Electric Steam Steriliser
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.
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.”
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.”
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.