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The tommee tippee microwave steam steriliser was bought as a second steriliser for when my daughter sleeps at her grandparents house. I picked this up for the bargain price of £7.50 and it is well worth every penny.
To use all you do is put in 100ml of water then pop it into the microwave for 5 minutes. That's all, couldn't be simpler! The instructions say it fits 4 bottles in. These are Tommee tippee bottles though which my daughter didn't like, we currently have 3 'normal' bottle a juice beaker 2 bowls and various spoons and dummies in ours, so it is a decent size.
What I like about this steriliser is that it can be hidden away in the microwave when not in use. It doesn't take up any extra room them, a brilliant plus point if your worktop space is at a premium. I also like the fact that basically being a tub with some water in there's not alot that can go wrong with it. My more expensive electric version has had a light malfunction.
My parents have been using this for 9 months now and it is still looks like new and works perfectly.
All in all if I had to do it again I would definitely choose the microwave steriliser over the electric version. Its around half the price and does the exact same job. It's also slightly quicker in that it takes 5 minutes instead of 6 minutes.
When pregnant with our now 22month old son we had planned to breastfed but for one reason and another this didn't work out. Whilst I was pregnant I subscribed to a baby magazine and got this steriliser for free - it is fab! I'd already got a few tommee tippee bottles in just in case. There is plenty of space to fit the maximum of four bottles in at a time - there are separate sections for teats and bottles etc... Even in my husband's sleep deprived state he managed just fine. There are different times depending on how powerful your microwave is - the only thing i don't like about it is that it fits rather snugly in our sharp microwave!
when our son was about 10months old we went away for a week and took the steriliser with us - i even packed the bottles inside it for the journey! It was very easy to use with sterilising tablets and cold water - just as easy as when we use it as a microwave steriliser!
There are sterilisers on the market that are all singing all dancing ones but if you're after one that does exactely what it is designed for then this is the one for you! We've just had our second child and got this out from the attic, gave it a quick wash and sterilised it and it was good to go!
When I was pregnant I hadn't even thought of buying anything bottle related - apart from buying a bottle warmer on an impulse spend that I've never used and I wonder why the hell I bought - as I'd made up my mind that I was breastfeeding. So I was sure we wouldn't need a steriliser.
Luckily for me my friend who knew better gave me her old steriliser (this one.) She'd used it previously on her two children and when I got it found it to be in a great condition. The lid was still white, the plastic wasn't bent or warped in anyway and it just generally seemed in a good way.
I trust this brand immensely after using this steriliser. It was reliable and easy to use - I've never used this type of steriliser before as all the families I worked for as a nanny had electrical sterilisers. As I got this one second hand it also didn't come with instructions. I ended up expressing some milk into bottles for my son from time to time so his dad could feed him and the steriliser was invaluable at this point.
At first I was emptying the steriliser every time I used something and re-filling it again for every item I put in. Common sense then kicked in and I actually read the instructions on the sterilising tablets (lol) and found out you could leave things in for up to 24hours. I opted to use the cold sterilising option as we don't own a microwave.
I would fill the steriliser to the 'max level' mark with cold water and then I add in a tablet. Once the tablet was dissolved I would add in dummies, bottles, breast pump - and even plates once he was eating solids haha, goodness knows how I made it all fit in. There was a filter type thing on the steriliser that you place on top of your items (make sure they're completely immersed) but I ended up just getting rid of that as I found it to be a waste of time. Once everything was completely immersed I snapped the lid down and left it to soak until I needed things.
I factored sterilising into my morning routine; I would get up, do the dishes and empty then fill the steriliser. It was easy and I found making it part of a routine got me into the swing of using it, which then made the time setting up shorter.
As I said, I got this second hand, so I don't know the price of it. However I have seen Tesco run special offers on this steriliser as part of a whole package of bottles, dummies, breast pump and steriliser all for £35 which is a complete bargain as the breast pump alone can end up costing this.
Over time one of the snap grips on the side to hold it down snapped off - which was a pain but we just made sure to be extra delicate with it, and for working it's way through 3 babies, I find that pretty good going.
Overall I would recommend this product to any Mum or Dad whose looking to buy a reliable and easy to use steriliser. Ditch the electric ones and opt for this beauty!
Towards the end of my pregnancy i decided this was the steriliser for us. I was adamant i didn't want an electric one- take forever to heat up, bulky and expensive. I decided on this one mainly as it was the correct one for the brand of bottles we where using, Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles to be exact. I think i paid about £18 for it at the time, although these days they range in price anything from £10 upwards. It came well packaged, complete with instructions and the following accessories:
* Pack of two Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles
* Bottle cleaning brush
* Tongs for removing the bottle parts from the warm steriliser
* A tray that houses the bottles, lids etc inside the steriliser
The steriliser can be used for both steam and cold water sterilising. Steam sterilising i found to be the quickest and easiest- i simply thoroughly cleaned and rinsed the bottles, places them in the steriliser (with a cup of water) and put in the microwave for eight to ten minutes. The bottles came out piping hot and thoroughly sterilised. Cold water sterilising takes longer, but is great if you have many small baby parts such as dummies, teething toys etc. Fill the steriliser upto the suggested line, add the appropriate amount of sterilising solution or tablets and submerge the bottles, dummies etc in completely for the suggested time. You do have to then make sure you rinse away the solution from the bottles, otherwise they smell awfully clinical and i cannot imagine the baby been too impressed!
After about eight months of usage i noticed the plastic on the sterilister started to deteriorate. The lid turned an awful shade of yellow and one clip snapped off, then another. I was really annoyed by this as i had to go out and buy another steriliser again- my bad i guess for not retaining the guarantee.
Overall i was very happy with this product, that is up until it became faulty.
All I knew when I got my steriliser was that I didn't really want an electric one. The steriliser was in Babies R Us as a bundle with about 7 bottles, 2 insulation bags, bottle brush and milk powder pots for about £30. It was the first thing we bought and turns out to be one of the best.
I was told in hospital that the minutes you open a steriliser from the microwave it is no longer sterile and also was advised not to pre make bottles. To that end I started using it as a cold water steriliser. Just filling up to the line marker and dropping in a milton tablet was easy and I felt no guilt. It was so straight forward and provided so much flexibility.
As my son got older I began making up milk for the day and chucking the steriliser in the microwave for around 8 minutes, the job was done in no time at all. There is a stand inside providing 4 bottle spaces although I did find the tongs provided completely ridiculous to use but feel that was more my clumsy-ness.
I have not seen this steriliser in the shops since I got it. I am quite upset as I often recommend this to people but seems to now be unavailable.
Why this product
The Tommee Tippee microwave and cold-water sterilizer was something I purchased in a mad dash into Boots when my son was about a week old. He had spent the first week of his life in SCBU and we were both going home. The electric sterilizer I had bought prior to him being born was not going to be suitable to sterilize the nipple shields that I was using to help breast feed him so I needed something quick. I was keen to continue with cold water sterilizing, as this is how things were sterilized in SCBU for the babies so I had in mind that this would be the most convenient way to do things.
What is it?
It is basically a large round plastic tub with a click locking top section. Inside the tub there is a plastic bit that has several holes in it in which you can fit the Tommee Tippee bottle tops and teats into for them to face down into the water. This section lifts in and out and the weight of it holds the items down in the water so they remain sterile. Including in the set I bought was also a bottlebrush, a set of tongs to lift things in and out and one Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottle with teat included.
I think it is best to establish first that I never used this as a microwave sterilize so I can't really comment on how well it lived up to its claims of being sterile in 4-8 minutes or if the plastic got hot in the microwave or not. However one thing I would say is the design has no handles so if it does get hot it maybe tricky to lift it out of the microwave. Equally it is a bit large so if you have an ultra compact microwave it maybe best to take a tape measure to the shop to check it will fit inside you microwave.
I did however use this for well over a year as a cold water sterilize and for this purpose this really was ideal it would sit on the side in our kitchen neatly tucked away ready for me to pop bits in and out. Initially I just used this for the nipple shields and they would float merrily way in this vast area like jellyfish. As my son got a bit older and I became a bit more confident with things in went the bits from my medela breast pump. There was plenty of room for all the bit of the pump to be included as well as three medela bottles that attached to the pump. I never tried floating them in down wards ring section, as they were too narrow for it. Equally when he did have one of the bottles that would fit into the holder section I would submerge it rather than handing downwards in the holder as I had just got into the habit of submerging things.
With using a cold-water method it generally takes between 20-30 minutes to sterilise items depending on the tablets you use. I would make it up in the evening and then put the bits in and out as the day went on. For me as there was just nipple shield and breast pump bits generally in the sterilizer it was never a problem to think which ones had been in for the full 20 minutes before they came back out again. The only time I remember getting muddled and thinking 20 minutes was a long wait was when his teething rings were going in and out of it after being dropped on the floor in a baby rage of pain.
The only problem I really had with this relates to the lack of handles on it. When I was lifting this in and out of the sink to empty and fill it up it was a little awkward to hold and manipulate. This often would lead to me spilling water every where when I was emptying it as I had to try to hold on to the side of the tub and keep the inside ring/ holder in place to stop all the bits coming tumbling out. A folding up and down handle at the rear of the tub I think would solve this problem as you could hold it there for tipping the water out and have you other hand on the ring to keep bits inside. Bar this small design fault I found this to be an excellent sterilizer.
This is a good cold water sterilizer that has a good capacity to hold various baby items that need to be sterilized. The only gripe is that a handle on the tub would make it easier to hold and manipulate when filling and emptying the water. I would definitely recommend this item if you are going to be sterilizing using the cold water method.
This is available from Boots Argos and Amazon depending on offers you can get this for between £15-20.
I bought this sterliser when I was pregnant with my second son and I think its great. For my first son I had an large Avent one that plugged into the mains. I cant say I had any problems with it but I found it got in the way as I only live in a small house and was a pain when we took it on holiday with us. So when I saw this one half price in my local supermarket I thought it would be perfect. I keep mine in the mircowave. Its great to take away with you as its quite small.
The sterliser isn't that big but it holds 4 tommee tippee closer to nature bottles so there is a fair bit of room. As it is a mircowave sterliser it is quite shallow as there isn't any need for any electrical bits underneath. There is slots in the tray to place your bottles in upside down and rounds dips to place your teat and the lid over it. It comes with tongs. I got mine with a couple of bottles and the bottle brush.
It takes about 8 minutes to stream then you will need to give it at least 5 minutes to cool down a little as when you open it the stream gets you. It has a clip on either side to fasten it so you just need to hold then to open it.
Washing the sterliser is easy enough. The tray comes out and the lid unclips so you can get it all in your washing up bowl. I usually wash mine once a week. When I have washed my bottles I store them back in the sterliser.
As well as using it in the mircoware you can use it with tablets and cold water. Which I found handy when my mircowave broke!
I have been using mine for 10 months now and it is great and very easy to use. I would recommend it to anyone. Although I would think if your using other bottles the slots would be a little on the big side as these type of bottles are wide.
Whether your breastfeed or bottlefeed a steriliser is a key piece of equipment that is required. During my pregnancy I found myself getting ittle bits each time I went shopping and one day I received a text from my friend who is a buyer for a major retail chain asking if I wanted this steriliser as she had managed to get me one for free, well naturally I snapped her hand off as I had already been purchasing the bottles from my local home bargains.
This steriliser tends to retail at £21.99 but can often be found in Boots, Asda or Tesco on half price offers.
Containted within a fairly large box the steriliser comes with a bottle, brush, soother and a pair of teet tongs. It can be used in the microwave or as a cold water sterilser. It is a compact steriliser and can hold up to 4 bottles and in the microwave it sterilises within 4-8 minutes depending on the wattage of the microwave.
One of my other friends had recommended getting hte Avent steriliser as it kept the bottles sterile for up to 24 hours provided the lid was not opened and this really appealed until my buyer friend informed me that this steriliser actually offered the same so my decision remained to have this item.
The steriliser is fairly shallow and differs slightly to the image pictures as it is now more compact than this one shown. Having a white base and clear plastic lid with white plastic tray which can be removed but is ideal for storing the bottles ready to be sterilised.
Having read other reviews on this product it appears that the design shown did have some flaws when it came to remove the bottles once sterilised in the microwave and the new design does prevent this as there are 2 clips either side of the steriliser base to click it into place and removing is simple. If you keep the unit closed then the bottles will remain sterilised for 24 hours.
This unit is ideal for those with or without a microwave and if you want a low priced steriliser then this will fit in to that brief as you can pick them up for just £10 and the bottles can be bought from around £8 on the tommee tippee website at half price.
It is easy to use and I use it with a microwave for convenience as it is easier when you only have a small amount of bottles and need to sterilise twice in the day as it only holds 4 bottles.
After opting to buy the Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles I decided this steriliser was the one for me, as a first time mam the cost of the new arrival was mounting and I really wanted the electic plug in steriliser but at under half the price this one was great.
I bought mine from Asda during a baby event, good to look out for a they normally are on special for between £10-£15 and include a closer to nature bottle and stage 1 teat which is a slow flow teat which is needed for newborns.
I remember when my son was born that sterilising to me seemed like a hard thing, I had the instructed stuck to my fridge with a magnet which seems so silly now as its very easy to use. Simply wash the bottles in hot soapy water, making sure all the bubbles are off, place inside steriliser on a tray which is made to clip in 4 closer to nature bottles add 200ml of cold water which you can do from a bottle before you clip it in and turn it on for 6 minutes and its done.
I would highly recommend you wait a good 10 minutes for the steriliser to cool down its full of very hot steam which is very easy to get a burn from.
When my son turned one and he went from 4 bottles a day to 1 I binned the steriliser as my bottle days were over, it lasted over a year without breaking, its very easy to clean and was an excellent purchase I will definatly choose this steriliser again for my next child.
When I was awaiting the arrival of my daughter I decided to buy a steriliser despite the fact I wanted to breast feed, just in case things did not go to plan. I assumed that Tommee Tippee was a trusted name as everywhere I looked I saw the name Tommee Tippee. I had to start using bottles with my daughter so that's where the steriliser came in.
After about 5 times of using this product I was balancing my daughter on my side whilst I was trying to open the steriliser when the clip on the side broke off. I found this strange as I was only using one hand! I carried on using the steriliser for a while whilst I waited to buy a new one until one day I put another bottle in there that was not Tommee Tippee. I put the steriliser on for the usual time but when I came to open it I found that the other bottle had melted inside the steriliser.
I immediately wrote to Tommee Tippee and told them about the problems I had experienced. They sent me a letter apologising for what had happened and they sent me a new clip out to attach back on to the steriliser and they also sent me a new bottle to replace the one that had melted.
I would give Tommee Tippee 10/10 for customer service but when it comes to the quality of the product I would only give them 4/10 as I find it unusual that a bottle steriliser could break so easily and affect a bottle so much that it would melt!
I love this steriliser! It is especially designed to fit the new wide necked Tommee Tippee bottles, and has a separate section for each part. In total you can sterilise 4 bottles at a time in as little as 4 minutes depending on the strength of your microwave. (Anything lower than 1000w takes 8mins)
The steriliser consists of 3 parts- the base, the lid and a removable tray which you set the bottles on. The tray has 4 spaces for the bottles to be placed in neck down, 4 stands for the teats and rings (you sterlise these joined together), and a central hump for the caps to stack on.
To sterilise in the microwave you simply fill the base with 200ml of water, place the bottles on the tray and place this in the base, and clip on the lid. You then heat it on high according to the instructions.
Once sterilised the bottles remain so for 24hours if the unit is unopened. You can use the lid as a sterile surface to prepare the bottles after sterilising.
I haven't used this product as a travel steriliser yet, but it essentially acts as a basin with cold water and a sterilising tablet added to it.
The product is widely available, and sells for £20rrp, although often it is on offer for less (£10 in Asda's baby event)
I got this half price in Boots with a couple of bottles etc included, and bottle brush. It was well worth the money, would have even been worth the full price to be honest. We have been using it nearly a year now and plan on carrying on using it despite not really needing to sterilise now, it is lasting well so far and certainly not looking worse for wear. It is so handy as it sits in the microwave during the day out of the way, unlike electric ones you see sitting out on people's kitchen benches! The lid also doubles up as a sterile surface when steriliser is open, handy for assembling the bottles.
Can be used as a microwave steam steriliser, or by cold water solution method, either way it does it's job well. We have taken it up to in laws several times now and it travels well (we put things inside it to save on boot space) and is ideal for flexible needs, eg microwave being too small to fit it in, as just use sterilising solution.
this steriliser was bought for me by a relative on my second child it was great, very easy to use, only takes 8 mins in the microwave, and very very easy to clean which for anyone with a new baby anything that saves us on time is great. there was only one small problem i found now i do not know whether this is down to myself being heavy handed or not but just by the time my child did not need the steriliser anymore both of the clips to seal the steriliser had both snapped off so i was not able to keep the steriliser or pass it on, but like i said i do not know wheather this was due to fault of my own or not so maybe it would help to read a few other reviews and see if anyone else has made the same statement about it hope this helps
I honestly thought I would breast feed. So I only bought a cheap microwave sterilier for the times that I would of course express easily and simply and be able to go out for the odd occation.
I was delighted to see the Tommee Tippee Microwave and cold water steriliser hald price at Mothercare. RRP is £19.99 and I paid £10 for mine. It came complete with 2 wide necked tommee tippee closer to nature bottles, tongs for lifting the teats out and pulling them through without touching it. A double ended bottle brush and detailed yet simple instructions advising how long to sterilise for according to your microwave wattage. I thought this was a wonderful buy for the occational use I had planning.
Oh how a pregnant woman has her ideas about how perfect and easy things will be, and oh the reality. I didn't get on with Breast feeding at all, it wasn't for me, hated every second of it....even stayed in hospital an extra night in order to try to establish breast feeding!!! I have up after a very distressing 28 hours of a screaming little lady....and an unhappy baby too lol.
The hospital provided ready mixed bottles with ready sterilised teats.
Once we got home, I had to speed read everything on formula feeding and sterilising! We realised that the bottles that had come with the steriliser were only suitable for babies older than 1 months and were not the right ones. Also discovered that 2 bottles are about a quarter of the very minimum required for a day with a new born as they have soo little so often.
Out we went. We ended up with some Tommee tippee bottles and some Avent ones as well.
The first time we used the unit, we had not a clue how to use it. We followed the instructions on loading the bottles,but found the Tommee tippee ones simple didn;t fit easily or well, the neck was very very wide and they jarred with each other, so a absolute maximum of 4 would fit. Avent went in a treat, and 6 fitted easily.
The base of the steriser as you can see from the picture is a large clear plastic flat bottomed bowl, much like tupperware. The tip is a solid with plastic with is attached half way down the side of the bowl creating a flat tray that sits opens onto the kitchen counter or another flat surface providing a nice clean sterile area to assemble your bottles.
I have a 900watt microwave and it instruted me to load my bottles and teats which have been washed in water and washing-up liquid in the bast unit with 180ml of cold water and microwave on full power for 6 minutes and leave for a further 2. It is very very hot when it come out so I would say leave for a few more minutes prioer to opening as the steam can scold.
The unit is large, its 12" wide and over 8 inches high. My microwave is fairly large as its over 10 years old. I would suggest a quick meaure prior to buying as the more compact modern microwaves are powerful but fairly small. A girl friend of mine returned hers for the Avent much smaller counterpart.
I used this for both my children every day for 2 years. It lasted for about 19 months perfectly, then the tiny little plastic bits that hold the lid in place with the base clicked off after this point. It still worked OK ish....but given my 2nd child was nearly 10 months, I decided not to replace it, but microwave it for a few minutes more instead.
A good value and very effective sterilier. Great as it can be stored out of sight in the microwave when not in use unlike the electric counter top ones that are large and would need to stay out or go in and out of a cupboard on a daily basis.
4 stars simply becvse it came with level 2 bottles rather than new born and it broke after 2nd child (Picky!!!)
When my steam steriliser gave up I needed a replacement asap. As I also needed a method to sterilise bottles on a road trip bought this one as it could be used as cold water steriliser. It also came with bottles, tongs, and a brush. As I had no use for the bottles I sold them on. I paid full price for this but it was half price a week later and can often be bought for £10 at various supermarket baby events.
This is easy to use in the microwave and the microwave is a great place to store it in a small kitchen where space is at a premium. It takes 8 minutes and then needs to cool for a few minutes. No problems.
As a cold water steriliser it does work, couldn't see any problems if left standing, but we used it on a road trip and although it was kept in a bigger plastic box in case of accidents, it did appear to leak if not left flat, and quite a lot leaked out. This is a small problem and it's probably not sold as a travel sterilser, so in all other respects it is very functional.