Necessity is the mother of invention. That’s why so many of the cool products I review are invented by parents: they encounter a problem, they figure out a hack, and they realize that if they’ve solved the problem for themselves, then there must be other families out there who would buy their creation!
That’s the story behind the Pouch Pal: a holder for kids’ food pouches that stops the mess. Kids love food pouches, and that includes Cub, who probably eats two “pack packs” (as he calls them) of yogurt or apple sauce in our reusable pouches each day. If your kids are like mine, you may encounter some or all of these problems when they’re enjoying a “pack pack”:
- They enjoy squeezing a little too zealously;
- The leave their snack lying around and it gets stepped on or leaks on its own;
- They get frustrated because they can’t quite squeeze out the good stuff once they’ve eaten about half.
The Pouch Pal solves all of these problems, whether you’re using reusable pouches like us or the disposable kind (as you know, I’m very PRO reusable pouches… seriously, they’ll save you money and so much waste, and they work great with the Pouch Pal).
All you do is pop open the Pouch Pal, fold up the bottom of the food pouch in a “rainbow” and squish it inside, as I’ve demonstrated with the food pouch they included in my sample product:
The shape of the Pouch Pal squeezes the pouch perfectly so that rather than having to squeeze their snack out, children just suck like a straw. Here’s how we’ve been using it with our reusable food pouches:
At first, Cub was super confused by not having to squeeze. Once I explained to suck it like a straw, he caught on. When he couldn’t suck any more out, he came to me asking me to squeeze it for him (as he always does, usually when my hands aren’t free, without a Pouch Pal). I opened up the Pouch Pal, and happily discovered that basically every drop of apple sauce had been sucked out without needing any squeezing. Therefore, no waste!
Cub wants to do things himself, including eat his “pack packs.” He often would get frustrated when he couldn’t get the rest of his snack out, despite my showing him how to roll up the bottom. And of course, this would inevitably happen when I wasn’t able to help him… like, in the car. Forget about it: both for the risk of oversqueezing (intentional or unintentional) and the frustration for both of us when he would ask me to squeeze the leftovers out for him, I had banished “pack packs” from the car seat. Now with Pouch Pal, I can pop him in his seat and he can enjoy a mess-free snack that he can finish entirely himself.
The final pitfall of “pack packs” that Pouch Pal solves for us is that it stands up on its own. I don’t generally serve Cub his yogurt or apple sauce fruit pouches as part of a main meal at the table: if we’re at home, it’s something to tide him over til dinner while he’s playing or watching a tv show. And then… he puts it down somewhere and it gets stepped on. Cub’s Pouch Pal doesn’t get tossed aside, it becomes part of the play:
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