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Avent Microwave Steriliser
Member Name: jo1976
Avent Microwave Steriliser
Date: 06/05/13, updated on 26/11/13 (100 review reads)
Advantages: Chemical free method of sterilising, portable, easy to use, inexpensive, large capacity
Disadvantages: Items don't remain sterile once lid is opened, contents are very hot after use
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.
Summary: Inexpensive, easy to use and compact
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