When I first saw my sis-in-law feeding her son using food pouches during her visit to Singapore years ago, I thought it was such an awesome idea! Not only were the pouches compact and easy to carry, it also had a spout, albeit a stiff one, for direct feeding attached on top for convenience.
Perhaps it was first-time mum’s enthusiasm, but I did my best to cook all of Liam’s meals as much as possible. It was only during the few times when our first helper was on leave coupled with my realisation that we didn’t have anything suitable to cook for Liam that I turned to the ‘just-in-case’ stash of food pouches. Even then, I would squeeze all of its contents out into his bowl after heating the pouch in a pot of water so that I could see the portion size and how much Liam was actually eating (aka. first-time mum’s paranoia too).
When it came to Ollie, things were a lot different. As second-time parents, we were more relaxed in many areas and as a result, there were a couple of times when our appointments and activities extended beyond our planned schedule. I would end up buying a food pouch from the nearest supermarket for Ollie as a filler to last till we got home for his dinner.
Ella’s Kitchen is one of our favourite food pouch brands because both the SIL and cousin raved about how it was one of the best tasting ready food in the market. Personally, I love how they have a range of textures for the different stages and their yummy flavour combinations. I usually don’t bring a spoon along because there’s just too many other things to pack in the diaper bag, plus it’s one of those things which is easy to forget. Thank goodness for food pouches with spouts… though the only tricky bit is that I have to control the flow of the contents in ’em pouches. And there have been moments when our impatient little Ollie either ends up swallowing way too much food causing him to gag a little or accidentally hitting his white pearlies against the hard plastic spout in his hurry to take his next mouthful.
So when BIG little ME asked if anyone was keen to try the ChooMee Sip’n soft top, I had to go “me me me!”. After all, we use a fair bit of pouches with Ollie on weekends when we’re out and about, and he’s been insisting on squeezing ’em on his own recently, often causing a mess and a much-needed change of clothes. Sigh…
Ollie was a little surprised and apprehensive when I handed him the food pouch after securing on the ChooMee Sip’n soft top. With some assurance from me, he nibbled on the silicone valve for a bit, before quickly squeezing the pouch next and letting out a squeal as he took in a mouthful of the yummy fruits combo. For the first time, I didn’t need to hold up the pouches for him and was happy that I could free up my hands to take photos of him! Turns out the Sip’n soft top doubled up as a teether for the little trooper too!
When Ollie decided he’s had his fill half way, all I had to do was to cap the pouch securely with the Sip’n soft top. And if you’re wondering if it’s safe for our bubs to be putting this in their mouths, ChooMee Sip’n soft tops are made of FDA Compliant silicone, and are BPA & Pthalate free, reusable, dishwasher & freezer safe!
They also come in four vibrant colours to match your pouches and/or outfits if you like, and are also compatible with most commercial food pouches such as Plum Organics, Gerbers, Ella’s Kitchen, Happy Baby, and reusable pouches like Sinchies & NurturMe.
I just found out that you can use the Sip’n soft tops on Ribena drink pouches too! Time to try them on Liam too.
Start maximising your pouch performance by getting your ChooMee Sip’n from BIG little ME!
[Disclaimer: I was given a set of ChooMee Sip’n soft tops to review]
p/s: Sending a shout-out of thanks to Justine for sending me some samples of Little Innocents Winter Blues Vapour Balm when she found out that the boys were down with cough/cold from the haze!