Sili Squeeze reusable food pouch for mess-free self-feeding: Babies, tots, kids [Giveaway+Review]

I’m always on the lookout for things that would make going out easy.

Alright, easier.

The Sili Squeeze promises mess-free self-feeding for babies, and also a healthy snack option for older kids. Yummy veg and fruit smoothies on a hot day!

So you don’t have to buy expensive ready-made food pouches – now you can make your own healthy, snacks or meals to go.

Founded by a mum in US, The Sili Company makes two versions: The original Sili Squeeze that’s spill-proof, and the newer Sili Squeeze with Eeze that’s free-flow. And each version comes in three sizes: 2oz (60ml), 4oz (120ml), and 6oz (180ml) – and four colours.

I found the Sili Squeeze after trawling through reviews of all kinds of food pouches. See this for a quick overview of the types of food pouches in the market.

The good people at Prettymums.com sent me both the spill-proof Sili Squeeze ($27.90) and free-flow Sili Squeeze with Eeze ($29.90) versions in size 180ml (60z) to review. Here’s the low-down.

What I like about the Sili:

1) Non-toxic material. Silicone is better than BPA-free plastic, because even BPA-free plastic can degrade and leach chemicals.

2) Can stand on its own, much like a bottle – no single-handed fumbling when I’m pouring a smoothie into the squeeze pouch. Most food pouches can’t do this.

3) Wide opening for ease of pouring. Sili Squeeze functions just like a bottle, so you just need a funnel to pour your smoothie in. Some food pouches have fumbly ziplock closures at the base, which sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, especially with repeated use.

4) Easy to clean, disassemble and assemble. No fiddly parts or hard-to-reach nooks and crannies that could grow mould.

Things to watch out for:

1) The Sili Squeeze and the Sili Squeeze with Eeze have different spouts. The original spill-proof version is great for mess-free self feeding, but it could take your child some time to master getting anything out of the pouch.

2) From what I’ve observed of Lil Pea – and I’ve even tried it myself – you need to combine sucking and gnawing to release the leak-proof opening of the spout. I wouldn’t complain about it, because you get what you ask for – it’s leak-proof, which means liquids don’t get out so easily.

3) Lil Pea got the hang of it after a while. But take note that it’s better to use the original spill-proof Sili Squeeze for thinner smoothies or purees which are more liquid.

4) For thicker breakfast smoothies – with chunky ingredients like oats, for example – use the free-flow Sili Squeeze with Eeze. It’s targeted at older kids who want a healthy, easy snack on the go. But if you want to use this with a younger baby, the little one will need help from you. Otherwise you will have a squirting good time (cleaning up) during breakfast!

Tip: To keep your smoothie cold on a day out – freeze a smoothie in your Sili Squeeze and chuck it into the freezer overnight.

Take it out just before going out with your child, and it will thaw nicely in a few hours into a yummy, cold smoothie. Works the same if you want to use the Sili for a pureed meal for baby; just warm it up in hot water before serving it to baby.

Recipes

Here are some recipes I whipped up for Lil Pea; really quick and easy.

 

Avocado and Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Fills one 6 oz. Sili Squeeze (more suitable for Sili Squeeze with Eeze)

80ml plain Greek yogurt or milk or formula

2 Tbsp instant oats, stirred into 20ml hot water

Half a ripe avocado

4 strawberries

Put everything into a blender and blend well till you get a smooth consistency – about 20 seconds. Add a sprig of mint before blending for a nice, refreshing zing.

 

Avocado and Banana Blast

Fills one 6 oz. Sili Squeeze (suitable for both spill-proof and free-flow)

100ml plain Greek yogurt or milk or formula

Half a ripe avocado

Half a banana

Mash the avocado and banana with a fork into the yogurt/milk and mix well. You can use your blender for smoother results; but mashing with a fork is fine, too. Add a dash of ground cinnamon and nutmeg before mixing, if you like, for adventurous taste buds.

Avocados are rich in folate (healthy cells and tissues) and potassium (metabolism and healthy bodily function) and are a good source of Vitamin K (clots blood). They are also full of Omega-3 and -6 goodness. Strawberries are chock-full of antioxidants. Bananas are creamy and give an energy boost, and Lil Pea looooves them. (“Nana! Nana! NANA!!!” he insists on having a banana every time he lays his eyes on one)

More yummy Sili Squeeze recipes here.

This is not a paid review, and the opinions here are entirely my own.

 

SILI SQUEEZE GIVEAWAY

Stardust&Bloom is giving away ONE Sili Squeeze original and ONE Sili Squeeze with Eeze. Click below to enter the contest, sponsored by Prettymums.com.

 

 

 

Nursing wear by Spring: Review

No mumsy pyjamas-floral potato sacks, please. It’s awful enough fighting morning sickness every day, water retention, and a world globe of a bump.

When I was pregnant with Little Pea, my maternity wardrobe was mostly made up of Spring Maternity apparel. Two things that drew me to this local brand that distributes throughout South-East Asia and other parts of the world: Soft, breathable fabrics and chic styles.

 

From my second trimester onwards, I bought this brand’s nursing wear that could take me from pregnancy to the breastfeeding stage. Clothes that I could wear on the weekend and in the office.

Here’s a tip: Instead of maternity clothes, opt for nursing wear even at the beginning of your pregnancy, if you intend to breastfeed. You can still use nursing wear after giving birth.

Little Pea is one year old now, and I’m still wearing these nursing clothes. How’s that for mileage?

I especially liked the cool, smooth fabrics of their bamboo fabric range.

So when Spring sent me their latest nursing apparel designs for review, I was more than happy to try them out.

 

Virgina Tie Up Dress Red

Virginia tie up nursing dress in red

It may be a bit warm in Singapore for long-sleeved wear, but this nursing dress in striking red bamboo cotton is great for the office, or a dinner date. It’s pretty versatile.

Virginia nursing access

And, it hugs in the right places, too.

It also features an accessible, stretchy nursing opening, artfully hidden in the bust-hugging wrap front. You could also choose where you want the tie front to be – to the side, or straight-centre.

A huge plus for breastfeeding mums – there’s no way you could wear a normal dress and breastfeed.

I could nurse Little Pea easily in this dress. No fumbling about. Yay for nursing in public, easy as you please.

 

 

Flo Layer Sleeveless Top Canary

This cheery, stylish asymmetrical drape top in canary yellow is also made of Green by Spring’s range of bamboo fabric.

Flo Layer sleeveless top in canary yellow

Wonderful in humid Singapore weather, and easy to nurse in.

Flo nursing access

But be sure to try it out before buying it. This top runs a bit big in size.

If you go a size too big, it may hang loosely, kind of like a potato sack in a bad telematch. Get the right fit and it will hug your curves nicely. Mine is, er, slightly too big. That’s because I didn’t try it on first!

 

Spring Macy Bamboo Bra Nude

Macy bamboo nursing bra in nude

This comfortable drop-cup bra in bamboo fabric gives good support and a subtle lift. But like any bra, get yours fitted before buying it.

Women have such differently-shaped bodies, what works for me may not suit your body shape. In fact, some of the other bras I bought from Spring tended to be a bit too wide, and the cups would gape slightly.

This bra, however, fit me nicely, with no awkward gaps.

I remember trying almost the entire range of Spring bras at their shop in my first and second trimester. Truckloads, I tell you! Keep trying until you find a cut that fits you.

 

Maureen Front Clip Bra Cinder

Maureen front clip bra in cinder

This another drop-cup bra that fits me well. And the padding is not too thick, which is what I like. I don’t fancy a bulky front, cos hey, I already went up two bra sizes. So, no thank you.

The fabric is comfortable enough. Smooth and soft on the skin. I’ve worn this since my second trimester.

But the racer back design of the shoulder straps tend to peek out under the wide collars of my tops. And somehow the shoulder straps, which pull towards the nape, would yank the drop-down cup clips a bit out of whack, so that the clips would stick out slightly and dig into the shoulders.

It took a few adjustments, with the clips at a slightly unnatural position, to get them to stop digging in.

Otherwise, the cut of the bra fits me well.

 

Mae Strapless Bamboo Bra

Mae strapless bamboo bra in nude

I’ve worn this since my second trimester.

Strapless bras are a cinch to breastfeed with. Really easy to fold down, no clips to fumble with.

They are way more convenient than drop-down cups, but the downside is that they tend to shift in position slightly and therefore offer less secure support.

The shape of these cups keep well, after many washes.

 

Lacy Lucy Nursing Pads

Lacy Lucy nursing pads

Spring sent me these nursing pads to try out. They come in three colours: Black, peach-nude, and white, with adhesive strips.

I used to leak about 60ml in the early months of breastfeeding – much less now. Little Pea nurses 4 times a day now that he is over one year old.

These pads are highly absorbent, comfortable and keep me dry.

The curve of the pads work well to stay unobtrusive and adhered to bra cups. The lacy scalloped top rim is a nice touch.

But that plastic scalloped edge rubs against the skin slightly and causes some irritation. After some adjustments, that didn’t happen very often.

And the inner cottony pad tends to bunch up, especially when releasing the drop-down cup of a bra or pulling down the cup of a bandeau bra.

I usually use Pigeon nursing pads. Those are also highly absorbent and don’t bunch up so much.

 

You can find Spring shops at these locations, or shop online. They offer free shipping above $80.

Do let me know how you find Spring’s maternity and nursing products. They have a nice range of baby apparel too, also in bamboo fabric!