Guest reviewer Renae lives in The Beaches area of Toronto, and has a 16-month-old son. She’s a lawyer – so she works all day at the office and all night and weekend at home with her family… sounds like a very busy lady! Renae likes to take her son to the zoo, park or beach, and enjoys time at home reading and watching movies once the little guy’s asleep.
Renae received the Playtex SmartSteam 3-in-1 Microwave Sterilizer in exchange for her honest review.
I was really happy when I was asked to review the Playtex SmartSteam 3-in-1 Microwave Sterilizer; we’re big fans of Playtex products, and they are the ONLY bottles my son will accept (that goes for the sippy cups, too!).
As a first-time mom, I loved the idea of a tool that would help keep my son’s bottles germ-free (even though the same little guy will eat dirt with glee if we let him – but you pick your battles, right?). This became a real lifesaver, though, when our son caught a five-day bug with a fever that lasted throughout. It became even more important to make sure we killed all of the germs so he would get better as fast as possible – it’s so heartbreaking when your little ones are sick!
In trying to keep the germs as far away as possible, I loved that this product promised to kill 99.9 per cent of all germs – and fast: in just two minutes! As parents, we all know that every minute counts and you want to be able to get things cleaned as quickly as possible and spend time with your kids. This Playtex Sterlizer (which is essentially a steamer) held considerably more than other similar products, allowing me to wash several bottles (six!) and nipples at the same time.
The bottles go into the main component, and the nipples into the dishwasher-safe bucket. You add water to the bottom of the system, put the lid on then stick in the microwave for 60 seconds or so. And done! No more boiling water, dumping everything into the pot of boiling water while your toddler is trying desperately to climb your leg and then carrying the pot of boiling water over to the sink to dump it out (a process that would take 10 times longer than the Playtex SmartSteam 3-in-1 Microwave Sterilizer.
There is also a lift-out drying rack to allow everything to dry and cool, and a pair of tongs with which to lift out the basket.
It’s also BPA-free, which is an added bonus for anyone living in a country where BPA is still allowed to be used in children’s products.
A friend of ours liked it so much she got one for herself (she’s expecting), and wants to be fully prepared in case she
ends up needing to bottle-feed. I would suggest this to anyone!
I tried to find out if I could use the Playtex SmartSteam 3-in-1 Microwave Sterilizer to sanitize soothers, but I was unable to find any information about it online. This would make the system even better! [Editor’s note: Why not? I say go for it!]