Bottle sterilisation reduces the amount of germs that babies come in contact with when feeding from bottles. For years, parents boiled their babies' bottles to sterilise them. Modern products make the process easier with automatic bottle sterilizers. Avent, a division of the Phillips company and the maker of a line of feeding products for breastfeeding and bottle-feeding alike, offers two different models of bottle sterilizers. Consumers may choose between the more economical microwave steam sterilizer, and the larger and more convenient digital sterilizer.
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Things you need
- Dish soap
- Avent bottle sterilizer
- Measuring cup
Wash all of the bottles, nipples and screw-on rings with warm, soapy water. Rinse each item thoroughly with clean water.
Remove the lid and tray from the sterilizer and pour 200 millilitres of water into the base. Use a measuring cup to be sure you have the correct amount of water.
Replace the tray. Place the bottle nipples over the holding spots on the triangular centre shelf and place a screw-on ring over each nipple.
Place your bottles upside down around the outer ring of the sterilizer base. Put the bottle lids between the bottles.
Replace the lid on the sterilizer and secure the lid clips. The clips will click when locked in place.
Place your sterilizer into the microwave. Select the full power option, and set the timer for two minutes in a 1100 to 1850 watt microwave, four minutes in a 850 to 1000 watt microwave or six minutes in a 500 to 800 watt microwave.
Allow the sterilizer to cool for two minutes after the microwave shuts off before removing it.
Remove the sterilizer at the base and set it on a heat resistant surface.
Unlock the clips and slowly open the lid so the steam does not escape toward your face or hands.
Dump leftover water after each cycle.
Remove all of the removable parts from within the sterilizer.
Pour 90 millilitres of water into the sterilizer, using the included measuring cup ensure accuracy.
Place one basket onto the portion of the stem that fits into the bottom of the sterilizer. Arrange your nipples in the basket.
Slide your screw-on bottle rings over the open end of the stem. Slide the bottle rack over the open end to rest on the screw-on bottle lids.
Place your bottles into the rings of the bottle rack, and place the other basket onto the open end of the stem. Load your bottle lids into the top basket, and lower the entire stem into the sterilizer.
Place your lid over the sterilizer. Plug the power cord into the outlet on the side of the base and into a wall outlet.
Press the control button once for a single six-hour cycle, or twice for a continuous 24-hour cycle. The six-hour cycle actually only runs for six minutes, but the bottles remain sterile in the sterilizer for up to six hours. Likewise, the 24-hour cycle only runs for six minutes, but it does so every six hours automatically to keep the bottles sterile for up to 24 hours.
Hold the control button in for two seconds. A rotating circle, or zero will appear to show that the sterilizer has started a cycle.
Unplug your sterilizer and allow it to cool for three minutes after it has beeped three times and shown three bars on the display.
Dump out leftover water after each cool-down.
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