Product Review: Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer and How to Sterilize Baby Bottles!
As i'm writing this, our daughter Maeleth Sarah Goh is 20 months old.
We have been sterilizing her baby bottles using the Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer daily ever since she was born so it's become so natural and ingrained into our routine.
We still continue to sterilize the baby bottles because we want to keep her bottles as bacteria-free as possible and for all the greasy milk deposits to be thoroughly cleaned off.
In this blog post, I hope to share with you how to sterilize baby bottles by giving you a step-by-step breakdown on how we do it, as well as what are the products that we use that have worked well for us in the past 20 months.
Our Product Review of the Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer
Where do I begin? The first thing I can think of is that I love how fast the sterilization process is: only 6 minutes to eliminate most household germs!
Within 6 minutes I can have up to 4 Dr Brown’s BPA Free Baby Bottles (generally, both wide-neck and narrow-neck bottles can fit) virtually bacteria-free and ready for use! That’s so awesome.
I also like that when the sterilization process ends, it turns off automatically so there’s little chance for overheating or accidentally burning yourself if you touch it forgetting that it was turned on. I really like this safety measure.
If you leave the items inside the sterilizer without removing the lid, they can remain sterile for up to 24 hours.
Not only can the Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer sterilize baby bottles, but other baby accessories like breastpumps, cups and more -
Back when Mae relied on a baby pacifier to soothe herself to sleep, we put the used pacifiers into the sterilizer together with the baby bottles to be sterilized, killing the bacteria!
This really gave us the peace of mind that Mae was putting a clean pacifier into her mouth.
As for the design of the sterilizer, I love the color scheme: mostly white, and the size is not too bulky so it takes up minimal space.
It looks beautiful, high-tech and enhances the look of the kitchen, making it look well-equipped and modern.
Ready for a great piece of news? The Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer has a full 2-year warranty, so you can buy one with that assurance!
Our Preferred Baby Bottle Brand: Dr Brown's BPA Free Baby Bottles 8 Oz.
Mae has been drinking her milk (from formula milk to fresh milk) in Dr Brown’s BPA Free Baby Bottles 8 Oz. ever since she was a newborn.
We love and trust in them because Mae has never suffered from colic. The Dr Brown bottles have a special vent system in them that prevents babies from ingesting the air bubbles in the milk which can lead to colic - trapped air in the body must be so uncomfortable for babies!
These Dr Brown bottles can fit into the Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer, and we sterilize up to 4 bottles (and their internal components) at a time.
One thing about the bottle though, is that it's quite tall, so it’s difficult for babies to hold the bottle themselves.
Mae still refuses to hold the bottle on her own and insists on me holding it for her while she drinks her milk in the morning and at night.
Or is this experience just unique to Mae - Is she just being insistent on me doing that? Haha.
How to Sterilize Baby Bottles: The Step-by-Step Breakdown
1) First, give all the parts of the used baby bottles a rinse with water to clean off the obvious milk stains.
2) Then, fill the baby bottles with water, and add a pump of Baby Bottle Cleansing Liquid (We use Pigeon Liquid Cleanser) in each bottle to kill the germs in them and remove greasiness. Shake well, then allow to soak for a while.
3) The best baby bottle brush that i've ever used is the Chicco NaturalFit Baby Bottle Brush because it can thoroughly clean the baby bottles.
Using the baby bottle brush, with the Baby Bottle Liquid solution still inside the baby bottles, scrub the insides of the baby bottles clean, and after that pour the solution out over the teats of the baby bottles while rubbing them to remove the milk deposits on them.
To test whether the baby bottles are quite clean, use your finger to rub the inside of the baby bottles. It should produce a satisfying squeaky sound. If it feels oily that means that the milk deposits are still coating the insides.
4) Add 100ml (3.38 Oz) of water into one of your baby bottles and pour it into the water reservoir of your Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer.
5) Put your baby bottles into the bigger, white, opaque container, and put the container on top of the water reservoir.
We can put up to 4 Dr Brown Baby Bottles and their vent reservoirs.
6) Put the vent inserts, caps and teats into the smaller, translucent container, put the container on top of the white container, and then cover the lid.
Kindly refer to the photos below for reference!
7) Turn on the switch to start the sterilization process. Wait for 6 minutes for it to be finished. While waiting, do something else :)
8) After the sterilizer cools down, you can assemble the baby bottles and prepare them for the subsequent milk feeds! TA-DA, it's that simple!
Maintenance: How to Descale the Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer
After using the sterilizer, white or brown patches could appear on the heating element in the water reservoir.
This is limescale that is accumulating. The more minerals in the water, the quicker scale accumulates.
Limescale deposits may hinder the sterilization process and cause the sterilizer to become ineffective.
Here’s how to descale the sterilizer:
1. Always make sure that the sterilizer is unplugged and completely cooled down before descaling.
2. Add 80 ml (2.7 Oz) of white vinegar (5% acetic acid) and 20 ml (0.7 Oz) water into the water reservoir.
3. Leave the solution in the water reservoir and wait for the scale to be dissolved.
4. Pour away the solution and clean the heating plate with clean water.
5. Wipe the heating plate with a damp cloth. Note: Do not rinse with water under the tap - this may damage the sterilizer!
Repeat this descaling procedure as much as needed. It is recommended to be done every 1-2 weeks.
In more drastic cases of scale buildup, citric acid or common descaling agents can be used instead to remove the limescale.
Optional Sterilization Method (for Travel)
You can try Fizzwizz baby bottle cleaning tablets for that on-the-go fast cleaning convenience. It is made from All-Natural plant-based ingredients.
How to use:
1) Empty the used baby bottle, and add 2 - 4 ounces (60 - 120 ml) of water into the bottle.
2) Drop in one Fizzwizz Cleaning Tablet and shake well until it is dissolved.
3) Empty the excess liquid and rinse the whole baby bottle thoroughly.
4) Your baby bottle is now clean!
I hope you enjoyed reading my post on "Product Review: Philips Avent 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer and How to Sterilize Baby Bottles!".
How do you sterilize your baby bottles? Do you use another method? What's your favorite baby bottle brand and why? Share your answers with me by leaving a comment below.
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