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Gear Girl: Best Refillable Squeeze Pouches

Squeezers. Squisher. Squeezies. Whatever you call them, I love the squeezable food pouch trend for babies and kids. My three boys got hooked on Trader Joe's collection of "Crushers" that include apple, apple/carrot and apple/strawberry. I love their convenience and their ability to sneak veggies into my kids when they're not looking. But between how fast my kids can down one and the cost of re-buying pack after pack each week, I was looking for something I could reuse and refill for school lunches.

best refillable squeeze pouches

Fortunately, the market is full of DIY, refillable pouches that you can fill with smoothies, yogurt, and all sorts of other interested squeezable creations. We've been putting nine different pouches through the ringer the last few weeks. All of the pouches here are dishwasher-safe (though hand-washing will ensure they last longer) and freezer-safe. Check out our favorites refillable pouches below!

Best squeeze pouch

Best Overall Squeeze Pouch: Our favorite of the bunch was the Little Green Pouch. Their pouches held the most of any pouch we tested - a whopping 7oz - which may make them too big for little babes, but are ideal for tots and school-age kids. They come in one color, but it's gender neutral and not too cutesy for big kids. It's a top-fill with a side spout and an expandable base. This means it is easy to fill, doesn't all squish out when you try to close it, and once filled, can stand upright in your fridge or freezer (most of the others can't do this). You can pick up a 4-pack for $16.99 here where you'll also want to pick up their Dispensing Pitcher which was my favorite way to fill every pouch we tested.

Best Squeeze Pouches for kids

Cutest Squeeze Pouch: This award has to go to the adorable animal pouches by Squooshi. Available in two sizes (2.5 oz and 4.5 oz) and six animal styles, these are sure to be a hit with animal-loving kids.Squooshis are bottom-fill and come with two cap styles - a regular screw-on or a spill-proof, silicone soft top. It will take some (messy) trial and error to figure out how full you can fill them and still have room to seal the pouch. Packages vary, but it ends up costing you between $4-$5 a pouch.

best squeeze pouch

Easiest Squeeze Pouch To Fill: Most of the pouches we tested had a similar look and style, but the Squeez'Ems by Booginhead havea wide-mouth opening and a screw on spout which means you can fill them up to the top and not worry about any squeezing out when you go to close it.They hold 4.2 oz and cost about $4 a pouch. Another benefit of the wide-mouth opening? They are much easier to dry.

Most Affordable Squeeze Pouch:We had a tie for this category- both the Nourish Pouch and the U-Fill Snack Pack won for being the best deal. Nourish pouches are bottom-filled, hold 5oz. and come in two cute design options - green and blue dots or blue cheveron stripe. Five pouches cost just $9.95. The U-Fill Snack Packs start at about $3.33 a pouch, BUT if you buy in bulk (hello playgroup!), you can get them down around $1 each. The downside to the U-Fill pouches are that they aren't exactly cute. But affordable - yes.

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Best Way To Fill: I tried all kinds of funnels, spouts, and spoons to fill these bags. My favorite of the bunch was without a doubt the Dispensing Pitcher from Little Green Pouch. It's long, narrow pour spout let you direct the food into the base of the pouch making filling easy and mess-free.

The Rest - The rest of the refillable squeeze pouches we tested were all fine (minus the last one on the list). None exploded in use or during transport. None broke. All were definitely good enough.

Sili Squeeze - These were the only silicone pouches we tested which I think might have a longer lifespan than the rest of the pouches which are plastic. But the unit has a total of 4 pieces which means more to wash, store and potentially lose. I also recommend the free-flowing spout instead of the spill-proof. My kid tried the spill-proof spout and could barely suck anything out through it.

Other pouches

Squishy Snak Pak - These were the only pouches that included a convenient fill-line so you can hopefully prevent the squish-out that comes when you try to seal the pouches. They retail for about $4.99 a pouch.

Go Fresh Baby - These side-fill pouches only held 4 oz. but did have a place for a label, date and name. At $3.33 a pouch they are affordable, but the design and size made them a bit trickier to clean than the similarly priced U-Fill pouches.

Infantino Fresh Squeezed System - Unfortunately, I was a disappointed with this system by Infantino. When everything else is so compact and simple, they've gone and made the squeeze pouch very complicated and gear-intensive. Just the bare system requires the Squeeze Station and a set of pouches which are single-use only. The pouches have to be filled by squirting the puree through the small drinking spout with their Squeeze Station. They do sell a refillable pouch, but at $9 each they are not as economical as the other pouches on this list. There are all these other smashers, puree-ers, mills and food presses they sell as well that seem like product overkill. It takes up counter space, creates more things to wash, and costs much more. That being said, it seems to have good reviews on Amazon.

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