Sometime between 4-6 months old, your pediatrician will give you permission to start feeding your child solids. As our pediatrician recommended: “Solids before age 1, it’s just for fun.” Still, your baby is going to learn quite a few important skills during this process. We’ve had a lot of fun with solids so far (bananas, sweet potatoes, sweet peas, apples, and oatmeal), and we are getting ready to start the adventure of making our own foods for the twins.
I was excited to receive the Kiinde Foodii Starter Kit to help us organize and feed David and Audrey (or, as I lovingly like to call them, Messy and Messier).
What Comes in the Kit:
- 1 “Foodii Filler” – a squeezable cup with top and cap
- 2 “Snack Spouts” – twistable tops and caps for the pouches to allow pouch-to-mouth eating for more advanced eaters
- 1 “Squeeze Spoon” – a rubber spoon that directly attaches to the pouches for pouch-to-spoon easy feedings
- 10 “Squeeze Snack” pouches – disposable pouches and caps that already come sterilized and ready to fill with your food
How It Works:
Once you have made your food, you will pour it into the Foodii Filler cup and attach the top. From there, you can pour it directly into the pouches for storage (either freezing, the refrigerator, or immediate feeding). Depending on the age or development of your child, you can either attach the Squeeze Spoon or Snack Spouts.
Today’s menu was originally for oatmeal, but you will see that we had to improvise a bit. I started by mixing it in the Foodii Filler (the squeezable cup), but I learned that you shouldn’t shake milk (or another liquid) in this cup… milk drops everywhere! I then got a spoon and stirred the oatmeal right in the cup. I then unscrewed the cap on the food pouch and uncapped the Foodii Filler. They don’t screw together, so you have to use two hands to turn it upside down and fill it.
It is extremely easy to fill the pouches- just a few squeezes and you have a majority of the food in the pouch. You will have some left over in the cup, but I had the majority in the pouch, so I didn’t try to get the last little bit.
To attach the spoon, it just fits snugly into the top of the pouch. No twisting or maneuvering required.
Now, both Audrey and David have tried oatmeal before and loved it, but I think I made it a little too thick for them and they made the most adorable “Ew” faces. I’m just sorry I didn’t get any pictures of this.
So, I decided to jump into Plan B and mix some pre-made carrots and bananas together in the cup. I then used another pouch to fill it. Easy, easy! Again, I couldn’t get all of the food out of the cup, so I would figure that this is just a part of the design. I guess you could keep the cup upside down for a bit, but I had two hungry and anxious babies, so I didn’t bother with this.
Ah! Much better!
I was thrilled with how easy it was to squeeze the spoon and have it come out. Both babies have been very grabby and excited to get a hold of spoons when we eat, and this was no different. When I held onto the pouch, it was actually much less messy than previous solid feedings. Then, Audrey grabbed the pouch and it got a lot messier.
The babies loved it so much, that I wanted to try the Snack Spout. This one screws on easily, and it makes it quite secure.
While I tried to feed them with the spout, David wanted to feed himself.
The biggest problem that I had with the Snack Spout top was that there was a lot of food left over in the pouch.
When I switched back to the spoon, I was able to get more of the food out, but there was still some left over.
Update: I have now been using the Foodii system for a couple months, and I thought it would be good to just update a few key points. Overall, we are still very happy with this system, although we have noticed a few things that have bugged us.
First of all, we have discovered that we can typically have less wasted food during the transfer from the Foodii cup into the pouches if it has a more watery consistency. If it is too chunky, there ends up being a lot left over that doesn’t make it into the pouches. We have then pulled out a funnel to try and get every last little drop. This ends up making a big mess, which this whole system is trying to avoid. There is a learning curve to using this and preparing the food, but we think we have it down now.
In addition, because you are just placing the cup’s spout on the pouch opening, you have a big chance of spilling a lot of food on your counter. I wish it had a way to lock the two pieces together, but unfortunately it does not.
Finally, it is a pain to figure out how much food you have in each pouch as well as a way to label them. We have to basically guess how much we are putting in each pouch, and then we label them using masking tape and a permanent marker. Not ideal, but it does the job.
Still, compared to some of the other systems on the market, I would recommend this for the ease-of-use, price point, and versatility. I love how easy it is to get the food out of the pouches, especially because the wide mouth allows you to get most of the puree out without much trouble or effort.
We are giving you a chance to try out the Kiinde Foodii for yourself! Our giveaway for a Kiinde Foodii Starter Set starts today, June 13th and ends Wednesday, June 18th at 5pm CST. Winner will be chosen at random, contacted via email and have five days to claim their prize before another winner is selected!
We would never accept money for a product review but we were sent a Kiinde Foodii for testing as part of this review.