The first of my travel essential reviews is the fabulous Yoomi Self Warming Bottle. Never heard of it? Well, where have you been? This is an ingenious invention, created by Farah and Jim, parents who were looking for a faster way to warm expressed breast milk following the premature birth of their child. The bottle cleverly warms a feed in just 60 seconds so its perfect for when you’re out and about- no messing with boiling water in jugs and waiting an age for it to cool down. It’s also perfect for travelling as you don’t need to rely on accommodation with a microwave (never a recommended way to warm a feed anyway) and, again, there is no need for boiling water and jugs and STRESS!
Ok, so we tried the Yoomi yesterday, prior to our travels. The instructions are clear and easy to follow so even the most sleep deprived amongst us should be fine. The warmer does require a little preparation though, so you will need to be organised. Before each use, the warmer needs to be charged in boiling water for 25 minutes. You then need to leave it for at least 75 minutes before use.
I charged my warmer first thing in the morning and then poured the water for the feed. The charger can stay in the fridge all day with no problem. Once it’s charged, it’s done. I would recommend charging one last thing at night for the morning feed and then another first thing in the morning for the next feed and work on that system, so that you always have a charger ready.
So when you’re charged and ready to use the Yoomi, all you do is the press the button and wait for 60 seconds. Then simply allow the feed to run over the warmer (the warmer sits inside the bottle, just below the teat) and your feed is warmed to perfect breast milk temperature!
The Yoomi Self Warming Bottle has been selected as one of the top 15 British inventions of the last decade and I can honestly say that I can see why. On top of that, the bottle has received the following awards:
Tots to Travel finalist in the Feeding category of the Just Go Awards
The Concours Lepine Silver Medal ( a prestigious French inventor’s award)
Silver Award for the Best New Innovation at the Mother and Baby Awards
‘Best Buy’ for combination breast/bottle feeding by Mother and Baby Magazine
One of the top 50 baby products in the Inependent’s Health and Families section
Best Buiness Model category in the EBN Smart Entrepreneurship Competition
Good Housekeeping Innovation of the Month Award
And most recently, Yoomi has been announced as a finalist in two categories of the Loved by Parents Awards- ‘Best Product for Bottle Feeding’ and ‘Best Travel Invention’ categories! You can vote for Yoomi here: http://lovedbyparents.com/votehere/
I’m looking forward to taking the Yoomi on holiday, especially since we are planning a couple of nights out where we may have to do the bottle out of the holiday home. The Yoomi, I hope, will make the whole thing a lot easier as we won’t need microwaves or boiling kettles. As long as I charge the warmer, we can make up the feed anywhere. That’s why the Yoomi has been awarded so many accolades!
Don’t forget to check back to see what we thought of the Yoomi on our travels!