As well as breast feeding I have also been using a breat pump from Avent to express milk ready for night feeds or times when baby wants to eat and I'm not around so that the other half can be involved and have his nights interrupted as well as my own, it is a simpe idea but one that many mothers had advised me to do.
As such we made sure that we had a bottle steriliser ready from the get go and the one from Lindam was recommended to me by a friend and it had also had some pretty good reviews on this site as well.
One of the things I liked about this unit is that it does not rely on chemicals that the cold water units do and also the fact that all I need to use it is an electric socket as not all of my friends have a microwave in their homes, sounds surprising I know but one of my new age hippie friends for example has a big phobia about them.
The steriliser unit is a basic cylinder and at the bottom there is the heating element, there are two trays, the lower one is for the bottles while the upper tray is for the caps and teats. In all you can sterilise up to six bottles in one go and it takes about twelve minutes to complete a clean which is not very long at all.
Once the bottles have been cleaned they remain sterile for 24 hours if you assemble them and up to three hours if just left in the machine according to the very simple instructions that come with the unit.
You do have to be careful when using this machine as the steam can burn you and I have mine located next to a window when it is in operation.
I paid £24.99 for my unit and I think that is a reasonable price for a unit that works well, is pretty quick and is also easy to clean and maintain. Plus all those bottles ready to go means the other half can take his share of the night feeds so everyone is happy, well I am at least.
I love this steriliser. There are more expensive ones on the market, but don't pay more, this is just as good and works just as well, if not even better. I had an Avent one before, which was double in price, and it went faulty. I had my reservations about the Lindam steriliser, but decided to give it a go, and I am pleased I did. Just proves you don't have to pay through the nose for baby equipment. The steriliser comes with a jug for the important measuring of the water you place inside, and comes with tongs to handle your teats with. At first they seem a bit tricky, but you'll soon get to grips with them. It sterilises 5 of the tommee tippee closer to nature bottles, which is fair because they're quite wide. The cycle is really quick, much faster than the avent, and much quieter, you don't even know it's on apart from the obvious power light. Overall a great buy.
Lindam Universal Steam Steriliser
This an electronic device designed to steam clean and sterilise baby bottles and baby feeding equipment. It is plugged in and required only water to work.
This is a great sterilising unit as it is designed to allow the sterilising of any make of bottles or equipment. I found when looking for botltles and sterilising equipment that most sterilisers, although could accomodate other brands, were specifically desgined for their own brand of bottles.
I am sure I am not alone in the fact that I had to change my childs bottles on more than one occasion. My child was very bad with colic and I tried many different shaped bottles and teats before settling for Dr Browns (which is another story) So Lindhams steriliser was great.
The unit is pleasant and compact making it easy to integrate into your kitchen.
It is very simple to operate, simply fill with required items, add some water and switch on.
You do have to be careful the add the correct amount of water as too little may result in the bottles not being sterilised correctly
There are no chemicals or detergents involved just plain and simple water.
The unit is also very easy to clean, simply add a de-scaling sachet and some water and switch the unit on.
Great easy to use universal product
Pregnancy presents a couple with lots of choices, it can often be quite confusing and I'm not just talking about which products are better than others, naturally that's important but it's the decisions that have to be made before products even enter the frame that I'm talking about. One of the choices that was quickly solved for me was in regards to feeding my children, while I was well aware of the benefits of breast feeding it was something I was simply not able to do, so I knew it would be bottles and formula for my little ones, this is where the product problems came in though, knowing I'd need to sterilise the bottles I had to choose which method and which product was for me, would it be steam, boiling, microwave or traditional? After a little research we decided to vote for steam and decided our steamer of choice would be the Lindam Steam Sterilizer.
Lindam Steam Sterilizer-
The Lindam sterilizer is a steam sterilizer for ensuring that baby bottles and equipment are clean and free from nasty germs. Standing 34cm high, 24cm wide and 18cm deep, it is quite tall, a squat oval shape which takes up less space on kitchen units then many regular round sterilizers do.
The sterilizer comes in several sections, there is the main body of the sterilizer and of course the lid, as well as a small plastic measuring cup which allows you to measure the correct amount of water needed for steaming. There is also a plastic vented tray that slots into the bottom of the steamer which stops the bottles coming in contact with the heating element, this also allows the steam to properly distribute and subsequent condensation to drain into the bottom of the steamer, the steamer also has a vented accessory tray which slots onto the steamer above where the bottles are kept, the tray can hold teats, bottle caps, dummies, even cutlery if needed allowing them all to be sterilised at the same time. The Lindam sterilizer also now comes with a set of plastic tongs for removing the bottles from the unit. It can hold up to 8 regular shaped bottles (8 or 4 ml) 6 wide bottles or 5 gripper shape bottle.
The steam sterilizer is easy to operate, mains powered but with a good length power cable, all that is required to sterilise babies bottles is 75mls of water, you simply pour the water into the sterilizer, put in your bottles & teats (upside down to ensure proper sterilization) and replace the lid. Pressing the button on the front of the unit, much like a kettle would have, you set the steamer off on its cycle and after 8 minutes it automatically shuts itself off, it has an indicator light to let you know when it's finished.
Price & Availability-
The Lindam steam sterilizer can be found at Argos for £19.99, Toys R Us have an identical version but made by Bruin for £16.99.
We received our first Lindam sterilizer 4 years ago when we were expecting Christopher and it still works to this day, we also used it for when Elsa was a baby but hubby has decided Baby Lumpy needs to have a few new things of his/her own and we decided that one of these things could be a new sterilizer, that way the old one could be kept at my parents house ready for when we visit them (which is quite frequently) I didn't mind his theory but I was insistent that if I was replacing the sterilizer it would be with the same design as it had always been so reliable, I was delighted to flick through the Argos catalogue and find the exact same steamer.
The steamer has always been perfect for our needs, it's unfussy, uncomplicated and easy enough for even my other half to operate. It is universal in regards to the bottles you can you, I tend to use basic shaped bottles for my babies but made use of the universal fit by being able to hold up to 8 regular bottles in the early milk only days and then 6 wide bottles when we moved onto the training bottle stage at 6 months. The accessory tray allows you to sterilize all the lids, teats (silicone and latex) even dummies and spoons etc and is great for storing all the bottles and bits when they aren't being used and shows that the steamer is even suitable during the weaning stages. Obviously you have to wash the bottles out before sterilizing them, the unit doesn't quite do that much but once they're clean you have the peace of mind that the Lindam sterilizer will give you safe, hygienic bottles.
I liked the steam sterilizing idea as it meant we wouldn't have to have extra bottles of sterilizing fluid hanging around, which would also save us money. It's a clean and tidy way of sterilizing the bottles it's only drawback being the heat it generates, much like you'd get when boiling a kettle, it's important when using the steamer to do it in advance of when you need the bottles, otherwise if you're reaching into the unit directly after steaming the bottles you could find yourself getting scolded fingers because it will still be very hot in there, the new addition of the tongs makes this slightly easier as you can access the bottles without actually having to physically touch them.
The steamer can take anywhere from 8 minutes to finish it's cycle, the indicator light is particularly helpful in letting you know when it's finished so you don't try and remove the lid before the steaming process has stopped. The cycle time will depend on how much you have in the steamer, providing you use the right level of water and do not overload the unit with excess bottles you should not have to wait longer than 8-10 minutes, which is much quicker then cold water sterilizing which takes a 30 minutes upwards. It is important to make sure you regularly clean the inside of the sterilizer, you will get a build up of water over time which if left in the unit will add to the steaming time and make it difficult for the machine to quickly reach its maximum heat.
This has been one of those "couldn't be without" purchases, obviously baby bottles need sterilising one way or another but I wouldn't switch to any other method after having such a good experience with this steamer. It's proved very reliable, never having any break downs or complications, it's simple to use and great value for money as it can be used continuously through the course of your childrens development. This had to be my ultimate in baby feeding equipment and I would recommend it to everyone (everyone who needs one of course)
For information on sterilizing methods and why it's important go to- http://www.babycenter.ca/baby/formula/sterilising/
I got this steriliser from Argos for £19.99, the cheapest electric steam steriliser in there, I knew that I definitely wanted to get an electric steam one because they are so much easier to work and they are very hygienic.
You can get microwave steam 1's but that just didn't appeal to me.
its white all over and blue on the button and teat tray, the button is on the front about an inch up from the bottom my 1 has a clear lid unlike the 1 in the picture which looks white to me, the cord for the plug is on the back and does not stretch very far at all, inside it at the bottom you have an inner tray which you put the bottles on and this also blue like the top tray.
It comes with a little measuring jug to ensure you use the right amount of water, and a blue plastic tong for picking parts up when it's finished sterilising.
its fits around 6-8 bottles depending on types of bottles you use, because some are wider like the Tommee tipee ones which I have plus I also but my milk dispenser pots in aswell in the same load.
How to use
you simply pour the correct amount of water in the bottom using the jug supplied, clean all bottles and teats and other parts like lids etc with a bottle and teat brush in some warm soapy water and then place the bottles in upside down in the base so that the steam can get inside the bottles , I put the lids in their main part aswell and then you put the teat tray on and put all the teats and other parts on there making sure the teats are facing upright so the steam can get inside.
Then you simply put the lid on and press the button and leave it, it takes around 8-10mins so complete the cycle.
as always with products that deal with boiling water it generates lime scale, which is simple to remover you just need to get some scale away which you pour in the bottom with some water and put the steriliser on a couple of cycles and rinse it a few more times until its all gone, and then its as good as new again.
I have found this to be a great buy good value for money does its job well, easy to work and leaves you knowing that your babies bottles are well sterilised and safe to use,
I would recommend it to other mums to buy.
When our eldest son was a baby, we had a microwavable steriliser. It was flawed for a few reasons; 1, after being used for a few months, the plastic started to warp, the lid didn't fit well and excess steam could escape during sterilisation, therefore making the process less effective. 2. As the plastic softened, it became scratched and unhygienic. 3. You had to physically handle it to get it out of the microwave after it had finished- I lost count of the number of times I was scalded by steam.
So when we were pregnant this time round, we opted for a stand alone steam steriliser. We chose the Lindam Universal Steriliser, basically because it was on offer (19.99).
The Lindam Universal is cleverley designed. In the bottom of the unit is an element. Water is added to the receptacle which houses the element and, when switched on, heats the water much the same as a kettle would. There is a blue rack which fits neatly above this, which can easily hold 6 of our B-Free (Dr Brown) bottles. Another blue rack goes in the top of the unit onto which you put your teats, dummies, and in the case of anti-colic bottles, the internal anti-colic system. The lid fits snugly ontop of the unit and has a small vent to release excess steam.
Included with the steriliser is a measuring cup (fill with water up to the line, 85ml, and pour into the unit before switching on) a set of plastic tongs (for removing hot items from the unit) and a detailed instruction manual & guarantee.
The only minor downsides are these;
once switched on, you can't switch it off unless you turn the power off at the wall. You'd rarely need to switch it off once the cycle has started though.
I live in the Lake District and our water is very soft but those of you further South, where water tends to be harder, may experience scaling of the element. This can be solved with a standard descaling solution. I clean our element once a week as it tends to get a bit dirty and can burn when hot. The steriliser might not be suitable for all items as it does get very hot. Latex dummy teats can harden and become unusable so I'd recommend only using silicon dummies.
We've been very pleased with our steriliser, it's extremely simple to use and completes its' cycle in 8minutes. You can reuse it about 10 minutes later.
Some sterilisers on the market are almost £50, however I don't think it is worth it. Our steriliser was less than twenty quid, looks clean and does the job simply and efficiently.
I was very, very determined to breast feed exclusively this time. As part of this determination, I had not bought any bottle feeding equipment nor formula before or around the time the baby was born. I did, for exactly 3 weeks; but with the baby failing to gain and then actually losing weight despite spending large part of the day and night latched on the breast we were advised to and decided to start expressing and also offer formula top-ups.
Thus I bought an Avent breast pump (which also contains two bottles). Then I promptly boiled it all away into a plastic pulp. This was an obvious sign that a more idiot and tiredness proof method of sterilisation was required.
Essentially, baby feeding equipment should be sterilised until baby starts to crawl and stick everything in their mouth anyway. This is especially crucial for babies fed exclusively on formula milk as they don't get breast-milk anybodies and rely on their own (undeveloped) immune system.
You can sterilise using chemicals (cold water plus type of bleach) or heat (by boiling or using steam). I was never very sure about chemical sterilisation, perhaps because it's unheard of in Poland where I come from or also it takes ages (30 minutes?). Boiling is cheap but in my case seems to invariably lead to melting mass of plastic and a burnt pan, sooner or later.
Microwave steam sterilisers are also relatively cheap and quick but I don't have a microwave and I don't see a point of buying one with the sole purpose of sterilising bottles (I had one once and the only thing I used it for was cooking rice). Thus, an electric steam steriliser comes to the fore.
I have a Lindam one, exactly like the one I had 5 years ago and I am very happy with it. The sole criterion that guided my initial purchase was price, but I found that this was a perfectly adequate product.
It's a simple cylinder with a heating element at the bottom, internal tray that takes bottles or larger elements of the breast pump and the top tray for rings, teats, dummies etc. The cover is a rounded cupola with a steam vent and there is a switch and an indicator light at the front. It will take 6 wide-necked bottles plus peripherals, or a breast pump and three bottles.
The whole cycle takes about 10 minutes which is nice and quick (in an emergency I would wash well and rinse a required item with boiling water, but overall it's better to follow guidelines).
Items apparently stay sterile in there for up to three hours, while an assembled bottle or a pump would stay sterile for 24 hours. I tend to just pour water in and switch the machine one every few hours just in case.
The steam vent provides a bit of a hazard: don't place the unit where you are likely to pass bare arms over it as steam can burn really badly.
When opening the unit the cover has often quite a bit of water from condensing steam so place it somewhere where it won't cause much damage.
The instructions suggest decaling the unit once a week with vinegar, to be honest it probably really depends where you live, I live in a soft-water area have not noticed any build-up of scale at all in the last 2 weeks.
All in all it's an excellent piece of kit and as far as I know the cheapest on the market as it's often available new at around £20 mark (Argos and Index catalogues are good places to look). I can't see any reason to buy an Avent one for about twice the price as I just can't see what else it could possibly do that this one doesn't!
Definitely recommended if you are buying a steam steriliser.
I bought mine off eBay of course, for £12 including next-day postage.
As my little boy will be 1 next week (how time flies!) I no longer use my sterliser but over the last 12 months it has served me well and I have had no significant problems with it. The steriliser I am talking about is the Lindam Universal Steam Steriliser. I bought it from my local Argos for £19.99 last September but it is now £24.99 (I always thought they lowered prices but anyhow). When sterilisng babies bottles and other items that need to be kept clean there are a number of options. These are 1) Steam sterilising. These units are very simple to use, they do get very hot though and they are not always suitable for all baby items - read on for more information 2)Cold water sterilising. This is basically a large container that you fill with cold water, add a chemical tablet or liquid and then put your items in and leave for a while. I find these okay if you are sterilising overnight but if you need something done quickly this is not for you. Also over time, teats and dummies can become sticky and discoloured by the bleach, it will also stain your clothes if splashed. 3)Microwave sterilisers. These are a great idea, however if like me you have a small microwave you may find it hard to get one that fits. Basically with these you just add a small amount of water, fill it with your items and blast it in the microwave for a few minutes. Job done. I have never used one of these but my sister-in-law says they are excellent. 4)The old fashioned and really cheap way of sterilising is to submerge your items into boiling water for a minute or two. This is ok if you only have a few items to do but if you need to sterilise 8 bottles and all the accessories everyday it can be a real pain! 5)I received with my sterilser a free microwave sterlising bag. You add water and your item, seal it up and blast in the microwave for 3 minutes. This was a real lifesaver if we were out and the baby demanded another drink and we h
adn't got a clean bottle with us and also for his dummies but I imagine for everyday use they would be rather time consuming and costly on the electricity. Each bag can be used a maximum of 10 times so they could also be rather expensive to replace every few days! The steriliser -------------- This steriliser is large enought to fit 8 standard bottles and all the accessories or 5 wide neck bottles which I found more that adequate for a days worth of bottles. After washing the bottles all you need to do is use the measuring cup provided, empty 70ml of water into the bottom of the sterilser and load it up with all your items. The bottles fit into the main compartment of the steriliser and there is a tray for all the other things like teats, dummies, bottle caps and spoons etc. When it is full, put on the lid and press the switch at the front of the unit. The whole sterilisng process takes around 10 minutes which I think is excellent. Once the unit has switched itself off I recommend that you leave it for a few minutes to cool down before removing your items as they do get rather hot. Once sterilised the items can be stored in the unit for 24 hours before they will need to be sterilised again. You may want to place the unit near an extraction fan or a window that can be opened when it is in use as the steam escapes out of the top of it which can sometimes make the area a little moist and could cause problems. There are a couple of items that are not really suitable for regular sterilising in this unit and I have found these to be; dummies, they can become a little sticky after a while, beakers - if sterilised with bottles they can become a bit misshapen as they can get squashed, but other than it is pretty well suited for everything. Ease of use and maintainence ---------------------------- This unit is one of the most simple I have ever used and I have had no problem with it at all in all the time that I have used
it. The only thing that I would say is a downside (not a major one though) it that we live in a very hard water area and it needs to be descaled often as it can get rather mucky on the element after a week or two of use. You can buy specially designed descaling tablets for steam sterilsers from boots and other such places but normal kettle descaler works just as well. My mum also told me to try using lemon juice and vinegar, this works great but can be a rather smelly experience. On the whole I recommend this unit to all new parents as it is so easy to use, great value for money and more importantly its very fast!
The very first time I used my Lindam Steam steriliser I was amazed at how quick and easy it was. The only problem I had was the lid as it kept filling with water and covering the worktop where I was just about to make bottles up. The steriliser comes with a tray in the bottom so the bottles are not sitting in water and there is enough room to fit six bottles there. There is also another tray that fits on the top of the sterilser just under the lid that holds bottle caps and lids. There is enough room for about five sets of caps and lids. After filling the steriliser it requires 75ml of water to be placed in the bottom of the steriliser. it then takes approximately eight minutes to run its course and the items will stay sterilised up to three hours as long as the lid isn't removed. The bottom of the steriliser needs descaling about once a month and the outside is wipe clean. I would recommend this steriliser to anyone who doesn't mind waiting longer than a microwave steriliser as it is so easy to use. Just fill it up, add water and press the button. No hassle.
Good Value & simple to use - Advantages: good value for money , simple to use , fits all sizes bottles and accessories - Disadvantages: quite large , can get quite wet inside , needs frequent cleaning to prevent limescale
Suitable for all types of bottles - just add water! Steam cleans without chemicals. Simply put in a small amount of water from the measuring cup.