We Taste-Tested the Most Popular Baby Food Pouches So You Never Have To
When it came time to start introducing my baby to solids, I was determined to do it right. I bought my own fruits and vegetables (all organic, of course), and I chopped, steamed, mixed, and mashed everything from carrots and plums to navy beans and chicken. I loved the feeling of making my daughter green bean purees that actually looked bright green and not what I'd see in the jarred version at the grocery store. I loved making her strawberry purees that actually tasted like strawberries. I loved the whole process. Until I didn't.
The minute she started to crawl, she began squandering my productivity. By the time she was in bed, the last thing I wanted to do was break out the food processor and start mass-producing ice cube trays of butternut squash. So, I returned to that grocery store aisle — but instead of going for traditional baby food jars, I filled my cart with the squeezable baby food pouches, which seem ideal for overtaxed, on-the-go moms like me.
Still, as soon as I got home, my shopping bag filled with brightly colored plastic pouches of seemingly delectable flavor combinations, I had a moment of panic. Were these pouches — favorites of my fellow editor parents — worthy replacements of my homemade purees? Would my baby like them? Considering that she likes to eat cardboard boxes and nibble on her foam play mat, the better question was . . . would I like them? That's when I decided to do a proper squeezables taste-test to find out.