Whether we, as parents like it or not (or have the strength for it or not) - everything that touches the baby, especially in the first few months must be as clean as possible. When it comes to most of the equipment you will be using, like baby bottles, you will find that it to be sterilized (freed from bacteria) before each use. Not so long ago, our parents and their parents had to resort to boiling water for that purpose. Thankfully, in this day and age, we can just buy a baby bottle steriliser.
Sure, you can go through the whole process of breastfeeding and formula feeding without investing in any additional gadgets. What I found, however, is that whatever I ended up buying or even borrowing, just ‘’to try out’’, I soon could not live without. It made my life so much easier to own a baby bottle sterilizer, which is why I have created a list of my recommendations for you, in case you are dwelling about purchasing one.
1. Tommee Tippee Single Bottle Steriliser
I chose to show you this Tommee Tippee steriliser because it’s a handy little gadget. If you are not going through too many bottles (like if you’re breastfeeding and you are just looking for a back-up), or you are thinking moving around a lot, then this is the baby bottle steriliser to go for. It’s price is really a bargain, so you won’t be moarning that money in case it doesn’t work out for you, which I doubt will happen. Plus, it’s really compact in comparison to other bottle sterilisers, as it’s intended for one bottle at a time, which makes a great travel steriliser. I personally really like Tommee Tippee as a company as they keep coming out with really practical baby gadgets, so if you end up falling in love with the product, there are bigger variants of sterilisers to choose from.
The steriliser can be used both in a microwave (making the process last for 3 minutes, plus a few for the bottle to cool down - do be careful as it comes out hot, hot, hot!), or with a cold water and a sterilisation tablet (in this case you will have to wait 30 minutes for the process to complete). It’s maybe not the fastest when you need the bottle to be immediately ready, but it does the job. It’s BPA-free too, following modern standards. And, to make things even more practical, it comes with a BPA-free bottle of 260ml (which is enough for one feed of babies all sizes) and a teat as well. So if you’re planning on going away with your baby, this set is perfect for you!
2. NUK Micro Express Plus Microwave Steam Steriliser,
NUK is a budget-friendly brand of baby gadgets, like baby bottles and soothers, but they also create baby bottle sterilizers. This particular one is small and intended for microwave use, able to fit a few bottles and accessories (like soothers). Your bottles will be ready in a few minutes (plus a few for them to cool down afterwards). It is easily cleaned with water and vinegar in case limescale begins to appear. I am just not sure how long this particular set will last, since its price is so approachable and yet it’s intended for regular use - which is why maybe it’s worth giving it a go.
3. Philips Avent 2-in-1 Electric Steam Steriliser,
Philips Avent is always a safe go-to brand, if you don’t really have experience with the product you are looking to buy. This is an electric steriliser that uses steam to clean the bottles, and the closed unit keeps the bottles sterile for 24 hours. What I like about this bottle steriliser is the fact that you can use it for a wide range of bottle types (they don’t need to be from the same brand), and you can also sterilise breast pumps, baby cutlery and even soothers, all in 10 minutes time.
This steriliser however is not the best option to take with you when you are travelling (unless you’re going by your own car), as it’s understandably a bit bulkier than the ones I mentioned above. Also, you have to clean it regularly to prevent any limescale from the steam - but a combination of vinegar and water will do the trick for that. Plus, the steam lets out a lot of water when in use, so you have to make sure the surface it’s standing on is dry.
4. Dr Brown's Electric Sterilizer,
Sometimes the more expensive product doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the best. Dr. Brown is another known company for baby gadgets. Its baby bottle steriliser is also one of the best buys on the market, but I can’t honestly say that it’s that much better than others. It does look fancy, though, and as such could be the better choice for a gift to a new parent that is close to your heart. What I like about it is the fact that this is an electric steriliser in which you can clean up to six bottles per cycle (again, they don’t have to be from the same brand) - enough to get you through the day if your baby is only formula feeding. It helps a lot as it gives you less chores to worry about during the day. It uses steam to clean, just like the Philips Avent one, and just like that one, you can use it to clean other equipment, like teats, soothers and breast pump elements.
Baby Sterilisers Are Not Magic Wands
I’m sorry if my recommendation didn’t offer a magic trick solution to sterilising baby bottles - sure, the process still takes some time and it’s not like they are coming out with self-sterilising bottles anytime soon, but these gadgets do help a lot! How do you sterilise your bottles? Do any of you boil the bottles in the water? And if so, why? Let me know in the comments!