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So if you have followed or explored my blog for any length of time you will know that I breastfed my daughter and I am currently breastfeeding my son; however, we did supplement my daughter from time to time for a number of circumstances or used it in lieu of pumping when I didn’t have the time. We bought our first little box of single serving formula packs the other week (which I recommend to moms who won’t use the small cans of formula up in the one month timespan they recommend it be consumed after opening) so that my husband or other care giver could feed the little guy if I had a doctor’s appointment or other engagement, but didn’t have time to pump ahead of time.
Although I normally wouldn’t consider purchasing a formula mixer myself for such occasional use, I had the opportunity to review the brand new version of the Prince Lionheart VERSA Formula mixer and will say that it is a product I will highly recommend to anyone using formula, whether full time or part time. It has been a fun little gadget to have in the kitchen, is easy to use and wash, and because it is battery operated you can also take it on the go. It mixes superior to a spoon and you can avoid the clumped up formula that often settles in the nipple of the bottle when you are shaking it to mix it up.
It is lightweight and a lot more compact than I would have imagined, and has two different removable attachments to mix and froth. The interchangeable attachments allow you to use the mixer for multiple applications and different members of the house as well as use it beyond the infant years. We have been using it the most on a daily basis to make powdered drinks for my toddler, particularly mixing the chocolate powder in milk to make her chocolate milk, but it is perfect during for frothing some hot chocolate or warm drink. As my daughter now reminds me (after making a little mess on the counter last week) you will want to make sure you wait to turn the mixer on until it is inside the bottle or cup to turn it on (which I attribute to my lack of sleep with my newborn) and wait a second after pushing the button to turn it off to lift it up to make sure the mixer is completely turned off.
I felt that both attachments seemed to work equally well to mix and dissolve powders and although the frother does add a little bit of froth to the drink, you shouldn’t expect coffee shop level foamy goodness (unless I am just lacking the proper technique). It’s still a nice attachment to have for mixing and concocting hot or cold drinks for other members of the family and after your child’s infant years. The mixing attachment should get plenty of use if you are mixing multiple bottles of formula every day and/or make powdered drinks for your family and unlike some kitchen gadgets it is a breeze to clean so you can use it throughout the day without worrying about the hassle of clean up.