I decided to breastfeed my daughter when she was born and thus me had no use for bottles or a steriliser or anything of the likes. It was when she was 10 weeks old and we discovered she was allergic to milk and soya that I had a real need for introducting bottles to her as I'd found myself cutting milk and dairy from my own diet. She had a completely different idea though and has never to this day taken from a bottle.
When I came across these bottles in mothercare I thought they were the perfect solution. We have a small kitchen with only one main worktop so a steriliser wouldn't have fit comfortably and I wanted to ensure that my daughters bottles would be sterile and safe for her to use with her new milk. These bottles are capable of sterilising themselves in the microwave by just adding a little bit of water and leaving each bottle for 1.30. It's possible to sterilise more than one bottle (upto 6 bottles) at a time by adding a little more time so if you're exclusively bottle feeding you don't need to stand there for 1.30 each time.
The good thing about these bottles is that they can be sterilised by conventional methods too so you can use a cold water steriliser or an actual steriliser and it does the same job. They are also dishwasher safe so no more standing at the sink with a bottle brush scrubbing until they're clean!
The bottles old upto 9oz of milk which is 240ml for people that don't speak baby language yet! This is more than enough to feed the hungriest baby so you won't find yourself heading back to the kitchen in a rush to get more milk for your wee one.
The teats and bottle sealing caps are included with the bottles and the teats are pretty much the same as the avent ones. In fact, if you need new teats, the avent teats fit in very nicely and just go inside the bottle to sterilise them. The mothercare teats that come with it don't have a size on them but I think they are variflow as you can use them from newborn to toddler.
The bottles come in at a whopping £16.99 for 6 but if you think about it, it's fantastic value as it comes with everything you need and you save that £30+ on a steriliser.
The tongs come with the bottles so you don't have to handle them at all and despite other reviews, ours are all still in good working order and I've no complaints at all. Every review we saw beforehand said the tongs all broke very easily and that you can't purchase them seperately. Well we have 4 bottles and 4 sets of tongs still in working order and we use the bottles once a day to heat up my daughters neocate (antiallergy formula) for her breakfast.
There doesn't seem to be a lot of opinion in this review but I can't recommend the bottles highly enough. It saves space in your kitchen (necessity), saves money on a steriliser (necessity), allows you to sterilise one bottle at a time or 6 bottles depending on your need and is perfectly safe for your baby to use.
The bottles are a little bit wider than the avent ones but only just and we've never had trouble fitting them into bottle holders or warmers or anything.
Overall? I would recommend these to anyone with a baby. They're ideal for everyday use and perfect for going on holiday as you don't need to pack the kitchen sink to sterilise them - just ensure there's a microwave where you're going and you're sorted. Yes, they are a bit more expensive but they really are worth every penny. I'll definitely be getting more of these for our next baby.
Mothercare Steriliser Bottles
Mothercare Steriliser Bottles are in my opnion a great invention.
Any new mum knows that no matter how organised you try to be and no matter how much help that you get, there are always stressful days and times when you go to reach for a bottle and realise that the last one has been used or that you forgot to turn the steam steriliser on etc.
Mothercare steriliser Bottles are perfect for these hectic moments. 90 seconds in the microwave and you have a fully strelised bottle ready to go. No more screaming baby.
I also found Mothercare Steriliser Bottles very handy if my baby was staying overnight at a relatives.
Taking the travel cot, blankets, baby bouncer, changes of clothes, nappies and all the just in case things is bad enough without either tried to transport made up bottles for the fridge or taking the bottles, food, sterilising equipment etc. with you.
I used Mothercare Steriliser Bottles for these occasions along with another great invention, cartons of ready made milk.
This meant that if my daughter was going anywhere all I had to do was put a bottle and carton in my pram bag and off we go.
This is one of the simplest ideas I've seen for baby equipment. I planned to breastfeed so didn't consider I would need much equipment, and didn't want to go to the expense of buying a steam steriliser, so I bought these.
A wide neck bottle holding 9oz, the instructions are on the side, telling you how long to microwave for and the different times for more bottles.
You turn the cover/lid upside down and fill with water to the fill mark (clearly evident on the lid), you then put the tongs holding the teat/top in the cover/lid, then the bottle pushed onto the lid. Put it in the microwave for 1 min (for one) and out it comes, leave it to cool (if you are desperate put it in front of a fan) and then take everything out using the tongs.
One clean bottle freshly sterilised ready to use.
The only problem I found was the tongs were not very good, things kept slipping off them. This wasn't a major issue for me as I didn't use the bottles that often. This made them more useful as I sterilised what I needed and didn't have to have any prepared in advance. Ideal for people who are breast feeding.
Babies wide neck bottles capable of accommodating up to 9oz of liquid(That?s just under 260ml in English) Made of clear plastic and supplied with silicone teats, clip on lids and screw tops. With a difference???????. These bottles can be independently sterilized in the microwave.(Although they can be sterilized by all other methods too.) Sold by Mothercare in double packs for 5.99 and six pack at 19.99. As a sucker for new innovative ideas and products I couldn?t help but be drawn to these ingenious bottles. Fed up with the space that my conventional steam sterilizer takes up, and the constant dribble from the lid onto the worktops, I decided that there had to be a cleaner and quicker option, which could save valuable space in my shoebox for a kitchen. I had bought a double pack for a friend at work who had nothing but praise for them. Edens arrival meant it was time to practice what I was preaching. Having always been a big fan of Avent bottles I was slightly dubious about changing over. I have used them with my other 4 daughters why would I want to change now. I was fortunate enough to buy 5 Mothercare sterilizer bottles for a tenner from ebay and waited anxiously for their arrival. As promised they duly appeared, complete with instructions. To the untrained eye they just resemble standard wide necked bottles with the only tell tale sign of their uniqueness is the small chart on the side giving time and quantity details. These can be used in any microwave from 450-1100 watt, and really are child?s play. There are real benefits to steam sterilizing baby?s items instead of the traditional chemical method. The chemical method apart from being smelly and time consuming leaves chemical traces on the items which then all need rinsing in boiling water. There is also a financial benefit to steam sterilizing whether using a steamer or the microwave, there are no tablets or liq
uid to buy. Steam quickly and effectively removes the bacteria that can cause gastric problems, leaving no smell or taste and requiring no rinsing. It is recommended that babies feeding equipment is sterilized until they are a year old, however this a point for debate as too meticulous cleaning and sterilizing prevents a babies gut building up immunity and had on occasion been attributed to repeat bouts of gastroenteritis. When to stop sterilizing is a personal choice. These bottles are extremely easy to use following the comprehensive instructions supplied by Mothercare. After thorough cleaning and washing the bottles can be sterilized in record time.(And yes they are extremely easy to clean, no nasty little nooks and crannies for old milk to be trapped in. They have a larger than average tough plastic lid which has a fill level moulded into the side preventing over/under fill (about 30ml I think 1oz). To use you simply place the screw cap and teat into the prefilled lid and snap the bottle (upside-down) onto it until it clicks shut and voila ready to sterilize. Follow the time instructions on the side of the bottle (Which are conveniently printed the right way up, so you don?t have turn your prepared bottles upside-down again and spill the contents.) Simply place you bottles into the microwave and ZAP in less 6.5 minutes you have 6 sterile bottles. It takes only 1.5 minutes for one.(Perfect if like me you find yourself caught on the hop with a howling starving baby, and not a prepared bottle in sight) Cautionary note. Steam sterilizing makes your bottles and teats really really hot, unless you have asbestos fingers do not attempt to remove them until they cool,(Or until the howling becomes a blood curdling scream, then if you really must get them out, use gloves or something sensible). There is a convenient lip on the robust lid, (which doubles a substantial feeding cup for later on ) ens
uring that you can actually remove the lid (which by now has suctioned itself to the bottle). The markings are nice and clear and easy to read in both ounces and milliliters, and the bottle has a nice shape which sits easily in your hand. Almost any wide neck teat will fit, and currently I have a combination of Mothercares own, Avent variflow, and Avent disposable, Eden is not bothered which teat she has, they all fit nice and snuggly without leaks and all have good seals. Ater the bottle is made there is no spillage in the lid laying in wait unlike many other brands. They seem to be robust and made of sturdy plastic. Teeny tongs are supplied, but I found these more of a nuisance than a help. I did however discover a couple of slight drawbacks with these, they are really difficult bottles to undo single handed, in fact nigh on impossible unless you have thighs to crack nuts with, so that you can wedge it between them whilst you use every inch of your strength just to get the damn lid off. And the teat and screw top does not fit onto the lid independently, quite a nuisance when making 5 bottles. These are also sterilisable by all other conventional methods. Eden?s dummies also fit nicely into the bottles, and can be sterilized in half the time. As well as superb for use at home, they are extremely practical for traveling and ideal for spares at nannies etc. I feel that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages by far and would thoroughly recommend these bottles for any new mum. They may seem a little expensive at the outset, but these eliminate the need for bulky sterilizers and smelly solutions that stain your clothes given the first opportunity. Out with the Avent, in with the Mothercare Steam sterilizer be gone forever.
Having been away from Dooyoo for a wee while and after just going through a life changing experience with the birth of my first child I thought I would return and write an op or 2 based on my experiences of new baby products. My partner and I have been going through a bit a rough time recently with feeding our daughter. It seemed that “boobie-juice” was just not hitting the mark ! We were advised by our health visitor to try combined breast and bottle feeding. Do a “boobie” feed and then follow this up with a bottle feed of formula. Confused by the world of bottles and sterilisers I was a tad confused. Until, I had a closer look at a present my mother had bought for us. This was a pair of Mothercare Microwave Steriliser Baby feeding bottles. So impressed, I went and bought 6 more for £20-00. What are they and how do they work you ask ? Well, these bottles are absolutely fantastic. They take just a few minutes to clean and just a few minutes to make safe so that the time you save is priceless. You just give them a wash in a soapy washing up type solution. Swill them out. Build them, for this I did need to read the instructions. Basically, you have the cap – turn it upside down and pour in about 10mm of cold water. There is an indicator mark to make this easier. You then pop in the bit of the bottle that you use to screw the teat onto the bottle. Pop in the teat, which is a wide “slo-flo” action teat. (Good at avoiding colic and wind.) Put on the small clamp that comes with the set. Then attach the bit of the bottle that you would actually put the drink in. Basically, you’ve got an upside down bottle. You then put it in a microwave with a power range between 400-1000 watts and run your microwave for 1.5 mins for one bottle. If you have 2 bottles then it’s 2.5 mins, 3 bottles then it’s 3.5 mins and so on. You can do upto 6 bottles at anyone time. After yo
ur microwave has nuked them – (they do get a bit hot!) You need to leave them stand for at least 2 mins to let them cool down before your use them to make your baby’s drink up. They are at this stage far too hot to give to baba! The microwave nukes all the germs in a matter of minutes! No more strange concoctions where you need to soak for hours. Just wash them swill them build them and zap in the nukeray! The bottles have markings showing you how much water to use to make your feed and they even have markings on the side showing the timings needed to microwave upto 6 bottles. A fantastic product that is fantastic value for money. I wholeheartedly recommend them.
When I left work to have my son, I was bought some bottles, teats and a sterliser all by Avent. They were very good, but I travel a lot and found that I had to rely on other methods - like boiling bottles at my mums, miltoning them at grandmas etc (all of which are quite time consuming). I was in Mothercare when I happened to wander across these little gems - and believe me, they are. They are a godsend. With a screaming baby, I found nine minutes to long to wait for a clean bottle - these things take one minute 30 seconds!!! No bulky unit to carry around, just put a wee drop of water in the cap (there is a line which tells you how much) put it back together in the order specified and whack it in the microwave - voila - a clean bottle. Incidentally, these bottles wide neck - very easy for little hands to hold with both hands. We went on holiday to menorca when my son was six months old - and we only took two of these bottles with use - once he had drunk his milk, it was a quick scrub and rinse and into the microwave - 1 minute 30 seconds later - we could go out again with a clean bottle ready for the next feed. I am still using the same bottles 18 months on (different teats of course!). Just think - with what you save on the steriliser, you could buy six bottles and a couple of outfits for the baby!
I bought these bottles when they were new to the market, I was exepecting my second child and I must admit these were the first thing I bought. I had a 26 month old to so wanted something that the bottle were sterilised quick, I have got a steam steriliser but wanted to try these out. They were brilliant 6 and a 1/2 mins and they were all sterilised (roughly the time it took for the kettle to boil).They were very easy to assemble. The only let down to them was the tongs, they snapped very easily, but i did find that you could use them with out. I phoned mothercare and they sent me 6 new tongs straight away (no charge). i bought 6 of these bottles at £19.99 but you can buy 2 for £6.99. There well worth it
Babies are great – cute and cuddly and all that … but they do a great job accumulating clutter! A great achievement for one so young!! If you were to walk in my house it would be immediately evident that at least one person under two foot tall resides here! You could almost be mistaken in thinking you had walked into Mothercare, with all the baby things around! I HATE clutter, but with all the equipment that is necessary it is just unavoidable. However, were you to walk into my kitchen ..(which believe me would not be smelling nicely of freshly baked cakes … how some mothers find time to bake I do not know!) you would either think I have hidden everything in my cupboards …(nope .. no room in them!!) or I don’t feed my children!! Actually both accounts are wrong … (really?!!) I just don’t have a lot of baby equipment that needs to stay out. I have a five month old baby, who has just started to have a couple of bottles a day, and I do not have a steriliser out! The reason? I have invested in Mothercares new range of bottles … The Steriliser Bottle. ~~ What is The Steriliser Bottle? Imagine a bottle that doesn’t have to be soaked in a big bucket of Milton, boiled in a saucepan, or put in a steam steriliser … and still have a sterile bottle for your little ones gentle stomach. Yep .. it is possible. The Steriliser Bottle is unique to Mothercare, and along with your microwave (probably not the best bottle to go for if you don’t have one of these, although they can still be sterilised using all other methods) kills all those nasty bugs that might be lurking about! You can sterilise the bottle without the need of extra equipment. ~~ How? This is quite simple. After you have washed the bottle and teat out thoroughly using warm soapy water and a bottle brush and rinsed, you simply put some water in the cap of the bottle (30 mls .. 2 tablespoons) put the screw ring
and disc in the bottom of the cap, put the teat in, and put the main bottle part upside down on the cap. Place in the microwave for recommended time …(read on!) and there you have it … a sterilised bottle with minimal effort and clutter. ~~ Features The bottle is an easy grip shape (like that of the popular Avent Bottle) Has a wide neck making cleaning a lot easier. Comes with a slow feeding teat (more suited for Newborns … faster ones can be purchased separately Suitable for use in a freezer Dishwasher safe Conforms to BS 7368 ..(whatever that might be!) ~~ How long does it take? Apart from the fact that it doesn’t clutter my kitchen up this is the best thing about this method of sterilising for me. One bottle needs 1 ½ minutes at full power in the microwave, and then 2 minutes of standing time before you can put cool boiled water into it ready to make the feed up. You can sterilise up to 6 bottles at once though and microwave times are as follows: 1 Bottle – 1 ½ mins 2 Bottles – 2 ½ mins 3 Bottles – 3 ½ mins 4 Bottles – 4 ½ mins … you get the idea! ~~ Keeping the bottle sterile whilst assembling The bottle comes with a double functioning plastic tong. This gets clipped over the teat before being microwaved which allows you to take the teat out afterwards without having to touch it and ruining the whole point of sterilising! The bottle can be assembled totally using this tong, which has a wide grip and a narrow grip. The wide grip is used for assembling the screw ring and cap and the narrow grip for pulling the teat through the screw ring. Sorted! ~~ Price and Availability Obviously from Mothercare, these bottles come in either a twin pack at £6.99 or a pack of six for £19.95. These are widely available in their stores as are extra teats that will
be needed after sometime of use, or if you want a faster flowing teat. (Pack of 6 teats between £2-4 depending on the type you want.) ~~ Tried and Tested Have I been pleased with the bottles? In a word YES! I find them easy to clean, simple to sterilise, no leakage …(which is a must as my son has soya milk and that smells disgusting!!) ~~ Any disadvantages or problems? Yup .. afraid so! However this is not with the bottles, but with the tongs provided. Two out of four tongs we have have already split. These are obviously important in keeping the bottle sterile so is a bit of a big problem. We have contacted Mothercare about this and very promptly received an extra 8 tongs and an apology! Hopefully they will find a way of making these tongs stronger. ~~ So for a clutter free kitchen I would recommend either using these bottles and doing away with a clumply looking sterilisers or get rid of all cooking utensils, give up cooking and eat out permanently!!
This is a relatively new product from Mothercare which you can buy in a pack of two for £6.99 or six for £19.99. The idea is that you can sterilise them in your microwave without the need for any other equipment whatsoever. We bought a pack of two as we also have some Maws and Avent bottles but would not hesitate to buy six if we hadn't already bought all our sterilising equipment before they came out. All you have to do is fill the bottle cap with water up to a marked point, fit the teat and locking ring over the top then place the main body of the bottle upside down into the cap. You then place the bottle into your microwave, which can be any wattage upto 1100, set the timer for 1 minute 30 seconds, start the microwave and hey presto, you have got a lovely sterilised bottle in double quick time. Fantastic when your baby is screaming the house down with hunger and you have nothing ready. You can sterilise upto 6 bottle in one go and this only takes 6 minutes 30 seconds. This is also fantastic when you are visiting relatives and friends because almost everyone has a microwave in which you could quickly sterilise a bottle if needed. My husband and I have one of these bottles at each grandparents houses in case we are caught short and they have helped us out of many a sticky spot. I honestly cannot believe that I am the first person to write about this product because they are truly brilliant and my advise to any parent, experienced or otherwise, would be to go out and a buy a couple as soon as possible, you wouldn't regret it.
The Mothercare steriliser feeding bottle allows you to sterilise it in minutes in a microwave oven - anywhere at anytime without the need for other equipment.