Reviewed by real-life mommy Leslie & her adorable 8 month old daugher Reggie
When Catherine messaged me about reviewing the Born Free Bottle Genius by Summer Infant, I jumped at the chance! I had heard of these magical-baby-formula-making-devices from my neighbour who was also expecting last Summer. Her eyes lit up when she spoke of this machine…I was green with envy…alas, this legendary machine was only available in the States. So my jealousy quickly faded, but I knew that I would have to have one of these machines one day!
Fast forward a few months, my baby girl is in my arms and I am diligently preparing her formula with her big brother at my feet…sterilize bottles, boil water, let it cool, pour water into sterilized bottles, measure out the formula, shake the bottle, warm the bottle, feed the babe and repeat. So many steps and random formula powder dustings on the floor and counter due to mommy and daddy’s sleepy hands (Big brother likely had a dusting of formula powder on the top of his head too).
When the Bottle Genius joined the family last month, Reggie was 8 months old. When it crossed the threshold into our home, it was like a ray of light and a promise of a new day in bottle preparation.
At first I was taken aback by the size of the box… I wondered is this just another appliance taking up precious real estate on our countertops? Our small Toronto home has a small kitchen with 7 appliances already taking up residence on the small counter…four of them already baby related!
But when I unpacked the Bottle Genius I was pleasantly surprised by its modern design and the amount of counter space it actually occupied
(ie. Minimal counter space! It’s smaller than my single serve coffee maker! Oh and wait, we actually gained some counter space now that the Bottle Genius was here, we no longer need the bottle warmer or the can of formula or the pitcher of boiled water on the counter! This definitely was a plus!)
So for 2 days (okay, maybe 3 days) I stared at it every morning while preparing my morning coffee with my single serve coffee maker…Right I have to reserve some time today to set it up…okay…I’ll do that today…so easy to say, but when you have 2 little ones it’s not so easy to action.
Finally at dinner one night, while the boy was eating all his vegetables (I wish) and watching a Lego tutorial on YouTube (please don’t judge me) and the baby girl was content in her play pen, I picked up the Instruction manual. First thought, I need to hunker down and read this 15 page booklet of words…for me, reading anything lately has become too much of a commitment, so the task was daunting. What a pleasant surprise when I flipped open the manual and found a QR code directing me to a video on how to use the Bottle Genius. I watched the video that night after the kids went down. I will admit it was a bit intimidating. Click this, wash this, and add hydrogen peroxide! But really, practically everything requires those steps and after multiple views (yup I glazed over a few sections of the video but luckily I could just repeat it!) and referring to the manual, in retrospect, the set up was a breeze. All the info was easy to find and detailed which impressed me. Since that night we have been using the bottle genius exclusively for all bottle prep.
I would definitely recommend the Bottle Genius, especially for new parents who are exclusively bottle-feeding their babies. The thought of having this machine during the newborn stage, on my bedside table, and waking up to feed my baby at the press of a button in the middle of the night is, well, genius. I wish I had this for both my kids when they were babies. To the parents expecting a baby right now and plan to bottle feed YOU MUST BUY THIS and tell all your friends!