Lets face it
whether you use a cold water steriliser, an electric or microwave steriliser or use the old-fashioned method of boiling the bottles and teats for however long you have to, preparing bottles takes time.
Guidelines now say that it is best to prepare each feed as your baby needs it. So add on top of the sterilising the time it takes for boiled water to cool to the perfect temperature to add the powdered formula milk, then the time it takes to cool the hot water to a temperature suitable for baby and youll probably end up with a baby screaming with hunger! Plus sterilising one bottle every time your little one needs a feed can mean you could be sterilising eight or more times a day.
Or lets think about how hard it is to keep a pre-prepared bottle of milk refrigerated when you need to go out shopping for the afternoon. Or about how much trouble it can be taking a bottle and milk powder and then making it up around your friends or relatives house when you go visiting.
Steribottle is the answer!
The website says:
this is the exciting new disposable, affordable single-use feeding bottle. Convenient anytime, at home or on the move, there is literally nothing like it for taking the time and stress out of bottle-preparation and giving you an extra bit of your life back...
-- PRODUCT DESCRIPTION --
These are sterile single-use baby bottles. They are made of safe plastic and come complete with a lid, teat and bottle. Steribottles are endorsed by the well-known name of Tommee Tippee one of the most popular producers of baby product in the UK.
You can get them with medium teats, which are apparently suitable from birth, or with fast flow teats, which are suitable for a hungrier baby or from three months plus.
The products in this range are as follows:
- four pack of 250ml bottles with medium flow teats
- twelve pack of 250ml bottles with medium flow teats
- four pack of 250ml bottles with fast flow teats
- twelve pack of 250ml bottles with fast flow teats
The website says that they do a smaller 125ml bottle, but I havent seen them for sale anywhere so Im not sure if this is old information and the smaller bottles have been discontinued or if they are just harder to get hold of.
-- PRICE --
I usually get these for £1.99 out of Boots (you can also get them off of the Boots.com website). This appears to be the best price I can find anywhere. This is fine by me as it still works out at less than fifty pence per bottle a great price to pay for the convenience and ease of use!
They are also available in the larger branches of the supermarket stores Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda and Morrisons or in Vantage Chemists or BabyRUs stores. They are currently only available for purchase in the UK, but I believe that they are signing deals and that these may also soon become available in the USA, Australasia and Asia too.
-- PACKAGING --
These come in a blue cardboard box, which is easy to open and is fully recyclable.
There is lots of information on the back including comprehensive directions for use with illustrations no less!
On the front there is a picture of what the bottle looks like alongside the picture of a very cute baby (although not as cute as my baby!).
When you get inside the box you will find that each of the four bottles is individually wrapped in cellophane, which has those easy open jagged ends.
-- WHAT I THOUGHT --
I like to get out of the house for a bit of fresh air and exercise every day, but was finding it difficult having to fit my excursions in around Olivers feeding schedule.
If you have kids youll understand how difficult it can be to have a bottle of milk ready for your little one when you are out and about.
For those who dont, let me explain. When you make up formula milk the water needs to be at least seventy degrees so that the powder completely dissolves yes, you can use cooler water but I have found that it gave Oliver an upset tummy! Then you have to cool the made up milk rapidly and keep it in the fridge until you need it or use it up within one hour. This is to keep the bad bacteria which can cause upset tummies to a minimum. When your baby needs a feed you then need to heat the chilled bottle up as most babies like their milk at room temperature at least this requires boiled water in a jug or (naughty, naughty) a blast in the microwave. So you can see where the problem of feeding your baby when out and about either you take water and milk powder out and mix it up when you need it, but how do you heat the water up to completely dissolve the powder, or you take out a bottle that you made earlier, but how do you keep it cool enough to prevent bacteria multiplying and then how do you warm it up so your baby will drink it.
Finally I found a solution to this problem! I picked a box of these Steribottles up at Boots after another mother recommended them to me and I also got a couple of the readymade cartons of milk, which dont need refrigerated and keep in the carton for a few months rather than a few minutes. I now keep one sealed bottle and one carton of milk in my changing bag so that whenever I go anywhere I know I can feed Oliver no matter where I am.
The first time I used one I have to admit I didnt read the instructions and very quickly found out that if you dont twist them until you hear four or five clicks that they leak all over the place because they arent properly closed. Be warned that once the bottle is closed you wont be able to open it again! Not sure whether this is a good point or a bad point its not like someone is going to spike your babys drink.
Once you have used these bottles they are completely recyclable which is a very big plus point in my books because I love doing my bit for the environment. If there is any milk left in the bottle then you can just snip the tip of the teat off and empty the milk out.
The bottle is safe to put in the freezer for mothers who are expressing breastmilk and it has a nifty anti-colic valve which allows air to get into the bottle which allows baby to feed comfortably without accumulating excess wind.
-- CONCLUSION --
I am giving this product a whopping five out of five because apart from the problem I have had with them not sealing them properly, I cant think of any other negative points that would affect my rating.
- Good Points -
- very convenient
- value for money if only using occasionally
- anti-colic design
- Bad Points -
- leak if not sealed correctly
- expensive if being used as an alternative to sterilising own bottles
I detested making bottles! what a pain! I must have spent weeks in total preparing bottles with my first child - until that is, a friend brought me the most wonderful present round, a box of disposable bottles - I could've hugged her!! These plastic pre-sterilised disposable feeding bottles come in packs of 4 or 12 with varied flows and sizes from most supermarkets now. Each bottle is in a sealed bag that is harder to open than a packet of ginger biscuits and yes they do smell very strong of plastic and the lid has to be screwed on harder than an helicopters rotors but my goodness these bottles really are a fantastic idea. Give yourself a break parents, have a night off from sterilising, forget carrying ready filled bottles around with you, slip a few of these bottles into your change bag, buy a ready made carton of milk while out, feed the baby and cob the bottle (mind you dont do it the other way round - cob the baby and have a bottle yourself - of wine!!). Price? about £1.99 for a pack of 4, they are microwaveable and can only be used once, when that lid goes on it stays on, oh, and when you've finished with it, cob it or you'll forever have people chasing you telling you that you've forgot your bottle OR you can leave it intentionally and runaway as if they are crazy!!
I was recomended steribottles by a friend and was a little unsure at first but thought I'd give them a go. They come in packs of four from Boots in two flows (0-3months & 3 Months +) and two sizes 125ml (only in 0-3mth) and 260ml (available in both flows). They are pre-sterilised and come individually wrapped in a plastic bag inside the box. To use you tear the plastic bag and pour in the milk (which ever milk you normally use, breast powdered, ready made) and then screw on the lid. Despite my reservations these turned out to be a godsend. Days out seemed much easier as there was no preparing bottles, putting powder into containers and then having to worry about getting the bottle warmed as I used ready made cartons which baby was more than happy to drink at room temp. They also proved invaluable when last minute invitations arrived (do you fancy popping round.....now!!!), usually from friends without babies who don't know it takes weeks of planning for a simple afternoon out!!! I also used them when visiting relatives and staying overnight, no worries about heaving the steriliser with us for a weekend away, or borrowing one from someone once there! They are also a really useful backup for when (and mine inverably did) the steam steriliser packs up due to excessive limescale and you have to spend the next hour with the de-scaling soloution sorting it out. Baby didn't even seem to notice he was drinking from a different bottle (but then he is always most grateful for a bottle of milk anyway) I never had any problems with him taking his feeds from these. The only issue I have with them is that once the lid is screwed on you cannot remove it, and they can be a bit tricky to get lined up. Once you have it lined up straight you need to screw until you hear 4-5 clicks and then it is securley on. I have however on occasion been heard muttering about the damn lids as it has been a bit wonky going on, has clic
ked once or twice, and is then a real pain to remove again to put straight. All in all though an excellent buy, extremley useful, but a bit too pricey to use everyday. (1.99 for two)
The Boots pre-sterilised bottle sort of worked for me, in that they came in handy on a trip to London for Christmas. However, despite the fact that they are lightweight, take the pain from sterilising and make it easier to travel, I have very mixed feelings about them. They come in a box of four, which means if you are buying several bottles for, say, a holiday, you?re buying a lot of bulky material. One shopping trip to buy these bottles, saw me and my husband crouched by our pushchair outside Boots, taking the bottles out of the boxes and packing them into a carrier bag in order to carry them more easily. This brings me onto my next point. Packing. If you are going away and need to pack a substantial amount of these bottles, you will find that if you lay them flat on the bottom of a suitcase, there is little room for anything else. We ended up stuffing them into the side pocket of a holdall! Now we come to the exciting bit. Using them. The bottles are tightly packed in plastic. Probably designed by someone who can open packages like this without having to resort to scissors, knife or teeth! When you finally get the thing out of the package, they are so light; they?re liable to go flying out of your hands. They stink! I don?t know what it is, but as soon as you get the bottle out of the package it pen and inks like nobody?s business. If you get past this, you?re well on your way. If you use formula to feed your baby, whatever you do, do not pour boiling water in straightaway. I tend to, and then leave the water to cool until the temperature is sufficient enough to add the formula. If you pour boiling water into the bottle, it will smell as if the plastic is melting. Once you have made up your formula, you then have to get the dodgy teat on. This takes the patience of a better person than me. You have to ensure that the lid is threaded onto the bottle before screwing it to lock. If you fail to do this, your baby
will be covered in milk when it comes to feeding. Oh and another twist, once you?ve locked the lid on, you can?t get it off again to correct. So if you screw it up (Pardon the pun) you?ve wasted a bottle and formula. When it came to feeding my daughter at around 16 weeks using one of these bottles, she wasn?t 100% comfortable with them, but she still managed to take her full quota of milk. At six months, she wasn?t massively impressed with them and wouldn?t take water from them, although she would take about half a bottle of milk. I think this is because of the teat. They collapse so easily, the baby doesn?t know how or what to get her lips round. The teat doesn?t look all that either, if you compare it to an Avent teat, for example. There doesn?t seem to be much of it, really. Safety alert! Two things that concern me about the Steri-bottles. The lids. They are made of hard plastic, and where they have been soldered (?) onto the bottle, presumably to keep the bottle as sterile as possible prior to feeding, there are two sharp knobs of plastic, which could be a swallowing hazard should your baby get hold of, or it may simply cut her. My biggest concern was that my niece (a toddler) got hold of one of my daughter?s bottles and (as toddler?s will) threw it down onto a wooden floor. The bottle smashed into two pieces, spilling milk everywhere, In conclusion, a great idea in theory, but I?m sure there are better versions of this product on the market.
We've been using Steribottles for the last two months first with expressed breast milk and then with formula and we love them. I did have a couple leak on me but on reflection it was due to me cross threading the cap. I actually 'phoned the company from a number on their website www.steribottle.com (I think it is actually a separate company not a Boots product) and they were very helpful, apparently the design has been improved very recently to reduce the chance of incorrectly applying the lid and I think a larger and cheaper pack is coming soon too which will suit us very well! We use them a lot now (especially with ready made milk)and although they are about 50p each we are both working again and it's helped keep our sanity. The environmental issue did cross our minds but they can be receycled and our council does this at the door. We can now get them from our Local Sainsbury store as well as from Boots which is much more convenient.
I had a coupon for a free Boots Steri-bottle in the pack I received from the hospital. I never used it because to be honest I thought these bottles were a complete rip off. I mean who is going to pay for a bottle that has to be thrown away afterwards? Anyway, that was before the day that there was a communication breakdown in the Flynn household. There we were in the middle of town with Ciaran screaming blue murder, when Mr F and I had a discussion about who had forgot to put a bottle in the changing bag. What were we to do? Ciaran was not impressed, usually at the stage of going purple; a bottle was seconds away – but not today! I suddenly had a brainwave! - Boots Steri-bottle. So off we went (ran!) to get some, along with a ready-made carton of milk. They come in packs of 4 for £1.99 or 24 for £6.99, and are available with two size teats – medium and fast. The size of the bottle is 250ml (9oz). There is also a four pack available of 125ml (5oz) bottles available at £1.89. Each bottle is wrapped individually with the top facing inwards. This is the only part that I find a nuisance, because when you open the wrapper the top can fly out, rendering the bottle useless. The pack says that the bottles are suitable for 3 months onwards – I think this is because the medium flow teat is quite fast compared to others and a smaller baby might have difficulty with the flow. The bottles are designed so that once you tighten the lid it cannot be opened again. This is to stop the bottle being used more than once for obvious reasons. (Although Mr F did try to find a way around this when he saw the price – tightwad!). The teat is covered by a top, which allows you to make up bottles in advance, and they can be stored safely in the fridge. These bottles cannot be heated in a microwave, due to the type of plastic used in the bottle. You can only heat the feed using an old-fashioned jug and hot water! <
br> The best part of the bottle I think is the teat. It is amazing. It is similar to an Avent teat in the fact that it is wide, but the teat part is much shorter. It is very flexible, and in my mind is the nearest teat to a real breast that I have ever seen. If boots decided to make these teats for normal wide neck bottles they would be the only teats ever used. I have had a lot of trouble with Ciaran getting used to teats but he took to this one no trouble. The bottles are made of recyclable plastic, so they can be put into plastic recycle bins, although I would have to use them regularly every day for me to make the effort to store them for recycling. Maybe boots could have containers in their stores for collection! But, for sheer versatility these bottles are worth the money. I am going to take them on holiday, to use on the journey. If you use the ready-made cartons of milk, the bottle can be prepared literally minutes before a feed is due. In my mind this is fantastic because being somewhat paranoid about milk and its tendency to go off, I cannot find a better way to feed baby on your travels. Again the bottle is brilliant for emergencies where you have forgotten to make up a bottle or like in my case to put it in the bag. As long as you’re by a Boots baby need never turn purple again!!
Once again the whole family was out shopping and we lost total track of the time. Well that was until baby Emilys tummy started rumbling for her evening bottle and of course she let us know the only way she could by screaming and screaming. I started to curse myself that I didnt pick up her bottle on the way out but I just didnt expect to be out this late.Oh well, I thought, I will just have to go in Boots and buy another bottle that I dont really need and waste even more of my precious pennies. Looking along the row of bottles for the cheapest, my eyes spied something called Steri-Bottles. These are a brilliant idea and are actually ready to use sterilised bottles. They come in a pack of four and are the 9oz size. The ones I bought had the fast flow teats on but I think that they do stock the different teat flows. To use these you simply unwrap a bottle, pour your milk in and screw on the locking ring. The ring then clicks in place and once this happens you cant undo it. You then just simply remove the protective cover and thats all there is to it. The teats are wider than my baby is used to but she still drank from it fine and soon she was once again happy and contented and that meant the rest of the family could get back to some serious shopping!! This bottles are a great little lifesaver and although I wouldnt use them reguarly, they are a great idea for emergencies. I will be keeping one in my bag and with the mother in law along with a ready made carton of milk. Thankyou Boots you saved everyone from getting pierced eardrums on the way home!!
I got a voucher in Mother & Baby magazine for a Free pack of 4 Boots Steri-bottles (a new product from Boots) so I thought that I would give them a try. Boots Steri-bottles are ready to use, pre-sterilised, single use feeding bottles. They are suitable from birth and are supplied with medium flow teats that are a cross between a standard and a wide teat. They are available in two sizes and the idea is that you can use the bottle once and then throw it away which is ideal for travelling or for use in an emergency. This all sounds very good in practice, so as my son usually uses Avent bottles, I thought I would "road test" one of these bottles at home to see how well it worked before taking one out and about with me. I am really glad that I did my home test, as this bottle was a disaster from start to finish. The first thing I noticed as I unwrapped the bottle from its sterile wrap was a dreadful smell. I don't know whether this was from the rubber teat or the sterilisation process, but it was very strong and unpleasant and it almost put me off using it. Once I got over the smell, I put the milk in and locked the ring & teat onto the bottle as instructed and tried to give it to my baby. However, as I tried to feed my son, the bottle started to leak all over my baby's clothes. Milk was collecting in the bit between the teat and the locking ring and from there it leaked out. My baby wasn't keen on this bottle at all and the teat started to collaspe while he was feeding. There was also one further problem, once the bottle has liquid in it, even if you put the lid on the bottle, this doesn't stop the liquid coming out, so don't put this in your handbag. This is a big design fault for something that is supposed to be useful on the go! Also has anyone considered the environmental impact of all these disposable bottles? I think that the idea is good in theory, but very wasteful in practice. I know that it
says to put it in a recycling bin, but how many people are going to carry around a disposable bottle & then take it home again to put it in the recycling bin? This defeats the object of the disposable bottle in the first place! You might as well take your normal bottle and bring it home! The design of this bottle is quite nice, but it didn't work in practice. I'm glad that I didn't pay for this product as it was useless and I don't think that I will ever use the other 3 bottles in the pack. I found this product very dissapointing and after my first experience with this bottle I will be giving it a wide berth.