I’m a New Mom, and the Baby Brezza Formula Pro and Bottle Washer Save Me Enough Time to Actually Shower

No more washing bottles? Yes, please

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Being a parent is a 24/7 job. Being a newborn parent? That’s a number we can’t even compute. Whether you’re breastfeeding and pumping around the clock or get the occasional “mom, I peed the bed” at 3 a.m. when you just got your newborn back down, I’ve learned that it takes some serious strategy to find ways to make time for myself. As much as I wish I could just snap my fingers to complete tedious activities (looking at you, bottle washing), saving a few minutes here and there truly adds up in the grand scheme of the day. Two of my favorite time savers have been all thanks to two kitchen gadgets: the Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced ($230) and the Bottle Washer Pro ($300).

For me, I would rather scrub my bathroom with a toothbrush than take apart, wash, sterilize and put together bottles multiple times a day, every day—we use the Dr. Brown’s Anti-Colic Bottles (if you know, you know). In the same realm, I can’t tell you how many times I began manually making a bottle for my baby only to forget to count how many scoops of formula I put in and then scare myself into dumping it down the drain because I was worried it would hurt my baby if my measurement was off (first-time mom things). Not to mention, then waiting several minutes for the bottle to heat up in the warmer while my hungry baby is screaming. I was in search of a knight in shining armor to save me from my least favorite tasks. Enter: Baby Brezza. The brand has a slew of gadgets to assist in parent life from a bottle warmer, sterilizer and what you’re here today to read about: the Formula Pro Advanced and Bottle Washer Pro. These two products have a designated counter spot in my kitchen and will stay there until we kiss bottle feeding goodbye.

My Formula Pro Advanced Review

  • Ease of Use: 20/20
  • Quality/Functionality: 19/20
  • Value: 19/20
  • Reliability: 20/20
  • Aesthetics: 18/20

Total: 96/100

The Formula Pro Advanced is essentially a baby equivalent of a Keurig. It holds water and formula and makes a mixed bottle in seconds. When I set it up, the Baby Brezza website listed machine settings for the brand of formula I use, so it uses correct measurements based on the brand’s instructions. Once the settings were updated, for each use I select how many ounces I want the bottle to be, press start, and boom: I have a perfectly mixed bottle in less than 10 seconds.

The simplicity of the machine is what makes receptive use such a no-brainer for me. If it were covered with buttons and a bunch of settings or options to choose from every time I made a bottle, it probably would be collecting dust in my basement right about now. It remembers my formula setting, and if I’m making the same volume bottle as I did last use, the only button I need to press is “start.”

Plus, like any good relationship, the machine is communicative. It notifies us of a few key things: when to clean it, when to add water and when it’s heated (if you selected that setting). I also like that the cleaning part is easy. The funnel connected to the dispenser pops right out and you can clean it quickly with soap and water and then check the dispenser opening to remove any built up, dried formula (the whole process takes about a minute). When the water is too low for the ounce setting you have your machine set to, an alert shows up on the screen, so I know to add more, which is great so I’m never stuck mid-dispense filling up water anxiously wondering if that messed up my bottle ratio. I’m also able to adjust the temperature setting to my desired warmth because, yes, the bottle comes out warm and ready to go (which may be my favorite feature). When I add water to the tank, it heats up to the setting I have it on and is ready to go each time I prepare a bottle so you I’m waiting for it to heat up. You will, however, need to wait a minute or two if you’re adding water and need a bottle right away so it gives the tank time to heat the new stuff. You don’t get an alert when you are low on formula because the canister is clear so you can see when it reaches below the minimum line noting it’s time to add more.

I have only one problem with this machine, which the ounce offerings. You can choose between two to 10 ounces. But sometimes I just need one extra ounce to top my baby off when he’s extra hungry, and I must opt for two and then save the other one for later. While this isn’t a big deal, it’s one of those little things that just makes me wonder why that very simple option isn’t available.

All in all, this machine makes my life easier than having to manually make a bottle every three hours. And for as frequently as I use it every day, the price tag is easily justified (especially because they’re always having sales).

My Baby Brezza Bottle Washer Pro Review

  • Ease of Use: 18/20
  • Quality/Functionality: 16/20
  • Value: 18/20
  • Reliability: 20/20
  • Aesthetics: 17/20

Total: 89/100

I’ve saved so many minutes a day being able to pop my baby bottles in this machine to clean instead of hand washing them. My baby eats seven to eight times a day, so I usually use the bottle washer twice a day. It holds four bottles at a time and even accommodates the extra pieces from the Dr. Brown’s bottles. You have the option to wash, sterilize and dry the bottles, and if you choose all three it takes 88 minutes. I know that seems like forever, but it would only be an issue if you had absolutely no clean bottles on hand and you needed one right that moment, but since I’ve been using the Bottle Washer, I haven’t run into this issue. For each wash, the bottles need to be fully disassembled, the water tank filled with a gallon of water, the soap tab added, and the waste water from the previous wash emptied.

While overall this machine is a huge time saver and very easy to use, there are a few things about the bottle washer I don’t love. For starters, the brand advises using distilled water for each wash. Because I use this thing twice a day every day, it’s unreasonable to have 14 gallons of distilled water on hand every week (especially when there’s a shortage in my grocery stores where I live). I’ve been using tap water, the only downside to this is you need to descale the machine more frequently (I currently descale once a week to every 10 days). Within my first few uses of the machine, I had, what could be a user error issue, where the back panel of the plastic lid that covers the washer while it’s in use got warped after a use and now I need to maneuver it around the bottles for each use, which was annoying at first, but now I’m used to it. I also found that I to replenish detergent tabs in a timely manner since there is no soap alternative available (I prefer to get these on Amazon because they come in a day versus waiting several through the brand website). The machine is quite big, but it’s easily movable because it has little wheels on the bottom making it easy to turn and push out of the way when needed. If you are someone who uses Dr. Brown’s bottles, the little green wheel topper needs to be manually washed and is essentially only put in the bottle washer for sterilization because the machine can’t clean the inside of the air holes.

As I mentioned, this machine saves me a ton of time washing bottles, so any small issues it has don’t really phase me too much. It’s a bit more on the expensive side and is definitely not a necessity, but if you’re looking to cut down on tedious tasks, it’s a great addition (which makes it a great addition to your baby registry).

I personally love finding ways to simplify my life whether that’s a new gadget or a TikTok hack, so these couple of things are well worth their money because of their purpose and how frequently they’re used. They’re both definitely mom-approved (from this mom, anyway).

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Olivia Dubyak is PureWow's Commerce Editor and textbook Capricorn. She studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has gone from New York City to...

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