Electric Steam Ster­iliser

Mother & Baby - - LIFE & KIDS -

ABOUT

Ster­il­is­ing helps to pro­tect your baby against germs and in­fec­tion. Whether your baby is on for­mula or you are ex­press­ing breast­milk, it is vi­tal to keep the equip­ment clean and safe. Even if your baby is more than six months old and has started on solid foods, you will have to ster­ilise his spoons and bowls. There are three main types of ster­ilis­ers avail­able in the mar­ket—cold wa­ter, mi­crowave and electric. We give you a low down on why electric ster­iliser is an ideal choice.

BEN­E­FITS

No chem­i­cals: Electric ster­ilis­ers work by heat­ing a small quan­tity of wa­ter to gen­er­ate steam. The steam gen­er­ated kills off any harm­ful bac­te­ria, thus en­sur­ing the items are ster­ilised. There are no chem­i­cals used in the process hence it does not leave any foul smell or funny af­ter­tastes. Time-sav­ing: All you need to do is fill it up with wa­ter, switch on the ster­iliser and the ster­il­i­sa­tion takes about six to fif­teen min­utes, depend­ing on the model you’ve pur­chased. You can keep all the ac­ces­sories in the ster­iliser it­self and re­move it as and when you re­quire them. The bot­tles and other equip­ment stay ster­ilised for at least 24 hours. Large ca­pac­ity and con­ve­nient: The ca­pac­ity of an electric ster­iliser is larger than any other ster­iliser. You can put in a num­ber of bot­tles and other items to­gether and ster­ilise them in one go. Mr Vohra says, “Steam ster­il­i­sa­tion is one of the most ef­fec­tive meth­ods of ster­il­i­sa­tion. Chicco has two mod­els i.e. Steri­nat­u­ral Steam Ster­iliser 2in1 and 3in1. The ad­van­tages are that both the ster­ilis­ers are quick and fast, they kill 99.9 per cent house­hold germs and is prac­ti­cal in use. They can ster­ilise mul­ti­ple items to­gether in one go.”

LIM­I­TA­TIONS

Ex­pen­sive in com­par­i­son: Electric ster­ilis­ers are more ex­pen­sive than a cold wa­ter ster­iliser. Also, fit­ting your baby’s bot­tles into an­other man­u­fac­turer’s ster­iliser isn’t al­ways guar­an­teed. It will also re­quire descal­ing af­ter a few months of use. In­cove­nient when trav­el­ling: Mr Vohra says, “While trav­el­ling, it may not be con­ve­nient to carry along the steam ster­ilis­ers and it may not be easy to find a power source on the way. They can­not be used to ster­ilise food items and veg­eta­bles given to the babies.”

SAFETY MEA­SURES

Make a note of the ster­il­i­sa­tion du­ra­tion. It should have a quick ster­il­i­sa­tion cy­cle so that it’s con­ve­nient to use. It should have prac­ti­cal ad­just­ments so that you op­ti­mise the ca­pac­ity as per your re­quire­ment. The ster­iliser should be made up of BPA-free plas­tic and should not con­sume ex­ces­sive en­ergy. Cheap plas­tic when heated, leech through your babies for­mula or milk and can cause en­docrine and de­vel­op­men­tal prob­lems in young chil­dren. When­ever you buy a new bot­tle or nip­ple, ster­ilise it be­fore giv­ing it to your baby. Just be­cause it is new, it does not mean it’s germ-free.

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