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Avent Microwave Steriliser - Helps keep baby healthy
Avent Microwave Steriliser
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Avent Microwave Steriliser
Date: 06/07/12, updated on 10/07/12 (111 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use, quick, lightweight and compact, very useful, fits most microwaves and most bottles
Disadvantages: Could burn you when hot
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.
Summary: A very simple and easy to use microwave steriliser
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