Learn how to make homemade Baby Food Pouches, no muss, no fuss, with these 15 easy recipe ideas. These are a great way to save money, share lots of flavors with babies and toddlers, and have convenient foods ready to go!
Baby Food Pouches
I always made my own baby food pouches because I like how affordable they are and how once you have a set of reusable pouches, there are so many options! Plus, you can feed many things you’re making for the rest of the family in a pouch, which means you can share flavors with the little ones even if they aren’t quite up to finger foods yet.
TIP: I view baby food pouches as one component of feeding a baby and like to mix purees with baby led weaning as a way to expose baby to a wide variety of flavors and textures from an early age. I also find them very convenient for offering smoothies well into the toddler years!
Ingredients in Baby Food Pouches
What you need for your pouch adventure will depend on what you want to feed your baby! Basically you need something pureed (or a food like yogurt or applesauce that has a very pouch-friendly texture already) and a reusable pouch.
How to Make Baby Food Pouches Step-by-Step
Here’s the general gist of how to make a baby food pouch. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for recipe ideas and best tips!
- Choose your puree and prepare it. Let it cool as needed. (Or pull out the yogurt or applesauce.)
- Fill the pouch, making sure that the cap is on if using the kind with the zipper opening on the bottom. (Otherwise it will all run right out the top!)
- Store in the fridge or serve to baby.
TIP: As a quick an easy snack option, I like to mix half yogurt and half applesauce right in the pouch.
What can I put into a baby food pouch?
You just need the food to be smooth enough that it easily passes through the opening of the pouch, so anything that’s pureed or the consistency of pureed soup or yogurt will work. Generally speaking you can do:
- Fruit purees
- Vegetable purees
- Baby food combinations
- Pureed meats
- Pureed soups
TIP: You can also use any of my go-to Baby Food Combinations too!
Flavor Ideas for Baby Food Pouches
These are some of my favorite recipe ideas to add to a pouch.
- Apple Flax Yogurt
- Baby Oatmeal with Applesauce
- Banana Yogurt
- Pear Coconut Puree
- Pear Yogurt
- Red Lentil Coconut Soup
- Sweet Potato Tomato Soup
- Mango Smoothie
- Mashed Butternut Squash
- Mashed Roasted Sweet Potato
- Spinach-Pea Puree (alone or with Applesauce)
- Simple Green Smoothie
- Strawberry Smoothie
- Veggie Chili, pureed smooth
TIP: For the foods, like soup, that you’d usually serve warm, you can serve them warm in a pouch too. Just be sure they are warm and not hot. Test on your wrist like you would a baby bottle.
How long can I store baby food pouches?
I recommend making them 24 hours ahead or less so they are as fresh as possible. But you can make batches of purees and stash them in the freezer, so the pouch assembly part is quick and easy.
Do I need a baby food pouch maker?
Honestly? No. I tried one and didn’t like it because it took up space in my cabinets and the pouches themselves weren’t reusable, which seemed like a waste and a lot of money. Using reusable pouches is easy and more affordable.
What are the best reusable pouches?
I prefer the silicone Squeasy Gear pouch, which comes in a few sizes (I start with the 3.5 ounce size for babies). It’s easy to learn from as early as 6 or 7 months and the kids can use them for smoothies and applesauce well through toddlerhood as they are very durable. You may want to remove the lid when serving to kids so they don’t play with it.
I also like this set of 3.4 ounce Weesprouts reusable pouches a lot, which are a nice size for babies (there is a larger size too!) and they are easy to clean and use.
TIP: Use my code YUMMYTODDLER to take 20% off any Weesprouts products.
Favorite Store-bought Baby Food
There are so many great store bought options! I like the Happy Family Organics Clearly Crafted line since the ingredients are super easy to understand, Plum Organics, and Amara—which comes in a powder that you just add water to. Those are just a few options—there is a lot to choose from as you well know from the baby food aisle!
TIP: I recommend serving pouches occasionally along with regular solids from a spoon and baby led weaning style so baby has a chance to learn how to suck, swallow, move all sorts of textures around in their mouths, and gain the skills needed to be ready for finger foods around 9 months.
Tips for Making the Best Homemade Baby Food Pouches
- If using a pouch with a zipper bottom, like this one from Wee Sprout, avoid overfilling to prevent difficulty sealing the pouch.
- Be sure the mixture is totally smooth to avoid it becoming stuck in the opening of the pouch.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon hemp seeds to any mixture for extra healthy fats.
- Add 2 tablespoons full fat coconut cream or plain yogurt to the mashed sweet potato or squash for healthy fats.
- Try any other Baby Food Combination in a pouch.
- Try any of my No-Cook Baby Foods in a pouch.
- Serve foods you’d usually serve warm (like soups) just warm, not hot. Test on your wrist to be sure the temperature is not hot.
- Omit any added salt or sweeteners as needed.
- Make one at a time or a few to cover baby’s needs for a day.
- Combine pouches with baby led weaning foods for a wide range of texture exposure.
- Store leftover pouches in the fridge for up to 24 hours and serve again.
Here’s a Video of Us Making Some Easy Pouches!
I’d love to hear your feedback if you try these ideas out, so please comment below to share—I love hearing from you guys!Print
The amount of ingredients you use will depend on the size of your pouch, which usually ranges from 3-7 ounces. Nutrition will vary based on the ingredients you use.
- Applesauce: 3-5 ounces applesauce plus 1/2 teaspoon ground flaxseed
- Apple Flax Yogurt: half Apple Puree and half plain whole milk yogurt, with 1/2 teaspoon ground flaxseeds
- Baby Oatmeal with Applesauce: half oatmeal and half applesauce
- Banana Yogurt: 3-5 ounces
- Pear Coconut Puree: 3-5 ounces Pear Puree with 2 tablespoons coconut cream
- Pear Yogurt: half Pear Puree and half plain whole milk yogurt, with 1/2 teaspoon hemp seeds
- Red Lentil Coconut Soup: 3-5 ounces just warm soup
- Sweet Potato Tomato Soup: 3-5 ounces just warm soup
- Mango Smoothie: 3-5 ounces
- Mashed Butternut Squash: 3-5 ounces
- Mashed Roasted Sweet Potato: 3-5 ounces
- Spinach-Pea Puree (alone or with Applesauce): 3-5 ounces or half Spinach-Pea and half Applesauce
- Simple Green Smoothie: 3-5 ounces
- Strawberry Smoothie: 3-5 ounces (omit added sweetener)
- Veggie Chili, pureed smooth: 3-5 ounces
- If mixing purees, add the ingredients to a small bowl. Stir to combine well.
- Add to the pouch, avoiding overfilling. If using a zip bottom style of pouch, be sure the cap is on to prevent the puree from coming out.
- Serve or store for up to 24 hours and serve.
If using a pouch with a zipper bottom, like this one from Wee Sprout, avoid overfilling to prevent difficulty sealing the pouch.
Be sure the mixture is totally smooth to avoid it becoming stuck in the opening of the pouch.
Add 1/2 teaspoon hemp seeds to any mixture for extra healthy fats.
Add 2 tablespoons full fat coconut cream or plain yogurt to the mashed sweet potato or squash for healthy fats.
Try any other Baby Food Combination in a pouch.
Try any of my No-Cook Baby Foods in a pouch.
Serve foods you’d usually serve warm (like soups) just warm, not hot. Test on your wrist to be sure the temperature is not hot.
Omit any added salt or sweeteners as needed.
Make one at a time or a few to cover baby’s needs for a day.
Combine pouches with baby led weaning foods for a wide range of texture exposure.
Store leftover pouches in the fridge for up to 24 hours and serve again.