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I absolutely loved this product. For first time parents it made sterilising bottles very quick and easy! The instructions are very easy to follow and once you have completed one cycle, you know exactly what you're doing! Over the time we used this steriliser there was only one microwave that we were unable to fit it in, so it does seem to fit in most. Obviously before buying
the product double check the specifications!
We managed to pick ours up from mothercare whilst it was on offer for £13.00. Even when it is not on offer this product is very reasonably priced and when considering all the costs for a new baby that is very helpful! We used this product alongside the avent bottles and never had an issue with it.
There are two clips on the side of the steriliser, these are a helpful aid when taking it out of the microwave and don't get seem to get too hot so you don't burn yourself. When taking the lid off be careful to keep hands away from the rising steam if you do not have time to allow the bottles to cool down!
The tool included is very useful to avoid touching the freshly sterilised teats. There is also space to sterlise dummies in each cycle, which we found very useful if in a rush to get several things done at once! As mentioned previously each cycle does not take very long, again really handy if you're in a rush!
The Philips Avent Microwave Steriliser is a lifesaver. We didn't want to buy a great big steriliser that needed the tablets or one which boiled the bottles for hours so read a few reviews on the microwave versions. We couldn't decide between the Tommie tippee one (of which we had the bottles) or the avent one. In the end we opted for the Philips avent as this was half price at the time at Argos. Costing £12.99 as opposed to £25.99.
We checked and found out that this steriliser would adequately for the Tommie Tippee bottles we had. We purchased the avent steriliser and took it home. With the pack came the steriliser, a free avent bottle, a pair of tongs and a measuring jug.
The steriliser says it will easily fit 4 bottles but we have found it easily hold 5 of our TT bottles. To use you simply pop the washed up bottles into the steriliser facing down and taken apart so the teat and lid are settles separately. Then simply add 200mm of cold clean water, clip the two plastic clips at either side to hold the lid secure and pop in the microwave. Depending on your microwave wattage the bottles will sterilise from 2 minutes. It is 2 minutes at 1100-1850 Watt, 4 minutes at 850-1000 Watt, 6 minutes at 500-850 Watt. If the steriliser is kept shut then the contents stay sterile for 24 hours.
The two side clips also work well as handles to lift the steriliser out once it's done its cycle as these remain cool.
The design of the steriliser is simple. It has a white plastic base, into which the water goes into. A blue rack that slots into the base, above the water line to hold the bottles. This also has slots to exactly fit the avent bottles. The steriliser fits easily into our small microwave and is compact enough to be great for taking on holiday.
The fact it also only using natural steam also means no chemicals are being used and the sterilisation is 100% natural
The steriliser easily fits our larger Tommie tippee bottles and sippy cups so you don't have to use the matching avent bottles.
This really is a great steriliser and takes such a lot off hassle out of the making up of babies bottles!
Before I had my daughter I had chose to use advent bottles as this seemed to be the best and most praised bottles on the market so while in the process of purchasing bottles I decided this steriliser also manufactured by advent appeared such a great idea to have clean & sterile bottles within minutes with only adding water.
I bought this steriliser for around £15 online and had shopped around and this seemed to be best deal I could get for it. Steriliser came with with a handy instruction booklet to ensure you place the separate parts of bottles in correct slots, pretty straightforward and simple that instruction booklet isn't really needed but does come in handy, the box also had some avent tongs included which were use to pull the teats through main bottle lid so you do not touch with your hands.
Steriliser is pretty simple to use, you separate your bottles and place them into correct places, fill with 200ml of water and then put lid on and put in your microwave for uptown 6 minutes depending on your type of microwave. Once sterilised the bottles remain sterile for up to 24 hours if lid is not open.
Another great thing about this product is if you need to replace any part, you can online from the avent website for great prices, I felt when I had used the product for long I would like to replace the tongs etc so just went on their website and ordered them and had free delivery within next couple of days.
Personally I would recommend this product to anyone out there looking for a steriliser for their children's bottles, it's ideal as doesn't take a lot of time setting up and only a small amount of time to steriliser bottles, also it's durable, had mine for over 18 months before stopping used it and never done me wrong in that time. Fits in most microwaves, I've never had one or at family members where it doesn't fit.
Even though I've predominantly breastfed my little one from the get go, there came an occasion where I tried to go to the cinema one night and didn't even get into the screen before I got called home to deal with a hungry crying baby. Following this he has had a bottle of milk every night. Only recently has this changed to formula rather than expressed milk so I had to make sure that both bottles and breast pump was sterilised daily.
*HOW IT WORKS*
It is a circular tub with a clip on on lid that goes into your microwave. I have a normal sized microwave and find this a bit of a farce to put in and take out as it is as wide as the microwave plate, especially not good when taking it out as it is hot!
The base of this comes with a plastic tray with various indentations to hold bottles and breast pumps. This is blue in colour and covered in holes to allow the steam to rise through. Underneath this is a space of about 1.5cm where you pour 200ml fresh water which once heated in the microwave, provides the sterilising steam.
Once you have filled the steriliser you then microwave for 6 minutes. The bottles inside then stay sterile until opened or up to 24 hours whichever is sooner. I found this plenty of time because I had minimal equipment that I needed to sterilise.
*HOW MUCH FITS*
As I said I only ever needed this for one bottle and one manual breast pump at a time. These fit easily. There is room for 4 bottle or for 2 breast pumps though an average newborn feeds anywhere up to 6 times a day (if you go by routines, I demand fed which felt like some days I was feeding 20+ times!) which is more bottles than the steriliser will hold, I imagine this is very inconvenient to have to re-sterilse bottles in the day. It serves its purpose wonderfully for irregular bottle feeders though.
*WHAT NOT TO PUT IN THERE*
Aside from the obvious, I have got a bit excited when cleaning some of his toys and thought to put them in the steriliser to make sure any germs were killed, I can safely say that water filled soft rubber teething rings burst, rattles lose their rattle and anything that has a mirror on it, well the mirror will bubble and buckle. Stick to bottles and dummies!
You'll be able to fit other bottles in here, but only wide necked bottles will fit in the indentations. Obviously being an Avent brand they are designed with Avent bottles in mind!
We bought this for £24.99 in Asda as I was getting close to having my little one with no steriliser (at this point we didn't know if I would be able to breast feed or not) we choose this because it was the cheapest available an matched the bottle set we had bought. However if I was bottle feeding full time I would have gone out nd bought another!
We still use this now, most days, just for the bottle (no more pumping yippee!) though when I'm feeling lazy the dishwasher also acts as a steriliser at the high temperature and the steam produced.
It is big so if you have a small kitchen its probably not the best. We currently store ours on top of the icrowave, though to be honest a lot of the time it lived in the microwave until I needed the bottles!
For occasional use only, otherwise I'd look at the more expensive plug in steam sterilisers.
Despite exclusively breastfeeding all three of my sons, I still found myself needing a steriliser for weaning and breast pump equipment. I originally purchased an Avent microwave steriliser when I had my oldest son and bought the updated, improved version ready for my youngest son, which speaks volumes about my positive experience with both the brand and this item.
The microwave steriliser is, essentially, a sturdy plastic lidded bowl that stores a surprisingly large amount of bottles, teats, dummies and breast feeding paraphernalia. Once filled, 200ml fresh water is added to the base and the whole thing is then microwaved for between 2-6 minutes, depending on the wattage of the microwave.
I purchased this particular steriliser (twice) as I owned an Avent breast pump and this steriliser includes specific sections on the base rack to position all of the different elements to the pump evenly, which ensures that the steam is able to get around each part to sterilise them thoroughly, killing germs and bacteria. The lid to the bowl is high enough to fit various sizes and styles of feeding bottle whilst the whole unit still fits comfortably into my standard sized microwave.
I personally prefer this method to 'cold water' systems, involving chemicals and found that the system was ideal for occasional use, as it is very portable, inexpensive and could easily be stored away between uses. Little preparation or maintenance is needed, aside from drying and cleaning to avoid the build up of limescale.
The main drawback to this method is that the items inside only remain sterile until the lid is opened, so this isn't the best system for using single bottles at a time. It also takes several minutes for the unit to be cool enough for handling and opening, due to the hot steam inside, so some planning is needed to ensure that bottles are ready well in advance of baby's next feed. The safety clips fitted to the latest version are a massive improvement and do help to avoid nasty steam burns when removing the lid.
I would recommend this steriliser for mothers who are predominantly breastfeeding but want a straightforward and chemical free method of sterilising occasionally used equipment, rather than parents exclusively bottle feeding.
This is currently available for just £10 from Amazon, making this a very inexpensive purchase that offers reassurance for parents of babies and toddlers.
My sister purchased the Avent microwave sterilizer in April 2011 as a gift just before my son was born. It has proved to be a godsend. I didn't find out I was pregnant with my son until 2 weeks before I gave birth, so with everthing becoming a mad rush the idea of breast feeding just wasn't an option for me at the time.
The Avent sterilizer was bought as part of a set which came complete with 2 bottles (1 4oz and 1 8oz) alongside a breast pump, baby teether and a dummy. This was an extremely useful set to recieve. The only downside being that the Avent bottles are certainly not of the lower price range at approximately £4 each, which if you are tight for money may not be an option for you. However, some other bottles will fit the sterilizer, but they need to be the dumpier wide neck varieties.
The item itself is quite compact and easily stored on the kitchen worktop or inside the microwave. The actual sterilization process takes only a couple of minutes, and the only additional equipment required is a couple of hundred ml of tap water. Before placing the bottles in the sterilizer, simply was them out and dismantle the lid from the bottle. There are clearly defined bottle holes to keep the bottles upright and in place whilst sterilization takes place in the microwave.
The bottles can then be used right away, or if unopened they will stay sterile for 24 hours.
The sterilizer also comes in very handy for other products such as teething rings and dummies which babies are always dropping on the floor, and breast pumps if you use them. Even if breast feeding is your preference I would still highly recommend a microwave sterilizer as it is certainly not just bottles that will require the extra sterile clean it provides.
Overall I would highly recommend this product for it's ease of use, fast sterilization time and its compact size. I am continuing the use of mine 2 years after purchase in order to sterilize my newborn sons bottles etc. and the sterilizer is showing little to no signs of wear and tear despite it's heavy usage.
Microwave steam steriliser
When I was 37 weeks pregnant with our first child, I received a present from a friend of my husband: this Avent microwave bottle steriliser. Clearly she was unaware that I was a die-hard pro-breastfeeding advocate who would never need such a thing.
How wrong I was! This steriliser helped preserve our sanity!
For various reasons I needed to breastfeed our daughter every 3 hours for the first 6 weeks of her life, in addition to expressing (pumping) in order to maintain my supply.
Although designed for Avent products, we used this item to sterilise Dr Brown's bottles (easily fits four at a time) and various Medela expressing accoutrements.
The company website explains that the steriliser is made from BPA-free material, and the dimensions (166 (H), 280 (W), 280 (L) mm mean that it is suitable for most microwave ovens.
Just add enough water until the level marker is reached, load and place in the microwave for as little as 2 minutes. The exact length of the cycle will depend on the wattage of your microwave. After "microwaving", you then let the full sterilizer "rest" for 2 minutes.
The microwave steriliser has clips on the side for extra safety. The clips close the lid securely so hot water cannot easily escape when you take the steriliser out of the microwave. The side grips have also been designed to stay cooler to help you handle the steriliser safely.
Contents stay sterile for 24 hours if the lid is unopened. It can be stashed away in the microwave oven, or left on the bench - it's compact enough to be unobstrusive.
We are really fortunate to have received this as an unexpected gift. I note that at time of writing (April 2013) the steriliser is available for just GBP11.50 and free delivery via Amazon Prime, compared to its usual GBP26.
Ultimately, we used this sterilizer at least twice a day for nearly two years....and it's still going strong!
I chose this steriliser when pregnant with my first child. I had looked at the usual steam sterilisers but they seemed bulky and took, what I considered, a long time to sterilise. Most sat on the worktop and I didn't have a lot of worktop space in my kitchen.
This steriliser used in the microwave. There are several advantages to this. After use it can be 'stored' in the microwave until the bottles have cooled, or until you need to use the microwave. This frees up your worktop space. It is quicker, taking only 6 minutes to run a steam cycle on full power. It is much more portable than other sterilisers, although not much use if you go somewhere without a microwave! If you are on a water meter like me, it only uses 200ml of water each cycle, keeping your water bills lower than cold water or larger steam sterilisers would, since they use more water.
Contents are considered sterile for 24 hours if the steriliser is unopened, which is advantageous if you run it last thing at night, ready for the morning. Since it is Philips it fits the Avent bottle range, but the Avent breast pump can also be sterilised. The instruction sheet gives you guidance on how to place the items to ensure efficient sterilisation.
What are its disadvantages? It can be easy to knock over the contents if you don't carry it carefully, which is very irritating if you then need to reload them. We all forget to sterilise sometimes and although it is quick, you need to factor in cooling time to avoid getting burnt by the steam.
I managed to lose the instructions between having my two children, but found it easy to google and download another free copy of the instruction booklet. There is a sticker on the front stating the volume of liquid to be used, so that information at least, is always available.
I have used it for two children and consider it one of my best purchases. It is quick, easy to use and portable. I don't know if any other makes of bottle fit it since I have only used Philips Avent for both of my children. Keep an eye out at baby events in the major supermarkets you can often find this steriliser on offer.
The Avent microwave steriliser is a simple but fast way to sterilise your bottles/feeding equipment effectively.
I have tried the Avent electric steriliser but I found it too big, cumbersome, slow and takes too much countertop space and with the amount of feeding bits and bobs i decided to go for something different.
The Avent microwave steriliser is a fast way to make sure all the nasties are gone and within 6mins, whatever you are sterilising is good to go. It isn't the smallest of things but its small enough to store and easy enough to clean, but make sure you do give it a good scrub especially if your in a hard water area because with like any item with continual use with water can build up limescale.
It can take about 6 standard size Philips bottles (200ml) and 6 teats/covers etc or any microwave compatible feeding equipment (be sure that anything you put in you are able to put in the microwave, made the mistake of putting a feeding plate which melted..)
It is a lot cheaper than an electric steriliser, usually priced around £22 but at the moment mothercare, mamas and papas, and Amazon are selling it for £12 a real bargain.
I planned to breastfeed my daughter to six months, but from six to twelve months my health visitor recommended we sterilise bottles for follow on milk, too. I also needed a steriliser for my breast pump, travel bottles and storage cups, so it made sense to buy a steriliser whilst I was pregnant to take the stress out of needing one after baby was born and having to struggle out to the shops.
**The Avent Microwave Steriliser**
Avent is a brand I'm comfortable with being the Philips brand of baby care, and my breast pump was Avent as well as my first stage bottles, so I wanted to keep to the brand as I knew it would fit together.
The Avent Microwave Steriliser makes sterilising bottles and equipment easy - just 200ml of water (about a baby bottle full) steams your stuff clean in only ten minutes. It means no fiddly electric steriliser, or the worry of using a chemical steriliser incorrectly.
**Price and Availability**
I've seen the price vary wildly and the average price seems to be around £15, though I've seen it at £25 as well so my advice would be to shop around. I was so lucky, I bought mine during an Asda baby event for only a fiver! It was amazing value and it's worth easily twice or three times that thanks to the convenience.
**A word of Warning!**
Make sure it fits in your microwave! It's bigger than an average dinner plate, don't do what my friend did and buy one, never try it, then when baby arrives, come to use it and it doesn't fit!
Also - you can't steam sterilise water filled teethers. They'll explode! You need to chemically sterilise these if you need to sterilise them.
**What's in the Box**
You get the steriliser which comprises of a white base, blue insert (which you sit the items upon) and a frosted lid, along with an instructional manual and warranty card.
**Using the Avent Microwave Steam Steriliser**
Obviously, you still have to wash your bottles, pump and so on, and you can also sterilise dummies in here, what I do is wash them then use the steriliser with the lid off to place the things on so there is no possibility of them getting dirty. Then you measure out 200ml of cold tap water and pour into the base. Click the lid on and pop in the microwave for 10 minutes (check the instructions however - I have a very powerful microwave).
Then you need to remove the steriliser and leave it to cool down - the contents are HOT and you can't use them straight away. When you do come to use them, use an antibacterial hand pump beforehand, otherwise you'll ruin all the sterilising work!
Avent bottles ended up not suiting my little girl, as they gave her colic and after trying a few bottles we ended up using Asda's own brand as the teat suited her (and we spent a fortune finding that out!), but the steam steriliser fits all bottles we tried - MAM, Dr Brown, Avent and Asda, as it fits full sized as well as first size bottles.
There is a small 'clip' every few spaces (if you imagine it set out like a clock) in which you can clip the teats so they get an even sterilise. The rest you just upturn and fit in. I found I could get in my breast pump (minus the electric part, obviously!) and all it's parts, or it will do five first size bottles, rings, lids and teats.
I don't use the Avent Microwave Steam Steriliser any more as my daughter is 18 months old (and if she'll put a stone from the garden in her mouth there's not much point sterilising her drinking cups!!), but after goodness knows how many uses over the 12 months I used it, it's still as good as new and has been packed away for baby no2.
It's so convenient and easy to steam sterilise, that I'll always do it and I highly recommend this to anyone - I managed to get a great deal for a fiver, but to be honest if you can get it anywhere around £10 - £15 it's still well worth the money.
A very well deserved 5/5 stars.
We bought this steriliser before our daughter was born, mainly because it was on offer at the time and we didn't really have a clue as to what equipment we would need as I was planning on breastfeeding.
Unfortunately, breastfeeding didn't work out and I expressed milk and fed by bottle. This meant that we have used this steriliser 8 times a day or more! We have certainly got our money's worth out of it.
It is very quick and easy to use, just wash your items in hot, soapy water and rinse, then place on the rack. It is designed for Avent items to slot into place, but I have been using it for the breast pump components and Dr Brown's bottles just fine. The cycle takes 4 mins in the microwave, and is very hot when it has finished, so it is probably best if you leave it for a good 20 minutes afterwards if you can to cool down a bit.
This was the first steriliser we bought when my first daughter was born. It cost £10 at the time from the Asda baby event-although they normally cost in the region of £20.
This steriliser can steam up to six Avent bottles at any one time. All you have to do is wash the bottles through, take them to pieces and place them in the spaces provided in the removable blue tray. Using one of the bottles, you fill it to the 80ml mark and place the lid back on, ensuring it has clipped on properly. You then need to microwave it for 2-6 minutes depending on your microwave wattage.
Microwaves with a wattage of 1100-1850 needs heating for 2 minutes, 850-1000 for 4 minutes or 500-800 for six minutes. It's as simple as that.
The bottles stay sterile for up to 24 hours, providing the lid is still in place.
I think this steriliser is easy to use, particularly for beginners. I don't think it's very good if you have a lot of bottles to wash as it obviously creates a lot of steam in your microwave, but as a start or for small amounts it's faultless.
The Philips Avent microwave steriliser comes with a 125ml durable bottle, newborn teat, measuring cup and tongs, which all fit neatly inside the steriliser when not in use.
I would recommend this steriliser as it is really affordable in comparison to the electric ones. It can also wash most other types of bottles, although they're obviously not as perfect a fit. If you're thinking of purchasing one of these, double check it actually fits in your microwave, as until my mother swapped with us, ours didn't. For anybody needing to check the measurements before purchasing they are:
H 27cm, W 16cm and D 27cm
The product also comes with a 2 year guarantee-though I doubt you'll need it!!
- Why I Bought -
I knew I was going to be breast feeding my baby but I wanted to be able to express milk to give him in a bottle therefore I needed a steriliser to ensure that the breast pump and bottles were 100% clean. I hadn't put much thought into which steriliser to go for. I came across the Philips Avent Microwave Steriliser in Asda at a discounted price as it was part of a baby event. This seemed ideal as we had already bought Avent bottles. Also the box stated 'simple, fast and portable' which sounded good.
- Why Sterilise? -
If items such as bottles aren't sterilised bacteria can form which can make babies ill. Babies are particularly vulnerable during the first year of life so it is important that during this period feeding equipment is sterilised to reduce the risk of illness. Bacteria from milk can be particularly unpleasant.
- The Packaging -
The steriliser comes in a cardboard box which indicates the Philips Avent brand name and what the piece of equipment is inside. There is a photo of the steriliser filled with bottles and teats. The box states that this can hold six bottles, sterilisation can be completed in two minutes, and then the bottles are sterile for 24 hours. There are testimonials on the box from a 'Baby Feeding Expert' and three parents all raving about the steriliser. The box outlines the steps involved in using the steriliser. There is an instruction manual inside but I think the box tells you all the important information too.
- The Steriliser -
The steriliser is compact and lightweight so it should fit most microwaves. It has fit in the three microwaves I have used it in and one was quite a small one. However, if possible it would be a good idea to measure your microwave before purchasing the steriliser. The steriliser consists of three parts. First there is a round white plastic base. Second there is a lid that attaches onto the base. This is transparent plastic with two light blue plastic clips for attaching it onto the base and the Philips Avent brand name on top. Third there is a slight blue plastic tray that sits inside the base. This has 12 sections where each can hold a bottle or teat. The tray is covered with little holes. In the middle there is a plastic tube that sticks up which can be used as a handle to take the tray out of the base. It is very simple to put the three sections together. All parts of the steriliser are dishwasher proof.
With the steriliser you also get a small measuring jug for the water and a pair of plastic tongs so that sterilised bottles can be removed from the steriliser without being contaminated by your fingers. There is also a free 125ml Avent bottle with a newborn teat. This was great for us as these were the bottles we used for expressed milk.
- Sterilising -
This is a very simple process. First using the measuring jug you add 200ml of water to the base of the steriliser. Then you put in the tray and load it with whatever it is you want to sterilise. I usually used it for sterilising the breast pump attachments, bottles and dummies. The Phililips Avent bottles fit in well as you would expect but I think most brands of bottle will fit in too. I quickly found it didn't really matter how you placed the items as long as you can close the lid. It is important to take the bottles apart because otherwise the pressure could cause them to crack or even explode! Once the items are placed inside you clip the lid onto the base and put it in the microwave. The box states that it only takes two minutes, this is true if you microwave the steriliser on 1100-1850W. Some microwaves aren't so powerful so if you are microwaving it on 850-1000W then do it for four minutes or at 500-800W do it for six minutes. The steriliser works because the microwave heats up the water at the bottom which becomes boiling therefore killing any bacteria, very simple. Be careful when you remove it from the microwave as the steriliser will be quite hot. It is best to leave it for a couple of minutes before removing the lid as the steam could burn you. Once the steriliser has cooled a bit you can use the tongs to remove what you need. If the steriliser is not opened the contents will stay sterile for 24 hours, otherwise I think items will stay sterile for up to three hours. It is important to remember than feeding equipment needs to be thoroughly washed before being sterilised as the steriliser won't clean the items.
I have always found the steriliser very easy to use as have many of our friends who own one and have used it more frequently than us due to bottle feeding rather than breast feeding. It is lightweight so it can be taken with you when staying away from home. I definitely prefer this to chemical sterilisation which can leave bottles with a chemical smell and taste. My son is now 13 months old so doesn't need his beakers sterilised but I still put them all in the steriliser every so often and up until he was one I used this regularly. I would definitely regard it as an essential piece of equipment for anyone bottle feeding or giving expressed milk to their baby.
- Price and Availability -
This steriliser is available from large supermarkets, Boots, Argos, John Lewis, Amazon and many other places too. They range in price from around £15-£25 so it is definitely worth shopping around. We paid £10 for ours in Asda. Even the top end price is considerably cheaper than most plug in sterilisers so it is definitely a more affordable option to go with.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would definitely recommend this steriliser as we have found it very useful and easy to use. Just remember to shop around as prices vary.
When it came to buy a steriliser for Jayden's bottles I had not idea what I was looking for there seemed to be so many different types to choose from. We decided to have a look on the John Lewis website as we had vouchers to use, we didn't want anything too expensive but we wanted something that was going to last. After browsing through the website we came across the Philips Avent Microwave Steriliser, at the time we were planning on using Avent bottles so thought this would be ideal, however we have since moved on to Dr Brown bottles and the steriliser works just as well with these.
We purchased out Avent Microwave Steriliser online, it came in a square cardboard box which was just a little bit bigger than the steriliser, inside the box the steriliser was inside a clear plastic bag for extra protection. I cannot remember exactly what the packaging was like as we got rid of this several weeks ago, however from what I can remember it had pictures of the steraliser on it along with the name of the product and various facts about it. There was also an instruction leaflet inside the box as well.
The Avent Steriliser from the outside looks like a large Tupperware container, it comes in two halves consisting of a white round tray which is the bottom of the steriliser and a large dome lid, the lid sits on top of the tray and is held in place with two blue plastic clips, these are attached to the lid and clip onto the base to keep the two halves together.
The words Philips Avent are written on the top in the same style that they appear on the bottles which is blue writing with coloured blocks between the letters. Inside the steriliser is a blue tray, this has round dips and raised areas which is where you sit the various parts of the bottles you wish to sterilise, the tray has holes in it to allow the steam to flow through. In the centre of the tray is a handle which allows you lift the blue tray out of the base. The style of the Avent Microwave Steriliser is actually quite simple as it only consists of 3 parts, there was nothing to assemble it was literally ready to go. With this steriliser you also got a 125ml Avent feeding bottle, a pair of plastic tongs for removing items from the steriliser and a small measuring jug to measure out the correct amount of water for sterilising.
Using the Steriliser
Before we purchased the Avent Microwave Steriliser I thought it was going to be quite complicated and long winded sterilising Jayden's bottles, however with this steriliser it couldn't be easier. You simply put all of the parts of the bottles onto the blue tray inside the steriliser, it doesn't really matter how you stack things you just have to have a fiddle around to see what is the best way for them to fit in. Once all parts are in the steriliser you remove the blue tray containing the bottles then pour 200ml of water into the base and replace the tray, you then clip the lid in place and put the whole thing into the microwave for 4 to 6 minutes depending on your microwave, we always put ours in for 6 minutes. Once complete you then need to leave the steriliser for 2 minutes before opening. When you have finished sterilising you do need to take care when removing things from it as the steam inside remains very hot for a long while after the steralising has finished, the items inside are also extremely hot so it is advised you use the tongs to remove items from it.
Price and Availability
I purchased the Avent Microwave Steriliser from the John Lewis website, to be honest I haven't actually seen this steriliser anywhere else, although I should imagine it is available from shops such as Boots who also sell Avent products. From John Lewis the steriliser cost £24.00, I was pleasantly surprised at the price as I imagined that this sort of product would be a lot more expensive. Personally I would say that this is excellent value for money, the steriliser is well made and also strong and durable. A Steriliser isn't an essential as you can buy other products such as tablets and liquids to sterilise your bottles however it does make life a bit easier and this particular one is extremely affordable.
Our Avent Steriliser gets used at least a couple of times a day and has done since Jayden came home from hospital. We no longer use the Avent bottles as you may have seen from a previous review, however the Dr Brown bottles which we now use fit in here perfectly, the sterilise will fit pretty much any bottles you just need to have a fiddle around to see what way is best to stack them.
Using the Avent Steriliser is very quick and easy, on occasions we have realised we do not have a bottle sterilised for Jayden's next feed and with this Steriliser we can quickly have a bottle ready for him in minutes.
It is a little bulky and if you have a small microwave it would not fit inside, it is a bit of a tight fit getting it into our microwave, however once it is in there this is not a problem, so it is worth checking the size of your microwave before you buy one of these sterilisers. The whole thing is made from a tough and strong durable plastic so it cannot be broken easily. This is definitely product I would recommend.
Its very daunting being a first time Mummy, with just about every invention being on the market I really didn't even know where to start when buying anything for my soon to arrive little bundle of joy.
-Why did I buy the Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer?-
To begin with I went out and purchased a plug in electric steam sterilizer which when my little girl arrived in to the world, I thought it was the bee's knees! I used to wash her bottles and dummies in hot soapy water and stick them all in, press the big button and away we go. I could trust that my little girl wouldn't be getting any tummy bugs from her bottles, Brilliant!...Little did I think about travelling or going on holiday this is when I realised it just wasn't as practical as I imagined. So off I sent my partner with orders to spend no more than £20 to get me some sort of travel sterilizer that we could just load with enough bottles to keep my little girl going for the day and small enough to pack into the car when we were going away for a few days. A few hours later he return with the 'Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer'. At first I was worried as we owned 'Dr. Browns' bottles which are a lot larger than the Avent ones and I didn't think that they would fit into the sterilizer.
-Whats inside the box?-
Inside the box is the circular sterilizer with the clip on lid, a pair of tongs, a measuring jug and a 125ml Avent bottle- which for the price we paid I thought this was very good value for money.
-So how do I use it?-
You unclip the lid, lift out the blue bottle holding tray, fill the bottom with 200ml of cold water from the tap, place your washed bottles onto the blue tray (if you own big bottles like the dr browns ones you will fit 4 bottles in at a time, if you own the avent ones you will fit 6 in which is enough to get you through a day!), clip the lid back on and pop the sterilizer into the microwave for roughly between 4-6 minutes depending on the wattage of your microwave, you will have to reffer to your instructions manual for the correct times. Once the cycle has finished you can remove the sterilizer from the microwave, or if I can offer you any advice leave it for 5 minutes or you will burn your fingers as it gets boiling hot, also be careful when opening the lid (open it away from you otherwise the steam will come towards you which is as hot as kettle water). If you open the sterilizer the bottles will stay sterile for upto 4 hours or if you leave them in there without opening they will stay sterile for 24 hours.
-How does it stay clean?-
It is reccomended that you descale a sterilizer every 4-6 weeks, but to be honest I wipe clean the sterilizer after every use and i've never found the need to descale it.
-How much is it and where can I purchase it from?-
We paid £10 for this from Mothercare, it usually retails from anything up to £25 and can be brought from a number of places such as Boots, Mothercare, Asda, Tesco, Amazon and many more. If I can offer any advice here, shop around. You may even be able to pick one up second hand in good condition.
-Advantages and Disadvantages-
Brilliant value, small enough to take away yet big enough to use every day at home.My only few bad points- Since buying the sterilizer and after my little girl got over her spell of colic, I have purchased the Avent bottles as they fit in the sterilizer much better and it means I have 6 clean bottles on the go instead of 4 which is much more cost effective and practical. Also some microwaves are rather compact meaning the sterilizer sits rather snug inside and can sometimes take some twisting and turning to get it out again, But I have never had it completely stuck.
Quick and easy cleaning. Designed to fit most microwave ovens, this steriliser turns 200ml of water into steam for thoroughly clean bottles.