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Need a top-notch baby food storage system? Our lineup ranks the best 8 baby food storage systems available today. Our experts scoured the market, checked dozens of popular options, and then purchased the most promising for extensive hands-on testing in our quest to determine the best. Homemade baby food lets you feed your child quality nutrients; therefore, a handy storage system to store those yummy meals can make all the difference. We evaluated each product for essential factors, such as material, capacity, ease of cleaning, and more. Each storage system offers a different style, from pouches to freezer trays, even containers. We are confident that our review and details will help you find the perfect option for your family's needs and budget.
The OXO Tot Glass Baby Blocks with Silicone Sleeves ranks high among the competition. Made of borosilicate glass material, this contender holds benefits and versatility. It is durable, tolerates sudden temperature changes, and is less likely to break from drops and falls. Plus, in regards to health and safety, it is less likely to leach chemicals, a potential concern with plastic containers. The 4-pack of 4 oz sizes is ideal for purees, and we appreciate the volume markings on the container's side to help track your baby's consumption. This system includes a freezer tray for better organization. The snap-on plastic lids make this system portable for meals on the go, and we like that they can move from freezer to diaper bag without spilling a drop. These containers provide longevity, useful after your baby has moved on from soft foods.
While the glass portion is dishwasher-safe, we recommend hand washing to protect the volume markings. Also, we advise handwashing the plastic lid and silicone gasket to prevent potential degradation related to high temperatures. Despite the handwashing process, we think these containers are simple to clean, plus they have no troublesome nooks or crannies. So, if you fancy glass over plastic and prefer a system with volume markings to track your baby's consumption, we highly recommend this option.
The Wean Green Baby Starter Set includes two 4 oz Wean Cubes, two 5 oz Wean Tubs, and two 5.4 oz Wean Bowls, creating a diverse feeding system to fit various needs, and at a wallet-friendly price. The containers are tempered glass, a material type that is stronger and more resistant to thermal shock than regular glass. For instance, these containers are freezer-safe and can endure high heating temps without a problem. The set also includes plastic snap-on locking lids that are reliably leak-free. Without the tops, these containers are oven-safe up to 250° F, which adds versatility. The glass portion of the containers is dishwasher safe, but we recommend handwashing plastic parts as always.
The silicone seal on the lids will need some occasional cleaning and thorough drying to prevent mold growth caused by trapped moisture and food particles. Besides periodic maintenance requirements, we love the Wean Green storage system. We consider the system's components versatile and will serve your pantry well beyond the baby food stage. The various sizes are excellent for lunch box condiments, dips, yogurt, and more, plus reheating food away from home. So, if you seek functionality and versatility on a budget, we think this system is excellent.
The Squeasy Gear Squeasy Snacker is somewhat of a unicorn in a market flooded with disposable pouches, and we see this option filling a niche. This reusable pouch is lightweight and durable food-grade silicone, ready for on-the-go snacking. The wide neck allows you to turn the bag inside out for easier cleaning, plus the unique spout system is relatively simple to clean. We appreciate that the system has two spout styles with either a "no-spill" or a "free-flow" mode. These options allow you to tailor the pouch's performance to your child's age. The free-flowing lid is similar to most squeeze pouches with a small opening to suck food through, and we like to use this option for older kids who tend to have more motor control. The no-spill insert is perfect for younger users who are still learning to hold a pouch without squeezing out the contents.
If you don't use the no-spill spout, younger children may squeeze the pouch too tightly, causing a big mess. Also, younger kids may find it challenging to get all the food out of the pouch. We think these reusable pouches are travel-friendly and deserve a place in your food storage lineup for trips away from home despite these minor drawbacks.
The Infantino Squeeze Station is our favorite pouch filling system. It is easy to use and allows you to fill three bags at a time without spilling or overfilling. The Squeeze Station includes ten disposable pouches, and we advise ordering extras to keep them on hand. The station itself is top-rack dishwasher safe, and since it won't contact your baby's food, we have no problem cleaning it this way (although we recommend handwashing the upper tubes). You can purchase additional Infantino Squeeze Pouches in 50 or 100-packs. But, if you prefer a more eco-friendly and non-plastic option, the Squeeze Station also works with the Infantino Reusable Squeeze Pouch, a product made of silicone material.
The filling system works best with very smooth purees sans chunks; otherwise, you risk clogging the spout. The spout hole is smaller than the size of a pea, so anything more substantial than that will cause issues. Attempting to force out larger chunks will cause leaking at the spout's top or near the pouch. We recommend using these pouches with smoothly pureed baby food to avoid big messes and wasted food. So, if your baby food maker can whip up a silky smooth puree, but need a simple way to fill pouches, then this station is a good find.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our founder, Dr. Juliet Spurrier leads our baby food storage team. Dr. Spurrier is a board-certified pediatrician, mom of two kids, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Utilizing her background as a pediatrician and mom experiences, she helps select top-notch products for testing and review and is instrumental in creating BabyGearLab's safety standards. Also contributing to our food storage system team is Senior Review Editor, Wendy Schmitz. Besides being a mother of two, Wendy's education and background help her analyze and test products with safety and ease of use in mind. She has also extensively researched the use of plastics and potential endocrine disruptors in containers used for contents intended for human consumption, helpful knowledge that nicely folds into our review as we evaluate the competition.
We've been testing and analyzing baby food storage systems over the past decade. In our quest to determine the best, we purchased each product in this review for testing, which involves hands-on testing and side-by-side comparisons to assess essential metrics like value, material, ease of cleaning, and more. Also influencing our final analysis and ranking of the competition is feedback from parents and caregivers regarding their preference and ease of use.
Analysis and Test Results
The market is overflowing with storage system options, making decision-making harder. We believe some qualities can make your food storage experience better or worse. Lucky for you, we've done the work and hands-on testing to evaluate the lineup with these features in mind, so you know the pros and cons before purchasing a product.
When considering the value of a food storage system, we suggest thinking beyond the soft food stage. The Wean Green Baby Starter Set is an affordable option considering its cost per item, and it offers longevity past the puree stage by packing small snacks or condiments once your child goes to school. Or, if you seek a more convenient product for specific on-the-go situations, consider the Infantino Squeeze Station. This option includes ten disposable pouches, and although additional bags will require an extra investment, the overall cost is still affordable. The system is super easy to use and clean, thanks to being dishwasher-safe.
Glass, silicone, plastic, oh my! What material is best? Our review includes three main types of food storage containers: freezer trays, lidded containers, and food pouches, and each option comes in various materials. Ultimately, the storage system and material you select may depend on your lifestyle, and we suggest having a few options on hand for different purposes.
Among the competition, the OXO Tot Glass Baby Blocks with Silicone Sleeves ranks high with an 8 of 10, thanks to its borosilicate glass construction. Compared to other materials, we can consider this material practical and versatile for storage needs and eco-healthy as it does not absorb odors or leach chemicals into food. Plus, it's super easy to clean. Nonetheless, we do recognize that glass has a few downsides to consider. It can be more expensive, but we think the price of glass is worth the peace of mind and safety when feeding your baby. Also, glass is heavier and more prone to breaking than other materials, such as silicone and plastic. If you notice a chip on your glass storage container, even a small one, it is best to retire it as a small chip can be unsafe or influence a product's performance. But, if you're mindful and sensible when using this option, we think it will likely last and remain part of your food storage arsenal.
Ranking the lowest in this metric among the lineup (with scores of 3 of 10) is the BEABA Clip, Wee Sprout Nature's Little Squeeze, and mumi&bubi Solids Starter Kit, which are solely plastic. Although plastic tends to be lighter and less expensive, perhaps a quality you may seek, we prefer to use other materials, like glass or silicone, over this material, mainly due to potential eco-health concerns of chemicals leaching into food. Since the evaluation of material eco-health impacts a product's overall score in this metric, you may not be surprised that plastic contenders rank low.
We recommend reading more about plastics in our article, Are Plastics Safe for Bottles and Sippy Cups? to learn about the potential problems and concerns related to plastic. We believe issues concerning plastic in children's products are significant and worth evaluating before making a buying decision.
Ease of Use
As your baby's appetite grows, you'll need to invest in a baby food storage system that meets your needs. With varying styles and designs on the market, it's hard to know which option is across-the-board useful. Lucky for you, we determined the multiple features and characteristics that make a product ultra-convenient, then evaluated and scored the contenders in this metric.
Once again, the OXO Tot Glass Baby Blocks with Silicone Sleeves ranks high and wins another metric among the opponents, scoring 9 of 10. This option may be minimal in appearance, but it offers valuable features, like a container design with volume markings that is easy to fill, a lid that is simple to operate, a material that can tolerate temperature changes from the freezer to refrigerator (or visa versa), and the set stacks nicely in its organizational tray. The combination of these qualities allowed this contender to score high.
Unfortunately, the Kiddo Feedo Freezer Tray ranks the lowest, scoring 6 of 10. We noticed that the tray's silicone lid doesn't snap on or securely stay compared to other tops in the competition. This issue reduced the product's score in this metric.
Tip: Consider labeling your containers or pouches with the date, listing meal or ingredients, and possibly your child's name to avoid misplacing it. Life with little ones can get busy, and if you plan on preparing and freezing meals for future use, this information may come in handy.
Ease of Cleaning
It's easy for dishes to pile up, and since a container, tray, or pouch will be an additional item to clean, we are all about selecting a product that is easy to wash. Therefore, we compared the competition for ease of cleaning, looking for areas that may trap food debris. Those that fall short and are more challenging to clean will likely collect dust in a kitchen cabinet or drawer.
Among the competition, the OXO Tot Glass Baby Blocks with Silicone Sleeves and the Wean Green Baby Starter Set rank the highest, scoring 8 of 10. As glass options that are dishwasher-safe, these containers are a breeze to clean. However, we recommend handwashing the plastic lids, which is a relatively simple task.
On the other hand, a reusable pouch tends to be more challenging to clean, thanks to nooks and crannies that can be hard to reach by hand and even missed by dishwashers. Therefore, the Wee Sprout Nature's Little Squeeze ranks the lowest, scoring 3 of 10. This contender has a spout, lid, and zipper closure that can trap food remnants, requiring more hand gymnastics and brush tools to clean thoroughly. We suggest paying extra attention to ensure that leftover food is entirely gone. This process is exponentially more challenging when food is left to dry inside. The Squeasy Gear Squeasy Snacker is another pouch option that ranks lower than others, scoring 5 of 10; however, this contender has a wide neck that lets you turn the pouch inside out, making the cleaning task more manageable.
Finding the perfect baby food storage system can take some planning and consideration, especially if you are making your own baby food. We believe our comprehensive list and research will kick start the process and make the search easier. While each product has pros and cons, any system will help make your life easier by extending the shelf-life of freshly prepared meals for your baby. They offer versatility, allowing you to continue use beyond the baby food stage.
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