3 baby-formula makers didn’t work well in Consumer Reports tests

Investigation looks at accuracy of formula amounts

Being the parent of a newborn can be a wonderful but exhausting job, and any little thing can help. Newer gadgets called infant formula makers are claiming to make precisely measured, warm, ready-to-drink bottles. But, Consumer Reports testing found some did not work effectively.

“A big selling point for these infant formula makers is that it’s a tech-savvy solution that’s presumably more accurate than relying on your hands and tired eyes,” said Lisa Fogarty with Consumer Reports.

Manufacturers say the devices will take some of that work off your plate and reduce the stress in your life.

But after complaints from caregivers and medical experts to the Consumer Product Safety Commission about the Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced, Consumer Reports safety experts investigated the accuracy of three of the more popular machines on the market right now. Those are the Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced, Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced WiFi and the Baby Exo Formula Dispenser Machine.

Consumer Reports called the results concerning.

“The two Baby Brezza formula makers consistently gave less formula than was expected, which over time could lead to your baby being malnourished. The Baby Exo consistently gave more formula, which also isn’t ideal,” Fogarty said.

Breakdown of Consumer Reports’ testing & evaluations

In a statement sent to Consumer Reports, Baby Brezza said the reason for the discrepancy in test results was because of the significant natural variability that exists in formula powder in general.

Baby Exo didn’t respond to Consumer Reports’ request for comment.

While these formula makers may save you time, Consumer Reports safety experts say it’s important to feed your baby accurate amounts of formula. So, preparing it by hand and following the manufacturer’s instructions or those from your pediatrician may be your best choice.

Also, it’s important to note that you should not make homemade formulas because there’s no guarantee your baby will be getting the proper nutrition, and it could be contaminated with harmful bacteria.

About the Author

Marilyn Moritz is an award-winning journalist dedicated to digging up information that can make people’s lives a little bit better. As KSAT’S 12 On Your Side Consumer reporter, she focuses on exposing scams and dangerous products and helping people save money.

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