since about 6 months old…which was as bad as it sounds. The poor buddy. With these new, sharp daggers came the new-found love for truly solid foods, which also meant a decrease in mommy spoon-feeding ease. I stopped counting the times he swatted the spoon out of my hand and just found myself wiping down my walls instead. Seriously though, you could eat off those things! But I had enough. It was time to figure out how to use up all the nutritious, hand-made foods I poured my blood, sweat and tears over (not really, but it makes it sound better, right?). I needed my freezer back!
A day in the life of feeding my Stinky Pete (eyebrows on fleek thanks to alfredo sauce):
I figured since he is learning from Paisley and she absolutely loves squeezy pouches, I would snag him a few fruit and veggie mix from the store and try them out. At least those wouldn’t leave splatter all over (which they still can, just don’t let the babes hold them…learned that the hard way. Cue appropriate developmental expectations!) But it worked! He loved them. He was finally letting me assist feeding him without FREAKING out.
A few problems though:
-They are hecka expensive
-They hold enough food for a bird (I mentioned he’s gigantic right?)
Then the idea came…there has got to be someone smarter than me who has already solved this issue. To AMAZON we went. And I’m glad we did! There was that brilliant person who is making mega bucks selling REUSABLE food pouches. After reviewing multiple brands and styles, reading numerous reviews we decided to try out WeeSprout Reusable Pouches. They are AMAZING!
I just fill them with anything and when he is finished they rinse easily and I wash them in the dishwasher. We have had them for a few months now and no problems to report (except I’m now down to 5 instead of 6, Brian claims he has no idea what happened to the 6th, but a little birdie told me that it may have ended up in the trash can at church. Ha.) I just plop my frozen pureed cubes in the packets and put it in the fridge. In the morning it is thawed out enough to use. These work great with yogurt and applesauce, too. We usually just throw a few spoonfuls in a pouch and put it in our bag. I have even put in some protein shake, which he LOVES. And the best part is Paisley loves them too. I can throw in some veggie mix and she doesn’t know the difference. Items like this make parenting that much easier, and isn’t that what it’s all about? Making the tedious routines easier so we can spend more time doing the fun things?!? I’ll take all the help I can get, and if spending $16 makes feeding my kiddo that much easier I am definitely up for trying it.
What are your favorite time savers or parent finds? I’d love to hear about what you use to save a little time and frustration, which allows you to spend more time with the kiddos!