Sterilisers are an absolute must if you have a newborn. They keep bottles and breast pumps clinically clean, giving parents one less thing to concern themselves with when it comes to preventing their tots from becoming ill - something very little babies are prone to in the first year of their lives.
The first thing to consider when picking a steriliser is whether it is for one or more babies. If mums have given birth to twins, for example, parents will require a model that is capable of holding more than one bottle. Also worth factoring in is what else - if anything - can fit into their steriliser of choice. Design is a key factor as many models offer space for bottles only, while others have a dome-like lid that enables parents to steam clean dummies and even plastic toys too.
Added to that, should parents opt for a universal bottle-only steriliser, buyers should be mindful of the size and design of the baby bottles they have so they actually fit into the machine.
Price is an important consideration, too, as parents will no doubt have had to buy all the baby essentials so it’s nice to be able to make savings where possible.
Safety features are also key, particularly if buyers have other small children capable of climbing onto kitchen worktops. Parents should remember to check what features the design has to avoid little hands and fingers getting burnt or trapped.
The below guide aims to assist parents in choosing the right product for their needs and that of their newborn.
This microwavable Tommee Tippee steriliser comes with a safety clip to prevent any accidents, keeping its contents secure. The dome-like design allows for all sorts to be deep cleaned, but with the added fittings in the centre to hold bottles in place.
The powerful chemical-free cleaning mechanism helps keep contents sterile for up to 24 hours but the lid must remain closed at all times.
Up to four baby bottles can be sterilised at once with the product boasting that it kills 99.9 percent of germs in less than eight minutes. The compact white plastic design also aims to make transportation simple.
This high-tech, turbo-powered steriliser has steam nozzles that work by deep cleaning the core of baby bottles. The compact design that has a filtration system to purify the air inside the vacuum sterilises up to six bottles in eight minutes. It also offers a drying option that ranges from 30 to 60 minutes. Breast pumps and dummies can also fit inside the machine, which has a digital control to adjust the steam. The product can store sterilised bottles for up to 24 hours.
The slick design sees six baby bottles at 11 ounces each stored comfortably in the Philips AVENT steriliser that deep cleans in just six minutes. It’s suitable for all wide and narrow neck bottles and it keeps them sterilised for 24 hours if the lid is unopened.
This 3-in-1 designed machine is chemical-free and has an automatic shut-off function to provide additional safety. It also allows new parents to fit in a variety of pumps and accessories, killing 99.9 percent of bacteria.
The product has an adjustable size to allow it to take up less space in any standard-sized kitchen.
The GOLOHO microwavable steriliser in baby blue may look simple but the product boasts a lot of functionality. Lightweight at just 522g, the steriliser can hold up to six bottles that it can deep clean in two-six minutes. Most bottles can fit into the product.
It also has a clip-on lid that when secured doubles up as a handle to make the product easy to transport. The dome design means accessories and plastic toys can also fit inside and it comes with a tong to make it safe to remove hot bottles without the risk of being scalded or contaminating them.
Breast milk, formula, baby food, eggs and gadgets are just some of the items that can be cleaned, thawed out and heated up in this clever machine. Because as well as sterilising bottles (but only two at a time sadly), the machine also heats baby food and milk and can even defrost frozen items.
When it comes to heating milk the machine ensures constant temperature of the liquid for 24 hours, meaning parents do not need to fuss over heating it up as and when baby needs it.
The machine even has added accurate temperature technology, and the warmer shuts itself down automatically when a certain temperature is reached, making it extra safe.
Given its many talents the high-resistant machine is reasonably priced.