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I bought this steriliser a few months before my daughter was born. She has just turned 6 months old and the plastic base in the steriliser has melted and fallen apart. I had noticed small cracks appearing but assumed as it was a steam steriliser and meant to get hot that it would cope with the heat.I cannot believe that I am now having to go out and buy another steriliser and find it annoying that it has basically just fallen apart when I went to lift the bottles out. On top of that it has shattered some plastic so finely that it is now coating my bottles.I would not recommend this one. We bought due to cost. I will now pay more for a good model that hopefully will last a bit longer!!
This is something that was bought for us as a present on the birth of our son by my sister in law. I wasn't too keen as I much prefered to use the old fashioned type of cold water steriliser, but decided to give it a go.
This has been one of my top ten baby things that I feel every parent should get and would recommend them to every parent.
Let me tell you more about the steriliser. There is a removable lid on top of the base unit and the base unit has a power cord attached to it that you plug into the wall, on the front of the unit is a tab button with a light next to it which when you press the tab down the light illuminates to signal that the unit it on, however you cannot turn the unit off once it has been switched off unless you turn it off at the mains.
Inside the unit is a lift out holder which comes apart easily so you are able to fit your bottles in it. First of all you need to take the top of the holder off by lifting it up off the central pillar and place it to one side, then you put the central pillar through the plastic rims of the teat holders so they are stacked up in the middle of the unit.
You then need to fill a clean bottle with 60ml of water and place this water in to the unit.
Next you place the clean bottles upside down on the holder around the central pillar in a circle. You then place the removable top back on to the holders, the top has holes in it, so you can place the teats on top of each bottle and the lids on top of each bottle.
Now then, if you are using Mothercare bottles, the unit is designed so that you place each bottle through the holes on the top of the holder but still follow the same principals as before with the teats and lids.
Next you lock the lid into place on the base unit and switch it on and leave it. The unit takes 10 mins maximum to sterilse the bottles, which is better than the cold water sterilisers are they take 30 minutes to sterilise bottles and you also then need to wash them with hot water and in the end it takes you what seems like a lifetime just to do some bottles.
With this system you find that you have got bottles sterilised, filled and in the fridge within 30 mins maximum, so a great plus in my book.
Now the bad thing about this steriliser is that the Mothercare Mother Nature bottles do not fit properly in it. On the inside of the steriliser is a holder which holds the bottles and when you push the Mothercarfe Mother Nature bottles into the top of it, the bottles end up with stress fractures on them that eventually crack.
This particular kind of stema steriliser was from Mothercare as it was their own brand, but if your not keen and want to spend a bit more money there are a few steam steriliser brands out there, Avent, Lindam and Tomy to name a few and are all reasonably priced from £13.95 - £38
I got the larger of the two steam sterilisers that Mothercare do, I figured I could use all the space I could get to squeeze in the breast pump and bottles! It's been very good. We got one with our first child, which was simple to use and clean, had a lift out tray and top rack too. That one blew up on us, but that was most likely due to being stored for a year in a damp garage, so we got another Mothercare one as we'd been happy with it. They have now improved it, it now has a twist and lock lid, which I think is a great safety feature, and also the hot plate is now hidden at the bottom instead of being visible when the tray is lifted up, this makes it easier to wipe the inside clean. All in all I've been very happy with this steriliser, and if I don't store this in the garage I'm sure it will do me just fine for the next baby.
Having used a solution steriliser for my first child I decided to try a steam steriliser for my second. My reasons for this were that I couldtn see that it would be anymore tiresome and annoying than the other one. With a soltion sterliser you have to make sure that you constantly have enough solution, it will be useless without it if you run out. Also you have to constantly change the water and the bottles have to be in for at least 1 hour to be sterilsed. I always foundthat the bottles smelt rather tainted also fromt he solution. I used to wonder if my baby could taste that too.! So off we went to find a suitable sterilser and we went to mothercare world!!( they were good at soemthing LOL >>see othr opinion on Mothercare world<<) The sterilsers were all set out together and thier was a chart to show you how much the weekly cost of each sterilser would be. Although these were all in the "pence" margin. The Mothercare Steam Steriliser workded out the cheapest to run although it was £24.99 to the bog standard £12.00 for the solution one. You dont get any extras with the steriliser such as bottles like you do with some others, and you could only fit 4 bottles in at a time! (although you could buy a dearer one that would fit 6 bottles) Also as your child gets slightly older if you still prefer to sterilise cups you will find it hard to fit them in and some may not be suitable for steam sterilising. ok, they were the bad points, now the good. I have never looked back on buying this and it was well worth paying the extra. All you have to do is put about 75ml of water in the steriliser, press a button and leave it for 8 minutes!! It really is that simple. When you are ready to do some more you just empty the remainder water out and refill again. you never have to worry about running out of solution, there is no taint left on the bottles and its so quick! Certainly worth paying that bit ex