As the months got closer to welcoming our Nora, I started to think quite a bit about what and how we’d feed her. I seriously explored inducing lactation (yes, you can do that!), but after discussing it with my OB, we decided that for a variety of reasons it wasn’t a great choice for me. I didn’t expect her to discourage me from doing it – and I was sincerely looking forward to making some sort of physical sacrifice for my baby in hopes that we’d bond through breastfeeding. I nursed Ollie and had a wonderful experience and would have loved nothing more than to replicate that with Nora. But it wasn’t in the cards this time around, and per the advice of my doctor, we were going to embrace formula and bottle feeding (without any guilt) and focus on the positives that it provided our family.
We never used formula with Ollie so I felt like I was walking in unfamiliar territory. I have never felt opposed to formula, I just always had so much extra pumped breast milk for Ollie that there was never a need for it. Since I was feeling a bit disappointed that we wouldn’t be pursuing breastfeeding after all, I knew that I wanted to put some effort into making a formula choice that I was excited about and that would feel like our best alternative to breastfeeding.
I first came across the Babynes machine in a baby store on display in NYC (available in store only at Babies "R" Us). Because bottles were on my mind, I was drawn to it and wanted to know more. I loved the sleek design and innovation and was ready to embrace anything that made preparing bottles easier. The different formula stages indicated that a lot of research had gone into developing formula that was specific to a baby’s nutritional needs as they grow and develop. I also loved how I could track bottles and order more formula through their app on my phone. If I was looking for something to get me jazzed about bottles and formula - there was no doubt that I had just found it! I also liked that you didn’t have to use a specific bottle with the machine. I know that it can be tricky to find the right bottle for your baby, so I liked the flexibility this system offered in that regard. We ended up using Comotomo bottles and have loved them!
I was excited to receive our Babynes machine just before Nora was born. Our formula capsules arrived and setting up the machine was seamless along with syncing it to my phone. One of the features I loved most was that there’s always a registered dietitian on call to answer questions. This particularly came in handy once we discovered that Nora had reflux and needed to switch her formula to the Gerber Soothe option. I was so happy that they offered it in the capsules, because I wasn’t ready to give up my Babynes!
It could easily be classified as a baby luxury rather than a necessity, but boy does it make bottle feeding more enjoyable. In addition to warming each bottle that’s made in less than a minute, it’s also an incredibly hygienic way to prepare formula for your baby. The machine is a little loud when making a bottle, but Nora now associates the sound with feeding time. It’s so cute to see her eyes get big and wide!
As fabulous as our Babynes is – it is a bit more expensive to purchase formula this way and you may want to consider the cost. For us, the stage specific formula, app function, and ease of preparing bottles makes it worth it. High five to Gerber for making an innovative baby product that really does make newborn life more manageable. The formula can only be purchased online, but these days there’s very little that I don’t purchase online, so this hasn’t been an issue for us. We’ve sincerely loved having our Babynes and plan to use it until Nora moves on from her formula feeding days.
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