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There are many decisions that come with being a parent - which pram to purchase, what colour to paint the nursery, whether a change table will be worth the money. These all shrink to nothing compared to the question of how to feed your baby. I knew what I wanted to do - I'd been to the breastfeeding course, read the books, even gone to speak to other new mums at a support group. It came as a shock and disappointment when Little Loz spent the first five days of his life screaming until he could scream no more and just sad little rasps came out. He was admitted to the children's ward suffering from dehydration, sodium imbalance and weight loss. From there on in formula became a necessity not a choice. The hospital provided ready to feed bottles but late on a Friday afternoon we were discharged and made our way to Mothercare armed only with some sketchy information about bottle feeding. We came away with the Innosense newborn starter set, the Innosense cold water steriliser and Milton sterilisation tablets. In the third of a trio of reviews, I'll discuss the Milton tablets.
Sterilisation tablets are needed for cold water sterilisation of bottles. This method of sterilisation is sometimes referred to as chemical sterilisation as it relies on the bleach found in the tablets to kill germs. Milton is probably the best known brand although, as I will mention, there are others that are cheaper. In terms of format, Milton and other brands, also offer a liquid solution. At £1.40 for 28, sufficient for a month cold water sterilisation, the tablets work out slightly cheaper.
The tablets come in a box with full instructions printed on the outside. The tablets are white, round and about 2cm across. They are sealed in paper in a two by two block. Tearing along the serration separates two tablets without breaking their individual pack seal. Each strip of two tablets on the block is marked with an expiration date. This product works by killing germs with the chemicals it contains. Those chemicals mean that each tablet pack is marked as an irritant and dangerous to the environment. There are additional warnings on the pack that the product should be kept away from children and animals. Care should also be taken not to splash the Milton solution on to fabrics and surfaces as this may remove colour.
One tablet prepares 5 litres of water for sterilisation. Once prepared, this solution can be used for 24 hours. Items can stay in the solution until they are needed. Items can be added during the 24 hour period. This is a flexibility that steam sterilisers can not offer as they are only sterile until the lid is opened. So, if there are six bottles inside a steam steriliser when it is opened, they need to be used at once or else re-sterilised. With Milton tablets, full sterilisation is achieved in just 15 minutes - if bottles have been left in the solution earlier in the day, they are instantly available for use. A look at the side of the pack gives further information on bacteria, funguses and viruses. It is apparent from this that the majority of bugs, including Listeria, Salmonella and MRSA, are actually killed between 1 and 5 minutes with the remaining villains going in the full 15 minutes. Mothercare's own brand electric steam steriliser has a 7 minute cycle to achieve the same, but once opened all the bottles must be used or re-sterilised. Cold water sterilisation makes it quick and easy to access a sterile bottle to prepare one feed at a time, as per current health guidelines, and minimises the time spent in any one day sterilising bottles.
So far the use and benefits described are common to all sterilisation tablets. What appears to be unique to Milton is that, when retrieved from the solution, items can be used immediately. Other tablets instruct that items need to be rinsed with cooled boiled water. Although I have looked at ownbrand tablets and realised that they are cheaper, I would always buy Miltons to avoid the effort and inconvenience of another step in the process of preparing a bottle. A further plus from Milton is that the tablets are serrated in to quarters meaning that smaller amounts of water can be prepared for sterilisation. This means that I can visit a friend's house and sterilise just one bottle by taking a quarter of a tablet and a piece of Tupperware big enough to contain 1.25 litres.
Although the most common use of sterilisation tablets is probably baby feeding/weaning related, the tablets do have other uses. I have popped a quarter of a tablet in to a flask that had been unused for some time and sterilised Tupperware that I've used to store dummies in.
I award five Dooyoo stars to the cold water sterilisation process and five Dooyoo stars to Milton tablets. Sometimes the old fashioned ways are the best!
When my 2 girls were babies I had a steam steriliser so generally didn't need to use Milton or any other sterilising fluid however when we went on our first holiday as a family of four I bought some to use whilst we were away for my youngests bottles to save taking the steriliser with us.
I bought the Milton in our local chemist as I had forgotten to pick it up in the supermarket so probably paid a little more than normal price, I paid about £2 for a box of 28 tablets.
The tablets come packaged in a cardboard box with all the information on them that you need such as how to use them and what they contain. They claim to kill 99.9% of bacteria and stay sterile for 24 hours which is ideal, there is no need to rinse the bottles apparently but I always did just because I felt they should be and they sterilise within 15 minutes so not a long process. Ingredients are, Active ingredient: Sodium Dichloroisocyanurate (CAS: 2893-78-9): 19.5% w/w,Contains 613-030-00-X Troclosene Sodium.
To use the tablets is really easy all you have to do is put 1 tablet in 5 litres of water, I actually used half a tablet in 2 litres of water simply because I didn't have anything away with us which would hold 5 litres. Once the tablet has dissolved you need to submerge your equipment into the solution and leave for 15 minutes. Once completed remove your equipment from the solution and it is ready to use although like I said I still rinsed it. The bottles were left looking crystal clear and smelt nice and sterilised.
My youngest daughter had a very sensitive stomach and reflux so I am sure I would have known if her bottles weren't sterilised properly yet we used these in the height of summer and she was absolutely fine. I was very confident in the performance of the tablets and would recommend them. My Dad has ended up using the rest of the box to sterilise his homebrew making equipment so they are not just for baby equipment they have more uses.
When my son was 3 months old we took him to Northern Spain via a 24hours ferry crossing and I picked up some of these Milton Sterilising tablets to use whilst we were on the ferry and also whilst we were in our accommodation to save me having to take the whole steam steriliser with me.
They come in packs of 28 with each tablet being individually wrapped so they are easy to transport and are also easy to unwrap. To use the tablets all you have to do is wash your bottles and teats in the usual way with warm soapy water, and rinse in clean water. Meanwhile in a tub that will hold 5 litres of cold water, I used the sink on the ferry and whilst on holiday I found a large plastic bowl that was plenty big enough to use. For each 5 litres of water you need one tablet, I would sterilise 3 bottles each time and 5 litres was more that enough. Once you have put the tablet into the water it will dissolve and after a few minutes it is ready for use, just put your bottles in the water solution and leave for a minimum of 15 minutes, after which the bottles will be ready to use. To use the bottles all you have to do is take the bottles out of the sterilising solution and rinse thoroughly. The bottles can be left in the sterilising solution for up to 24 hours, which is what I did over night so I had a supply of ready to use bottles though out the night and for in the morning.
The sterilising tablets smell of very weak bleach but the smell does not linger on the bottles after they have been rinsed well. I found them to be very easy to use and as they come individually wrapped they are perfect for taking on holiday or for when visiting friends and family for a few days. Overall I would recommend these sterilising tablets to others as they are easy to use, are cheap and never gave my son an upset stomach or me any cause for concern whilst I was using them.
I do have a steam steriliser at home which I prefer to use to sterilise my babies bottles, cups, bowls and cutlery etc. But on a recent trip we booked to Newcastle for the weekend, I didn't want to take my steriliser with me, I wanted something a bit more simple to use whilst we were staying in a hotel.
I picked up these Milton sterilising tablets whilst in Boots. You get 28 in a pack and they were around £2.25. They come in a box, and each tablet is in its own little packet, you just tear down the perforated line to tear a tablet packet away, and these are easy to take around with you, instead of taking the whole box. I was only going to need 3 tablets, as I was only going away for 3 days.
All you do with these tablets is, fill something up with 5 litres of water. I have a large Tupperware box which is for putting cakes in and is really deep, so I took this with me, as it has a lid too. I filled my tub up with 5 litres of water, which I had made a mark on the tub before I left so I knew where to fill up to, and popped in a tablet, which is white in colour and about the size of a 10p.
Then all you do is wash all your bottles etc that you want to sterilise and place it in the water for 15 minutes, and they will then be sterile to use. You can put dummies, breast pump parts, all sorts in this water, it is safe for everything, and you can actually fit quite a lot in 5 litres of water. I used this every morning to sterilise everything before we went out for the day, and also left some bottles in there for when we got back to the hotel in the evening. Everything stays sterile in this water for 24 hours, then you have to change the water and put another tablet in. As long as whatever you put in this water, is in there for 15 minutes it will be completely sterile.
I found this way of sterilising so easy, it is so quick and simple to do. I knew how easy it was from being in the hospital when my son was born, he was premature, and I was expressing milk with a breast pump and the hospital gave me a Milton tub with Milton tablets to keep the pump sterile. This way of sterilising is great for when you go away on holiday so you don't have to lug an electric steriliser around with you. The tablets last ages if you are only using these occasionally and are so cheap to buy.
All the equipment I put in this sterile water came out perfectly clean, no sign of any of the product on anything. This is a great way to sterilise when away from home and I would highly recommend these tablets if you want to try cold water sterilisation!
Milton sterilising tablets
I have found that everything to do with babies requires thought, consideration and wading through masses of information to find out what is best, or what will be best for your baby, home and lifestyle. One piece of kit that almost all parents will rely upon on a daily basis is some form of steriliser and only a brief look online will inform you of the daunting amount of different varieties available to buy. I was first introduced to the Milton cold water steriliser tablets at my local Midwife hospital when I was attending one of their antenatal classes. Apparently Milton tablets are used quite a lot by midwives and certainly my midwife was quite keen to recommend it to me and after using it for a while now I completely understand why she would.
So what exactly are the Milton sterilising tablets? They are just a small tablet (approximately the size of a 20 pence coin) that comes individually wrapped that when opened you drop into 5 litres of water to create a sterilising solution. The tablets will disperse by themselves so there is no need for stirring, it really is just that simple. After 15 minutes the water and any item in the sterilising solution will be sterile. The solution is then active for 24 hours so you can add or remove any pieces of equipment as much as you like and as long as you remember to give any item added 15 minutes in the solution then it will come out sterile. The Milton tablets really do make sterilising easy and straight forward.
With the Milton tablets there is no need to wash or rinse the items when it comes out of the tank meaning you can go directly from steriliser to baby, which can be an absolute must if the wee one is screaming for their dummy. The solution will get rid of any bacteria, viruses, spores or fungi that could make your baby unwell, but you still need to keep the items clean by washing in hot soapy water before they are placed in the sterilising solution.
The sterilised water does have an odour to it. It has quite a medical or almost hospital smell about it, but it is by no means an unpleasant smell, it is something that I quite like and I find it a reassuringly clean fragrance. The smell isn't overly strong and so far it hasn't seemed to put my baby off using her dummy or drinking from any sterilised bottle.
In my opinion the Milton tablets are fantastic value for money you can easily pick up a packet of 28 tablets, which will keep you going for 28 days for around the £2 - £2.50 range. The tablets are also easily found in most supermarkets beside the other baby products or from stores like Mothercare.
I would certainly recommend the Milton sterilising tablets to anyone looking for a steriliser, in my experience it just makes life that little bit simpler because all you need is one tablet and some cold water. Personally, I wouldn't choose any other way to sterilise my baby's miscellaneous equipment, therefore, from me the Milton sterilising tablets deserves the full five out of five stars.
With the Milton tablets you can use any clean container that holds up to 5 litres of water but Milton do sell a purpose designed sterilising unit that works really well. If you are interested you can also access my 5 star review of my much loved Milton sterilising unit here - http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/kids-equipment/milton-sterilising-unit/1695615/
When I was pregnant with my daughter I was made aware of the need and importance of sterilising bottles, teats etc. I of course religiously sterilised everything till my daughter was a year old. However, the fact that she is now 2 doesn't mean to say that germs have now disappeared so once a week I sterilise all of her beakers, cups, plates, cutlery etc as I find that whilst it may have no impact on her whatsoever I still believe her items should be sterilised.
The product I have been using is the sterilising tablets by Milton. Milton is a well known brand for making sterilising products whether in tablet form or liquid and it is a brand I trust especially when I got a few free samples in a Bounty bag when I was pregnant. The sterilising tablets are used to sterilise bottles, teats, beakers, cutlery, weaning items such as spoons, small toys, teethers and all breast feeding equipment.
The sterilising tablets come in a small cardboard box which is pink and blue in colour theme with the large Milton logo on the front together with the product name and an image of the tablets themselves as well as a few images of items that you can use the sterilising tablets on. On the back of the box there is a brief intro on the product itself together with instructions on how to use the tablets effectively.
The tablets themselves come in individual packets of 4, you simply tear along the perforated strip where the tablet can be removed in its own little packaging. The tablet can then be ripped open slightly for you to use. The box itself contains 28 tablets so you get 7 individual packs each with 4 tablets. The tablets themselves are white in colour and look just like dissolvable paracetamol. They have absolutely no aroma to them whatsoever.
To sterilise equipment stated above you simply add one tablet to 5 litres of water. I generally use my washing up bowl and use hot water. The tablet simply needs to be dropped into the water where it quickly dissolves again just like a dissolvable paracetamol, it takes only a few seconds for it to have completely disappeared and by which time you can simply place all your items in to start sterilising them (they should be clean when being put into the solution). It only takes 15 minutes for them to be sterilised which really is no time at all.
You don't have to take the items out after 15 minutes as you can leave them soaking for as long as you want but if doing more than one wash you can use the same water as it stays sterilised for up to 24 hours making one tablet last for quite some time. There is no need to rinse the products after you take them out of the water as the tablets are incredibly safe as it doesn't leave any odour or taste. Even when the tablet has dissolved there is no odour whatsoever.
Because of the size of the tablets I find them incredibly useful to take away on holiday with me as when abroad I like to sterilise my daughter's items at least every other day. Obviously I cannot say whether they work or not but I find them incredibly easy to use and from a well known brand I'd like to think that they keep germs and bacteria off my daughter's items so for me I don't mind buying them. Definitely a recommendation from me and can easily give them 5 stars.
~ Useful Information ~
Size: 15 tablets per box
Availability: Supermarkets, discount stores
Price: £1.25 (Tesco Oct 2012)
WHAT ARE THEY?
Sterilising tablets for cold water steriliser use. They are best known for using with baby bottles and feeding items but can be used to sterilise anything such as medical equipment or wine making equipment and jam jars.
HOW DO YOU USE THEM?
Dissolve a tablet in cold water. A Milton steriliser comes with a lid and weighted plate so that one is most suitable for important baby sterilising but you can use a clean bucket or large container if you are sterilising less important items.
WHAT I THINK
I use these tablets when I sterilise my baby daughters bottles, I trust these to destroy any germs left over from cleaning. The sterilising water will have a clean smell but I always rinse the bottles with boiling water because soaking them in Milton tablets make them smell of bleach a bit. You don't have to rinse but I think it would taint the taste of my daughters milk or water.
They don't make my coloured bottles fade but when I made a double strength solution to sterilise some plastic oddments for my husband they made two blue pieces lose some colour. I bought my daughter some cheap soothers and the Milton tablets made the rubber tests go cloudy but the Milton fluid didn't have this effect.
You can use the same sterilising water for 24 hours and a 28 day supply costs £3.20 so that is cheaper than using the electricity to power my steam steriliser. My daughter has never had an upset stomach when I have used the sterilising tablets or any other method. They dissolve quickly in cold water and do not leave any gritty residue in the bottom of my steriliser.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
There are many sterilising fluids and tablets around. Why choose these? Sheer laziness that's why; or, if you prefer, because the saving of time is a necessity. Every second counts now that Baby CrazyEgg is in our lives, with her need to be fed by naso-gastric tube every 4 hours. Since we have a Milton Tank, which is a cold water sterilising unit, these tablets have proved our best buy, time wise.
The pack tells us that these sterilising tablets are used to disinfect "breastfeeding equipment, and baby utensils (bottles, soothers, teething rings, weaning items etc)." You should still read the instructions on the equipment you use carefully though as some teethers at least are not suitable for this method of sterilisation. The tablets contain bactericide and fungicide and are also effective against viruses. Although harmful if swallowed as tablets, in their diluted form they are judged completely safe, so there is no need to rinse items when they emerge from the steriliser. As with all such products you simply have to trust that they are doing what they claim.
How to use
Easy! Just pop one tablet in five litres of cold water. The Milton tank has a dot to show where this is. Wait for your tablet to dissolve then add the items you wish to sterilise. These should have been washed and rinsed first, and need to be fully submerged. The tablets take 15 minutes to do their job effectively, and the solution remains active for 24 hours.
Because we need to use 5 litres of water to cover all the stuff we have to sterilise these tablets are ideal. With other, cheaper tablets I have had to use two tablets, or two and a half, or a bit, and now that every second counts I don't want to be fiddling about like this. I just want to fill the tank and go.
Sad as it is I enjoy the fact that I use one whole tablet, throw the wrapping away immediately, and don't have a half tablet hanging round the kitchen until the next day. I have tried this and invariably I forgot the existence of the half tablet and so created another, and another leading eventually to me throwing all the halves away in a tidying frenzy. It's the little things, you see.
We used to use Milton fluid, and you had to measure out 20mls in a little pot, which got encrusted with dried Milton after a time, despite rinsing, and also gave me a dry cracked index finger and thumb. Every day I say, "Thank you Milton, for making your product in tablet form!"
Sometimes we have to travel and transport the sterilising equipment. The tablets win over fluid here because they are small, light and individually wrapped. You only have to take what you need, rather than lugging a heavy bottle about. The time of 15 minutes to complete sterilisation is good. We are on something of a tight schedule due to Baby CrazyEgg's unusual feeding arrangements and generally need to start a feed immediately we arrive at any destination. With other brands you often have to wait half an hour: too long! The whole schedule will go awry with this sort of delay.
A box of 28 tablets costs £1.25, which works out I think to a little over 4p per tablet. Prices seem to vary enormously though- I have seen them for sale for £2.80, so at £1.25 they are worth stocking up on.
Currently in Boots for £1.54, but on three for two, so an even better deal!
When Jayden was in the Special Care Unit in hospital he was tube fed for a while to bring his sugar levels back up, however once he was taking his milk from a bottle we were advised to bring his own bottle in so that he got use to it for when he went home, we were given a large plastic tank to fill with water and Milton tablets to sterilise his bottle in. Once we got home we used our microwave steriliser for all of his bottles etc, however I decided to buy some Milton Tablets to keep in the cupboard, I thought they would be handy if firstly our sterilises broke also when he was in hospital they gave him a dummy, something I wasn't going to give him, however it was cruel to take it off him so I thought these could also be handy for sterilising his dummies as well. Little did I know that a few weeks later my microwave was going to break on a Sunday afternoon when I couldn't go and get a new one so I was extremely please to have my box of Milton Tablets in the cupboard.
Milton Tablets come in a blue, white and pink cardboard box, the top half of the box is blue, on the front of the box it says "Milton Maximum Protection" written in white writing within the blue section. The middle of the box is white and here it stats what this product is "Sterilising Tablets" this is then repeated in a second language and also informs you that the product is "Effective on Germs". The bottom part of the box is a pinky colour and here it has a picture of one of the tablets, pictures of what sort of thing the tablets can be used on and also how long it takes to sterilise using the tablets. The two side of the box contains various warnings about Milton Tablets, one side these are written in English and the other side is written in a second language. The back of the box contains all of the product information including a statement about the product, how long it takes to sterilise, what it can be used on, ingredients and also how to use the tablets, these instructions have small pictures with them. The tablets come inside papery foil packets, these are white with the word Milton written on them in blue, you get four tablets per sheet and these are perforated so you can separate each tablet from the rest.
Milton Tablets are designed to sterilise, disinfect and kill germs on a variety of baby products, whilst you can get all types of sterilises nowadays that do not require the use of these sort of tablets they are handy to have in the cupboard if you have a child in case your steriliser breaks as I found a few weeks ago, all you need with these is a container and water. The tablets are basically large plain white round tables with a groove going across the middle of each tablet, they are have a chalky texture to them if you break one and you can also snap them in half across the groove in the middle of the tablet if you want to only use half (I'm not sure if you are supposed to do this but I do) They have no smell to them when they are in tablet form but once dissolved in water Milton does have a distinctive smell to it, it is what I could call a clean smell and slightly medical, personally I quite like the smell of Milton, its not strong or over powering but it does leave things smell clean and fresh, also it has no taste to it really, not that I know but when Jayden was in hospital and his bottle and dummy was sterilised in it I was told not to rinse them with water and that the Milton wouldn't leave them tasting horrible. Milton tablets can be used on a variety of things, such as cleaning work surfaces, examples are given on the back of the box.
Directions for Use
Using the Milton Tablets is very easy, however there are instructions on the back of the box should you need them, these include
* Dissolve 1 Milton Tablet in 5 Litres of water
* Wash bottles and utensils and immerse them in the Milton water
* The items will be sterilised after 15 minutes, the items do not need rinsing
* The Milton solution should be renewed after 24 hours
It is important that you follow the instructions when sterilising your babies bottles to ensure they are properly cleansed. When I used the Milton Tablets to sterilise I didn't have a 5 litre container that I could use so I did break a tablet in half along the groove in the tablet and dissolved it in 2.5litres of water instead and I found that this worked just as well. Whilst the instructions do not state that you can do this they do not say that you cant.
There are a list of warnings on the side of the box which need to be adhered to at all times, these include
* Harmful if Swallowed
* If in contact with acid toxic gases are released which are an irritant for the eyes and respiratory system
* Toxic to aquatic organisms
* Can be harmful in the long term to aquatic life
* Keep away from children
* Keep packet closed and away from dampness
* Keep away from food and drinks including pet food
* If product comes into contact with eyes rinse and seek medical advise
* If swallowed contact your doctor and show the packaging
These are all clearly listed and easy to read and follow.
Price and Availability
Milton Tablets are available in a variety of places including supermarkets and chemists, I purchased our 112g box from our local Tesco, this box contains 28 Milton Tablets and costs £2.29 although they are currently on offer for 2 boxes for £3.00. I personally feel Milton Tablets are good value for money, they are reasonably priced and you do get a lot of tablets for your money, also one tank of Milton solution lasts 24 hours so you only really need to use one tablet a day meaning this is something you only need to buy every few weeks. In my opinion Milton Tablets are well worth the money.
My Milton Tablets were only purchased for emergencies, however I have since had to use them after my microwave decided to stop working, I have also had experience of using Milton Tablets whilst Jayden was in hospital as I have mentioned. I was very pleased with how well these tablets worked, they were quick and easy to use, the tablets only take a few minutes to dissolve and the actual sterilising process only takes 15 minutes, whilst this is longer that the microwave steriliser it is still reasonably quick to do. After leaving the bottles in the solution I can feel confident that they are fully sterilised and ready to use. The Milton Tablets are also handy to take out with you or to take away on holiday so that you can sterilise your babies bottles etc on the go. The tablets are very reasonably priced and last a long while meaning they are not something you need to buy on a regular basis. Milton Tablets are definitely something I would recommend to anyone to have in their cupboard even if it is just for an emergency as they are very handy to have nearby, I will definitely continue to purchase them in the future.
Milton sterilising tablets are an excellent way to quickly and thoroughly sterilise your baby's bottles or breast pump and other paraphenalia. Among my friends they aren't used at all, and although I only use them when away from my house, I find them so simple to use.
In this box you receive 28 tablets, in perforated packs of 4. Each tablet can be used for 5 litres of water. When using less water I break the tablet up and use roughly in proportion to the amount of water used. Once dissolved (much like an alka seltzer - plunk plunk fizz!) the equipment is sterilsed within 15 minutes and the water remains good to use for 24 hours. This latter point is very useful - once the water is ready you can put stuff in and leave it until ready for use (within the 24 hour period), eg dummies, rather than put a steam or microwave steriliser on for a few items.
As mentioned I mainly use these when travelling as my kitchen is very small and my steriliser lives in the microwave so it's easier to use that. However with a bigger kitchen I would use cold water sterilisation in an instant as all you need are some of these and some form of plastic tub with a lid.
A final benefit I have noticed with Milton is how clean the bottles are after use. Over a year of use on my microwave sterilser has left my bottles a rather yukky grey-brown colour. Within a few days of using milton they were sparkling as new. I assume you could use these with other items, eg tea stained cups to give them a proper clean which one day I will get round to!
A caution if you're using for the first time - the solution and bottles do smell really bleachy. My daughter didnt seem phased though and drank her milk as she normally did. Don't try and rinse this off as it can negate the effect of the sterile fluid. It is safe for babies (this method is still used in some hospitals) just doesn't smell very tempting!
I bought Milton Sterilising Tablets for when my family and I went abroad recently. Sterilising abroad was made easy with these tablets. In one box you get 28 tablets, all for approximately £2.00. You need one tablet for every 5 litres of water. I only had quite a small box for sterilising, which my Tommee Tippee Breast Pump had come in. Therefore, I only put in half a tablet with the water. However, it meant that I had to put about three loads in. It takes 15 minutes to sterilise all the equipment and it states that the sterilising solution is good for 24 hours. This was handy because it meant that if my baby had dropped all his dummies in the day, then I could just pop it in the solution before we went out again in the night. One box of sterilising tablets will last you for a two week holiday abroad.
I have also started using this in the house now, in addition to my Tommee Tippee Steam Steriliser. I use the solution to put his dummies and bowls and spoons in to ensure that they are completely sterilised. They say that you do not have to sterilise the bowls, but I get paranoid about everything being clean to I just pop them in there. They are instantly clean after 15 minutes.
Milton sterilising tablets
Being the old fashioned type and not used to these new fangled steriliser, when baby grandson has a sleep over I use a basic steriliser and these tablets. They didn't seem to do y own children any harm so am sure he will be fine- and I have been proved right!
WHAT DO THEY DO?
The tablets allow you to sterilise in 15 minutes, killing all bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores and is ok for use for up to 24 hours.
They can used for sterilising breast feeding equipment and all babies feeding utensils, including bottles, dummies, teething rings, small plastic toys and weaning items.
The Milton solution is not harmful and leaves no unpleasant taste or odour, so there is no need to rinse after use - utensils are safe for baby to use immediately.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The tablets come in a card box with lots of instructions and information on the back and sides of the box, shown in the written and picture form.
Inside the box the tablets are packed in a paper covering with what appears to be a light film of plastic over the paper which I assume is so that they don't go soggy if close to water. They are easy to open and when I get them open inside each small packet is a round white tablet with a faint smell of bleach/cleaning products, although I am sure it doesn't contain bleach.
HOW DO I USE THEM?
For cleaning baby equipment:
* Clean utensils thoroughly in warm soapy water and rinse
* Fill sterilising unit with cold water
* Add one Milton tablet for every 5 litres of water
* Completely immerse all equipment and make sure there are no trapped bubbles
* Items can be used after 15 minutes
* Wash hands before removing items and make up bottles immediately
I also use them to clean the sink bowl and toys in the classroom but don't always follow the exact tablet to water ratio.
There are of course warnings even though these are for baby use. The warnings are really common sense- don't swallow the tablets; keep away from fish; don't get into the eyes.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
These cost £2.19 for 28 tablets and they are available from chemists and supermarkets.
The tablets are easy to use, although the one thing I don't like about them is the fizz when added to water- they do dissolve quickly but as they dissolve, there is a vapour released which my eyes find quite irritating if I am too close to the stuff. So, the simple thing is to keep away!
Once the solution is made up is does have a nice clean disinfectant smell which is why I now like to fill my sink bowl with it and then give the benches a quick wipe over.
I also use it to sterilise the small toys of the children in my class and because it works for small people, I feel the toys are really clean and very safe. When I use the tablets to sterilise Little man's bottles and other bits, I can use the utensils straight after and so far so good, just like my children, he is suffering no adverse effects. I like the fact that the things are sterilised within 15 minutes so i don't have long to wait and because it lasts 24 hours, I don't have to keep changing the sterilising solution.
For a tried, tested and easy to use sterilising method, I would recommend these.
Thanks for reading.
We went on holiday with our baby son when he was 3 months old, and as we were staying in a hotel I couldn't sterilise his bottles using a microwave as I usually did. Instead I bought Milton Tablets and brought our steriliser (luckily it could be used as both a cold water steriliser and microwave steriliser) and 7 months on I am still using it!
Milton was always the brand I associated with babies and sterilising, so was the obvious choice for me. Milton sterilisation products have been around for over 50 years, so seemed like a brand I could trust! The tablets come in a cardboard box, containing 28 tablets in blister packs of 4. You just need to add one tablet to 5 litres of water (my steriliser has a line you fill to so couldn't be easier!) you can then pop all your feeding equipment in it and 15 minutes later it's ready to use, no need to even rinse anymore! The solution is then ok for 24 hours. You can also leave the equipment submerged in the solution until it is needed for up to 24 hours.
I have found the cold water sterilising so much easier than other methods I have tried. We use it all the time now! We can sterilise everything using it, teething toys weaning bowls, spoons, anything that will fit in it really! It smells fantastic, that great 'clean' smell, and our sink is pristine as it has Milton poured down it every day now! We make up the solution every night, and then anything that needs sterilised through the day can be popped in, no need to do big loads of sterilising (unless you want to!) We found our bottles were becoming brittle and cracking with the constant microwave sterilising, this way is much kinder to them and they last a lot longer.
My mum has tried supermarket brand sterilisation tablets and we don't like them as much. Firstly you had to use 2 tablets (so are you really saving money?) and you had to rinse everything before using. Not a big problem but a bit of a pest when you don't usually have to!
All in all we really like Milton Tablets and don't buy anything else. I actually use a Milton Surface Spray now and always carry Milton Wipes in my changing bag. The Milton brand is definitely one of my best finds in the mine field that is baby products!
I have recently bought some Milton sterilizing tablets as we are going on holiday in October for the first time with my son, who will be 5 months old when we go. I was concerned about how we would sterilize his bottles whilst away. My friend told me about the Milton sterilizing tablets that you can use to sterilize your bottles in cold water rather than using a sterilizing unit.
I purchased a box of 28 tablets for £1.99 from Asda. They come in a small cardboard box that has the Milton logo on the top of the box in white and it states that they are new, which is probably why I had never heard of them before! When you open the box there are 7 squares of paper, each containing 4 Milton tablets. When you want to use the tablets you simply tear open the paper packet to reveal the tablet.
On the side of the box it states that Milton kills germs such as E-coli, listeria, salmonella, campylobacter and Rotavirus (which can cause gastroenteritis), and Candida albicans (which can cause thrush) It also states that the tablets can be harmful if swallowed and are an irritant to the eyes and respiratory system, they are also harmful to aquatic organisms.
On the back of the box it states that Milton tablets allow you to sterilize in just 15 minutes and have been clinically proven to kill all the germs that could be potentially harmful to your baby. Babies are at their most vulnerable whilst they are developing their immune system, so it is important to sterilize all their feeding utensils until they are 12 months old. The Milton solution is harmless and leaves no unpleasant taste or odour, so there is no need to rinse after use, utensils are safe to use immediately.
To use the Milton tablets you wash your utensils thoroughly with warm soapy water and then rinse them with cold water. It states on the box that you should use a Milton sterilizing unit, but I found my kitchen bowl worked just as well. You fill the bowl with cold water, for every 5 litres of water you should add one Milton tablet. You then completely immerse your utensils, ensuring that there are no bubbles trapped inside the utensils. The items are then cleaned and ready for use after 15 minutes, or can be left in the solution for upto 24 hours.
I have tried these to check that they were ok to take on holiday and they work just as the packet says they do, so are very handy for when you are going away and won't have access to a sterilizing unit.
Milton Tablets - A Mum's best friend
I first came across Milton Tablets when I had my baby boy. I opted for a sterilising unit which you added the tablets and not the steam version which you can also get. The sterilising tablets come in packs of around 28 (I think) and last around 24 hours from when you place them into the water solution (5 litres per tablet). I used this to sterilize all my baby bottles and it did work, rather well in fact.
The tablets are so easy to use and come within a sachet alike a medicine tablet would. I was not aware of how you could use these tablets for almost anything; I tend to use them for cleaning also. Many people use these tablets for cleaning their instruments before making their own home beer or wine.
Milton Tablets cost around £1 in some shops; Morrisons have been the cheapest place I have found them.
If you do not want the tablet form you can get a liquid. I have not tried this, however I do think it will be just as beneficial as the tablets.
Milton Sterilising Tablets allow you to sterilise in 15 minutes only, killing all bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores (tough dormant bacteria). It has also been used in hospitals for many years as a simple and very reliable method.