After choosing to move onto formula feeding, we wanted to make sure that we did everything right in terms of preparing bottles. After some research online and probably a few too many YouTube videos on it, we decided to purchase the Original Tommee Tippee Prep Machine in white for £59.99. As I was exclusively pumping before hand we already had bottles and a steriliser (also of the Tommee Tippee brand) which helped the transition over to formula.
This item was also one of my Top 5 Newborn Essentials, click here to find out what else was on the list.
This was a relatively easy process once I’d figured out the pages of the instruction manual were stapled together in the wrong order. The manual that comes with the machine includes step by step pictures as well as text so it is very simple to follow. The actual setting up the machine took me around 15-20 minutes but I did have to re-read the manual a few times just to make sure I was doing everything right.
There are light indicators and buttons on the side for setting up, cleaning, filter changing, temperature, water low etc. They do recommend you run a cleaning cycle every 4 weeks and change the filter every 3 months depending on how frequent you use it. Luckily the first light for changing the filter is a warning so you’ve got time to run to the shops or order one before it needs replacing.
Making a Feed
With the Perfect Prep Machine, making up a feed is really easy. You simply hit the main button once to dispense a hot shot; you’ve then got 2 minutes to add the required amount of formula and shake. All you need to do then is place the bottle back on the stand and press the main button again. It will then top it up with cooler filtered water until it’s at the right level and the perfect temperature to feed right to your baby. The machine is able to make feeds of different sizes from 4oz to 11oz so I wouldn’t worry about having one ready as soon as the baby arrives as they won’t be drinking that much straight away.
The whole process generally takes around 2-3 minutes which is rather efficient when you have a hungry baby. George gets hungry very quickly, especially after a nap so I need to have something near enough ready to go before his hunger cues turn into tears. The noise that the machine makes to alert you when to put the formula in and when the feed is completely is quite loud; if you’re making a feed in the evening/night time then this could wake up your baby more than you want to. Tommee Tippee have released a newer version of the Perfect Prep which has a night light and volume control which may be more suitable but is substantially more in price.
Thankfully for me, an honest lazy person, the cleaning cycle is very simple. You need to wait until your machine is empty, take all the loose parts (other than the filter) and wash them with hot soapy water. When you do this, you just need to run a machine full of sterilised water through. Side note, just make sure the jug is under the spout before you hit the cleaning button otherwise there will be a flood over your kitchen side – I learnt this the hard way!
In terms of making my life easier, I think this is definitely worth the money. Parenthood is an exhausting job that you get no training for so I think that saving time in any area, as long as it’s safe, is always a good thing. Not everyone will get on with it so if you’re thinking of purchasing the Perfect Prep then definitely take a look at other people’s reviews and also take a look through the FAQs on the Tommee Tippee website.
Let me know your thoughts on the Perfect Prep in the comments or alternatively your methods for making feeds up quickly to help out other parents.