Skip to main content

NewFolks may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

These sterilizers will make prepping baby bottles a breeze

Bottle sterilizers have come a long way since the days of the stovetop boil method. If you are an expecting parent or have one in your life, you may be contemplating the need for a bottle sterilizer to keep baby essentials clean. However, many parents may be wondering what kind of bottle sterilizer they may need and which ones to investigate further.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

What’s all the fuss about?

Sterilizers are excellent tools to have in a parent’s childcare arsenal. These nifty gadgets help to keep babies safe from the dangers of growing organisms that can become trapped inside a moisture-rich environment — such as bottles, accessories, and pacifiers. It’s essential that these supplies remain clean and sanitized to prevent little ones from becoming ill. They are not, however, necessary for parents to purchase to safely bottle feed or care for their child. Antibacterial soap and hot potable water can certainly cleanse and remove dirt, debris, and bacteria from bottles. Sterilizers step in to prevent moisture from sitting inside small crevasses in the material or molded parts that can harbor growth of bacteria and other unhealthy organisms.

How does it do that?

Sterilizers use steam, heat, UV light, or a combination of those elements to rid the item placed into it from harmful growths. Depending on the type of penetrating power the sterilizer uses, they may require a water source, need to be drained, require maintenance, or need to be cleaned regularly. This is a key factor to keep in the back of a parent’s mind when deciding which type of sterilizer to purchase.

Another element of finding the right sterilizer is size. While it may not seem like an appliance, these products will likely live on kitchen countertops just like a blender or microwave — for accessibility, if nothing else. If parents don’t have tons of counter space, live in a smaller dwelling such as a condo or apartment, or don’t enjoy extra clutter in their lives, considering the amount of room to spare may be in order.

A few other things to keep in mind while shopping for baby bottle sterilizers are:

    • Product capacity
    • Processing time
    • Product testing and certification
    • Ease of use
    • Additional products needed for operation

UV light sterilization

When it comes to UV light technology,

Evla’s bottle sterilizer

is the product with the most bang for your buck. While not the most inexpensive product on the market, it’s certainly priced on the fair side for what parents receive. This UV sterilizer box is more than just a baby bottle sterilizer as well. Consumers can place anything — keys, cellphones, wallets, tablets, glasses, stuffed animals, and so on — that will fit inside the box, and sterilize it using ultraviolet rays.  

One of the most interesting features of this product is that by using UV light technology to sterilize the items inside, there is no waste involved. With no waste, this product is extremely environmentally friendly, producing no byproducts and needing no cleaning or descaling. In addition, Evla’s product sterilization lasts for up to three days, keeping your items clean much longer. 

Steam sterilization 

Steam is a powerful tool that can produce a ton of energy. It’s also an extremely powerful device to push away dirt, debris, or anything in its path. Steam engines powered the world’s fastest locomotives and ships. It can grind grain into fine powder. Steam also releases wrinkles from clothing and sterilizes equipment.  

To a parent, their child’s feeding supplies are equally-as-important equipment and need sterilization often. A great steam-powered sterilizer sure to get parents clean bottles quickly is

Papalbic’s baby bottle electric steam sterilizer and dryer

. The three-in-one system allows parents the options of a quick sterilizing stage that takes 8 minutes to complete, a sterilize and dry stage requiring 45 minutes, and finally, a sterilizing and extra drying stage that takes 65 minutes to complete.  

Adding water to this machine is required, and due to its usage, it may require cleaning. Holding up to 11 bottles, this sterilizer also includes an accessories basket that can hold bottle lids, nipples, pacifiers, and rings. In addition, it is recommended that if shoppers struggle with hard water, distilled water should be used in its place to prevent buildup.  

A few other great sterilizing products worth mentioning include: 

    • Grownsy’s portable UV-C USB sanitizer

      — a small, portable, and rechargeable product that can sterilize small objects like pacifiers while on the go in under 1 minute. It includes a strap that parents can quickly hook to their diaper bags, strollers, or purses for on-the-go use.
    • Dr. Brown’s deluxe bottle sanitizer

      — a reasonably-priced alternative to more expensive steam sterilizers. This product features an accessories basket, measuring cup, tongs, and can accommodate up to six baby bottles for sanitizing.
    • Grownsy’s full size UV-C sterilizing box

      — a full-sized version of the
      above-mentioned UV-C portable sterilizer. This product sterilizes objects in 15 minutes and can hold up to 12 baby bottles.  

While sterilizers are not really necessary, and most parents simply go without purchasing one, having one on hand is a great way to keep more than just your baby’s bottles clean and germ-free. Don’t spend time lying awake at night, worrying if your dishwasher’s temperature will penetrate all the nooks and crannies of your child’s bottles and toys. Give yourself the peace of mind of knowing you’ve protected them against growing bacteria and organisms in their feeding equipment by purchasing one of these awesome and handy products. 

Emily Pidgeon
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Emily's work has appeared in the Tube City Almanac, Tube City Online and our Affinity Sites. When she's not writing, she is…
9 beautiful fantasy girl names for your baby
Get inspired with these fantasy choices
Baby girl at a birthday party

If you love all things fantasy -- from books and movies to video games and beyond, you may have considered a fantasy-inspired girl name for your baby. Thanks to the emerging popularity of this genre, fantasy names are becoming more and more common. Consider names like Arya, which took off after the premiere of Game of Thrones, or Arwen, which was popularized by J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series. Names from fantasy books and movies can be an endless list to choose from.

If you've been thinking of a fantasy girl name for your little one, you have a lot of choices. We've compiled a list of nine beautiful fantasy girl names for your baby that are out of this world and that can help you narrow down your options.
Meaning "dawn," Aurora is well known for being Sleeping Beauty's given name. It is also the name of the mystical aurora borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights, which much of the U.S. was able to witness recently.
The name alone evokes images of fair maidens and fantastical settings and was also the name of King Arthur's Queen. The name was often translated into Jennifer, but we think Guinevere is a beautiful option for someone looking for a fantasy-inspired name.
From Latin meaning "youthful" or "queen of the gods," this name would be ideal for any little girl. Despite the name being around for centuries, it has grown in popularity over the last two decades or so.
A fantastical take on the traditional Sarah, Seraphine is less common than Seraphina, which is also a stunning name option, making it a great name choice for those who want something unique but not unheard of.
Another name popularized in The Lord of the Rings books, Eowyn, pronounced "ay-oh-wyn" is a nontraditional name rooted in the fantasy genre.
Another name that gained attention is Melisandre, which is of Old German and Old French origin and means strong in work and brave strength. The fantasy series Game of Thrones featured a character named Melisandre.
Fans of the 1988 movie Willow will recognize the name Sorsha as the name of the princess in the film. Meaning "bright" or "freedom," this is a beautiful fantasy name for a girl.
Evoking images of royalty, Dauphine is the name you're looking for if you want a fantasy name with some French flavor.
Give your little girl the moon with the name Luna, the choice of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend for their eldest daughter.

Read more
When do babies start walking? This is what you should expect
This is when you should have the house baby-proofed
Toddler boy walking around

We bribe. We beg. We will set that baby up for those first steps any way we can. But your little one will not start walking before they're ready. When is that? When do babies start walking? It's the next major milestone after crawling, and parents cannot wait to capture the moment their baby discovers they have two feet that will take them anywhere. If you have a baby who's about to become a walker, this is what you should expect before the first step is attempted.
Look for clues to tell when your baby will start walking

First things first — there are markers to watch out for to know your baby is about to walk. If you keep an eye on that little human of yours, they give hints as to when they're ready to start walking. By then, you can obsessively watch them so you don't miss a step.
Your baby will hit these milestones when it's almost time to walk

Read more
Unisex baby names: These are our top picks
Take the stress out of baby naming with these unisex name options
Baby girl with a "hello my name sign is" on her onesie

Unisex baby names are gaining in popularity as parents realize they have more options than ever when it comes to naming their baby. Some parents choose a unisex baby name because they love the name regardless of the gender of their baby, while others choose a unisex name because they are looking to distance themselves from those traditional "boy" or "girl" naming conventions.
Why we love unisex names

Although gender reveals are still incredibly popular, choosing a unisex baby name allows parents to give their baby a name they love, regardless of their sex. Many unisex baby names fall into the less traditional category, which is perfect for parents looking for something a little more unique for their child. If you're making a list of potential names for your baby, here are our favorite unisex baby names for consideration.
Atlas is the ideal name for any parent who wants their child to travel the world! This name of Greek origin has swiftly begun to climb the ranks of popularity in the U.S. since 2015. Celebrities like Edward Norton and Shay Mitchell have used this unisex name for their children.
Although Blair originated as a Scottish surname, it has grown popular as a unisex name in North America.
This name was more popular among boy names, but now Chase is often used by parents looking for a cool, unique unisex name for their daughters. Chase is giving us those athletic vibes.
Like Chase, Dylan was once primarily used as a boy name but has grown in popularity in recent years as a common choice for girls. The Welsh name means "son of the sea," but we can all agree that this is the perfect unisex name for any water baby.
Kai, often seen as a form of Kaia, is a name of Hawaiian origin dominating unisex name charts. It's simplistic but far from basic and is a beautiful choice for any parent looking for a dreamy unisex name.
Mackenzie is another name of Scottish origin that has been adopted from the surname and is almost equally popular as a name for both boys and girls.
Paris is known as the City of Love, making it the perfect name for your baby. Thanks to public figures like Paris Hilton, it may be known more commonly as a girl's name, but it is commonly used for both genders.
Morgan is one of the most traditional unisex names, making it great for parents who want a combination of the two. You could probably name as many girls as you could boys Morgan, making it a very popular unisex baby name choice.

Read more