“ Brand: Boots / Type: Sterilisers „
Whether you are breast or formula feeding your baby, a steriliser is a fairly essential piece of kit. There are many different types available from the basic cold water systems (using sterilising tablets), to microwave units to electric sterilisers. While I was pregnant I had bought a microwave steriliser, only to find it wouldn't fit into my microwave. So while exclusively breastfeeding I used the very small container that came with my manual pump. This was fine until Sure Start supplied me with an electric pump and told me that I could sterilise it using any method except the microwave. While cold water sterilising works fine, it can be a time consuming task, bottles, pump and dummies need to be submerged for 30 minutes and then rinsed with boiled water. An electric steam steriliser seemed a far simpler route and one that would leave me more time for both my baby and myself (he was feeding every 2 hours at this point). I bought the Boots version simply because I saw it for a fairly reasonable price while I was in store and it looked pretty stylish (for a steriliser).
===Out Of The Box===
The Boots Electric Steam Steriliser is a fairly large piece of equipment, with a shiny black base and clear body. Although I have a large kitchen, and plenty of work surfaces, the actual size of this machine may be a problem for those with limited space. But, I must stress, it's about the same size as a 6 bottle cold water steriliser. In fact, the lid actually doubles up as a cold water steriliser, which means that I will still be able to sterilise my baby feeding equipment even in a power cut. The power lead is relatively short meaning that this needs to be placed close to a wall socket, again not a problem for me (I'm blessed with a total of 7 socket in my kitchen), but you may need to work out whether you will be able to position this in your kitchen. Included in the steriliser were 2 9oz(250ml) Boots bottles and a very small brush for cleaning the hard to reach nooks and crannies. These bottles are of the older type with easy to read black markings, rather than the newer BPA free bottles that have markings that are almost impossible to read.
As with most baby equipment every part of the steriliser needs to be cleaned before the first use. I just gave it all a quick wash with washing up liquid and the rinsed. While putting the steriliser together isn't difficult, there is a bit of a knack. Firstly the bottle holder needs to be clicked into place, not forgetting to pour 80mls of water into a recess on the base. Then the larger pieces of equipment, such as bottles and pumps are positioned along with any bottle rings, after which the teat holder is positioned complete with any teats and smaller items such as dummies. Finally the lid is locked into place before the steriliser is switched on.
Six 9oz Boots bottles fit in here perfectly, with just enough space for a couple of dummies. The Tommy Tippee Closer to Nature bottles will fit, but they do need a little more jiggling around due to their fatter shape. I can also fit a Closer To Nature manual steriliser in here with two 9oz bottles. The parts to my electric pump are also easily accommodated along with three bottles. Although I haven't needed to use them yet, baby feeding equipment such as bowl and spoons can also be sterilised in this steamer.
It couldn't be easier to operate this, plug in, switch on and then press the start button, there's an electronic display to inform you how far into the cycle the steriliser has got. The complete cycle takes an incredibly short time to complete, steaming takes less than five minutes and this is followed by a five minute cooling period. When the bottles, pump or whatever you have placed in here are ready to be used the display will indicate ok, and everything will remain sterile for six hours or until you open the lid (whichever is the sooner). This is a very clever steriliser, if you have forgotten to add the water, it will detect that it's running dry, stop sterilising and the cool light will flash. Handy for when you're half asleep and barely functioning. I just wish it could also detect when it's overfilled, because if too much water is added it will boil over and spill all over the work surface.
The steriliser does require some regular routine maintenance, obviously the removable parts need regular cleaning. I do this once a day using hot, soapy water along with the handy little brush Boots supplied. There are a lot of nooks and crannies so this can take a few minutes, but is now as routine as washing the bottles. You will also need to regularly de-scale the steriliser, how often depends on how hard your tap water is and how often you use the steriliser. The water where I live is moderately/very hard, I use the steriliser 2-3 times a day and need to de-scale fortnightly using Boots Steam Steriliser De-scaling sachets. The base unit also appreciates a regular wipe down, which keeps it looking shiny and new.
While Steam sterilising is not the cheapest or most environmentally friendly way of making sure baby's bottles are squeaky clean. It is for me the most convenient. My microwave isn't large enough to accommodate a steriliser large enough to sterilise more than a single bottle at a time, and that method isn't suitable for my pump in any case. I don't have the patience to watch a saucepan of water boil for 5 minutes, or wait 30 minutes and then have to rinse with the cold water method. So for me at least steam sterilising is the perfect answer, and this the Boots Electric Steam Steriliser does the perfect job. I can fill it with baby's feeding equipment, switch on and then get on with other jobs until the bottles etc are needed. Then they can be used with no further effort, there's no rinsing involved.
At £34.99 in your local Boots or online at Boots.com, I'm giving this steriliser an extremely healthy five stars out of five. It looks far more attractive than many more expensive brand name models, can be used with virtually any brand of bottle (and can hold 6 at a time), and doesn't need a degree to use. There's no way I'd go back to cold water sterilising now, I officially love my Boots Electric Steam Steriliser, it's made my life just that little bit easier. And as they say, every little helps.
This is a great sterilizer that is hard-wearing and great quality, so much so, that I bought it when I was expecting my daughter (now 2) and it is still as good as new and I'm now using it for son's bottles (7 months)
It retails at Boots stores and on their website for £34.99. However, they currently have on offer on that saves you 1/3 off all sterilizers and bottles - so be quick and you'll bag this great baby product for £23.32.
(prices correct 20 Dec 09)
Here's a quick list of things I've found whilst using it:
Holds 6 bottles, teats, rings, lids. You can also use it for dummies, baby bowls, spoons - it does get really hot it there so make sure they're up to it, if they're dishwasher safe then you should have no problems.
It's really quick and convenient, it's takes between 4 - 5 minutes to sterilise 6 bottles and it's very easy to do. Just stick all your clean bottles in, chuck 80ml water in (use baby's bottle to measure) replace lid and press button.
The buttons tell you the stages the sterilization is at, it's red when it's sterilizing, then blue when it's cooling down, then green when it's ok to remove the bottles.
It's very stylish looking, and won't look out of place if you're worried it'll look horrid taking up your kitchen worktop. It has a black and silver base, with a clear domed lid with silver handle.
If you keep the lid on, bottles will stay sterilized for upto 6 hours.
You get two free bottles when you purchase the sterilizer. Aswell as tongs and a bottle brush...if you're anything like me, these will be lost within days!
The only thing I can think of is that it is quite big to take away with you if you are going away on holiday or visiting family for a few days. It is quite large and it's definitely not designed to travel.
So there you have it, a good price and a decent and stylish sterilizer.
The steriliser can hold up to 6 bottles in the base tray, plus any other items you want to throw in like spoons, teething rings, dummy's etc. The bottle necks can be placed on the plastic pole attached vertically to the centre of the steriliser. There are then 2 other trays which sit on top of each other which hold the teats and the bottle caps. Because I breast feed and expressed milk it was handy that it was suitable for holding breast pump and milk/food storage containers.
I found it was really good at sterilising, it only takes a few minutes but doesn't come with a water measurer to ensure you add the right amount of water. If you add to little the steriliser burns at the bottom.
Bottles are very hot if you take them out straight away so leave them into cool for a while. Also if the bottles are left for over 3 hours you have to sterilise them again.
The steriliser came with 2 x 260ml Boots feeding bottles, 2 x Boots nursing teats, Tongs & bottle brush and a descaler sache.
It is priced at £34.25, however when I purchased it, it was on offer.
I had looked at quite a few sterilisers in advance whilst i was pregnant. I was expecting twins so i wanted a steriliser that i could depend on, that would be quick and easy and also simple to use.
I decided on the boots steam steriliser one of the main reasons been it only takes 8 minutes for a full sterilising cycle, i would be doing 3 lots a day so this was great if i could get them all done within half an hour. And i also received a voucher for £10 off from joining the bootsp parenting club which made it a bargain really.
This steriliser can fit any size bottles, i began with wide neck ones however ended up buying the tall ones due to my babies preference.
Its really easy to load up, bottles go on the pins sticking up, circular disks go in between the bottles. Bottle rings go on the centre. You then palce the teat tray on which fits 6 teats of any size then the other tray goes over them for the bottle lids, making it all compact. When the lid is placed on an amber light should appear saying ready, it then goes through boiling and cool down mode bfore it lights up saying ready. This does take around 8 minutes to complete. I would just advise its left for an extra 5 minutes for the steam to cool as the lid etc is still very hot.
It does need descaling roughly every 4 weeks, boots sell the descaling solution for this particular steriliser and this takes only around 15 minutes maximum and is really cheap for the sachets.
It is still going strong from just under a year old and i will be passing it on to someone else to get their use as well.
I would definately recommend steam sterilisers specially this one as they are so quick and easy to use.
I bought the Boots Steam Steriliser before the birth of my little one, nearly 10 months ago. It had been recommended to by a friend, and since I had no previous experience with sterilisers, I thought what the heck.
I have found the steriliser to be a great piece of kit. It is so easy to use, you literally just place the washed bottle parts in the steriliser, add water to the base and press go. I had it in my head before my baby's birth that sterilising was going to be hard work, but with the Boots steam steriliser, it's a doddle.
The steriliser can hold up to 6 bottles in the base tray, plus any other items you want to throw in like spoons, teething rings, dummy's etc. The bottle necks can be placed on the plastic pole attached vertically to the centre of the steriliser. There are then 2 other trays which sit on top of each other which hold the teats and the bottle caps.
The steriliser only takes less than 5 minutes to complete to sterilising process, and the items within will stay sterile for up to 6 hours after opening the steriliser.
The steriliser has a very stylish design, and despite being 10 months old, still looks like new to this day. The build quality is very good, it is sturdy and fairly heavy, which gives it the quality feel. The only critisism I have it that a piece of the plastic pole snapped fairly easily with me, although this hasn't effected it's use in any way. The steriliser is also very bulky, but then again it holds a lot of items.
The steriliser retails at about £40, and for it's ease of use, quality, and volume, is worth every penny.
I bought my first Boots Steam steriliser in 1996. I had extensively searched all the other stores that sold baby equipment and decided that the Boots Steam steriliser was the best on offer. It fits either wide necked or tall thin bottles of any make. It would hold all the different parts of my breast pump, which has some odd shaped pieces, that could not have fitted into some other steam sterilisers. The intructions were easy to follow and the seperate parts of the steriliser were easy to clean.(Not much to it really) There is no more outlay involved as no sterilising tablets are required, just a small amount of water. My original steriliser is still working today, it has been descaled a few times but that is all that has been needed. And I say at the beginning "my first Boots..." that is because my second pregnancy was twins (born 1999), and because I was breastfeeding, but also giving my babies expressed milk in a bottle, I found that I needed an extra sterilising machine. I bought another Boots one. I gave my friend my first steam steriliser and she is most likely putting it on at this moment! So I am mighty impressed that the steriliser that I bought in June '96 is still Steaming ahead today! The other Steriliser is now installed at my SIL's as her baby is due in the next few weeks.
I chose a steam steriliser, because I thought it would be easier than messing about with chemicals, and it was a piece of equipment that I made sure that I bought before my daughter was born. I knew from my previous experience of having my son - that this was the one for me! Even though I was mainly breastfeeding, when I went back to work part-time, I needed one bottle of formula milk to take to the Childminder's as I had had trouble expressing. So I needed the steriliser to sterilise the bottles and originally the breast pump. It was very easy to use - measure 75ml of water and put in the base of the unit, (I bought a little jug, that had the measurement marked on the side, so there was no guesswork involved), then wash the bottles or whatever you are placing in the steriliser up by hand and rinse under the tap. Load everything into the steriliser and then switch the unit on, it then takes care of itself, as it automatically switches itself off when it has finished - which is in about 9 minutes and then everything is completely sterilised. The only thing I wasn't sure about was that if I had been bottle feeing full time, is whether I would have been able to fit everything into the steriliser? As it wasn't very clear what should go where, for the best sterilisation. Also on the lid was a dial, which is for letting you know, how long that the items will remain sterilised for. Unfortunately I personally didn't use this feature as it is really down to common sense! In the first year of my baby's life, this was an essential and invaluable piece of equipment.
I decided on a steam steriliser rather than any of the other methods mainly because I'd been told that it was the quickest and easiest way. I chose the Boots one because I like their products, and this one now has the added advantage of having two free bottles included. You just add water, place everything in the unit and put the lid on. Switch it on and nine minutes later the cycle is complete. Don't remove the lid straight away as it's bloomin' hot in there! It takes up to 6 slim bottles with teats, lids etc. and 4 stubby ones (eg. Avent). Everything stays sterile for up to 3 hours afterwards, if you don't remove the lid. There's a dial on the lid which you turn to the time you put it on, to remind you when the 3 hours are up. A very good buy, I would certainly recommend this.
I had the Boots steam steriliser given to me as a new baby present 4 years ago. I had actually asked for this brand as it had been highly recommended in baby magazines. I never actually bought any Boots bottles but used the Avent ones and they all fit fine. In fact there is so much room insude that I could fit the brushes in to be sterilised and later cups and bowls etc. I have also taken it away on holiday as it is fairly light and I put bottles ofboiled water inside so I could just add the powder when I needed. It was easily carried in a carrier bag along with an adaptor plug. It has lasted throughout two babies and I have never had anything go wrong with it. It is simple to use. Just add clean tap water, throw in clean rinsed bottles, put on the lid and switch on. Takes about 12 minutes then let cool down for about 10 minutes and away you go.
To steam or not to steam that is the question? Well I got both a steam steriliser and and a milton type tub so I had the chance to try both. The steamer won and the tub went to Grannys. The steamer takes about 12 mins and uses tap water. Just pour in the right amount and switch on. Even if you are breast feeding it is handy for your breast pump and those first spoons and dishes. Once it has cooled a little the bottles etc are ready to use. I just leave unused spoons and things in it ready to use and refill it once a day and switch it on. Easy even for a stressed new parent. £29.99 Tomy 6 Bottle Steam Steriliser. The tub takes 30min to sterilise things and uses cold water and a tablet or chemical. To set it up is easy enough pour in water to first or second level and put in 1or2 tablets or measures of streilising fluid. Drop your things in making sure there are no air bubbles trapped and leave. Once things have been in for at least 30 mins you have to rinse with boiled cooled water. This is when it gets difficult, you never remember to fill the kettle and switch it on. So you end up using boiling water and end up burning your hands and dropping the freshly sterilised item. My husband still has the scald marks on his hand. £14.99 Maws Steriliser and Feeding Set includes 4 bottles, 30 tablets and a bottle brush. (Holds 6 bottles). So go for the steam one they cost from £25 more expensive than a tub but the running costs are low.