Does Your Baby Deserve Her Own Nespresso Machine?

The evil geniuses at Nestlé have launched BabyNes – a baby-milk dispenser that uses the same technology as their highly popular Nespresso coffee machines.

The system, which is currently on sale in the Swiss market, offers single-serve capsules of formula – or milk powder – for infants. So in the same way you’d insert a coffee capsule into a Nespresso machine and let it works its magic, you could instead place a formula capsule into the BabyNes and watch as it prepares your baby’s bottle.

It’s actually damn brilliant even though the whole things makes me uncomfortable. First of all, it’s expensive (the machine itself sells for around $285, with capsules costing up to $62 for a pack of 26 – that’s roughly double the cost of regular powdered milk in Switzerland, where the company is based). Second, I’d be concerned about the health claims and safety of the product (in the 1970s, Nestlé was boycotted around the world for its marketing of powdered milk; many infants died, particularly in Africa, because mothers mixed the powdered milk with contaminated water).

But, then again, the same could be said for formula of any kind.

And, let’s not underestimate the price of convenience. (Is there anything more convenient than having your formula measured out and heated up for you – especially when your hands are full with a screaming infant?)

Mothers who choose to breastfeed exclusively will likely scoff at the BabyNes. But for those who formula-feed, this is one posh machine that, if you can afford it, is looking slicker by the minute.

 

 

(Photo: nestle.com)

 

 

 

 

 

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    • Lindsay Cross

      I just don’t know how I feel about this. I had to start supplementing with formula when my daughter was 6 months old because I simply wasn’t able to produce enough milk. But really, I never thought making a bottle was that difficult. We have a Keurig because my husband and I like different types of coffee and never drink more than a single cup. But its not like you make a whole pot of formula. Then I start thinking about how you sterilize the machine, if that’s necessary. Or how well sealed the cartridges are. I don’t know. It seems like a whole lot of trouble and money for something that really isn’t that difficult to begin with.

    • Shawna Cohen

      You make a good point, Lindsay. I thought about sterilization, too.

      Something I hadn’t considered until now is all the unnecessary waste (as is the case with Nespressos in general – all that extra packaging is lousy for the environment!).

    • Philothei

      What is most concernign about the NesBaby system is that it does not heat the formula to the 70 degree temperature that is required by the World Health Organization to consider the formula safe and sterile.

      Considering the run in with pathogens in their formula Nestle had not too long ago, you’d think they would have prioritized safety this time around. As someone who cares about infant safety, I will not be purchasing the product and will advise my friends to do the same.

      There is always a slight chance that formula can be contaminated, even in modern North America. Imagine what it would be like to live somewhere that has less regulations and poor water quality – you would think your child was safe, rightfully assuming that your Nestle system would sterilize your infant’s formula water. It disgusts me that Nestle would take such chances on the health of the world’s children in order to maximize profits.

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