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January 3rd, 2013, 02:12 PM
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Rylynn loves to be in charge of feeding herself. She doesn't let me hold her bottle anymore unless she's very tired, and when I spoon feed her it's a constant battle to keep the spoon in my hand and not hers. I've tried giving her her own spoon, but she will always want the one I have! And she's not real good with her spoon to mouth aim yet.

So, the other day, I bought several of the baby food in the squeeze pouch. My intent was to use them on the go, such as when we're out to eat, or over at someone's house during meal time. I love them and I also dislike them, and here's why. I love them because she can do it herself without a giant mess. She understands what they're for and how they work. It's less mess, and I can actually eat my meal at the same time. I dislike them because they're so much like a bottle. She just sucks the food out. So how is this supposed to teach her feeding skills when all she has to do is treat it like a bottle? Or is that the point? I'm confused on the whole thing!

What are your opinions on the pouches? Good or bad?
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January 3rd, 2013, 05:06 PM
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We use Sili Squeezes (reusable for of the pouches that I make at home) for messy food or food on the go with both of my kids. We like them. There are many ways to teach feeding skills, puffs, yogurt melts, Cheerios, the list goes on forever without adding in the regular things you can serve up. Have you tried giving her a spoon too? It was the only way my daughter would let us near her with a spoon! I'd keep using them as a convinience thing (or full time if you'd like!) if you're both happy using them!
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January 3rd, 2013, 05:58 PM
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That's reassuring! I use them from time to time, but not all the time. I love the idea of them, but was concerned I was screwing her up for life by letting her just suck food out hahaha! But in all seriousness, as long as they're not "bad" I'll keep using them. She's got one right now, in fact.

i have looked into the reusable ones, and I think I will invest in a couple. They aren't cheap!
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January 4th, 2013, 06:49 AM
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I haven't tried those with Jacob but used them with Jackson and I don't think they interfered with his learning to eat. Like Marjorie said things like puffs and cherrios really help them to learn to feed themselves.

I think I may try some of the pouches. I hate always trying to feed Jacob and myself at the same time.
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January 4th, 2013, 08:17 AM
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I just tried one of them with Lydia and she couldn't figure it out lol. so I say if it works use it.
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January 4th, 2013, 08:22 AM
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Yes, it's nice being able to all eat at the same time. Before I started using the pouches (which I definetly don't all the time), meal time was a chaotic mess! I'd be wrangling the spoon out of Rylynn's little death grip she's got, wiping food off her forehead, my forehead, a cat or 2 that happend to stroll by at the wrong time. I think I'll buy some of the reusable ones. They do seem to make my life so much easier!
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January 4th, 2013, 11:26 AM
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a cat or 2 that happend to stroll by at the wrong time.
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January 4th, 2013, 11:45 AM
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We have tried the pouches with Luke once , but he couldn't figure it out. It was a MESSSSSS!!! He squeezed the pouch and everything squirted on his face. But that wasn't even the worst part. He put his mouth on it and squeezed half the pouch in his mouth and started choking and spitting it up.

This was a while back, when he was just barely 6 months. So we will probably try again and see if he does better this time.
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January 4th, 2013, 11:54 AM
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We buy the pouches, but I still spoon feed it to her or I let her eat it with her hands. lol She's only sucked food out of it in the beginning and now I don't do that. She's able to pick up food and eat so she's getting skills that way too.
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January 4th, 2013, 07:42 PM
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We buy the pouches, but I still spoon feed it to her or I let her eat it with her hands. lol She's only sucked food out of it in the beginning and now I don't do that. She's able to pick up food and eat so she's getting skills that way too.
We do the same.... I buy whatever is on sale....pouches, glass jars, or Gerber double packs. If I have the pouches, I still usually use a spoon unless we are traveling in the car long distance or are at a restaurant and I am trying to eat. If that is the case, I squeeze it in her mouth. I have. Never tried giving her the pouch on her own....sounds messy!
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