Philips Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer
Works in two minutes with no mess
· Sterilizes bottles, pumps, nipples, and cups
· Lightweight and easy to transport and use
· Keeps bottles sterilized for up to 24 hours
· Works with almost any brand of bottle
· Fits into almost any brand of microwave
Does not wash bottles
· Can only be used for plastic items
How it works
The makers at Philips Avent have created an easy to use bottle sterilizer for the parent who needs to get things done fast and efficiently. For many parents, having cleaned and sterilized bottles is a necessity for when they feed their child, and sterilizing bottles and nipples and pumps and cups can be time consuming and easily forgotten about. With the Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer, you can now sterilize your bottles and cups and nipples and pumps in two minutes depending on the wattage of your microwave. With a clip-to-shut top that keeps bottles sterilized for up to 24 hours, the sterilizer has been praised by parents everywhere for its efficiency, its quickness, and its ability to make feeding a newborn easy and hassle free with a peace-of-mind that everything is clean and ready to go. The Philips Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer is a great purchase for the parent who wants to ensure their child’s safety with every feeding.
The top of the device that makes it look like a crockpot of sorts, then goes over the bottom and the top clips shut to the bottom making it super secure and preventing it from opening up while it is in the microwave. The device is clear with some hints of blue, so it blends in with any home décor with ease so that it doesn’t stand out. As you wash bottles and put them out to the dry, you can then put them directly into the sterilizer for when you are ready to put it into the microwave. As long as you keep the sterilizer clipped shut, your bottles and pumps will stay sterile for up to 24 hours. Once the sterilizer is opened, then the bottles should be used that day.
Before using the sterilizer, read the directions carefully so that you know how long you should keep the sterilizer in the microwave when you go to sterilize your items. Every microwave is different, and you don’t want to put the sterilizer into the microwave for too long as you will start to “cook” your plastic bottles and they may warp or melt as you are sterilizing them. Always know what your wattage is on your microwave before using it with the Philips Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer.
For microwaves that run on a wattage of 1200-1850, you must set your microwave at two minutes to fully sterilize your bottles and pumps. For microwaves that run on a wattage of 850-1100, you must set your microwave to four minutes to sterilize your bottles and pumps, and for microwaves that run on a wattage of 500-800, you can set your microwave on six minutes to fully sterilize all of your items. Everyone should have a microwave that runs on one of these wattages so the sterilizer can be used in most microwaves found in the home.
Using the Sterilizer
To use the sterilizer, all you have to do is take the bottom portion of the sterilizer and remove the bottom “floor” of the piece. Once removed you will see that there is room to pour water into the sterilizer. There is a ring that goes around the bottom portion of the sterilizer, and that is the “fill line” for the sterilizer. Fill water up to that ring and then replace the floor of the device. Once the floor is replaced, you can then load up the sterilizer with whatever you need to sterilize without over loading the sterilizer, and then place the lid on top. After placing the lid, you can snap the lid shut and then put the sterilizer into the microwave for the amount of time needed to sterilize the bottles depending on the wattage of your microwave.
Once the bottles have been sterilized, you can then either use them after they have cooled off, or you have up to 24 hours to use them before they will need to be sterilized again. The bottles will stay completely sterilized as long as the lid is kept clipped shut, or you can let them air dry, but you will need to use the bottles relatively soon in order for them to be completely sterilized.
Keeping the Sterilizer Clean
Keeping the sterilizer clean is a great way to prevent other germs or molds or any other kinds of foreign bodies from getting inside of the sterilizer. When you are working with water, there is always the possibility that something may get into the sterilizer, and if that’s the case, when you are heating it up in the microwave, you may be heating up that foreign body as well. Always make sure the sterilizer is clean and dry before using it.
It is also a good idea to clean and rinse the bottles before you sterilize them. It should be noted that the Philips Avent Microwave Steam Sterilizer is not a bottle washer, but instead it is a means of sterilizing the bottles after they have been washed in order to ensure that when you put breast milk or formula into the bottles they are fully free of germs. Before using the sterilizer, make sure the bottles are free of any kind of left over milk, formula, food, water, or juice that may be in the bottles from when they were previously used.
It should also be noted that the sterilizer does not heat up formula. The bottles must be cooled off and dried before you put the formula or breast milk into the bottle. If you need to change the temperature of your formula or breast milk, you must do that on your own or use a bottle warmer once the bottle has been sterilized and cooled and filled with whatever liquid you need to put into the bottle.