Baby food used to be as predictable as a jar of strained pears, but these days stores are filled with colorful pouches in foodie flavors like Peach Mango. With companies reporting double-digit sales growth in recent months, pouches seem to be all the rage—but how do they compare with traditional jars? We asked two experts to weigh in.
“POUCHES ARE A GREAT ON-THE-GO OPTION.”
“The popularity of pouches reflects how busy we are as a society,” says Kate Geagan, a registered dietitian in Salt Lake City. “I don't think they should replace jars—you don't want to lose the intimate connection of spoon-feeding your baby. But many pouches are minimally processed to preserve nutrients and flavor, and you can just toss one in your bag and not worry that it will break or leak.”
“SUCKING ON A POUCH CAN REALLY BACKFIRE.”
“I have real concerns about this form of feeding,” asserts Karen Ansel, a New York—based registered dietitian. “Sucking on purees may breed eaters who are reluctant to chew food with more texture (like real fruits and vegetables). Plus, if parents are always offering a pouch at the first sign of hunger, kids may not develop the hunger and satiety cues that will help them learn not to overeat as they get older.”