I’m a breastfeeding mom. Breast milk is the best food for babies, I don’t need to elaborate more on that. Nursing also saves you time, because you don’t need to wash and sterilize bottles. However, I pump as well, just in case i need to go out with friends for dinner, my daughter doesn’t need to go on formula. Therefore, I use Nuk Seal N Go Breast Milk Storage Bags. I’ve tried quite a few brands: Ameda Store N Pour Milk Storage Bags, Lansinoh Milk Storage Bags, Medela Pump And Save Bags, and Philips Avent Breast Milk Storage Bags. In my opinion, Nuk is the best because:
- It holds up to 6 oz. of milk. I sometimes store 7 oz. and it is fine.
- It was made in the USA, others were made in Malaysia or so.
- It is the cheapest among other brands. I got them from Amazon.com for USD $9.99.
Though BPA-Free, plastic is not the best option when storing and warming milk. However, I have to deal with reality that there’s not enough room in my freezer for so much frozen milk. Also, I cannot buy that many jars. There is a not-so-cool thing about the Nuk milk bags, it was really hard to write directly on the bag to date the milk. So, I put some tape on the bag and write on it. It works perfectly fine.
Besides breast milk, my daughter also eats solid food. I give her homemade solid food as often as I can. I can’t really make meals daily because you have no time to do so when you have light sleeper, and it’s hard to make one meal because they eat so little. So, we make a few meals and freeze it. I first bought the Sage Spoonful 2 oz. Glass Jar. These freezer-safe jars were made in the USA with BPA free materials. The jar actually holds 4 oz., but has measurements up to 2 oz. I used these to store frozen fruits and vegetables puree; it worked well. Do not fill the jar fully if you are going to put it in the freezer. Also, do not steam food in the jar directly when you just take them out from the freezer, the jar will crack. I use these jars to serve food when I’m on the go; the lids keep the mess contained.
When my daughter began to eat more solids, including meat, I bought the Beaba Silicone Multiportions Baby Food Trays. I bought the 7 individual 2 oz. servings from Jet.com, which I think it’s been discontinued because Beabausa.com no longer sells them. These were made in France. You can get the 3 oz. and 5 oz. trays from Amazon.com. Nordstrom also sells the 3 oz. trays. Please note that the 3 oz. and 5 oz. trays were made in Italy, which is also not bad, I think. Silicone is believed to be a safer material when compared to plastic. Food pops out easily as stated, there’s no need to defrost the food before heating. It works well for me so far.