As parents, we prioritize the health and well-being of our little ones, and ensuring the cleanliness of their feeding equipment is of utmost importance.
When I started exclusive pumping, making sure everything was cleaned regularly enough became a huge time suck. Although I’d never considered it before, the the Baby Brezza One Step Baby Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer Advanced suddenly looked quite appealing.
It promises to simplify and streamline the sterilization process, providing convenience and peace of mind. In this comprehensive review, we will delve into the features, functionality, pros, and cons I discovered while using it.
Pros of the Baby Brezza Bottle Sterilizer
There are several sterilizers made by Baby Brezza of differing sizes and functions. I have the Baby Brezza Sterilizer and Dryer Advanced, which has three levels for steaming. The bottom can fit most baby bottles, including the Comotomo ones I use. The next level is great for the nipples, bottle rings, pacifiers, and teething toys. The top is the smallest, and worked well for the smallest pump parts. I could usually steam six bottles at once or all of the pump parts for both my Elvie and my Willow Go.
It claims to sterilize and dry 33% faster (the full steam and dry cycle takes 45 minutes), uses natural steam to kill 99.9% of germs, and whatever you’ve steamed will remain sterile for 24 hours when left in the unopened sterilizer. It’s also BPA-FREE and utilizes a replaceable HEPA-filter so it dries with 95% germ-free air.
There’s also the smaller and cheaper model which offers similar features but can accommodate fewer bottles and pump parts.
Easy to Use
I found the baby Brezza bottle sterilizer quite easy to use. You can choose to just do the steam or the steam and dry. I personally always did the entire cycle.
I liked that I could just push a button and walk away and that if I did so in the middle of the night after my night pump (more on my breastfeeding journey here) or before heading to bed, it would all just be taken care of for me and still be sterile in the morning when I got to it.
It’s also mostly quiet, though it will beep at the end of its cycle. My kitchen is far from my bedroom so I wouldn’t hear it if I closed the door, but in a smaller apartment, it might wake a light sleeper.
Uses Little Water and No Soap
We live in a desert, and water conservation is important. Although it’s just a small thing, I noticed that it took so, so much less water to use the steam cleaner than to hand wash everything, and probably got it more sanitized as well. All it takes is half a cup of water, if that, to sterilize pump parts and bottles. It’s also nice that it does so without any harsh chemicals or soap.
The One Step Baby Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer Advanced incorporates essential safety measures. It features an automatic shut-off function to prevent overheating and includes a heat-resistant handle for safe handling. Additionally, the device is made from BPA-free materials.
Cons of the Baby Brezza Bottle Steamer
Maintenance and Cleaning:
Keeping any baby product clean and well-maintained is essential, and the One Step Baby Bottle Sterilizer and Dryer Advanced is no exception. The device requires periodic descaling to remove mineral deposits, which I find is best done with vinegar and hot water. Regular cleaning of the device’s interior and accessories is necessary to prevent the buildup of residue as well. Although it would be best to use distilled water, I usually used tap, which meant more frequent descaling.
Since I bought mine secondhand, I also purchased a new HEPA filter for mine. I like that it’s easy to change out, but it’s an added expense, too.
Counter Real Estate
In a world where so many baby things can take up counter space, the sterilizer is yet another thing that’s large and tall. It’s kind of clunky, to be honest, and not nearly as sleek-looking as other baby devices, like the Beaba Babycook.
This isn’t a huge deal to me, but as soon as I was done pumping, I sold the sterilizer to free up counter space again.
The Baby Brezza isn’t the cheapest steaming method out there. I love my Medela microwave steam bags that I started using when we travel, and now use at home to sterilize binkies. With how often I needed to sterilize pump parts in the past, I wouldn’t have wanted to rely on only them, though.
You can also use the dish washer, but we aren’t running ours daily or even every other day, plus it uses a lot of water, so it wasn’t the best option for us.
Although I only used it for a short time, I found the Baby Brezza Bottle Sterilizer to be hugely helpful. It simplified my life, which was busy as could be with a newborn, exclusive pumping, and just trying to do life in general. It also helped that I was able to essentially use it for a small fee (when one factors in shipping and the selling fee) rather than full price.
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