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I happened to buy this steriliser as a back up one. I had the avent steam steriliser as my main one, but liked the sound of this one. I had been looking on the web for a cold water type steriliser incase I was going on holiday or something and maybe needed to take a smaller steriliser. While on the Babies R Us website I came across the Bruin Coldwater Sterilser which could also be used as a microwave sterilser. It was a bargain at £9.99. So I headed off to my local Toys R Us to have a look. I was impressed. The box wasn't too big and it was well pictured on the box and 2 of the sides were dedicated to the instructions for usuing the 2 types of sterilising methods. It's quite simple to use as well by the looks of it. So me and hubs decided to get one. We got it home and I took it out and was very impressed to discover there were more instructions inside. Not often you get 2 lots of instructions. The base of the steriliser is white with a Bruin Bear on it which is the name of the Babies R Us Range. It comes with purple inside parts which old the bottles in place while sterilising. Then the lid is clear but not see through with purple handles. For the microwave side of it, you put all your bottles in with the teats, lids and necks. You do have to jiggle about to sterilise but you get there in the end. You then add 200mls of water and in my microwave you stick it in for 8 minutes. I found I could fit 3 wide neck bottles in. I don't know how the tall thin ones would go. When the 8 minutes is up I open the door and use oven gloves to take the steriliser out as it is hot. I usually leave it to coll which can be about 1-3 hours but as long as you leave the lid on the items inside remain sterile. I do prefer my big steam steriliser but this is handy if you are going somewhere that you don't want to lug a big one about or as my friend did when she bought one to sterilise her babies weaning equiptment when she s
tarted on solids. It's a bulky steriliser and can take up room in your kitchen but I like it as a handy one and it does make my life easier when we go away! I used the cold water sterilser last week in practice for going away! It was horrendous! Anyone who has an avent one will know that you can get 6 bottles in at a time. I managed 2 bottles, 2 teats, 2 necks and 2 lids. Having to leave them in the solution for 30 minutes meant that it took up a lot of time taking them out and rinsing with cooled boiled water, then puting back together. I'm glad I will only have to do it for 4 days before I'll be back to steam steriliser. But I'll let you know how i get on, but 2 bottles at a time! Would be no good if you had twins! I hope this helps anyone who may be considering buying one of these.
I spent my pregnant days in a daze wondering around looking at all the confusing gadgets that I would need if I were to become a 'proper' mum. Sterilisers were another source of confusion for me, there were so many on the market and such a difference in prices too. It is so difficult to know which one to buy especially as you feel that your baby's health depends on your choice. I knew that I wanted a steam steriliser rather than a cold water or microwave system. My budget was quite tight by this point and so I opted for the Bruin Steam Steriliser and I must say I have been pleased with my purchase. This is a steriliser made by Babies R Us. The steriliser is white with light green trim. The steam vent is on top of the lid but to one side. The unit is quite slim fitting and does not look out of place in the kitchen. Inside the sterilser there is a green tray to hold teats which removes to reveal where the bottles go. You must wash the bottles throughly and then place them upside down in the steriliser. I used Avent 9fl oz. bottles and the steriliser held 5 at a time. You then use the measuring cup supplied and pour in the correct amount of water. The tray fixes in place - make sure you have it the right way up or the lid won't close. Once the lid is shut you press the on button with illuminates and wait. The steriliser is not noisy and takes about 12 -14 minutes. I know that this is longer than some of the other models on the market but it was never a problem for me to find something to fill my time! The steriliser comes with a handy pair of tongs, very useful for removing the hot bottles. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. The element at the bottom of my steriliser did become a little rusty and discoloured some of the water, this did not interfere with the performance and could be wiped clean. Now that my son's bottles no longer need sterilising I have passed it on to anothe
r new mum as the steriliser is still in perfect condition and I now feel like a 'proper' mum too! Thanks for reading.
When baby number 2 was on his was I decided to re-call all those 'lent' items. To my dismay my Boots steam steriliser was a bit grotty to say the least when it came back. So off we went to buy a new one. As much as I wanted the "all singing - all dancing" Avent Express steriliser - I really couldn't stretch to the £40 price tag. Instead we went for the Toys R Us Bruin Bear steriliser. At £24.99 it was a lot cheaper than the Avent(plus I had a £5 Toys R Us voucher to use!!) I am so pleased with it. It is a much nicer shape than the Avent & Boots one and takes up less space on my worktop. It is the same shape as the Lindam steriliser but white and mint in colour not white and blue. I expect it is probably manufactured by Lindam for the Toys R Us range. It holds 8 standard bottles or 6 wide-necked. There is a tray that sits over the top to pop all the teats/discs etc into. When I was breast-feeding, my breast pump fitted in just fine. The steam vent is small and to one side - unlike my previous Boots one where steam seemed to pour out everywhere. I really like the switch - its is very sturdy and gives a re-assuring click when you turn it on. There is also a light to indicate when it is in operation. You also get a little measuring cup - so there is no need to fish out a bottle once you have "loaded up". Oh and it has a cute little picture of a bear on the front... bless!!! OK it is not as fast as the Avent taking approx 12 minutes instead of 9, but an extra £15 for just 3 minutes seems a little excessive. So to sum up, is it really worth paying so much more for the 'named' steriliser - to be honest I don't think so because they both do exactly the same thing. Steam is steam whether it is in a £40 piece of plastic or a £25 one!!