A baby’s birth is a matter of celebration and happiness. The baby is precious for us and we will fight everything to protect it. We protect them from the weather, diseases and a host of other things; sadly at times we forget a few vital but small protection care tips. One such small but vital product is a bottle sterilizer.
Why use a bottle sterilizer?
As a new mom, if you are breastfeeding and expressing milk or using formula milk, you will need baby bottles to feed and store the milk in. These bottles need to be extremely clean and sterile otherwise they will end up being a carrier of bacteria which can make the baby really ill.
Apart from the bottle, many babies put pacifiers in their mouth. Sterilizing them will also help in non-transfer of bacterial infection.
With the current advancement in technologies, we don’t need to keep bottles in huge pans with boiling water for sterilization. Such methods are a waste of time, energy with far from perfect results.
How does a bottle sterilizer work?
A bottle sterilizer works on a simple principal. It has a small water compartment, where the water is heated and converted into steam. This steam cleans the bottle and pacifiers from outside as well as the inside.
Remember you need to keep washed and wiped bottles in the sterilizer.
What kinds of Bottle Sterilizers are available?
Microwave Bottle Sterilizers
Microwave bottle sterilizers are handy to carry. These can be kept in a microwave and most of them can fit any size bottles. However there are a few limitations when it comes to microwave bottle sterilizers.
- You need to keep a watch while the bottles are being sterilized to avoid any untoward incident.
- These sterilizers cannot sterilize any metal items and hence if you use metal spoons or your babies’ favorite chewing toy has a metal edge; it cannot be sterilized in the microwave sterilizers.
- If you are travelling to smaller cities in India, you might not find a microwave readily available in hotels.
Steam Bottle sterilizers
Steam Bottle Sterilizers are by far a much safer option. This is a stand-alone unit and once the bottles are sterilized in it they can stay bacteria free for around 24hrs. As these don’t use any kind of chemicals to kill bacteria’s, it is as simple as plug-in and use.
Some bottles sterilizers like Peter Fighter Baby Bottle Steam Sterilizers come equipped with an automatic shutdown in case of low water levels.
Tips to take care while purchasing a bottle sterilizer
With so many sterilizers in the market, we need to keep a few things in mind when deciding a bottle steamer
- Look for standard safety and precautions that are available in the product. An internationally certified product with ISO9001 and ROHS certifications are the best.
- Products that have options of quick sterilization can help. Things never go as planned with small babies in the house, having quick solutions to ensure that the baby gets sterile bottles every time.
- Having a sterilizer that can sterilize more than 2 bottles at the same time helps when you wish to refrigerate expressed milk. This also means that you don’t have to sterilize the bottles 5 times in a day.
- Energy Saving bottle sterilizers are not only good for our pockets but also good for the environment.
- Understand the volt requirements of the product and those prevalent in your country.
I also spoke to a few moms to understand their tips and suggestions for taking care of the bottle steamer. Amita Tekwani says “The bottle sterilizers work best when used with potable water. Hard water can ruin the machine and the bottles.”
Arpita Agarwal Jain, another mom who echoes the same thoughts adds “Always look for compact sterilizers as they are less bulky and occupy minimum space on the kitchen counter. Microwave version or really compact steam sterilizers are perfect during travels.”
Over to you
Did you use sterilizers for your babies bottles? What are your tips and suggestions for new moms looking to buy a bottle sterilizer?