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My fancy washing up brush!
When I had finished breastfeeding I moved over to bottles for milk for my little girl initial and more recently, my little boy. We are just about weaning him off his nightly bottle now but he still is quite attached to it so unfortunately mummy is still having to wash up his bottles. One of the items that helps me though is this handy teat and bottle brush from Avent.
I got this as part of a starter set when my little girl was born over three years ago and I have used it ever since although you can buy them separately for about £5 each which is not too bad in my opinion. Anyone who has had to wash up milk bottles in the past will know that sometimes they can be quite tricky to get completely clean. Sometimes we lose a bottle for a day or two and find it under the couch or under my sons bed with stale day old milk in it that has gone a bit funny and stuck to the sides of the bottle and in the teat. It's when this happens that it is very hard to clean the bottle without the help of this brush.
The Philips AVENT Bottle and Teat Brush is described as, "a specially curved brush head and moulded handle-tip so you can reach all types of bottles, teats and feeding equipment for thorough cleaning and complete peace of mind."
The brush looks just like a regular washing up brush although the end of the handle is quite different. The brush head has a nice curve to it so its easy to get into bottles and when its in them I find it fans out quite well and really brushes in all the places a regular brush would not be able to reach. I think the curved head really allows this brush to get into the bottom round of the bottles and cleans them really well. What I like about this bristles is that they are quite tough so they really do clean well but do not scratch or damage the bottle in any way.
The end portion of the handle on this brush is really quite clever and nothing I have seen in bottle brushes before. The end is made into an almost corkscrew looking design with the plastic coming to quite a point and having little bits of plastic jutting out from in in curved lines. This is such an incredibly well designed tool for getting into a teat and really getting all the old milk stains out. The corkscrew bits fits quite tightly into the teat head but then what you do is basically just twist it round as you would a corkscrew and the plastic bits grab hold of any stale milk and pull it away from the teat, incredible.
The plastic of this brush is tough and the curved handle makes it easy to grip onto so when you do clean you get a nice firm hold and can really get all the old milk away from the bottle meaning they are extremely clean for the next time you need to sue them. This is really good for me because I do not sterilise my bottles anymore and so rely solely on this brush to make my bottles clean, and it does!
When my little one was born, we brought an Avent Electric Steriliser and included in the pack, there was a bottle brush included.
The brush measures around 12cm in length and it has a slightly curved head (which has bristles on) which means you can clean into those hard to reach places like the bottom corners of the bottle and the end of the teats. The handle is blue, quite thick and the plastic is very rigid. Because the handle is quite long, I had no problems in reaching into the bottom of Laurens bottles to give them a good clean. The bristles are white, there is no exposed metal so the brush doesn't scratch the bottles, and the bristles are quite stiff to ensure all milk residue is removed yet not at all sharp (so I wasn't concerned they would scratch the bottles etc whilst cleaning).
After around 6 months of use, I needed a new brush so brought a cheap one from the supermarket and found that after a couple of uses, the bristles became flat and the brush was rendered useless. I brought another Avent one from Amazon and again, it lasted a good few months so it is definitely worth paying an extra couple of pounds for the Avent one as they last a lot longer.
As with most Avent products, the brush is BPA free and it can also be placed in the steriliser to ensure no germs are breading.
The brush is still included when you purchase the Avent steriliser, however should you want to replace, you can buy from Amazon, Kiddicare, Toys R Us and the price is around £3 - £4. As I said, I brought mine from Amazon as delivery was free.
Overall, I would recommend the brush and give 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
When I finished work to go onto maternity leave my colleagues gave me a hamper full of baby essentials, one of the things in there was the Philips Avent Bottle and Teat Brush, to be honest I think the main reason they got it was because its blue and they knew I was expecting a boy. As it happened we had decided to use Avent bottles so I was pleased with this particular item as a bottle brush was something I would need.
The Avent bottle and teat brush is made from plastic and has the bottle brush at one end and the teat cleaner at the other. It looks a little bit like a washing up brush, which I suppose is what it is really, the difference being the bristles go right round the end of the brush. The handle is slightly curved making it easy to grip with wet soapy hands. The other end of the handle tapers down to a point, this has a series of little plastic ridges that go around it like a little spiral, this is designed to clean the teat.
The brush is approximately 29cm's long and as I mentioned mine is blue in colour, I'm not sure if this brush is available in any other colours or not. What I particularly like is the fact that its suitable to pop into the steriliser, I think products like this could possibly harbour germs so giving it a good clean then sterilising it puts my mind at ease.
Although I bought Avent bottles before Jayden was born I soon moved on to Dr Browns bottles however I still use the Avent brush. The brush gets used on a daily basis and I have been pleased with it. The bristles get right into the bottom of the bottle and around the edge, the nylon bristle remove any traces of milk quickly and easily and I'm confident that all traces of milk are gone.
The teat cleaner on the other end of the brush is designed to get right into the teat and clean, although I do use this end of the brush I'm not convinced it does a 100% thorough job. It does leave the teats looking clean however I always like to squeeze a lot of hot soapy water through the teat then repeat with clear water, I think a very small fine brush would be a better teat cleaner. I'm sure the Avent brush is adequate for the bottle teats but I just cant reassure myself its done a good enough job.
That said however I have been pleased with the Avent Bottle and Teat Brush, so far its showing no signs of wear and the bristles look as good as new. The haven't started to wear at all. The brush is easy to hols and the soft bristle don't scratch the bottles. I really like the fact the fact that I can sterilise the brush, it reassures me to know the brush isn't harbouring germ.
I have no idea where my Avent brush was purchased however they are widely available from shops selling baby products and prices are generally £4-5.00. Its not the cheapest bottle brush on the market but in my opinion its well worth the money and I'm happy knowing Jayden's bottles are clean and hygienic.
~ Avent Bottle Brush ~
Having had four children all of whom have of course been babies as one stage in their life ... When they were babies! I have of course needed a decent bottle brush in order to get their feeding bottles clean, I wouldn't want the troubles of trying to clean them with a sponge! So I have been through quite a few different types of brushes.
It is just as important to scrub baby bottles in hot soapy water as it is to sterilise them so buying a bottle brush is an absolute must.
I did previously use one of these Avent Bottle Brushes when my five year old was a baby and I have had the pleasure of using one again with my littlest one's bottles.
This time I didn't purchase this separately but it came with the steriliser I purchased which was one of an Avent make.
I was quite pleased to see this in the box as otherwise I think I probably would have completely forgotten and would have had to rush out to get one once baby was here!
This brush is quite a useful brush indeed. It may be of Avent make yet it is suitable for all baby bottles, maybe not the easy grip handle type bottles but any others are fine.
The brush is constructed from a bright blue coloured plastic, one the one end you will see a ringed slightly pointed end which is for cleaning teats, this end has no bristle and the other end has bristles on one side and curve to the underneath of the brush for reaching the bottoms of bottles.
These bristles are white in colour.
The long handle of this brush makes it very useful for cleaning the longer standard bottles as it reaches into the bottom of the bottle with ease, it very gently but efficiently cleans the bottles causing no scratches to the insides what so ever, which of course is something you would expect.
The fact that the bristles curve around the bottom of the brush mean that as you insert the brush into the bottle it will automatically brush away any milk residue from the bottom, it gets into the edges very easily.
The top part of the brush can be inserted into the teats to 'pick' away any milky deposits leaving the teats clean with no damage.
The brush is BPA free and can be sterilised.
I pop mine into the steam steriliser quite often to keep it clean and germ free and it has caused no ill effects at all.
Checking online I have found that this is available to buy on Amazon for £3.99 and that includes the free super saver delivery.
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The Avent Bottle Brush was something I used in order to help maintain the cleanliness of my sons bottles. Before going into the electric steam steriliser, it is recommended that the bottle and the bottle teat is throughly washed in soaped water to remove any milk residue - and because the fat in milk sticks to the bottles plastic, it is necessary to have a brush to scrubbed the sides to remove this fat. The Avent Bottle and Teat Brush costs £4.49 on Amazon - which is towards the more expensive end of the bottle brushes on offer, but I liked the idea of having a teat cleaner incorporated in the design of the product.
The Avent Bottle Brush doesn't look that unlike a washing up brush, except it is slightly smaller in size. It is made predominantly of blue plastic, and then there are white bristles at one end of the brush. The brush as a curved design which I found helped me to get the brushes bristles right into the edges of the bottle and get rid of all the residue stuck to the side of the bottle. The bristles were firm enough to remove any residue easily, but also soft enough to ensure that the plastic of the bottle is not scratched which would provide an increased infection risk.
At the other end of the handle is a tapered corkscrew style design which can be used for cleaning the teat. Having a pointed handle grip means that its possible to use this point to push through the teat hole and ensure that is clean also, otherwise it is possible to have a little milk left in there and that can be a breading ground for bacteria. I previously had used a teat cleaner that consisted of a very small brush with a pointed head, and I infact preferred the brush design to the moulded plastic one, simply because it seemed to be more effective.
Overall, I feel that the Avent Bottle Brush is a decent product, but I'm not sure it is worth spending the extra money on it.
Before my daughter came along, I had already bought the range of Avent bottles, as those were the ones that my sister had used and was very happy with. Alongside the bottles, I also bought a few accessories including the avent powder dispenser and this Avent bottle brush, which currently retails at £3.99 on amazon. It may sound expensive for what looks like a general washing up brush, but this is specially designed to clean bottles and teats from the Avent range and other ranges.
The brush itself is blue in colour. At one end are the bristles that can be used to clean the inside of the bottle, the lid and the screw part of the bottle. This part of the brush is curved to allow you to best reach the various parts of the bottle that need cleaned. The other end is tapered into a tip which is moulded to allow you to reach the top part of the bottle teat and effectively clean and ensure there is no remaining milk of any kind.
According to the instructions this brush is also suitable to be used in a steriliser although I haven't tried it as such, since I just rinse it afterwards and keep it solely for cleaning the bottles before they go into my Avent steriliser.
As well as cleaning the various parts of the bottle, you can also use this brush to clean breast pumps and cups. I have also used it to clean my avent powder dispenser as well, as it also ensures that there is no remaining powder lingering in it.
All in all, it is difficult to say how long such a brush will last, as it does get a lot of use every day to clean the bottles throughly and I can already see the effect on the bristles. However, even at £3.99 for the amount of wear and tear and the great job that it does in cleaning my daughter's bottles, I would happily buy it again and again, as it is an excellent product from the Philips Avent range.
When setting up with all of our baby bits and bobs the Avent Bottle Brush was included with one or other of the sets that we bought. The price for one of these to be bought individually is usually around the £4 - £5 mark and for this price you would really expect a little bit extra than a cheaper basic bottle brushes which can be purchased from £1 - £2.
The handle of the brush as pictured is made from solid blue plastic which is ergonomically shaped allowing the appropriate pressure to get a bottle cleaned well with no trace of milk left on the sides. The bristles as advertised on the packaging are situated in such a way on the end of the handle that it makes it easy to get around the bottom of the bottle and into the rim that runs around the base of the bottle. The bristles on the bottle brush are only now starting to look a bit battered after around 4 months use but it is still useable and doesn't look grubby in the slightest.
The main selling point I can see for this bottle brush over a cheap one other than the fact that it is part of the Avent range, and the fact that the bristles are specifically designed for the Avent bottles, is that the top of the handle has a teat cleaner on it. This is a series of hard plastic ridges on the tip of the handle which allows the cleaning of the teats all the way to the top, however I have found it far easier simply to rinse the teats with warm water after use and before putting in the steriliser with no real need for a teat cleaner.
So overall aside from the fact that this bottle brush is specificially shaped to fit Avent Bottles it really doesn't hold any benefit to me especially as a general rule I do not use the teat cleaner. I would be just as happy to pick up a cheaper bottle brush when I need to purchase a replacement, that will no doubt acheive the same results as the brand name product for a lesser price. This is definitely something I will not be brand loyal with, and in fairness do not think I would own one if it wasn't somehthing that was supplied as part of a pack.
This is an item that is priced slightly over the odds and I do not feel I would be happy paying around £5 for, I would rather pay £3 for one that although not specifically designed for the range of baby products we own, will last just as long.
3/5 stars from me here as the price I feel is a bit steep and doesn't do anything special enough to warrant it. Lets face it a bottle brush is a bottle brush and they when it comes down to it they will all do the same job as this event model, and most at a cheaper price, as this is one of the most expensive on the market.
I have exclusively expressed my feeds for the last 8 months and this was the fourth bottle brush that I used. I paid £3.99 from Mothercare.
* Specially designed to thoroughly clean all feeding equipment
* Reaches all the corners
* Extra wide brush head for reaching hard to clean areas
I can certainly confirm that this brush is very sturdy and can stand the test of multiple use on a daily basis, however I do not agree that it can reach all corners and hard to clean areas. It is more like a scrubbing brush with a long handle. You really have to angle the bristles to get the whole of the sides of the bottles in and up and down motion.
I use the First Years Breastflow bottles, Medela breastpump items and I also have Tommee Tippee, MAMs and Avent cups. I do not think that this brush easily cleans all of these items. Even the addition of the teat brush does not easily reach small places and it does not help being made of rubber instead of having bristles. The teats that I use still have milk left in the teat and I have had to clean them using my finger and some fairy liquid! This is the same with my expressing equipment, it does not reach all the main parts that need cleaning and I have to run hot water over it.
It may be just my opinion but I prefer bristles to a teat brush rather than rubber. Despite this, the brush easily cleans the cups that I use, just not the breastpump items and the Breastflow teats.
I used this brush for three weeks before trying out another Brand. The brush would have still been in good condition to continue the daily use had I not preferred a bristle teat brush.
Summary: It would not clean all the items that I use on a daily basis so would not purchase again.
Ah, the humble bottle brush. Where would a bottle feeding mummy be without hers. A necessary tool to fit grime and keep baby's bottle gleaming. I've had a few different ones in my time, Avent, Tommee Tippee, Nuk and a couple of generic ones along the way. The Avent one has been one of the better ones.
Avent's bottle brush is unlike others that I have tried as instead of a round brush head you get a normal brush shape. This results in you giving the inside of the bottles a more thorough cleaning as you have to put a bit of thought and welly into cleaning all around the inside. The bristles are plentiful, yet soft and the brush essentially does a good job.
The handle is long and curved ergonomically so that you can get a comfortable hold on it, at the tip you will find a number of bumps and these allow you to stick it up inside bottle teats to clear any residue from there. This is the one aspect of the bottle brush that I think could be better. To me, sticking hard plastic inside a silicone teat seems as though it may damage the soft silicone.
It lasts a very long time before the bristles flay outwards and you require a new one, so it is good value for its £3.50. It also comes free in some steriliser kits. This is where my original one came from.
I keep one of these in my kitchen, although when it comes to cleaning baby cups I would prefer my Tommee Tippee bottle cleaner, it has built in brush at the other end which strikes me as more friendly towards the silicone. I think the Avent brush would be useful in many kitchens, not just those who have babies. It can do a good job on the saucepans too, and small jars are usually well cleaned by the narrow bristles.
It has fitted into both wide necked bottles and narrow bottles that I have used over the course of two children. So it is a good buy, if you did purchase it I think you would be happy all-round. It is only me being pernickity that makes me mark it down because it doesn't have a small teat-sized brush somewhere.
On a more disgusting note, I left a bottle for about a 5 days with milk in in fermenting and it was gross, but the bottle brush tackled it and cleared all of the yuckiness away. A few sterilisations later the bottle was ok to be used again, so the brush had pulled me out of a fairly horrible situation!
Keep equipment squeaky clean! This bottle brush has been specially designed to reach all parts of bottles & teats.