Disclosure: I was given a Pumpie 1N1 Dishwasher Bag and Wet Bag to review. The opinions here are my own.
One of the challenging things about exclusively pumping is the constant washing of pump parts and bottles – not only do you need to take the time to both pump and to bottle feed, but you have to clean everything! It can feel like the worst of both worlds.
One way to make this easier is to use the dishwasher. With bottles, it’s pretty self explanatory how to do that – you can just put them on the top shelf with your drinking glasses. For more complicated bottles, you can use a dishwasher basket like the one for Dr. Brown’s bottles.
Putting pump parts in the dishwasher on their own isn’t an option because they are too small and will fall through the top rack, so you definitely need something to put them in. This is where Pumpie 1N1 comes in.
If you run your dishwasher every day, you could have a pretty simple system set up. You’d need to have at least two sets of pump parts on hand; one set you run through the dishwasher – along with your bottles, if you want – and the other you use and keep in the fridge between pumping sessions. No more washing pump parts! (Note: you might want more than two sets if you pump outside of the house; if I can’t keep pump parts in the fridge I prefer to use clean ones.)
One note: when I used my dishwasher bag, I wasn’t sure if I should remove the valve that attaches to the yellow connector because I was a little nervous that it would fall out. I asked Helen (the founder of Pumpie), and she assured me that I should. I tried it and ran the dishwasher that way a few times, and it was totally fine.
Speaking of keeping pump parts in the refrigerator, the Pumpie Wet Bag is similar to the Pumparoo (which I reviewed here) – it’s a reusable bag that you can keep your pump parts in in between pumping sessions.
There are a couple of features that I like about this product as compared to the Pumparoo or a ziploc bag – first, I like that you can collapse it out on the counter and use it as a spot to put your bottles and pump parts while you unhook yourself, and then easily use the drawstrings to pick everything up and put it in the fridge. The drawstrings also make it easy to open up the bag when you take it out of the fridge and have everything that you need in front of you.
The one concern that I had with these two products is that they are a little pricey (the Pumpie Wet Bag retails for $35, and by comparison, the Pumparoo is $19). I asked Helen about this, and she said that the bags are handmade by a mom in St. Louis. Additionally, they are adding monograms to the Pumpie bags, and the monogram will be included in the price.
Helen has graciously offered to give away a Pumpie 1N1 and wet bag to one of you! All that you need to do to enter is leave a comment below before Thursday, June 8th. Make sure that you include an email address that I can contact you at in case you win! Your email address will not be published or used for any other purpose.
Update: The winner is comment #21, Elizabeth! I’ll be in touch!
Fine print: This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older. The giveaway will end on June 8, 2017 at 11:59pm CST. Enter by commenting below. Winner will be selected by matching the comment number with a randomly generated number. This post will be updated on June 9th, 2017 with the comment number and first name of the winner. Pumpie is responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!