This post is not sponsored in any way. I bought the reviewed product on my own and am writing about it because I think it’s something that could be helpful for exclusive pumpers.
A while ago, I did a review and giveaway of Sarah Wells’ Lizzy pump bag, and when I was poking around on Amazon reading the reviews, I noticed another of her products – the Pumparoo. It looked pretty useful, so I bought one, and I think it is awesome.
What is the Pumparoo?
Throughout this site I talk about putting your pump parts in a Ziploc bag and putting them in the refrigerator so that you don’t have to wash them in between every pumping session. (I generally wash once every 12-24 hours).
This saves a lot of time in washing, but it can feel wasteful to throw away so many Ziploc bags. I’ve tried washing them, but their shape makes it a little challenging to hang them to dry.
The Pumparoo performs that same function as the Ziploc bag, except that it’s permanent, so you’re not constantly buying Ziploc bags or awkwardly trying to wash them.
What is so great about the Pumparoo?
- It’s big enough that you can fit your pump parts and bottles in it. I actually started leaving one pump at work and one at home, and I commute with just the Pumparoo in my (large) handbag. In it I have three bottles, three caps, the blue Medela freezer pack, pump parts, and (on the way to work) a yogurt for my breakfast. It’s a little tight with the yogurt but it all fits.
- It comes with a detachable piece that you can use as a “staging area.” You snap it off of the Pumparoo, put it on the table or whatever surface you’re using to set up, and assemble and disassemble your pump parts on it before putting them back in the bag.
- The Pumparoo is opaque, which means that you can put it in your office fridge without having to deal with other people’s weirdness and not feel awkward carrying it around in shared spaces.
- As noted above, it’s reusable.
- When you’ve weaned from the pump, you can use it for any number of things that you would have used a Ziploc bag for. Putting wet swimsuits in, packing food that might spill, etc.
What are the downsides?
The only one that I have identified in months of use is that you can’t dry it in the dryer. I put my first Pumparoo in the dryer by mistake and ruined it. (It was my fault – I knew better, but just forgot to pull it out when I was moving laundry from the washer to the dryer.)
Additionally, line drying isn’t ideal, because it takes about 24 hours to dry when I hang it up, and obviously I need to use it every day.
So what I did was buy two. Every day, I wash a big batch of bottles and pump parts, and I wash the Pumparoo in the sink while I’m at it. I hang it up to dry and then use the other one until the next day, and then switch again.
What’s the bottom line?
If you’re planning on exclusively pumping for more than a month or two, I think the Pumparoo is great investment that will make your life easier, so go for it!