Manic Mama Monday(On Tuesday) – {Baby Brezza Review}

Hello hello my lil bloglets! So I apologize for not getting this post added yesterday for the Manic Mama Monday series. My 6 month old has decided to go back to his 1 month old sleeping habits for some reason. So yesterday I was running on only an hour and a half of sleep and forgot it was even Monday lol. I’m sure most of you have been there a time or two. So anyway, let’s get this Manic Mama Monday rant started. For this week I want to focus on babies! Yay right? lol. This post is a review of a much talked about expensive item that is suppose to be a baby must-have…. The Baby Brezza Formula Pro!machine1

For those of you that are not familiar with this product, it is like a Keurig for baby formula. Water is kept on the left and powder formula is stored in the top. You can set the machine to do 2-10 ounce bottles, not that I’ve ever seen a 10 ounce bottle but whatever. The way it works is you set it to the size bottle you want to make, place your empty bottle underneath the spout on the adjustable tray, press the start button and voila! it dispenses the perfect amount of powder and just right temperature water into the bottle like magic. No more waiting forever on a regular bottle warmer or having to measure powder formula right?…. WRONG! This product is a piece of crap!

So while I was pregnant with little man I came across this on the internet and thought it was the most ingenious thing I had ever seen. I of course just had to have it and was completely willing to pay the ridiculous $100+ for it. But it was so not worth my money and it isn’t worth yours either! First off, the spout gums and clogs after every single bottle. So that means that busy newborn moms have to take the top apart and clean it after every single bottle! Well for a newborn that’s a lot. When Bodie Bear was a newborn we were using it and we started noticing problems with his bottles. One would look super watered down and the next would look super thick. Well of course at first I assumed it was a person error of some kind because so many people are hanging around and helping out when you first bring a baby home. However, we soon realized it wasn’t us it was the Brezza. It does not release the same exact amount of powder every time so who knows exactly how much formula it is putting in your baby’s bottle. For us we just went with it and decided to only use it to dispense the water at the right temperature and we would put the powder in ourselves. Ya know that way we didn’t have to go spend more money on a regular bottle warmer. But it turns out that it doesn’t dispense the same amount of water every time either! Despite having it set to the right ounces, the machine will give you 2 ounces one time and then the very next time it’s more like 3 or less than 2. Needless to say I was pissed. But it as been forever since we bought it, I bought it online and do not have the receipt and it was used so we just swallowed our losses and bought a regular run of the mill bottle warmer.

I really wanted to get this out there for other mothers or mother-to-bes because I know there are so many of you that will see it and think it’s completely worth all the money since it will save you time. I know because that is exactly how I saw it. But it really is not good for your baby. My lil guy has a lot of tummy issues and is allergic to cows milk and soy. In the beginning before we knew any of that the doctor had him switch formulas so many times and all I can think about is how some might not have been as bad if he was getting the right amount in the water you know? I really think that this machine made things worse for my baby because he did not get a consistent amount at each feeding. So take it or leave it, this is my opinion and my experience with The Baby Brezza Formula Pro. I think the idea of this machine is pure genius and hopefully some of the other brands out there I have seen are not as screwed up as this one. If it worked exactly like it was suppose to then I would say that yes it actually is worth the price for it because it is way faster then a regular bottle warmer and it doesn’t make the bottle itself hot to the touch because it doesn’t sit inside anything. Unfortunately this particular brand is a complete waste of money and in my opinion dangerous to your baby’s digestive system.

Welp that is it for this week’s Manic Mama post. I hope I have helped yall decide on whether or not you will be getting this machine. This week’s posts will feature a baby theme so stay tuned. Once again I’m so sorry this did not get posted yesterday when it was due. Keep watch this week for a baby essentials bundle giveaway I will be doing! Until next time my lil bloglets….

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Manic Mama Monday – {Tweens!!!}

So here it is, the forever dreaded MONDAY!!! AAAHHHH! This is also the first post for my new weekly post series called Manic Mama Monday! In these weekly posts I will touch on parenting tips, rants and anything else to do with kids and parenting for the week. So to start off this series and this whole week’s theme I would like to talk to you about TWEEN GIRLS…. I know, I know it’s a scary subject but one that must be focused on this week. Most of society refers to tweens as girls who range from ages 10-12 right before officially becoming a teenager at age 13, however they are wrong. I am here to tell you that as soon as your daughter, granddaughter, niece or whoever starts acting and attempting to dress as though they are 17 then they are a tween. Girls mature at different ages and some way faster than others. Sadly, for me I have one of these girls. She is 8 years old right now but this started a year ago. For most people 6, 7, 8 and 9 year olds are still seen as “little” kids, so most parents don’t expect certain behaviors and activities from their children of these ages because they think they still have a few years. This is exactly how my mind was set. My oldest is 10 and a boy so I worry and expect certain behaviors from him that I never even thought about with my daughter. I still saw her as my baby and figured I had plenty of time to worry about how she dressed or acted in front of boys, how she felt about boys or how she handled herself online…. Unfortunately I was wrong. Both of my children have Xboxes and have Xbox live so therefore connection to the internet and Netflix and YouTube, a fact of which I honestly never gave much thought to. The reason it was ever given to them was when they were both obsessed with that Minecraft game and wanted to play online with each other and visit each other’s worlds so no biggie right? Well my son received a tablet for Christmas and started using Facebook and Facebook messenger. I allowed this because he only used it to stay in contact with my mother and other family members who live in other states. It was great, made my mom’s day that he could “text” her from Facebook messenger whenever he wanted. So then my daughter wanted in on the action and we got her an iPod. Biggest mistake I have ever made as far as gift giving for my kids!! At first, she used it for music and had some kiddie games on there she played constantly which was fine. She also used the messenger app to talk with family and even me. She would message me asking when dinner was ready and things like that. It all seemed peachy right? No! The downfall started when she got permission from her friends’ parents to message back and forth with them on there. This became a constant battle to get that thing out of her hands and face. She was facetiming at 7AM and sneaking messages out after bedtime on school nights. So I had to put time limits on the messenger, which I had to apply to both kids to be fair and my son had never needed them. After that, then she started acting a fool over messenger within her allowed timeframe. My wonderful baby girl was bullying her friend and they almost stopped being friends.  Now I say “bullying” but she wasn’t meaning it like that. She was all in all joking with her friend and acting crazy thinking it was funny but as most of you know things online and in a message do not always come across as people mean them to. So I had to answer phone calls and questions from her friends’ parents about why my daughter was being mean and didn’t want to be friends with their daughter anymore and a whole huge mess of crap that us moms DO NOT want to have to deal with. So as mommy duty would demand I took away her messenger privileges. She was still allowed to keep the app and message family members only! I blocked everyone else on there so she couldn’t talk with friends anymore. BUT the trouble did not stop there… next she became OBSESSED with YouTube! It was all she did. At first it was just annoying because she was watching videos of her favorite Disney movies and songs over and over and over again. Then she started watching those ridiculous challenges and prank videos. She started following and watching this particular guys viral video channel but I allowed it because they were ok for kids. They were really just dumb but nothing inappropriate. Turns out the guy was a 17-year-old boy and she looked him up on Facebook messenger and tried facetiming him and messaging him, you know the messenger that was supposed to be only for family now? By this point I was deciding that maybe she wasn’t mature enough to have all this technology at her fingertips and was contemplating taking it away. Unfortunately, my story does not end here, her brother came to me all upset because he had gotten on her iPod to look up something on YouTube and saw where she had looked up a sexual phrase on there. Being the good snoopy big brother he is he went into her history and saw that she had actually watched or at least clicked on at least three of the videos that had come up with her search. He immediately confronted her about it and said he was going to tell. He did tell however between the time he looked at it and the time I actually got my hands on it all the history on EVERYTHING had been removed! She is only 8 years old people!!! First off, where in the HELL did she even learn those words to look up? Or where did she learn what it meant and how to look up the right way? Then how did she know how to erase everything so there was no proof?? I was completely floored by this. I still see her as my baby girl and had no idea that she even knew or understand anything having to do with sex and I was so very very wrong. She now has no apps on her iPod except the messenger to talk to her grandparents and aunt with. It has to come to me to be charged and the very first time I look at it and any history from anything has been deleted it is gone. The reason I wanted to share this story is to warn other moms out there. I honest to goodness did not know to even look for or be worried about my precious baby girl looking up porn on the internet or trying to message with a 17-year-old boy. Of course now I am all up in their business when it comes to their internet because I’m totally paranoid at this point. Luckily that “boy” never did respond to her but OMG that could have gone a completely different way. She saw him as like a celebrity because he had his own popular YouTube channel. So please please please moms everywhere DO NOT be naive about anything with your kids and keep an eye on EVERYTHING!!! Trust me on this! I am so glad that I discovered all of this now that she is still younger before she is old enough to go out with friends and things like that. So there you have it, my Manic Mama Monday rant and warning for the week. I promise that not every Monday will be such an awful and tormenting topic lol I just had to get this message out there. When I told my friends who’s daughters are her age, they were so completely blown away and thought what I did, that their little girl was way too little to know anything about anything like that and was not old enough for any of that behavior. So now they know not to overlook the age and so do you. Alright my lil bloglets, until next time….