“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Sterilisers „
I had done a combination of breast and bottle feeding with my previous two children. This time I hoped to be mainly breast, with the occasional expressed bottle for when we went out. As we don't use dummies, we decided that having a steam steriliser was not of the utmost importance, as it only saves about 15 minutes time compared to cold, costs more at the initial outlay, plus the energy expenditure (trying top think green) at each use. The decision was therefore made to purchase a Mothercare 6 bottle cold water sterilser. It came with a styarter pack of 12 tablets, as well as 6 bottles and teats. For 99 pence we purchased an extra 100 tablets. It is cheap and easy to use. It easily fits all my breast pump components inside, as well as the bottle and teat, with room for more and that is on the half full mark. One tablet is used for a half load, two for a full one. There are indicator levels for that on the bucket portion. It only takes a 30 minute soak, followed by a rinse and the items are ready for reuse. The lid has the days of the week posted and you turn a knob to point an arrow at what day you prepared the solution, as the solution is good for 24 hours. A side benefit is that when I pour the used solution down the sink, my sink and drain gets treated to a nice sterilising rinse which keeps the germs down in there as well. I recommned this product as it is economical to buy and to use. It is ideal for travel as well, as you do not need to worry about having a power supply for it. I use it three to five times a day depending on how my daughter feeds, and it has served us well.
What a fantastic product for the mum/family on the go. They are quite expensive but so useful. You can buy these in packs of two or six and the aim of them is that you can sterilise them on their own in the microwave for 1 and a half minutes, no more getting distressed waiting for your steam steriliser to stop when your baby is screaming for a bottle and you have been caught short, which is something I am sure all mothers, experienced or otherwise, will identify with. Assembly is quick and easy. Put water in the lid up to a marked point, stand the teat and locking ring in the lid facing upwards, stand the bottle upside down above the teat but do not click into the lid completely to allow the steam to escape without scalding yourself, full instructions are on the packaging and will make more sense when you see the product. Suitable for all microwaves up 1100 watts and I highly recommend this product also because the bottles are similar to Avent bottles with a wide neck and chunky teats which my child finds easier to use as he cannot get a good grip around the narrower teats.
The Mothercare microwave steriliser holds four bottles and is really easy to use. You simply put your bottles in, put some water in and put it in the microwave for eight minutes on full power. You have to let it stand for a further two minutes then they are ready to use. I found this steriliser very easy to use as you didn't need to buy anything extra (like tablets) plus the fact that it is very quick. Im not sure what the difference is between the different makes but this is the cheapest on the market and I cant see what you would be paying the extra money for. I bought this steriliser when my fist baby was born and my second baby is now eight months old......so I have got my use out of it!
I planned on breast feeding my baby right from the start, so I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a steriliser. I had planned on buying a water steriliser, but was put off by other mothers comments and finally after visiting the local Mothercare world decided to buy a microwave one. The reason for this was it is quick to use, only 10 minutes in total and no tablets to worry about. I also got two free Mothercare bottles and have had no problems with any of it. The steriliser is still going strong 9 months on.
I bought Boots own steam steriliser and can't praise it enough. It takes 6 bottles at a time and you can fit in both standard size and the slightly wider size. It comes with some teat tongs (which I admit I never used) and is dead easy to use. You just put the required amount of water in the bottom, load everything in and switch it on. It only takes about 8 minutes and everything is ready. As my son got older I used to put in his weaning spoons and bowls as well. You need to clean it out every now and then using sterilising sachets and again this is really easy. Definitely a good buy.
My Mothercare steam steriliser blew up a few months ago (we'd had it for 2 years and stored it in a damp garage while out of use, so probably our fault!). So we got a new one, and were pleasantly surprised to find they had modified it, for the better. The steriliser now has a lockable lid, so that it can't be knocked off or taken off by a child. Very good idea. Also, if you take the basket out, you can no longer see the hotplate at the bottom, there is plastic which is much easier to clean. The larger steriliser, which we have, will comfortably take 4 wide necked bottles plus rings/teats/lids (I believe it takes 6 standard bottles etc). It also easily takes the Avent Isis breast pump. The top rack of the steriliser is great for putting the lids on, and can be turned the other way up if you have something large/tall in the bottom part of the steriliser. Plus it came with tongs, and 2 Mothercare standard bottles. This is a good all round product, though the bottles were of no use as I don't use that type. It sterilises quickly and quietly and safely, and doesn't look horrible sitting in the kitchen.
As one of these Mums who planned everything meticulously I planned on breastfeeding and only bought the 4 bottle sterilser for dummies and things. Little did I know that at 4 days post-partum I woul be screaming to my partner to go to the 24 hour shop for baby milk! Due to the sudden change in plans I very much wish I had forked over the extra 6 quid for the 6 bottle steriliser. The 4 bottle is only £29. It does not matter so much now that my son only has 4 bottles a day but when he was younger, when he was going through lots of little bottles it was tiresome only being able to sterilise 3/4 bottles at a time. I certainly recommend the steriliser though as far as I know it sterilises properly!! I do recommend though that you buy the 6 bottle one. The 4 bottle is too small unless you really will succeed with breastfeeding and just use it now and again.