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FAQs

Your baby weaning and toddler food questions answered.

We have pulled together some of the most popular questions being asked in one place. We hope you find this helpful. If there’s something you’re still not sure about then email us on info@fillnsqueeze.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help

How can Fill n Squeeze Pouches be used?

From what age can the Squeezee Pouches be used?
The Department of Health currently recommends slowly introducing solid foods when your baby is about six months old. You and your doctor may, however, think it is good to start as early as 4 months based on your baby’s needs. Always check with your doctor before introducing solid food to your baby.

Which foods can be stored in the Squeezee Pouches?
All food and liquid can be stored in the pouches. However, it is not recommended to feed babies eggs, cow’s milk, citrus fruits, tomatoes and juices, and honey until after a baby’s first birthday. Eggs (especially the whites) may cause an allergic reaction, especially if given too early. Citrus is highly acidic and can cause painful rashes for a baby. Honey may cause botulism in babies. Cow’s milk does not have the nutrition that infants need.

Otherwise Squeezee Pouches can be used for all meals and snacks including the family meal. Just pop in the jug, meat, veg and potatoes and some vegetable stock, milk or juice and blitz using a hand blender or hand mash using the plunger. Also ideal for the older child who likes fruity smoothies or fruit purees. The options are endless!  In a rush with the school run, prepare some warm fruity porridge and fill in the Squeezee pouches, by the time they arrive at school they would have eaten a hearty warm breakfast.

Where can Fill n Squeeze pouches travel?
The pouches are easy to fill and take with you wherever you go,cooler bag and pouches

from playdates, toddler groups, school lunch boxes and on a plane. Make sure the pouches are filled to 100ml or less.

For homemade baby food, Squeezee pouches mean no more frozen cubes or fussing around with freezer trays, no extra bowls and spoons, and no breakable jars.They can go straight from filling, to the freezer, to your bag, to your child’s hand (and mouth) with no fuss (and less mess!).

How do you clean the Fill n Squeeze pouches?

How do I clean my pouch filler?
Before using your Pouch Filler for the first time, clean it in a dishwasher (top rack only) or in warm water using liquid detergent. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Do not clean your pouch filler or allow it to come into contact with solvents or other harsh chemicals as damage may result. Do not sterilise the jug and plunger, only the silicone cap and jug cap can be sterilised via steam or microwave.

Can the pouches be reused?
You can reuse the pouches by washing in hot water. Please ensure that all the corners are properly clean and that the pouch is thoroughly washed out. The side windows and the base of the pouch are clear to assess cleanliness of the pouch. To help dry the pouch, pour hot water into the pouch (hold the side of the pouch to prevent scalding), swirl around and then turn the pouch upside down. This helps to open up the pouch and speeds up the drying time of the pouch inside.To make the pouch sterile, we recommend cold water sterilisation such as Milton.

cleaning the pouches hig resWhat’s the best way to ensure that the pouches are dry inside after being washed?
Here’s a great tip to dry your squeezee pouches when they have been washed:

  1. 1. Wash out your pouch with hot soapy water and rinse until water runs clear
  2. Attach your pouch on the end of the clean pouch filling jug
  3. Pour hot water from the kettle (please allow to cool down once boiled for 5 minutes to prevent scalding) into the jug and allow the water to pour into the pouch. Make sure that at least 3/4 of the pouch is full with hot water.
  4. Remove the pouch filled with hot water from the jug and leave in pouch for a couple of minutes to clean.
  5. Pour out hot water and turn pouch upside down to dry.
  6. When using the pouch again, ensure its flat i.e. all the air has been removed

 

Are the Squeezee Pouches and packaging recyclable?
While the pouch material isn’t currently recyclable they can be reused via recycling companies.  The Squeezee pouches have a better overall environmental rating than glass and jar alternatives as they take less energy and fewer materials to make and produce less air pollution than glass, tetra pak or PET plastic bottles.

Did we mention significantly lesser percentage of packaging waste? Pouches are lighter and more compact, making them easily transportable. That way they even cause fewer emissions for the same volume.  The starter pack outerbox is recyclable

We believe strongly in the health, safety and overall environmental advantages of the Squeezee pouch and are committed to continuing working with suppliers to find even greener, more innovative and recyclable alternatives.

What is the Ideal food texture and consistency?

jug and pouch with handCan lumpy food pass through the jug nozzle and into the pouch?
When using lumpier weaning food, please ensure you use the supplied masher which has been carefully designed with the correct hole sizes to make sure the food is sufficiently mashed to go easily into the pouches. If the lumps are too big then this will stop the plunger going down.

The plunger won’t go down?
Please check the following;

  1. That the puree is not too thick, needs to have some moisture in the puree to glide down in the jug
  2. Are the lump sizes bigger than the jug nozzle hole? if yes, then this has probably blocked the hole. To fix this remove the plunger and mash the puree with the masher provided or remove the pouch and insert a clean straw into jug nozzle to move the blockage.

Can I fill my pouch with hot foods?
Yes, the pouch can be filled with hot foods, although very hot or boiling foods should be avoided. The full pouch should be left to cool before putting in the freezer.

If full pouch food is intended for immediate consumption, always check food temperature before feeding baby.

What about Safety and testing of the products?

Have the Fill n Squeeze Products been tested?
Fill n Squeeze prides itself in being all British. Both the Squeezee Pouch and Pouch Filler have been rigorously tested for chemical migrations. Both items have passed the UK standards of food regulation testing’s and are produced in British factories that have been accredited the highest food grade certification. All the materials have gone through stringent testing in the UK, are food safe and comply with EU, BS, FDA and International Food Safety Standards.

What is BPA?
BPA, or Bisphenol A, is one of the 50 most-produced chemicals in the world. It is a synthetic compound used in the manufacture of a lot of household articles including food containers and cans, plastic bottles, polycarbonate feeding bottles and soothers etc. It has been classed as a hormone disruptor. Plastics such as polypropylene, glass or silicone do not contain any BPA and the whole Fill n Squeeze range is BPA free. Infact, they are also PVC-free, Lead-free & Phthalate-free

What are Phthalates?
Phthalates are substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity. They are used primarily to soften polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Phthalates are being phased out of many products in the European Union over health concerns.

How do you heat and defrost pouches?

How can I heat up the pouches?
You can place the squeezee pouches in a microwave for 20 seconds to heat up. Please ensure you have removed the cap of the pouch before placing in the microwave. Also, ensure that you massage the pouch to distribute any heat spots. Alternatively, you can heat up your pouches in a bowl of hot water.

Or, you can squeeze your yummy baby food into a microwavable bowl and heat it up in the microwave.

Remember to always test the temperature before feeding your little ones. We don’t recommend freezing or refrigerating and then reheating baby food that has already been heated up, as this can be unsafe for little ones

When heating baby food, you need to ensure that it is piping hot throughout. Don’t be tempted to just partially warm the food, so that your baby will be able to eat it immediately – it needs to be thoroughly heated in order to destroy any bacteria that may be present. You should then set is aside and allow it to cool to a comfortable serving temperature.

 

What if my baby doesn’t finish his meal? Is it safe to warm it up for another time?

No – heating baby food for a second time could be harmful and may lead to food poisoning. Always throw away any leftovers at the end of each meal.

Can I reheat baby food if it contains ingredients that were previously frozen?

This is a common question – and the answer is that you can.

How long can I freeze/refrigerate the filled pouches?
home-videoYou can freeze pouches up to 6 months and store in the refridgerator up to 48 hours.

How to defrost the pouches?
You can place the pouches in the fridge overnight which will defrost or place in the microwave on a defrost setting. Alterntively, grab a frozen pouch store in the Fill n Squeeze Cooler bag and in a couple of hours it will naturally defrost.

General tips

What’s the best way to remove the plunger out from the jug?
When the plunger is inside the jug, slightly tilt it the side at an angle and it will come out of the jug more easily!

What’s the best way to insert the plunger into the jug?
Place the plunger with the silicone on at a slight angle into the jug, once the silicone part makes contact with the puree then straighten up the plunger. This then creates the air tight seal required to push the contents into the pouch.jug and pouch with hand

How can I make the pouches stand up once filled?
Once the pouches have been filled, tap the base of the pouch on the kitchen surface which will push the puree down and this opens up the gusset of the pouch. When your baby is taking a break from feeding, simply stand the pouch on the table and it will stand.

Puree keeps dripping out from the nozzle, how can this be prevented?
Ensure that the plunger is completely in contact with the puree, and then slightly pull the plunger upwards which will suck the puree away from the nozzle. If using very thin purees such as smoothies, do not fill the jug to the top but to the 125ml mark (this is enough for one pouch). When one pouch has been filled with a smoothie, repeat the above again. This method prevents the smoothie pouring out of the nozzle when removing the pouch.

I’ve lost my yellow cap?
Please contact info@fillnsqueeze.co.uk and we can make arrangements to send out another cap. In the meantime you can place a pouch on the end of jug which stops the contents from dripping out. Place your masher/blender and prepare puree as normal.