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Best Travel Bottle Sterilizer
Choosing the best travel sterilizer
There are several different ways and lots of different products you can use to sterilize bottles for your when on away from home. This article looks at the types of travel sterilizers available based on my own research and experience when searching for sterilizing options for my own baby.
The options available include microwave sterilizer bags, travel steam sterilizers and sterilizing tablets. When choosing and buying your product make sure that it will fit the size of bottles that you have.
Read on for advice on choosing the best travel sterilizer.
Methods of Sterilizing Bottles While Traveling
Here is a description of different ways to sterilize bottles when you are staying away from home.
Travel steam sterilizer- There are compact steam sterilizers which sterilize one or two bottles at a time. This means you can travel without have to take a big steam sterilizer with you. These need access to electricity to work.
Cold water sterilizing - This works by placing clean baby bottles into a bag of cold water. You then put in a sterilizing tablet and leave the bottle in the bag for a specified amount of time. This will sterilize your bottle. You could also use a clean plastic container or bucket with a lid if you don't have bags. Advantages are no electricity or special equipment is needed just sterilizing bags, tablets and cold water.
Boiling water - You can sterilize bottles by placing them in a pan of boiling water with a lid or cover for at least 10 minutes. You need to make sure the bottles you have are suitable for this.
Dishwasher- If you have access to a dishwasher where you are going, bottles can be sterilized in cycles of 80 degrees C or more. Again you need to make sure your bottles are dishwasher safe. They also need to be used as soon as you've removed them from the dishwasher.
Microwave sterilizing- Bottles can also be sterilized in the microwave. It takes about 90 seconds to sterilize a single bottle. Again make sure your bottles are microwave safe. You can also get bags to contain all your equipment in the microwave.
Microwave Steam Sterilizer Bags
Microwave steam sterilizer bags are great for travelling if where your going has a microwave. You just wash the bottles and parts which you need to sterilizer, put them in the bag and then microwave them for a few minutes.
Dr Brown microwave bags featured below contain 5 sterilizer bags and each bag is reusable up to 20 times. They are obviously designed for Dr Brown bottles but could sterilize other bottles and parts too.
The Munckin bags can be reused up to 20 times.
They can be used to sterilize bottles, nipples, pacifiers and breast pump accessories
They also features the cool touch grip for burn free handling
Tommee Tippee Single Bottle Sterilizer
The Tommee tippee single bottle sterilizer is a product that enables you to sterilize one bottle at a time, either using a microwave or as a cold water sterilizer ( I think you would need a sterilizing tablet to use as a cold water sterilizer). It takes 3 minutes in the microwave and is great for traveling as it's so compact -easy to put in your bag.
You can buy it from amazon and from ebay (see below).
If you're in the UK, you can get the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Single Bottle Steriliser from amazon.
Babytec 2 Travel Bottle Sterilizer
Stand alone electric steam sterilizers like the Babytec one featured are great options for sterilizing bottles if you don't have access to a microwave. I used this sterilizer to steam bottles for my 8 week old baby during a recent stay at a hotel without a microwave available.
It sterilizes two bottles at once and each cycle takes 11 minutes. It's a lot smaller than a 6 bottle electric sterilizer so you need less room to pack it away making it ideal for travel. I would highly recommend it.
You can get the Babytec Compact Travel Steriliser from amazon in the UK but I couldn't find it in the US (although sometimes you can get it on ebay - so it's worth checking out.).