Bubba had been exclusively breastfed for the first 8.5 months of her life. Thereafter when she went to infant care, we supplemented some of her feeds with formula milk. I had intended to breastfeed her till she’s about 1 and I guess the time was just about right as my milk supply had dropped. It was with bittersweet feelings that I finally packed my breast-pump away.
Now that she’s fully on formula. I realised that there are so much more things we have to remember to bring out when we intend to go out with her for longer hours. Sometimes I forget to bring her milk powder thinking that we will only be out for that few hours. Of course, I get the evil-eye treatment from the Man who thinks that I’m starving her. I guess I was honestly too used to being the ‘cow-on-the-go’! So now, we make it a point to remember to bring at least her milk bottle and 1 milk feed when we head out, regardless of how short or how long it is going to be.
Timing was just about right as we were recently gifted with a set of yoomi Feeding System to test and review.
I was quite intrigued with yoomi because it made feeding Bubba so much easier. If I thought nursing was tough, I think feeding her formula comes with its own set of challenges.
For instance, when Bubba wakes up in the middle of the night crying in hunger, we or rather the Man stumble in the dark trying to pour her milk powder into the bottle and ensuring that her water is suitably warm enough to dissolve the powder. When we head out with Bubba, on top of the many things we need to pack into her diaper bag, we now have to bring along a hot water flask, milk bottles as well as milk powder. Sheesh!
With this yoomi feeding system, I was quite relieved to find out that yoomi makes feeding time so much easier. We can take it anywhere and that means no more asking for hot water out and about. This could also potentially end our night time troubles, no more stumbling in the dark, worrying about scalding ourselves while making her milk.
What’s included in the 8oz set is a 8oz bottle, warmer and pod. Not pictured here is the warmer which is actually the core of the yoomi system. I was actually fiddling with it and forgot taking a picture of it. Oops! But here’s what I found on the yoomi page:
[Photo credit: yoomi]
The warmer is the core of the yoomi system. When activated, it gently warms baby’s feed to a milk temperature in just 60 seconds.
- warms in 60 seconds
- rechargeable in the yoomi pod in just approx. 2 mins and stays charged until you need it
- recharge and sterilise at the same time in a pan of boiling water or an electric steam steriliser
- lasts up to 250 feeds
- stays warm for up to 1 hour
- fits in all yoomi bottles
- 100% BPA Free
What’s good to know that the yoomi system is also great for heating up breast milk. yoomi can never overheat the feed, so it protects the nutrients in expressed or frozen breast milk. While we need not worried about that for now since Bubba is on full formula feeds for now, this is still good infor to note. 🙂
First things first. Before using the yoomi, I need to first charge the warmer which is pretty easy to do. You could either charge the warmer by the good old tradition method of boiling it in hot water for 30 minutes or you could charge the warmer in the yoomi pod in approximately 2 minutes in the microwave (750 – 1200 watts) using the “heat shake, heat shake method.
Once you have charged the warmer, it stays charged and is ready to use whenever you need it.
Even though the instructions were quite clear but I didn’t want to risk damaging the warmer if I didn’t do it correctly using the microwave method. Tricky with electronic devices! So we went with the traditional way of charging the warmer – boiling it!
Bringing the yoomi out for a test drive with Bubba and loving how we don’t have to lug an extra flask of hot water which adds on to the weight of the diaper bag.
Using the yoomi is pretty easy too! Here’s what happened when Bubba was due for her milk feed. We poured the water into the yoomi milk bottle, added the milk powder, assembled the bottle, pressed the orange button, waited for 60 seconds and then popped the bottle into Bubba’s mouth.
[Photo credit: yoomi]
I was initially worried that Bubba would not be able to take to the yoomi bottle. The teat is larger than her usual one that she’s been used to since birth. Surprisingly, there was little fuss and she took to the yoomi bottle rather quickly. However, one thing to note is that because the warmer is fixed unto the yoomi bottle. It makes it a little heavier for Bubba to hold the bottle on her own. But that’s not too big a deal, we could just help her with it.
What a life-saving device yoomi has been, making it so much easier for us to head out with Bubba where we don’t have to worry about where to find hot water to make her milk. It also makes it easier for us to whip up her late-night milk feeds. That’s not all, it’s actually very cost-effective to use yoomi for the warmer can be recharged up to 150 times with no plugs, no batteries and it stays that way until you use it.
yoomi works well with breast milk, formula, fresh milk and basically any sort of liquid that can be warmed and is priced at:
- 5oz set ( 5oz bottle + warmer + pod): S$55.90
- 8oz set ( 8oz bottle + warmer + pod): S$59.90
yoomi is currently retailing at Kiddy Palace, 1010 mother & child outlets, Mums & Babes, John Little, The Little Ones in my Life, Mount Alvernia Retail Pharmacy, etc. For a full list of their authorised retailers, you can visit: http://www.yoomi.com.sg/pages/our-retalier
Here are some instructional videos on yoomi that you may wish to check out as well:
Thanks again yoomi for letting us try out this feeding system for it makes it so much easier to head out with Bubba without bringing along too many items!