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Thank you for purchasing a Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine, this product support page is here to help you learn how to use, clean and care for your machine, and to troubleshoot any queries you may have about it.
Designed to make bottle feeds a little easier, our Perfect Prep machine ensures that every bottle is delivered at body temperature, without the worry or waiting of traditional bottle preparation.
So, if you’ve unboxed your machine and are ready to get started, keep on reading to find the answers to any questions you may have about your Perfect Prep machine.
Remember, if you need additional support, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
This is a guide to all the component parts of your Perfect Prep Machine, and how they fit together. Before you get started, please make sure that you have everything you need.
Regular Cleaning Advice
For hygiene and safety reasons you should clean your unit on a regular basis. We recommend you carry out this cleaning cycle every 4 weeks, whenever you replace your Tommee Tippee water filter or if the machine has been unused for a period of 7 days.
Remove the lid, hopper and bottle stand and set the filter to one side (top side down). Clean the external machine surface with a clean cloth (it is advisable to use an antibacterial solution), taking care to clean in all grooves and under the dispenser spout. At this time the lid, hopper and bottle stand should also be cleaned using hot soapy water, rinsed thoroughly, and allowed to dry naturally (do not use cloths or tea towels to dry).
Plug in the unit, the empty tank warning light will illuminate.
How To Clean
For the initial cleaning cycle, boiling water is all that’s required…
If your unit has been out of use for 7 days or longer, there are two cleaning options to choose from:
PLEASE NOTE: If you are also changing your Tommee Tippee water filter, press the filter reset button for 2 seconds to clear the machine memory before using for a feed.
My machine is giving me two cold shots after cleaning?
This is perfectly normal! After every cleaning cycle the Perfect Prep will produce a cold hot shot, followed by a second cold shot this will need to be discarded as per the set up and cleaning instructions. Your Perfect prep will then work as normal producing a hot shot initially followed by cooled filter water to make up the perfect temperature for your baby’s feed.
Why do I have to use a Tommee Tippee filter?
We are aware that some people are buying standard water jug filters, rather than Tommee Tippee filters, for use in their Perfect Prep machines. Most standard water filters do not include an anti-bacterial filtration membrane so will NOT remove bacteria. It’s therefore extremely important to ensure that you are buying and using the correct Tommee Tippee anti-bacterial filter.
Watch the video below for more information on why the Perfect Prep Filter is the best for use in the Perfect Prep Machine.
Why do I need to submerge the filter before use?
Submerging the filter before use ensures that any air bubbles or loose particles within the filter are removed prior to use. If bubbles remain, it could affect the operation of the machine. Submerging should only take a minute or so.
Once you place the filter into the machine, use the first bottle cycle without adding formula as a final flush to complete this process. Once complete, you’re ready to go!
Remember, if you’ve got any questions or concerns about this process, feel free to contact us to chat more.
What does the hot shot do?
The hot shot is a key feature of the Perfect Prep. It not only helps to dissolve the formula powder quickly and easily, but it also kills bacteria which may be present in the formula itself. The water dispensed in the hot shot is at a temperature of over 70°C.
Why can’t I make a feed smaller than a 4oz bottle?
We would love for you to be able to prepare a smaller bottle volume with the Prefect Prep unit, but it cannot make up a bottle below 4oz because the volume of the feed needs to be large enough to easily split into two:
For any smaller feeds, we don’t have enough hot water in which to dilute the formula powder effectively, or enough to dilute and cool it down sufficiently from 70°C.
My temperature warning light keeps coming on and I don’t know why. What can I do to turn this off?
The only time we would expect this warning light to come on is during the cleaning mode, when you flush the unit with boiled water. Thereafter, you should only ever fill your unit with cold water from the tap.
The Perfect Prep unit contains a probe that measures the temperature of the water in the tank which prevents the unit from dispensing if the water is above 25°C. This is a key safety feature to ensure that the final feed is not too hot for your baby.
High water temperature should only ever be an issue in hotter climates, but it is not uncommon for mains water to rise in temperature in cooler climates during a sustained period of hot weather. We therefore recommend that the cold tap is flushed for 10 seconds before filling the tank.
The Perfect Prep should be kept in a cool dry location, out of direct sunlight and away from warm appliances. This is recommended to avoid the tank temperature getting too warm.
To prevent your unit getting too hot…
How long can I leave unused water in the tank?
Water is a food stuff, so we recommend using any water in the tank within 1-2 days. If water has been left in the hopper for longer, then please empty and refill before next use.
How often do I need to change the filter?
On average each filter should last around 3 months, depending on the amount and size of bottles you use. The warning light will tell you when the filter needs to be changed.
The first light (when solid) is purely an indicator. When the light flashes, the filter physically requires changing.
Replacement filters are available from the Tommee Tippee website, please follow this link to shop.
Why is the amount of feed over or under the level of feed I was expecting?
As is normal with all manufactured products, the Perfect Prep Machine dispensed water volume has an allowed tolerance of +/- 5%. Additionally, there are potential tolerances in the measurement graduations of our Closer to Nature bottles.
This means that any volume below 100 ml may vary by +/- 5 ml, and any volume above 100 ml may vary by +/- 5%.
It’s therefore possible for the combination of both tolerances, machine and bottle, to make the volume dispensed by the machine appear inaccurate.
Our Closer to Nature baby bottles all meet or surpass the requirements for volume tolerances as specified by European Standard EN 14350.
Although we do not manufacture formula powder, we have looked at what the leading brands recommend and most assume that a 9lb+ baby will be on 4oz feeds. It is difficult to recommend a "suitable from" age because every newborn’s weight is different. Some babies are onto 4oz feeds within a couple of weeks whereas others may take longer.
Sometimes when I change the water filter there are black particles on the cartridge. What are they?
You may find that there’s a small residue of black carbon in the bag or on the surface of the cartridge; this can happen and it’s nothing to be concerned about. These dust particles are harmless and will be reduced during the initial set up process when submerging in clean fresh water.
The carbon used in the filter is food grade certified and therefore poses no harm to your little one.
As with any other method of making up a feed, it’s essential that good hygiene practices are observed when using and maintaining your Perfect Prep machine.
It’s very important that your everyday routine includes simple hygiene steps such as keeping formula away from the hopper and only ever holding the top of the filter. Ensure your hands and all surfaces that come in to contact with the machine and its components are clean, and that the unit is away from direct sunlight and heat sources.