The best baby food storage for your homemade purees and meals

The best baby food storage for your homemade purees and meals

by Lorna White |
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When your baby is ready to start weaning, having the right baby food storage and baby weaning products will help make the process easier for you to prepare meals for your little one without food going to waste. Whether you're pureeing your baby's food in a baby food maker or blender or creating handy meals, storing your food in baby-friendly portions in the fridge or freezer will help save leftovers while providing equally nutritious meals as freshly prepared dinners.

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Best overall baby food storage: DoddleBags Reusable Pouch - Buy now on Amazon

Best eco-friendly food storage: Fill n Squeeze Baby Food Pouches - Buy now on Amazon

Baby foods can only be reheated once, and half-eaten meals can't be saved as saliva carries bacteria, so having your puree divided into helpful portions will mean you'll be able to cut back on food waste and save money on baby meals too while tailoring the flavours and textures of the puree to your baby's liking.

We've listed the best baby food storage pots, trays and pouches for you with some recipes your little one will love!

The Best Baby Food Storage 2024

Best baby food storage that's easy to fill

These pouches are designed to make life a 'doddle' with less fuss and less waste. These clear DoddleBags Eco Reusable Squeeze Pouches are easy to fill with the leak-proof zipper, calibrated for easy measuring and made with a gusseted base to stand on their own. These eco containers take less space in your drawers and are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. Use the stickers to label them with the included pen. Your little one will stay safe with the anti-choke cap and pouch free from BPA, Phthalate and toxins.

One customer was glad to report no leaks: "Perfect for everything. They really are great. We're using them to put smoothies in, so we can make a larger batch and freeze them to last the week, but you can use them for all sorts. They've been washed, frozen, and filled numerous times now and are still in great condition and with no leaks."

Read our full DoddleBags Eco Reusable Squeeze Pouches review.

Pros

  • Leak-proof
  • Anti-choke cap

Cons

  • Cleaning is a little tricky

Best baby food storage for being easily stacked

Vital Baby NOURISH Store and Wean Pots 60ml
Price: $21.78

The pots are perfectly designed for early weaning, with soft bases and sides to pop out frozen food easily. Stackable with leak-proof lids, these Vital Baby NOURISH Store and Wean pots are dishwasher and microwave-safe and made from BPA and Phthalate free materials. Also available in 120ml size for larger portions.

One review said: "I never thought I'd describe plastic pots as awesome, but there you go. These really are brilliant, perfect size pots for storing little portions or for taking out on the go with chopped fruit etc. The squeezy bottom section makes life so much easier than having to try and prize frozen food out with kitchen utensils. So great we bought a second set."

Read our full Vital Baby NOURISH Store and Wean Pots 60ml review.

Pros

  • Soft bases and sides
  • Able to stack
  • Six containers

Cons

  • Quite small

Best baby food storage with rewritable lid

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Babymoov Babybol Airtight Baby Food Storage
Price: $9.93

This pack of 6 Babymoov Babybol Airtight Baby Food Storage have multicoloured screw-on lids to securely store and transport your baby's meal, as well as a handy markable and erasable area on each to label your containers. BPA-free, these storage containers can be sterilised and placed in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher for easy meal prep and cleaning.

One review said: "Absolutely adore these! I bought these to store food for my 1.5-year-old, and the 180ml container is the perfect size for his meals. The cap is screwed tight and easy to remove even when frozen. Good material and easy to clean and label. Couldn't be happier with these."

Pros

  • Range of sizes available
  • Screw-on lid
  • Re-writable lid

Cons

  • Some found they leaked slightly

Best baby food storagae for portion storage

Ideal for storing baby food in manageable portions, this pack of 6 NUK Baby Stackable Food Storage Containers are great for storing food at home and out and about. Microwave and dishwasher safe, these pots have helpful measurements down the side and clip together for easy storage.

One review said: "Just perfect for little babies to carry snacks in or for their little lunch or dinner etc. There's not much difference in the sizes, to be honest, only very slightly. I love the fact that they stack up into each other."

Pros

  • Pots can be stacked together to save space
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe

Cons

  • Smaller than expected

Best baby food storage compatible with breast pump

MAM Storage Solution Pots
Price: $18.75

This pack of five pots is made with a stackable design for space-saving and practical use of the fridge or freezer, as well as a washable labelling area to easily label purees and meals with expressed dates. These MAM Storage jars are leak-proof, microwave safe and suitable for use with a bottle warmer, so they can be sterilised as often as necessary.

One review said: "Great for storing breast milk in the fridge. Can write on side in pencil. Easy to clean and sterilise. Stack well. Although quite expensive for what they are."

Pros

  • Leak-proof
  • Ideal for freezing
  • Can attach to breast pump

Cons

  • Can be hard to see the measuring markings

Best large food storage

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Philips Avent Baby Food Storage Cups
Price: $46.99

Store your homemade baby food safely with these Philips Avent Baby Food storage cups with write-on cups and lids and leak-proof, twist-on lids for safe storage and transport. Suitable for storing in the fridge or freezer, these pots are microwave and dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. The cups can be sterilised, and the pack includes a weaning spoon with a gentle tip, so it is gentler on your baby's gums.

One review said: "These are fantastic - they hold plenty of food and the perfect size for a whole meal when baby starts to eat main meals. They screw up easily, stack easily and don't take up too much space in the freezer. They also don't leak if you need to put them in your travel bag. Easy to write on and fine in the dishwasher."

Pros

  • Microwave safe
  • Write-on cups and lids

Cons

  • Quite difficult to close

Best food storage with measurements

Bu00e9aba Baby Food Storage Containers
Price: $37.89

These stackable and clippable pots offer a space-saving solution for your kitchen and make them easy to store in the fridge or in your changing bag. With an airtight seal, visible measurements and labelling space on the pot, these Béaba Baby Food Storage Containers are designed to make your life easier. Freezer-friendly and dishwasher-safe, these pots are BPA and Phthalate free.

One review said: "Can't recommend them enough. Simply amazing. I can make food for later and stack them up in the fridge, freezer or cupboard. It doesn't take up space at all. Also useful for snacks and matches with other Beaba things we have. Perfect."

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe

Cons

  • May not be as strong as others

Best storage cube with snap on lids

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This pack of 8 First Steps Baby Weaning Food Freezing Cubes Trays can be placed in the tray or stacked to fit best in your freezer. Microwave and dishwasher safe, the cubes are BPA-free and great for babies aged 6 months and over. The individual cubes also have their own snap-on lids making portion selection even easier.

One review said: "Used these for a few weeks now, items arrived in good packaging. Used these tubs for the pureed food for my little one as he started weaning. Freeze it, thawed it and heated it in the microwave, no problem. It is not hard to wash, and there were no food stains left. Good value for money!"

Pros

  • Snap-on lid
  • Microwave-safe & dishwasher-safe

Cons

  • Not as sturdy as others

Best food storage for colour option

Kiddo Feedo Baby Food Storage Container and Freeze Tray

Rrp: $15.99

Price: $14.98

Available in purple, blue, green, grey, orange, pink and yellow, this flexible Kiddo Feedo Baby Food Storage Container and Freeze Tray is made from non-stick 100 per cent food-grade silicone for easy release and cleaning. The sturdy base helps reduce spills, whilst the snap-on lid keeps your baby's food fresh and flavoursome. Free of BPA's, PVC, allergens and toxins, this container is durable, dishwasher safe and even comes with a free eBook packed with baby feeding information.

One reviewer said: "A very inventive and unique use of silicone! The product is well made and very useful, apart from the intended usage, it can be used to store a multitude of other foodstuffs without tainting the food or the product. If the truth be told, I was a little sceptical at first, but I am so glad we bought it. We have recommended this product to all our family and friends. Its uses are only limited by your imagination!"

Pros

  • Available in 7 vibrant colours to keep your food prep fun and organised
  • 100% food grade silicone

Cons

  • Silicon may not be as stable as others

Best for batch food storage

NUK Annabel Karmel Food Cube Tray with Lid
Price: $44.22

This NUK Food Cube Tray with Lid is designed for freezing and storing freshly prepared baby food. Because you are able to batch prepare and freeze in the food cube tray, you need only cook for your baby once or twice a week. BPA-free and dishwasher safe, the silicone tray is super flexible, making it easy to dispense individual portions and comes with a clip-on lid.

One review said: "We bought this for our 11-month-old for freezing portions of food. We have been doing baby-led weaning, so wanted a portion divider that would allow us to freeze good sizes. The tray is divided into 9 compartments, each is 60ml which is enough for a portion of food. As it's a silicone tray, you simply pop them out. Highly recommend for anyone."

Pros

  • Ideal for batch cooking
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Small portions

Best for being eco-friendly

Fill n Squeeze Baby Food Maker and Reusable Pouches
Price: $52.95

This award-winning Fill n Squeeze Baby Food Maker and Reusable Pouches has everything you need to prepare and store your nutritious homemade baby food: five eco-friendly reusable food pouches, a cleaning brush, a 500ml baby food pouch maker, a jug cap, and a food masher. Great for baby-led weaning, the reusable pouches can be used over and over again and can be used in the microwave and freezer. Each pouch is 100 per cent free of BPA and phthalates.

Our 2015 review for the M&B Awards: "The Fill n Squeeze Baby Food Pouch Filler is brilliant for parents who like to make their own baby food. The pouches hold lumpy food, as well as puree, and the portions are generous. They can also be frozen and microwaved and are great for 'on-the-go' eating. The pouches are easy to fill, the only drawback is the time it takes to clean the product – it can be difficult to get at the last bits of food at the bottom of the pouch. Nonetheless, a great idea that could revolutionise the way many mums and dads do their baby food."

Read our full Fill n Squeeze Baby Food Maker and Reusable Pouches review

Pros

  • Baby food masher
  • Easy cleaning

Cons

  • If not completely puréed it can become blocked

Best for fun design

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ChooMee SnakPak Reusable Baby Food Pouch

Rrp: $8.99

Price: $6.99

These four cute character ChooMee SnakPak Reusable Baby Food Pouches are sure to make weaning even more fun for your little one. In a patented shape, each pouch has a child-safe cap and a no-leak double-lock zipper for easy filling. Plus, it is made from soft, durable materials. Dishwasher and freezer safe, these pouches are BPA and Phthalate-free and give your child the chance to enjoy fresh snacks on the go.

One review said: "Great product, durable, baby loves the characters!! Used several times, and I can imagine it getting a lot more use out of it too. Holds a lot internally!"

Pros

  • Fun and playful designs
  • No-leak double lock

Cons

  • Tricky to clean

Best food storage for versatility

Superior Glass Baby Food Storage Containers
Price: $22.99

These versatile FineDine Superior Glass Baby Food Storage Containers are perfect for reheating, serving, and storing your homemade baby food into neat little portions. Borosilicate glass makes these pots tolerate extreme temperatures, and they have BPA-free locking lids for airtight storage and zero leaks. Microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe, this pack of six are ergonomically designed with a comfortable grip and convenient hold and is made to be stackable for neat storage.

One review said: "I love them as it's the perfect size for my baby meals. It goes in the freezer, in the dishwasher or even washed manually, it's always looking good. The glass is thick and gives me security. I recommend this product."

Pros

  • Environment-friendly glass 
  • Versatile containers

Cons

  • Can break more easily than others

Best glass food storage

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Kilner Set of 6 Kids Jars
Price: $28.14

We love a good Kilner jar for storage, so why not use them for your baby food? These Kilner Set of 6 Kids Jars are ideal for storing homemade baby food in glass rather than plastic and are made with easy, non-spill silicone lids in three different colours: purple, yellow and turquoise. Suitable for freezing and microwaving.

One review said: "Really nice, smart, glass jars. I had bought the small ones at the beginning of weaning, and since we simply need more storage for food, I had to buy more. This time I bought the bigger ones just so there's more space in them when [my child] is eating more. Will be able to use them with normal lids too, when baby will no longer need them. I do not thaw frozen food directly in them in hot water or steamers. I leave the food out for a couple of hours and then put in hot water, or leave it overnight in the fridge, so have no problem of them cracking, like some other reviews were saying."

Pros

  • Versatile containers
  • Environment-friendly glass

Cons

  • Unable to microwave from frozen

Best practical storage containers

These 12 cute ABC Bubu-Bebe Glass Baby Food Storage Containers are sealed with BPA-free lids and food-grade silicone seals for a safer start to solid foods. Microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, each of the cups come with stickers and a marker making it a great option for batch cooking and portion control. From storing baby food to preparing a picnic with your little one, these ABC Bubu-Bebe glass jars are the ideal alternative to all-plastic containers.

One review said: "Bought it for my daughter. Comes well packed, jars looks great and are really good for pureed fruit - perfect portion size. The quality seems to be very good (I dropped one of them on the floor tiles, and doesn't have any cracks), the brush is helpful for cleaning, and I love the wet-erase labels, which are much better instead of standard labels - can be cleaned very easy and reusable. Good value for money and helpful. Definitely recommend it."

Pros

  • Shockproof
  • Includes sticky labels

Cons

  • Smaller than expected

Best durable food storage

Babymoov Glass Babybols
Price: $19.99

These four Babymoov Glass Babybols are made from food-safe, high-quality glass with airtight, leak-proof silicone lids that are BPA and phthalate-free. With easy-to-read marked measurements and a rewritable lid, you'll be able to track dates and the freshness of purees, so you know your baby is getting the best. Easy to clean, these jars are dishwasher safe as well as freezer and microwave safe too.

One review said "I wanted to reduce the volume of plastic adding up in my life from tupperware and go for something higher quality and in glass. Brilliant solution. I use it for my baby's finger foods and puree leftovers. The design is elegant, I like that I can write on the textured surface of the lids made for labelling. Also allows me to distinguish between my baby's tupperware and our family's tupperware. Provided I don't drop them, I can see myself using this for a long time and even for non-baby related items once weaning is over!"

Pros

  • Rewritable lid
  • Durable

Cons

  • Quite narrow

Types of baby food storage

There are different baby food storage options available, and the best choice for you depends on your meal preparation and what you need the storage for. If you're looking for multi-purpose storage for snacks and secure travelling, pots may be better suited, but if you're planning to make delicious puree batches, pouches and freezer trays may be of more use.

Choosing ones that are dishwasher, microwave and steriliser safe can also help to make your life easier when it comes to cleaning and reheating recipes.

Plastic pots

Plastic pots are a way to handily store leftovers in your fridge, and some are made to be freezer-safe too. A great size for little portions, these lightweight pots are great for storing puree, meals and snacks that you can carry on the go. Make sure that your plastic pots are BPA-free for your little one's safety.

Freezer trays

At the beginning of the weaning process at 6 months, your baby is likely to only want small portions and making quantities to suit might be fiddly and result in wasted ingredients. You can make batches up to go into ice cube trays for little mouths or specially-made freezer trays designed for storing, sealing and popping out portions when needed.

Baby food pouches

Reusable baby food pouches are great for puree storage, offering a flexible and lightweight solution that can be used on the go. Soft pouch tops allow teething babies to comfortably chew from all angles while snacking without hurting their soft, tender gums and help little ones to self-feed holding their purees, compotes, smoothies, soups and yoghurt.

Glass storage containers

Glass jars and containers provide an ideal way to store homemade baby food if you'd rather avoid plastic. Made from sustainable and durable materials, these jars are great for fridge/freezer storage, reheating and easy cleaning. They are likely to last longer and less likely to stain, absorb smells or warp in extreme temperatures.

How long can you keep baby food in the fridge/freezer?

Baby food can be kept in the fridge and used within two days (one day for rice), or you can pop your puree in the freezer to keep it for longer. Cooked food can be kept in the freezer for up to three months. Freezing helps to lock in the nutrients and prevents the growth of bacteria so your baby's food will stay safe.

If you're popping multiple batches in the fridge or freezer, make sure to label and date the portions as you would with normal leftovers so you can keep track of the ones that are reaching their best before, and so you know what needs using first.

How to freeze and reheat baby food

Once you've made your baby puree, make sure to let your prepared meals cool before popping them in the fridge or freezer to keep. Don't let your food sit out for more than two hours after cooking.

When it comes to defrosting baby purees, you can do this overnight in the fridge and use it within 24 hours. Alternatively, you can reheat your baby purees from frozen, making meal prep for your little one even easier.

Baby purees should always be reheated until piping hot in order to kill off bacteria, even though they are best served at room temperature. This can be done on the hob or in the microwave, assuming your baby food storage pot is microwave safe, of course! If you are reheating from frozen, make sure to increase your cooking time and check carefully to make sure your puree is evenly heated throughout.

Baby food recipes for storing in the freezer

Making homemade healthy purees for babies not only helps to control their sugar and salt intake, but it's a great cost-effective way of supplementing their nutritional needs. We've listed some of the best sweet and savoury recipes for you to try for your little one. If none of these takes your fancy, we've got plenty more recipe options here.

Savoury recipes

Cauliflower and pumpkin puree

Butternut squash, pea, broccoli and kale puree

Lentil and vegetable puree

Sweet recipes

Summer berry puree

Peach, apple and strawberry puree

Plum, peach and prune puree

Top tips for preparing and storing homemade baby food

  • Before freezing masses of puree, make sure your baby likes the food first! It'll save you wasted efforts, cleaning, food costs and waste

  • Have some basic equipment to hand to make quick and easy meals and purees for your baby, packed with nutrients. We'd recommend a steamer, electric hand blender and food processor.

  • Cook vegetables in a pan or steamer and then mash up or blend the mixture until smooth

  • Make sure all work surfaces and utensils are clean before preparation, and your hands are cleaned with soap and water

Lorna White is the Senior Digital Writer for Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website, specialising in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, Lorna brought her expertise to Mother&Baby in 2020. She has a keen interest in a range of topics from potty training and nutrition to baby names and early development and has a wide range of experienced medical experts and professionals at her fingertips. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two young sisters, dog walking and enjoying the outdoors with her family.

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