Holle Lebenswert Formula & The Baby Brezza (Best Thing Ever!)

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I know a lot of friends having babies and this is one of the questions I get the most, feeding and formula! Well, I found after tons of research the best formula for us in my opinion.. The Holle Lebenswert Formula it is a German formula and when I lived there I know how strict the FDA was on what goes into their food; so naturally this is the type of food I wanted to give Layla.  It’s $29.00 box if you buy more than 10 which I would recommend because they go through a box every 4-5 days. I order 15 boxes and reorder every 2 months or so. I purchase mine from Formula Land, link below. Shipping takes 3-4 days!

http://www.formuland.com/product-category/all/holle-lebenswert/

Lebenswert’s stage 1 formula is free of maltodextrin, relying instead upon lactose (which more closely mimics breast milk) to lend sweetness to the formula. Moreover, Lebenswert adheres to Bioland organic guidelines for farmers and manufacturers. These guidelines are even more stringent than the European Union’s Eco-Regulation; you can read more about them here.

Lebenswert does still contain palm oil and canola oil (called “rapeseed oil”), but it is definitely what I would choose if I were formula-feeding. Here’s a complete ingredients list of the stage 1 formula: Organic skimmed milk, organic whey powder (partly demineralised), organic vegetable oils (palm, rapeseed, sunflower oil), lactose, potassium chloride, calcium, vitamin C, sodium chloride, ferrous gluconate, vitamin E, zinc sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, copper sulphate , Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6 , Vitamin A, manganese sulfate, folic acid, potassium iodate, vitamin K1 , sodium selenate, vitamin D.

Because it’s from Germany, Lebenswert is not FDA approved, so it can be challenging to obtain here in the U.S. Please ask your pediatrician if the ingredients and nutrients are appropriate for your baby before using this formula.

BABY BREZZA! 

The Baby Brezza Formula Pro instantly makes bottles as small as 2-ounces up to 10-ounces in less time than it would take for you to make them by hand and works with any brand or size of bottle. The easy to refill water reservoir holds 50-ounces of water and heats to near body temperature, which is perfect for most babies.

The formula storage container holds 700-grams of formula or one whole box of Holle formula. But learn from my fail and save the scooper  that comes with your formula before you throw out the container. You never know when you have to make a bottle for travel and then you’re left, like me, trying to eyeball your scoops. (Total amateur move.)

Tips for using the Baby Brezza

I’ve actually gone online and read just about every customer review I possibly could just to get a feel of what kind of issues, if any, people had with this machine. And trust me, I also put it thorough its paces from running it until it was completely empty with both the formula and the water to leaving it on all day and night — really anything to replicate any possible problem. From what I can tell it comes down to two things: read the directions and clean it regularly. Seriously, read the directions. The set up of this machine is very detailed and specific to each brand and formula type. Setting the machine to the wrong formula brand and formulation can lead to wrong mixing ratios and nobody wants that… especially your baby. For the Holle formula we used setting 8 on the Brezza, but double check before you do!

As far as keeping it clean, I have just made it a habit of. Once a day, I take out the funnel and clean the underneath part where the formula comes out. This is the area where formula tends to collect and dry out. Because of this, I have yet to have an issue with clogging, clumping or misfires with dispensing in any way. Once a month I will wash out the reservoir and the formula storage, easy peasy.

I purchased mine on Amazon for $159.00 but I know you can also get it at Target, and Buy Buy Baby! But if you are smarter than me, I would totally register for it ;o)

Some baby gear items are luxuries, some are necessities, and then some luxuries turn into necessities…this is one of those items.

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9 Month Update(2 weeks late)!!

 

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I can’t believe our little Pumpky (yes that would be one of the many random nicknames we have for her lol) is already 9 months old! As each day passes I see my little babe turning into such a big girl, she’s not baby anymore ;o(

She has grown up SO much in 1 month its unreal!! She is developing the most amazing personality, she LOVES attention, saying DADA, being held, having people tell her she’s cute, waving at randoms, EATING, crawling at the speed of light, talking, working on walking, doing better at restaurants and in the car, loves kisses, and strapping her into things because she is a wiggle worm!

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Clothing: Our big girl is 16.5 lbs and is wearing size 2-3 diapers and 6-12 month clothing
Feeding: She is eating 3 full meals a day, she is starting to get over her pouches she only wants to eat what were eating, which actually is fine with us and she loves it! She will go to town on salmon and carrots or steak and truffle mac n cheese ;o)  As for formula we’re using Holle Lebensweet (its from Germany, I will write about it next!) and it works well for her. Miss Layla LOVES to feed herself and let me tell you she definitely ends up wearing more than she is eating. She will not let me get near her with any utensils, so independent! Her favorite food is Macaroni and Cheese of all kinds! She’s eating meat and fish for 2 meals a day, having snacks as well, lately she loves raisins, blueberries, watermelon, teething wafers(Happy Baby) and bananas. For breakfast we introduced eggs, pancakes, yogurt..pretty much whatever were eating she will go nuts for but pancakes are by far her fav!!
Sleeping: SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!! Holy moly finally! We started this around 8 months and if I would of known we would of started this at month 6. She was waking up twice a night to eat and then one night I gave her a full bottle, the next night half a bottle, the 3rd night 1/4 a bottle then finally on the 4th night she didn’t wake up and it has been heaven since!!
Milestones: Layla has her two bottom teeth but the top two are making their way in as we speak. Teething was in HIGH gear for the past month, chewing on everything, crying, ear infections, grabbing her ears, getting sick it has been hell but I think its almost over! She is cursing everywhere and transitions herself from the couch to table to chair etc etc. She also walks all the way around our coffee table while holding on it. I think this child will be walking in no time! That being said we have entered the land of bumps and bruises! Layla is OBSESSED with Dad, its like I am not even in the picture anymore! She wants to be with him every second of the day, play on him, grab his nose, eye brows, leg and arm hair, eat what he’s eating, do what he’s doing. It is actually the cutest thing I have ever seen and I know he’s just as obsessed with her as she is with him. 3 weeks or so ago she said her first words….DADA, now thats all I hear dada,dada,dada,dadadadadadadda! lol we are working on mama she can say it but only when she’s screaming (I think lol) 9 months has literally been the best age so far, she’s incredible and I can’t wait to see whats next!!IMG_2342IMG_2347
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Eating pancakes with Pop!
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