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This is the second Tommie tippee steam steralised that I have purchased in the last two years, not because the first one wasn't any good but because I had one with my daughter Casey then when I no longer had a use for it at twelve months old gave it to a pregnant friend not expecting to get pregnant with jamie so had to buy a new one.
It comes in a box inside which is a round steralised, it is just the right size for the small microwaves like I have so will fit in any microwave with ease so there is no need to worry that your microwave will be too small. Inside the steralised there was a pair of plastic tongues for pulling the teats into the bottle ring once you have steralised them so that you don't have to touch them with your hands, a small sized bottle and a new born dummy.
The steralised can take four tommee tippee closer to nature bottles, teats, rings and lids at one time and is designed really well compared to others I have used as it is very easy to put all the pieces in and the lid fits securely and easily.
You only have to add 200ml of water and put it in the microwave for the correct time depending on your microwave power level, in an 1100watt microwave it takes just four minutes and in my low watt 700 it only takes eight minutes which I think is nice and quick. The unit stays sterile for twenty four hours if not opened so there is no rush to take it out the microwave and make the bottles up which I love as I can put it in before going out or to bed and take it out when I am ready to.
The last one I had still looked as good as new the day I gave it away despite twelve months of use so are great value as I only paid twenty pounds for them.
When I was pregnant and buying various things for my baby, we decided to invest in a sterliser even though we intended to breast feed. It turned out to be a good decision and a worthwhile purchase as we moved on to combination feeding after a few months and then to follow on milk to complement his weaning diet.
We opted for the Tommee Tippee Microwave Steriliser kit for a number of reasons. Firstly, a microwave steriliser seemed simple and convenient and secondly, we had a number of Tommee Tippee products already and it was a brand I trusted. The design of their bottles also appealed to me as they are designed to help combination feeding.
The set cost us around £40, but this seemed pretty good value as you got not only the steriliser but various other accessories too.
The kit contains, alongside the microwave steriliser, three 150ml bottles, three lids so you can store milk in the bottles, a bottle brush, tongs for removing items from the steriliser, two teats, two dummies suitable for 0-3 months and two insulated bottle carrier bags. Overall, this is a handy starter kit to pick up - we did not use all items such as the lids as we did not store milk as such and our baby did not have a dummy either.
The bottles are useful until your baby gets older and needs more milk than you can get in them. The teats are designed to mimic the breast so baby has to work quite hard to get the milk and thus allow you to combine breast and bottle feeding. I love this idea and found that, when we decided to move to combination feeding (or if I needed to give him a bottle of expressed milk) he took to the bottle well and with no problems. The bottle carriers are also very useful as you can keep milk warm/cool for a certain amount of time (up to two hours) so can take a bottle out with you. The bottle brush also works well to ensure that you clean the bottles thoroughly after use.
So, the main reason we purchased this kit was the steriliser. This is fairly simple in design and execution. Made entirely of plastic and in very few parts it is incredibly easy to use. There are three pieces to this - a clear plastic lid, a white plastic bottom and a white plastic insert tray for holding the bottles in place whilst sterilising. The tray is filled with holes and has indented circles and spikes with slits in to hold the bottles and teats respectively.
To use the steriliser, you fill the base with 200ml cold water, place the tray on top and load with bottles (placing them in upside down). The lid is then placed on and this fastens with a push button at the front. The steriliser can hold up to four Tommee Tippee bottles and sterilises in 4-8 minutes (depending on the power of your microwave). The steriliser works by heating the water in the bottom of the unit so that it lets off steam, which works to sterilise the bottles. If the lid is not opened, the contents remain sterile for 24 hours.
The steriliser is great and really easy to load and use. I struggle to see how this can hold four bottles as there are enough spaces for two - I suppose if you stack them a little it may but I would be worried about how sterile they were if over stacked. My needs never required me to sterilise more than two bottles at a time anyway as I don't store milk or anything, so this is perfect for me.
I love the design of the steriliser too, simple and compact - it doesn't take up much room in my kitchen and is easy to store. It is also very lightweight which is great as it means that it is easily portable so you can take it with you easily if you are away from home.
The steriliser works well and I am always confident that the bottles and bowls are well sterilised when I remove them from the unit. The steriliser does fill with limescale quite quickly (I am in a hard water area), so you need to make sure that you change the water and clean it frequently. The tongs provided are useful to have as the contents can be very hot - especially if you open up the unit soon after it has finished in the microwave (not advisable as the steam can burn). However, they are quite small and I found them fiddly to use particularly when removing the teats. I usually just remove with clean hands some time after the unit has finished in the microwave and the contents are cooled.
The bottles and bottle brush provided also work well and both are pretty durable. The brush is strong and holds its shape well, even under pressure. The bottle insulator bags are useful too and we used these extensively with expressed milk. They function well in the short term but do not keep the milk warm/cool for anywhere near as long as advertised.
Overall, this is a really useful starter kit for any expectant or new parents. The steriliser itself costs around £30, so the extra £10 for the kit is quite good value for all the additional extras. For a basic microwave steriliser that lasts well and stands up to frequent use, this is ideal and very good value. Recommended.
I am reviewing the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Microwave Steam Steriliser. I did put in a suggestion for the Closer to Nature steam steriliser but unfortunately it wasn't accepted as this one was already in the catalogue, so ho hum I shall review mine anyway, it's pretty much the same product it just looks a bit better than the picture on here.
Like most baby products there is quite a variety of products available whether it be cold water sterilisers, steam sterilisers, electric etc. I personally was after something lightweight and easy to use, and when I was shopping for other baby essentials at the Asda baby and toddler event I spotted this Tommee Tippee Microwave Steam Steriliser for £10!!
What's in the box?
Inside the box there is the steriliser itself which comes in 3 parts, the clear plastic lid, the white plastic bottom and the inside tray which is covered in holes to let the steam rise and holders for your bottles and accessories. Packed inside the steriliser are a few freebies in the form of a 150ml Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottle, a Tommee Tippee Pure Soother, a bottle brush and a pair of teat tongues, which are what they say they are, they are used to pick up the teats from the steriliser without you having to actually touch the tips making it a clean and safe way to do so without contaminating them. The teat tongues are also brilliant for picking up the tray from the steriliser when it is hot.
How much is it?
Prices vary for the Tommee Tippee closer to nature steriliser, I bought mine for £10 in the Asda Baby and Toddler event when I was 6 months pregnant. When it's not on offer Asda sell it for just over £20 but I'm sure if you shop around you could find it for a reasonable price. To be honest if the steriliser wasn't on offer I still would have spent the £20 or so anyway as it looked like a good bit of kit and was from a trusted brand.
How do you use the steriliser then?
It is quick and simple to use the microwave steriliser, it's even easier to load. The top comes off the steriliser by pressing in the 2 ridged buttons on either side, you lift the lid up and inside the tray is already housed inside the bottom half of the steriliser. You put 4 bottle bottoms onto the corresponding points on the bottom of the tray, place the teats and the teat rims in their designated holders and place the bottle lids in the middle of the tray. You fill the steriliser up with around 180ml of water and bung it in the microwave. I like to use some Milton Sterilising fluid to make sure that my bottles are completely clean but you can just use water and let the steam do it's job. Once your fluid is in and all of your bottle parts are housed correctly inside the steriliser it's time to pop the lid back on and stick it in the microwave. The time it takes to do it's thing depends on the wattage of your Microwave, it takes 4 minutes for me to complete a cycle.
Once the cycle is complete I'd recommend you to leave the steriliser inside the microwave for 5-10 minutes to cool down a bit before handling it. Once it is cool enough to touch remove from the microwave, pop off the top and assemble your bottles. If your not wanting to use the bottles straight away the instructions like I said, state that you can leave them inside for 24 hours and they will stay sterile, however I remove mine pretty much straight away and put them together ready to use.
- My way of doing things -
Now I will probably be slated for my way of doing things but each to their own, please don't judge. It states in the instruction manual that comes with the steriliser that the contents once steamed are sterile for 24 hours - this is only true if you don't open the steriliser. This is ridiculous to me as nobody is going to keep bottles inside the steriliser for a day without opening it, this then means that when you take the bottles out they start to deteriorate and become unsterilised which to a degree I agree with. But it's not practical for me to wash one bottle at a time and use it straight away, especially at the end of the night I like to "put a wash on" and wash a tray full of bottles ready for me to use the next day. Bottles are meant to be sterile for up to 6 hours once out of the steriliser but I have used bottles a lot further on than this and it has never done my little girl any harm. I hope that made sense. - Back to the important stuff.
Would I recommend it?
Hell yes. Overall I'd recommend any parent to purchase a microwave steam steriliser, especially the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature model, it is lightweight and compact enough to fit into most microwaves and is so easy to use. The cleaning cycle is complete in as little as 4 minutes (depending on the power of your microwave) which means you have more time to do more important things. Unlike other models it is made to sterilise 4 bottles and it's contents in total meaning you can get more done in less time and for around £20 (if it's not on offer anywhere) it's an absolute bargain.
Tommee Tippee Microwave Steam Steriliser and Starter Kit
II chose the Tommee Tippee brand following good reviews in Prima Baby: my bottles, breast pump and sterilising unit were all compatible with each other.
Labour saving: the microwave
A bit of online research during pregnancy convinced me that a microwave steriliser was the format for me. Once you've washed everything in hot soapy water, four minutes in the 'wave and ping! You're done.
Size wise, this unit is large and may not fit in all microwaves, so bear this in mind when purchasing or it could be an expensive mistake!
What's in the box?
I got a free cleaning kit and this included an excellent brush (see my review!), and tongs for picking up hot items and pots for freezing breast milk. The unit itself consists of a base, tray with holes in it and a plastic see through lid. It also came with some bottles which are helpful for getting started with all this baby bottle and feeding business.
Fill 'er up
The unit holds two dismantled bottles or one bottle plus the components of my breast pump. Everything goes in a specific way on the holder so you do need to study the instructions to make sure you've got it right. It took me a bit of practice but I can do it with my eyes shut now!
How to use
Once the unit is loaded up, you add 200ml water which is poured in the base of the unit. Four minutes in the microwave then the contents are sterilised and will save for 24hours if left sealed. You have to wait a few minutes before handling the unit after microwaving as it's super hot. It soon cools down though so it's best to leave the lid on for a few minutes before opening or you'll get a free steam facial!
Once opened you have to remember to drain the water from the unit to prevent build up of lime scale. The lid also serves as a sterile surface for making up feeds. I've only used mine with the breast pump so can't comment on this as a function.
I paid around £15 at Tesco for this item. It was reduced in the 'baby event' sale and I bought loads of items at bargain prices.
Being new to the world of babies, I was a complete sterilising novice and am pleased to say that this microwave unit eased me in gently. The instructions were good and diagram also proved helpful for placing items correctly in the tray. I liked the free set that came with the kit and felt it all proved very good value for money. I am pleased that I bought this particular model and feel it's been a good labour saving device. I'm going away abroad later this year and am already dreading managing without my friend the microwave steriliser. How sad is that!!!
One night, while I was expecting, I chatted to my mother-in-law abroad on Skype. Keen to impart some advice, she began talking about sterilising bottles, about tablets, boiling water and pans. I began to worry. With the arrival of my baby imminent and no idea about these things, I procrastinated and left any shopping to the last minute. Unsure about how I was going to feed my baby, I didn't want to spend a fortune on bottles and equipment, but equally I didn't want to come home from the hospital and go straight out to get it all. After some thought I realised I would definitely need a steriliser either way - even if it wasn't used for bottles, I would want to use it to sterilise toys and so on.
It was two weeks before the big day that I spotted this steriliser in Tesco for £12. Four minutes in the microwave? Just steam, no tablets, no chemicals. I breathed a sigh of relief and flung it in the trolley. Better still, it came with three bottles, a brush to clean them with and tongs to lift out the teats. My dilemma about whether or not to buy bottles was resolved. It went on to the 'baby pile' in Dad's living room, together with the Moses Basket I'd been lent and a sleepsuit. Reading through the instructions, it was all quite straightforward. You pour in 200ml of water, stick the lid on and put it in the microwave. Once it's done, the contents stay sterile for 24 hours providing you leave the lid on.
To my surprise, I beat the initial pain barrier and breast feeding worked out for me. Four and a half months later, I'm still feeding. However, the steriliser has had plenty of use. When I had to go to the office Christmas party, I used it for the breast pump I bought and the bottles from the kit in order to express. My chubby bubba took to the nice wide, easy grip, bpa free bottles straightaway (she doesn't let much get between her and her food) and the brush for cleaning them is fantastic, fitting perfectly into the teats. I sterilise plastic teething rings (not the water filled ones) and weaning spoons, toys which have fallen from the pram and well, anything I think is dirty! I've found that the lid of the steriliser makes a clean base to empty it out on and saves me worrying about any muck on the kitchen work top. The only downside is that I've occasionally burnt myself a bit on the steam as I rush to empty it all out.
Size wise, the steriliser only just fits in our microwave. It's more compact than some of the others I've seen since and it's pretty portable. The only shortcoming is the lack of a handle (since moving out, I regularly lug it between my house and Dad's) which would be nice given the slippery sides and would save me using oven gloves to carry it to the worktop. Despite our area having some of the hardest water in the UK (in the world according to our health visitor) the wipe clean design has no scale build up.
When you're having a new addition to the family, the last thing you want to do is to waste money and in my opinion Tommee Tippee gives excellent value for money. I'm glad I bought this.
The Tommee Tippee steam steriliser we bought is another product from the 'Closer to Nature' range which aims to make it easier to combine breast and bottle feeding. This steriliser is perfectly suited to the Closer to Nature bottles which are shorter than most of the bottles I've seen as they enable you to be closer to your baby as you bottle feed them.
We bought the steriliser from Boots for £21.99. This was cheaper than many of the electric sterilisers we had seen, and we decided that this one was more compact and more easily transportable. I remember staring blankly at the range of sterilisers available to us and not having a clue which one would be best, but I'm really glad we picked this one.
In the kit are:
+ 1 x 150ml easi-vent bottle
+ 1 Pure soother
+ a bottle brush (reviewed previously on Dooyoo)
+ a pair of teat tongs
The steriliser itself comes in three parts:
+ Base about the diameter of a large dinner plate
+ lid which clips easily onto the base
+ tray on which to put the items into the base which lifts easily in and out
This steriliser is so easy to use. You can put four bottles and accessories in it, or the breast pump and one bottle. You put 250ml of normal tap water in the base (I measure this out using one of the bottles), clip the lid on and put it in the microwave. The amount of time it needs in the microwave depends on the wattage, but it will be between 4 and 8 minutes. Once it has finished, it does need some time to cool down as when you take the lid off, scalding steam comes out. I have actually been scalded by this, so am now very careful! As long as the steriliser is not opened, the contents will stay sterile for 24 hours.
We have been very pleased with the steriliser. It's easy to use, load, transport, clean and store. I highly recommend this product.
When I had my first child I bought this steriliser from the ASDA 'baby and toddler' sale. The container is large enough to fit several bottles in and there is normally some space left over to put other items like dummy in, you have to add a small amount of water to the bottom and put in your microwave, they advertise 4 minutes but thats only if you have got a super powerful 1100 watt microwave, my standard microwave takes 6 minutes which is still a good time! I have also used the container before when i have gone on holiday and used it as a cold water steriliser which is a lot easier when you are away from home! When using the microwave I have on a number of occasions nearly burnt myself when lifting the lid with the steam! they do advise to not open for a while after but when you have a screaming baby wanting a feed its not always possible to wait! The bottles stay sterilised for 24 hours after so having room for 4 bottles is just enough
The steriliser just fits into my microwave, I think some of the smaller microwaves on the market might not be big enough. Its easy to clean and light weight to carry around, very good product, would recommend to use this brand
Ok so I wouldn't have chosen this particular sterilliser normally. In fact my first choice was the aven IQ24 steam sterilliser which set me back a massive £60 but when this broke down after just 8 weeks of use at about 12 o clock at night I simply had no choice.
I managed to pick this up at my local 24 hour Tesco and luckily it was just £10.00 as it had a half price offer (normally around £20.00 but always an offer on). My plan at first was to buy sterillising tablets and a sterillising bowl just for the time being but in fact this worked out cheaper.
It wasn't just the sterillisr that I recieved for the £10.00 as with it you get 3 free natural flow bottles (9oz) a bottle brush and teat clips.
I have to say I would have happily paid the £9.99 for the bottle brush alone. It has a large end and a small end. The small end is used to clean the inside of the teats which saves turning them all inside out and the larger end is for the actual. I was so impresed with this.
The steam sterilliser is so easy to use. You add 200ml of water to the bottom, easily load the bottles which came with the sterilliser ( other bottles can be loaded too but it is easier to fit tommee tippee ones in there) Put it in the microwave for 8 minutes, leave to cool for one minute and all is done.
It is cheap, easy to store and to use. A very good buy and I certainly wont be going back to my £60.00 sterilliser.
Requires only four minutes (in a 1100 watt microwave). It has room for four Tommee Tippee or wide neck bottles and accessories (or six standard neck bottles). Fill with five litres of cold water, add a sterilising tablet or fluid and let the bottles and accessories soak for at least 30 mins.