The Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine has been a time-saver, if not a life-saver for us. Call me lazy, but for the first 3 months of James’ life, I wasted far too much time, formula, electricity, water and heard too many hunger screams waiting for the kettle to boil and bottles to cool. We all know that making up bottles from fresh whenever your baby needs a feed is the best thing for them, but in reality, trying to predict when your baby will wake, and rush to the kitchen to start the whole process is exhausting, especially when you’re doing it 8-10 times a day, including the horrendous night feeds! There are several ways of pre-making bottles, and I’m sure they are all perfectly fine, but nothing beats as a super fresh feed for your baby, and after trying a few different methods, I decided it would give me a lot more peace of mind if I made James’ feeds from fresh.
When I heard of the Perfect Prep Machine, my first reaction was to dismiss it completely due to the £100 price tag. Surely I would never get my money’s worth from using this machine, especially considering how cheap a kettle is, which is all you really need to make up a feed. However, as time went on, the exhaustion hit me and I soon discovered that I would do almost anything to help make my life as a new mummy that little bit easier, so i took the plunge and ordered it after finding the Perfect Prep Machine £30 cheaper in John Lewis.
How does the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine work?
The Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine is fitted with a filter (which you have to replace every 3 months or so, but it’s not expensive) and a water tank. At first, it dispenses a small amount of boiling water, called a ‘hot shot’, which will dissolve and kill any bacteria present in the powder. Then, it dispenses the remaining amount of filtered water at room temperature to finish the feed. I did a short demo video showing you exactly how the Perfect Prep machine works, which you can watch by pressing the play button below or clicking here.
I wasn’t sure if making up bottles with filtered water was as safe as making them with boiled water, but according to Tommee Tippee, as long as your tap water is of drinking quality, the filter has been tested and proven to remove the same bacteria that could be present in water, as boiling water. The initial ‘hot shot’ of water at 70C will kill the bacteria present in the powder and the rest of filtered water will cool the feed down to body temperature. Read in more detail about the safety of the Perfect Prep machine here.
The tank takes about 1L of water, and I usually top it up at the end of each day, but I like that there’s a warning light to let me know when the water level is too low, just in case I forget it. Speaking of warning lights, there are 5 in total: Change Filter, Water Tank Hot, Water Level Low, De-Scale and Cleaning Mode.
Another thing that I was a bit concerned about after using the Perfect Prep machine, was that the final feed was always more than the amount I had selected on the dial. For example, if I selected the dial to 6oz, the final feed would be much closer to 7oz, so do I add 6 or 7 scoops or powder? The answer is: 6 scoops of powder to 6oz of water, which will make approximately a 7oz feed. Don’t worry, that’s perfectly safe and normal. When the powder is mixed into the water, it raises the level of the final feed, so if your baby has 7oz bottles, I recommend setting the dial to 6oz, otherwise if you select 7oz of water, you will end up with an 8oz feed. If you want to read more about why this happens, there’s a good explanation on the Tommee Tippee website.
Is the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine worth the money?
1 million per cent, YES! It’s so easy and quick to use; it has saved an impatient baby a lot of tears and a tired mummy a lot of time. I can make up a bottle for James, one-handed, in under 2 minutes, whilst holding and comforting him at the same time. My little munchkin is now having 9oz bottles 3 times a day (plus breastfeeding 3 times a day and 1 portion of solid food) and the only thing I do in advance is sterilise and seal the empty bottles ready for when James is due a bottle feed. If we’re going out for the day or away for the weekend, I pack ready-made cartons of formula and sterilise the bottles either in the microwave or using Milton tablets.
The Perfect Prep Machine makes from 4oz to 11oz bottles. Unfortunately, it cannot make smaller feeds than 4oz because the volume needs to be large enough to split into two – first, a big enough hot shot to dilute the powder and second, enough water to cool the feed down to body temperature. Anything less than 4oz will either not dilute the powder effectively or it won’t cool down the bottle enough. Read more about this here.
I would highly recommend the Perfect Pre machine to any bottle-feeding parent out there, especially during the first few months of a newborn baby’s life, where you could be making up to 10 bottles a day! That’s 10 times you have to boil the kettle and wait for a bottle cool down to body temperature before feeding your hungry baby, and that’s time you could be using better to catch up on sleep, housework or feed yourself – hey, you might even be able to squeeze a quick shower, if you’re lucky! :)
How much does the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine cost and where can I buy it?
Most UK supermarkets and department stores stock the Perfect Prep machine, so it’s easily available in-store or online. The prices vary from £69.99 to £100, depending who you’re buying it from. I bought mine from John Lewis because it’s one of my favourite and one of the most reliable stores, and it had the best price. Below you can find all the reputable retailers I could find that stock the Perfect Prep machine.
Please feel free to use the comment section below this post or below my demo video (HERE) to leave your thoughts, tips and questions about the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine and also to add any advice for other bottle-feeding parents out there. If you found this review helpful, I would appreciate if you could share it with your friends and let me know by chatting to me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat (ysislorenna)!