You may have seen the viral video clip of a throw-away food squeeze pouch gone wrong (were those larvae??). Reusable squeeze pouches are not only a greener choice, but you’ll know exactly what is inside the pouch if you fill it yourself!
The Sili Company sent me their 6 ounce Sili Squeeze with Eeeze in apple to review.
Founded by mother and wife, Kristin Ahmer, The Sili Company develops products that allow children to “enjoy wholesome, nutrient-rich foods on the go.” This environmentally-conscious company sells both the Sili Squeeze (for younger children) and the Sili Squeeze with Eeeze (for older kids). To see the difference in the spouts, check out this visual.
Basically, with the original Sili Squeeze babies and kids must bite down and suck in order to use the squeeze. This means if the squeeze gets dropped, etc., it won’t leak. The newer model the Sili Squeeze with Eeeze has a free-flowing valve, similar to the throwaway squeeze pouches you can find in stores.
Both Squeezes are available in multiple sizes, from 2 to 6 ounces. Colors are apple, citrus, reef, and leaf. Right now, The Sili Company also sells a limited edition Hope Sili Squeeze in pink (through November 30). Five percent of all pink Sili Squeezes and Eeezes sold during this time will be donated to Operation Smile. Every year, The Sili Company donates hundreds of squeezes to those with eating challenges, like cleft palate and cerebral palsy.
All Sili Squeeze products are made of certified food and medical grade safe materials. They are BPA, phthalate, PVC, latex, and lead-free. The body of the Sili Squeeze and Eeeze is one hundred percent silicone. The cap is DN011 Co polyester. The two rings are Polypropylene (PP), and the nipple is a clear TPE (thermo-plastic elastomer).
You can also purchase replacement nipple spouts and reusable tote bags right from The Sili Company website.
The Sili Company has a bunch of awesome baby and toddler recipes, and even though Baby J is actually Toddler J and old enough to eat non-pureed solids, I still find myself pureeing a lot of his food, especially veggies, because he doesn’t like the texture. Their recipes include ways to incorporate veggies into applesauce, yogurt blends, smoothies, and baby cereals.
Baby J has been using his Sili Squeeze with Eeze nearly every day (sometimes twice a day). It stands alone, so that makes it easier to fill. A long-handled baby spoon does the filling job without too much of a mess, but I actually prefer to use a small funnel. Although hand washing is recommended for the squeeze to last longer, top-rack on the dishwasher is fine. To get it cleaned the easiest, I recommend rinsing your Sili Squeeze or Eeeze as soon as your little one is finished, but if you have to wait until later or even the next day, it should still come clean easily. If anything is crusted inside, pour a little water in, and then let it soak.
Like all squeeze pouches, I have to supervise Baby J to make sure he doesn’t tip his Sili Squeeze with Eeeze upside down, etc., to squeeze his snack all over the floor. That’s fun for toddlers, right? I’m thinking about buying a pack of the replacement nipple spouts for the original style and putting them on his Squeeze with Eeeze. The nipple spouts are interchangeable, and since the original style is spill-proof, once he gets the hang of the bite/suck technique from it, there’s less risk of mess.
The Sili Squeezes are a little more money than other squeezes on the market ($13.99 to $15.99), but I think they’re worth it. They are easy to fill, clean, and they are constructed well. I’ve had issues with the glue not holding on other types of pouches (what’s the point of buying something cheap if it breaks?), but since the Sili Squeezes don’t have glue…that will never be an issue!
The Sili Squeezes are available in stores across the US; you can check out the store locator on their website to see if there’s a location near you. The Sili Company also ships to the US, Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Check out The Sili Company at the links below: