Saturday 26 June 2010

Lindam reuseable microwave steriliser bags

According to their website, Lindam are "the UK's number 1 brand in safety and the UK's largest nursery provider". They go on, "We have spent the past 20 years looking at the world as a new parent and our designs are created by parents for parents. We have learnt that it is the clever little things that make the biggest difference."

Well, I have never used any Lindam products before but if the microwave steriliser bags that I was sent to test are anything to go by, they certainly have thought about what makes parents' life easier. Travelling light with a baby is never easy, what with all the changes of clothes, nappies and other bulky essential equipment you'll need like a travel cot, car seat, pram, ... the list is endless ! One thing that you can cross off that list though is a bulky steriliser, if you opt for these microwaveabale bags.

The idea is simple - you put water in the bag, put in all the bottles, teats and bits and bobs (but not boobs, you'd end up with a nasty scald !) that you want to sterilise, close the zip, microwave for three minutes so that the water turns to steam and sterilises it all. Be sure to leave the bag to cool for ten minutes so you don't burn yourself on the steam when you open it.

If you're going off on holidays and are trying to reduce the amount of luggage and baby paraphernalia, these would be absolutely ideal. I'm a bit of a greenie at heart and like to reduce waste as much as possible so I did feel slightly guilty about using disposable bags - however, I needn't have worried. Each bag can be used 20 times so one pack of three should be plenty for a week away with the family (a pack of three STERILISER BAGS, not anything else, you dirty-minded people !!). There's a handy row of boxes to tick on the bottom of the bags so you can keep track of how many times you've used each one.

There are a couple of things that could be improved. Firstly, you need to pour 70ml of water into the bag so I would have liked to have seen a line drawn on the bag like a measuring jug. Admittedly, you can use the bottle you're about to sterilise to measure out the right quantity of water but that felt wrong to me somehow, like I was filling the bag with dirty germ-infested water to begin with. Secondly, the packaging tells you that each bag is big enough to sterilise two feeding bottles and accessories - although this is true for the tiny newborn bottles, you will only manage to fit one larger-sized bottle in at a time. The neck of the bag is also a bit on the small side so it can be fiddly trying to get all the bits in and out of the bag. As you ideally want to handle sterilised bottles as little as possible, make sure you wash your hands and use a hand sanitizer if you've got one so that you don't get the germs from your grubby mitts all over the newly-sterilised accessories, as this would rather defeat the whole object !

Overall though, these bags are a really handy space-saving alternative that are simple to use and perfect for travelling with a baby. One less thing to pack in the car can make all the difference so make the most of it !

star rating : 4/5

RRP : £4.99 for 3 bags (suitable for 60 uses)

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