22 March 2016

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine Review

A picture of Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine


If you are a regular reader of Tattooed Tealady and caught my recent post sharing my breastfeeding experience, you will know that although I had hoped and planned to exclusively breastfeed with Willow, we have faced some extreme difficulties and I had to introduce formula very early on. I am hugely pro-breastfeeding, but I have always said 'fed is best' and from my own personal experience now, I understand and appreciate that even more.

As well as sharing breastfeeding content here on Tattooed Tealady, I will also be sharing some formula-feeding related posts. I will always shout from the rooftops my support for breastfeeding, breastfeeding mums and the benefits that breastfeeding gives - but formula is part of our routine too, it has been a life-saving product for us and there are products and brands which I feel deserve a lot of praise, having become absolutely invaluable to us on an everyday basis. The first of those products is the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine.
A picture of Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine A picture of Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine
A picture of Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine


The first time we gave Willow formula was a Sunday morning, approximately 7:15am. I remember it vividly because I was in a complete state of panic. I had been unable to feed Willow for 7 hours that night, after days of barely being able to feed her with an extremely low milk supply, which in newborn terms is an incredibly long time. Midwives had tried to make me see that it was OK to add in formula, our Health Visitor was the same - but I was adamant, breast milk was the best thing for her, I just had to keep at it. I knew 7 hours was too long, it was dangerously long, especially when she had already lost so much weight, and so we made the decision to give her formula.

As you'll know if you're a UK reader, shops don't open until 10am on a Sunday and so we had to go the entire Saturday night without being able to even try and find an open shop that might sell formula, with my partner finally heading out at 6am on the Sunday morning to try and see if any of the petrol stations or corner shops were open. When he came home after searching for 45 minutes, we thought finally, we can feed her! Nope, we had to wait another 30 minutes.

17 years ago when my little brother moved from breast milk to formula, you could pre-make bottles, making up all the bottles in the morning and lining them up in the fridge ready to be heated up when you needed them. You could make a bottle straight from a kettle and even take a bottle out all day to have it on hand whenever you needed it. Now? Things are very different.

The rules of formula feeding have drastically changed over the years. Whereas before you could pre-make bottles, it is now advised you don't and if you do make up a bottle that isn't used immediately, the longest you should leave it before chucking it away is 2 hours. After that time the bacteria build up is too risky to then feed that milk to your baby. You also should avoid making bottles with a kettle that has just boiled. Instead you are advised to boil the kettle and wait for the water to cool for no longer than 30 minutes before using it to make the bottle. Why? Because just boiled water is so hot it can burn the nutrients in formula, whereas anything after 30 minutes is too cool and not hot enough to kill off the bacteria which may be present in the powder.

The first two weeks of us giving her formula were very hit and miss. Because we are feeding Willow 'on demand', it's difficult to judge when she'd need a bottle and to get the kettle boiled and cooling. What we generally did is boil the kettle as we start a feed. That way if I can't get her to latch or I don't have enough milk for her, then we have the kettle cooling ready to make up a bottle. The only problem with this was that by following advice and alternating breasts after each feed, more often than not when I try to feed on my right side, there's nothing there (I have struggled to establish any milk flow on my right side from day 1), and she gets very hungry, very quickly, whilst we were having to wait for the kettle to cool.

Another problem with this method was at night, which we decided would be formula only (but with me expressing - more on that in an upcoming post), where I was having to set an alarm at a rough estimate of 30 minutes before I thought she might wake for a feed, so that the water would be at the right temperature when she did eventually wake up. It made things difficult, I was more tired than I should have been because I was getting even less sleep this way and she would sometimes be screaming in the middle of the night because I couldn't physically feed her and her bottle wasn't ready yet.
A picture of Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine
A picture of Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine


A picture of Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine

This is where the Perfect Prep Machine comes in. I had seen people rave about it on the pregnancy forums I use throughout my pregnancy, especially whenever there was a baby event on and everyone was snapping them up at half price, but as I had planned to exclusively breastfeed it obviously wasn't something on our 'to buy' list. Yet I can honestly say that without a doubt it has become one of the most valuable pieces of equipment we have, that has made every day and night a million times easier and completely taken the stress and worry out of feeding. If you're planning to formula feed, if you're combination feeding like us or if you decide that you want to stop breastfeeding after however long and move onto formula, this is an absolute must-have. We simply couldn't live without it!

So what does it do and why is it so wonderful? The Perfect Prep Machine is the easiest way to get a bottle ready without the fuss of a kettle or waiting for the water to cool. Able to make a bottle, at any size between 4oz and 11oz, all within the space of 2 minutes! 

The way it works is very simple. It has a filter system which works to remove any impurities which could be in the water (which in hard water areas, will be higher), with a filter specifically designed for the Perfect Prep Machine that will last for ages, managing to filter 150 litres of water. An initial shot of hot water is added to your bottle which you will have placed ready on the bottle stand, which is at the optimal temperature to kill any bacteria that may be present in the formula powder itself. It's super important to remember that the amount of hot water the prep machine provides will differ for different bottle sizes; a 4oz bottle will need less than an 8oz bottle, for example - so always make sure you have the right oz size ready on the dial before you start! Once you've mixed your formula powder with the hot shot of water, it will go on to dispense the rest of the water you need for your bottle at the exact correct amount. This water is cool, so added with the hot water you've mixed with your formula you are then left with a feed which is the perfect temperature; body temperature, just like breastmilk!

To start the whole process you simply pop your bottle on the adjustable bottle stand, which will fit most bottles with ease (we use MAM bottles as well as Tommee Tippee, and both brands fit perfectly), check you have the setting on the right oz, press the start button for the initial shot of water which will flash red whilst in process, then pressing the button again once you've mixed your formula and popped your bottle back on the stand for the rest of the water, which the button will flash green for whilst in process. A perfect bottle all in 2 minutes, amazing!

Refilling the water is simple, you just slide off the lid at the top and pop in tap water. There's also lots of handy icons on the side which will let you know when your water is too low, too hot, when you need to use the descale function or replace your filter. On average the filters last 3 months and they are fairly cheap to replace too, costing just £7.99 on Amazon - you also get one with your machine that comes as standard, alongside a 150ml Tommee Tippee bottle. Setting it up was exceptionally easy; I did it all by myself and had it ready and raring to go within 15 minutes. It's also available in 3 colours; white, red or black like ours! It honestly is an amazing piece of equipment that makes bottle feeding a breeze!

I cannot praise the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine enough. It a must-have for anyone who uses formula, whatever your circumstance, and something I would recommend to any expectant mamas!

To find out more about the Perfect Prep Machine as well as checking out handy how-to videos head over to www.tommeetippee.co.uk.

Available in-store and online at www.johnlewis.com.


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8 comments

  1. We have this machine and it's just brilliant, by far the best thing we bought. It's a life-saver at night! Totally couldn't praise it anymore than you have! x

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    1. Ah so glad to hear you love it too and that it's been helping you out as much as us! I honestly couldn't go back to how we were making bottles before this machine came into our lives. Absolute Godsend! xo

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  2. I did not bottle making was so difficult! So glad you found this :D this sounds like THE machine to have and will send it to my sister in law who has recently found out she is pregnant :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Neither did I until we had to start making them!! I thought it would be the same as when my brother was little. But I completely understand why things have changed, research has progressed and the advice we're given now is more up-to-date. This machine definitely makes everything easier!

      Massive congratulations to your sister-in-law AND you! Will this be your first niece/nephew? :) xo

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  3. I've heard amazing things about this machine especially from my friend that had twins and found breastfeeding all too much, it sounds like a total godsend! I'm sorry you had such a hard time with the feeding, it's a horrible feeling but you sound like an awesome mum and you did what was best all round :) anything that helps get a baby fed especially in the middle of the night is a must have! Xx

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    1. Thank you Laura. It absolutely SUCKED in the beginning, but we are getting there with our little combination feeding routine and it's working for us :) Thank you so much for your lovely words xo

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  4. Wow, that would have made life with a newborn a lot easier! My trick was to keep the boiled water in a thermo bottle and cooled boiled water in another. I mixed it together with formula when I needed it. I also did combination feeding with organic formula from Holle (this one) and I realised it makes a big difference which formula you use to supplement. My little one wasn't taking some of the other brands I tried, with Holle it was no problem. I think that's because it's more natural.
    All the best,
    Hazel

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    1. From what I gather, you need to use the just boiled water at the right temperature, in order to kill off any bacteria in the powder xo

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