Product Type: Tommee Tippee kids equipment
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Tommee Tippee Microwave Steam Steriliser and Starter Kit
Member Name: kellface
Tommee Tippee Microwave Steam Steriliser and Starter Kit
Advantages: Lightweight, Easy to Load, Compact, Sterile bottles in as little as 4 minutes!
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.
Summary: A great bit of kit.
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