When E was small and starting to try food we didn’t really go in for much pureeing. We’d give him pieces of fruit to suck or mashed up vegetables and if we were going to be out and about we sometimes bought pouches of pureed fruit. I used to wonder why no one had thought to make a re-usable food pouch and I’m sure I wasn’t the only parent who would have preferred to pour home-made fillings into reusable pouches. An environmentally friendly option seemed so obvious I thought as I recycled my shop bought pouches to raise funds for a local charity I volunteer with.
It turns out another Gloucestershire Mum was able to turn her wishful thinking into a fantastic reusable food pouch. Nom Nom Kids food pouches, devized by Mum-of-two Suzanne Moore, provide a savvy feeding solution for mums-on-the-go and a convenient and cost-effective way of storing home-made baby food, smoothies or yoghurts. I was so excited when I read about Nom Nom Kids pouches in the local paper and even more so when I contacted Suzanne and she gave an enthusiastic yes to my request to let my smoothie loving toddler review them.
Suzanne kindly sent us some pouches last summer and despite being reminded every time I use them that I owe her a review time has marched on (as you can see from the changing hair length and T-shirts of my chief taster). It turns out Suzannes’s been somewhat busy with the explosion of interest in her product over the last year too, winning 3 innovative baby and toddler product awards and attending baby shows. Suzanne developed her food pouch to meet her own families needs and it’s now available worldwide via the Nom Nom Kids website or Amazon.
“As a busy mum of a fussy toddler and a weaning baby I found myself using a lot of pre-packaged food pouches while I was out and about. They’re an expensive way to feed your baby and millions are thrown away each year a fact that really bothers me. The re-usable pouches I found on-line weren’t very baby friendly, had small openings or needed a filling station to pour the food in. There was nothing on the market that I felt did the job well so I set about developing my own brand of food pouch that babies and toddlers would enjoy feeding from and mums would enjoy using”.
The great thing about using Nom Nom Kid pouches with a toddler is that E loves the process of making the filling almost as much as eating it. Mostly we mix up smoothies with whatever fruit we have in the house and with the wide opening on the side of the pouch, and a little help, E can pour it in himself. The pouch seals easily using a double zip lock closure that claims ‘‘even the most determined toddler cannot open” (true!). They’re perfectly sized for little hands and tummies and ideal for playgroup lunch boxes or mess-free eating in the car, stroller or around the house. We find them really easy to clean and extremely durable having been turned inside out to wash by hand countless times now. They’re dishwasher safe if you have one, can be frozen and are free from chemical nasties (BPA, PVC and phthalate free). After cleaning the pouches we now store them with the tops screwed on after making the mistake of filling them with an open spout too many times!
If I’d had the pouches when E was a baby I would have used them for all sorts of savoury food as well as smoothies. Suzanne has a whole page on her website devoted to recipe ideas and quirky ideas on the blog like Weetabix on the go.
The weaning pack of 10 pouches plus spare caps and marker pen is a fabulous investment at £20. Alternatively a pack of 3 pouches costs £6.95 (both packs can be ordered from www.nomnomkids.co.uk).
2015 is set to be an exciting year for Nom Nom Kids with the launch of this new 4 pack of food pouches exclusively available from Amazon. To celebrate Suzanne has kindly donated a 4 pack to Gloucestershire Bundles, the charity I volunteer with, to host a giveaway and raise awareness of the work they do to support families in need in Gloucestershire. To be in with a chance of winning pop over to the Gloucestershire Bundles Facebook page and leave a comment about what delicious filling you’d use in your food pouch. E’s current favourite is banana, frozen berries, peanut butter and cocoa powder (and a handful of spinach leaves you can’t see or taste!)
Disclosure: I was sent some Nom Nom Kids food pouches to sample. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.