Summer Camp Arts and Crafts Emoji Faces

Fun Emoji Faces 

Emojis are small digital images or icons that are used to express an idea, feelings etc… in electronic communication.  They are mostly used during texting or in social media.  Kids, tweens, teens and  even adults love using emojis. They are so popular that there is even an emoji movie.   I knew that doing anything with emojis the kids in our camp would love, and I was right.

We did this craft in our summer camp program for ages 5-16 and it was a big hit with all the age groups.  It’s a great camp craft or fun to do with the kids at home.  The kids really enjoyed being creative by coming up with the different emoji faces.  This craft is fun for the big kids yet easy enough for the little kids.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make fun emoji faces.

Materials: Large yellow construction paper (we used 12×18 for large faces but you can use smaller), colored construction paper, glue, hot glue, scissors, wide popsicle craft sticks

Step 1:  Have the kids trace large circles on the yellow paper for the emoji face.  For the younger kids I had pre-made some circles.

Step 2:  Have an adult hot the popsicle sticks to the back of the yellow circles.  Again, I had the circles cut and the popsicles sticks glues on before the kids came in to do the craft.  Do, whatever works for your group.

Step 3:  Have some pre-made shapes  or let the kids cut out shapes to glue on their emoji faces from the colored construction paper.  Here where it gets fun.  Encourage the children to use their imgaination and come up with fun ideas to add to their emoji faces.  One of our kids made hair on his, another made there’s look like it was wear lipstick and eye shadow and had lots of bows.

 

 

Honey Badger Facts for Kids

Honey Badger Facts

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  • Honey badgers are mammals.
  • Another name for a honey badger is a ratel.
  • They are part of the weasel family.
  • Did you know that honey badgers are known as the world’s most fearless animal?
  • They also have the reputation for being smart, mean and very territorial.
  • Honey badgers live in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, India and in the Middle East on the Arabic Peninsula.
  • Honey badgers can easily adapt to different environments. They live in habitats including rainforests, savannahs, deserts and scrublands.
  • Honey badgers are 2.4 – 3 feet long and they have a 12 inch tail.
  • They weight between 20 and 35 pounds.
  • Honey badgers have a muscular body and strong legs with sharp claws.
  • They use their long sharp claws to dig the burrows that they live in.
  • They have very thick skin. Their skin is so thick that even a machete cannot cut all the way through it.
  • The skin of a honey badger is not only thick but loose. When they are being attached by a predator, they can turn around in their loose skin to break free.
  • Honey badgers have very sharp teeth. The can even bite and break a tortoise shell.
  • Honey badgers have very thick and coarse hair. Their hair is black is a white to gray stipe down its back.
  • Does that remind you of another animal? If you guessed skunk, you would be right.
  • Not only does their hair resemble a skunk they also have something else in common with a skunk, their odor.
  • Honey badgers can also let out a stinky odor. They produce their odor with an anal gland and use it to mark their territory or scare away predators.
  • Honey badgers are known for meaning mean. They will sometimes take another animal’s home and make it their own.
  • The name honey badger means honey eater of cape.
  • Honey badgers enjoy eating honey.
  • Honey badgers are omnivores meaning they eat both plants and animals. Besides honey, honey badgers like to eat berries, roots, scorpions, snakes, eggs, tortoises, birds and other small mammals. Honey badgers aren’t picky and will east almost anything.
  • Honey badgers can climb trees.
  • They can run up to 18 miles per hour.
  • Honey badgers are solitary animals, meaning they like to keep to themselves.
  • They only time honey badgers spend time with other honey badgers are to mate.
  • Baby honey badgers are born in burrows. After they are born, they stay with their mother for 12-18mts and then they go off on their own.
  • Honey badgers typically live 8 years in the wild. They can live 24 years in captivity.
  • Predators to the honey badger are lions, leopards, hyenas, pythons and humans.
  • Bunga Disney’s Lion Guard is a Honey Badger.

The Best Sandbox and Sand Tables for Kids

The Best Sandbox and Sand Tables for Kids

Sandboxes or Sand Tables are great for toddler and small children.  They bring part of the beach right to your own backyard.  Nowadays, not only to they have the traditional sandboxes but they also have sand tables.  With so many different styles and features it can be hard to choose the perfect one for your little one.  We at kidsplayandcreate.com came up with a list to the best sandboxes and sand tables on the market today.  We made our list based on research, customer reviews and personal experiences.  I hope this list helps you on your journey of choosing best sandbox or sand table.

Step 2 Naturally Playful Sand Table


Step2 Naturally Playful Sand Table

Step 2 makes great toys for kids and they do not disappoint with this great sand table for kids.  Instead of the traditional sandbox that lays on the group this sand table bring the sand to the kids level so they can stand and play.  This table is very sturdy and solid.  You can even use it as a water table.  It just does not come with a drain plug so if you were going to use it as a water table you would have to pour out the water after use.  It comes with a plastic lid with elastic ties to help protect the sand from nature’s elements and keep it clean and dry.  The lid can also be used as a car track.  Just stick it on top of the sand table and kids can play with the molded-in roadways.  They are the perfect size to use with hot wheels or other small cars.  This table comes with accessories.  Some assembly is required. This product does not come with sand,

Features:

  • Comes with two shovels, two claw rakes and one bucket.
  • Lid that doubles as a car track.
  • Holds up to 40 pounds of sand
  • Lightweight 16.5 pounds
  • Sturdy
  • Dimensions are 36 x 26 x 16.4 inches
  • Recommended age is 2 and up

Step 2 Crabbie Sand Table

Step2 Crabbie Sand Table for Toddlers – Durable Outdoor Kids Activity Game Sandbox Toys with Lid and Accessory Set
This adorable red crab shaped sand table is perfect for young children.  It is a smaller table which makes it great for toddlers.  This sand table holds up to 25 pounds of sand.  The legs can come off to use the able at ground level, however it is built to sand on the legs.  It comes with 4 accessories.  This table can also be used as a water table on hot days.  Again, it does not comes with a drain plug so you would have to pour the water out after use.  It comes with  a crab shell lid to protect the sand from nature’s elements and to keeps sand clean and dry.  Some assembly is required.  This product does not comes with sand.

Features:

  • Comes with 2 small shovels and 2 small cups
  • Comes with crab shell lid to keep sand clean and dry
  • Lightweight and sturdy, weights 10 pounds
  • Recommended age is 18mts -5 (I believe that kids a little over a year to age 3 would get the most use)
  • Dimensions 22 x 24.4 x 24.2 inches
  • Perfect table for toddlers.

Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox

Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox
This cute sandbox is perfect for your little guy or gal who loves to play with trucks.  It has a constructions site theme which encourages imaginary play.  It’s a smaller size table and is great to use in small yards and patios.  It’s a great size for 1-2 children to play.  It comes with a lid to keep sand clean and dry.  The lid can also be used as a truck ramp for extra fun.  This well made sandbox comes with 7 accessories and will keep the kids busy.  50-60 pounds of sand will be enough to fill.  Some assembly required.  The sand is not included.

Features:

  • Molded-in ramps and roadways, great for imaginary play
  • Comes with a lid that can also be used as a truck ramp for extra fun.
  • Excavator that can pick up and dump sand and load trucks.
  • It comes with 7 accessories including 2 construction workers, dump truck, 1 shovel, 1 rake, 1 cup and 1 sand sifter.
  • Great size for smaller spaces, enough room for 1-2 children to play.
  • Dimensions 28.5 x 51 x 25 inches
  • Weight 13 pounds
  • Recommended ages 3-5 however I recommend 18mts-4 years

Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox

Little Tikes Turtle Round Sandbox, Kids Sandbox
This is the ultimate classic when it comes to sandboxes.  Kids just love playing in this large green turtle shaped sandbox.  One great feature is the seats molded into the outside of the sandbox to provide comfortable seating for your little one.  The plastic lid is shaped like a turtle shell and keeps the sand clean and dry.  This sandbox can hold up to 150 pounds of sand.  It provides a large space for about 4 toddlers to play.  Some have even used this sandbox as a small pool in the summer.  It does not have a drain plug, so the water would have to be poured out after use.  If using as a small pool, make sure it is completely dry before putting the lid back on to prevent mold.  The only downfall to this classic sandbox is that it doesn’t come with toys.  Sand is also not included.

Features:

  • Adorable turtle themed sandbox
  • Comes with lid to keep sand clean and dry
  • Holds up to 150 pounds of sand
  • Big enough for multiple children to play at once
  • Light weight,. 11.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 38.75 x 43.25 x 12 inches
  • Ages recommendation 12mts – 6 years
  • Can be used as a small pool (no drain plug)

Step 2 Play and Store Sandbox

Step2 Play and Store Sandbox

This is a great sandbox by Step 2.  It is made well and provides a good amount of space for kids to play.  It would be a great addition to any day care or child care program.  It comes with a lid to keep the sand clean and dry.  It has 4 molded-in seats on the inside of the sandbox to provide comfortable seating for the kids while they play.  This sandbox can hold up to 200 pounds of sand.  You do not need to fill the whole thing us to play.  The sand is not included.  This sandbox does not come with sand toys or accessories.  The nice contemporary design and natural color fits nicely in with most backyard décor. It comes fully assembled which is a plus.  An overall nice sandbox.

Features:

  • Nice contemporary design and natural color
  • Comes with a lid to protect the sand from nature’s elements
  • Comes fully assembled
  • Holds up to 200 pounds of sand
  • Dimensions 11 x 42 x 28 inches
  • Weight 13 pounds
  • Recommended for children ages 2-6

Step 2 Naturally Playful Sand and Water Table

Step2 787800 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Center

This table is the best of both worlds as it is  a combination of both a water table and a sand table.  Kids love mixing sand and water!  Half of the table holds water, while the other half holds sand.  It includes a plastic cover, but only for the sand side to keep it clean.  It comes with 8 accessories including a 60 inch removable umbrella (great for hot days), 2 bridges, 2 boats, 2 pots and one shovel.  Another great features is that the table’s legs are removable so you can use it at ground level.  It also comes with a drain plug for the water side to easily drain the water after use.

Features:

  • Play with both water and sand (holds 20 pounds of sand not included)
  • Comes with 8 accessories (removable umbrella, 2 bridges, 2 boats, 2 pots and one shovel)
  • Lid with elastic ties for the sand side.
  • Drain plug for the water side
  • Removable legs to play with at ground level.
  • Minimal assembly required.
  • Weight 27 pounds
  • Dimensions 26 x 46.5 x 20.8 inches

Kidz Rule Sandbox by Step 2


Kidz Rule Play Sand Box, You can enjoy the summer months with this incredible sandbox featuring a fun sun theme in a contemporary design that’s perfect for any backyard. It blends easily with your landscaping theme, while providing hours of provide amusement to children. The sandbox provides enough room for multiple children to build sand castles at once and enjoy the outdoors. by FUNZ
This sandbox is similar to the Step 2 Play and Store Sandbox.  This one is a little larger and has a different design theme.  The sandbox has a contemporary design.  It is made with a natural color and the outside is made to resemble brick.  It will blend in easily with your backyard décor.  It has 4 molded-in seats, one at each corner to provide comfortable seating to the kids while playing.  The sun themed lid provides protection to the sand and keeps it clean and dry.  It comes assembled and can hold up to 200 pounds of sand, not included.  What’s cool about this sandbox is that it can also be used as a planter to plant flowers or vegetables.  It’s a great box to use to introduce your little one to gardening.

Features:

  • Contemporary design with natural color
  • Holds up to 200 pounds of sand
  • Has 4 molded-in seats, one at each corner of the box.
  • Can be used as a planter, great for a child’s first garden.
  • Comes with a sun themed lid to keep sand clean and dry
  • Sturdy and made in USA
  • Dimensions 15.5 x 44 x 32 inches
  • Weight 26 pounds
  • Big enough for multiple children to play at the same time

What type of sand do I purchase for my Sandbox or Sand Table?

There are different sand you can choose for your sandbox or sand table.  You can choose traditional sand or kinetic sand, moon sand or even colored sand.  I haven’t tried it bust some have even collected sand from their local beach and used it in their sandboxes or sand tables.  If you do not want to purchase sand on-line, check out your local Home Depot or Lowes stores for sand.  Here are some of our top picks.

School Specialty Silicone Sand

School Specialty Silicone Sand, 25 Pounds, Sand Only
If you are on a budget, then this is a great sand choice.  It comes with a 25 pound bag of sand.  The sand is smooth but it does have small rocks in it.  It’s not dusty and will not stick to the kids hands.  It is a good quality sand for the price.

 

Activa Scenic Sand

ACTIVA Scenic Sand, 5-Pound, White
This is a good quality sand.  It comes in 5 pound bags and in a variety of colors.  My daughter loves the color blue.  She was excited when I go her blue sand for her sandbox.  This sand is non toxic, no free silica or quartz and is 100% natural.  It is a  good quality sand.

 

Kinetic Sand Beach Sand

Kinetic Sand – Beach Sand
This is my favorite when it comes to sandbox sand.  The only problem is that if you have a large sandbox it will be expensive to fill it.  It is made from real beach sand.  It feels moist, which makes it great for building sand castles.  It will never dry out.  It keeps your hands dry and does not feel sticky.    This is truly a great sand.

 

Should I purchase a sandbox for my day care program?

Sandboxes or Sand Tables are great for day cares or child care programs.  They promote imaginary play, build social skills and enhance creativity.  Child will learn about sharing and playing with other children.  I recommend having a small inside sand table that can be maintained easily and that can be cleaned regularly.  If you are running a day care program you may want to look into your states regulations for having a sandbox.  If you have a day care and don’t want to use sand try using macaroni, rice, or water beads and use the table as a sensory table instead of a sand table.

Should I purchase sand toys for my child’s Sandbox or Sand Table?

Some sand boxes or tables come with sand toys but it’s fun to have more especially if more than one child is using it.  You may want to purchase additional sand molds, shovels, sand sifters or sandbox vehicles.  This one below by John Deere is very popular.

John Deere Sandbox Vehicle

John Deere Sandbox Vehicle (2 Pack)
This set comes with one working dump bed truck and one working front loader.  They will add extra fun to your child’s sandbox.  These trucks are made with a great quality heavy duty plastic and will last a long time.  They are light weight and made for small hands. Great trucks for children 18mts and up.  They have working rolling wheels.  Great set!

 

 

 

 

The Best Water Tables for Toddlers and Kids

The Best Water Tables for Toddlers and Kids

 

Kids love playing with water, especially on a hot summer day.  Having a water table is a great way for kids to get outside, use their imagination, play and have fun!  They are a great addition to any backyard, child care program or summer camp program for young children.  We at www.kidsplayandcreate.com researched water tables to give you a list of the best water tables around.  Here are our top 6.

Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table

Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table

Little Tikes makes great toys for kids and they get an A from us with this cute high quality water table.  It is very sturdy yet light weight, weighing just under 12 pound.  It is loaded with cool features which will keep the kids busy for hours.  This water table has a drain plug underneath to easily drain water for easy clean up. Greta table for a child care setting.

Features:

  • Holds 7 gallons of water
  • Comes with 5 squirt balls that squirt water and a water cup.
  • Swirly funnel in the middle to drop balls
  • Recommended ages 2-6 years
  • Dimensions 29 x 29.5 x 31.5 inches
  • Enough space for 3-4 children to play at the same time.

Step 2 Duck Pond Water Table

Step2 Duck Pond Water Table

This duck pond themed water table by Step 2 is adorable.  What little kid doesn’t like ducks?  This table will keep kids playing.  It comes with 2 ducks, a slide for the ducks,  a frog that squirts water, frog launcher (kids favorite) and a water spinner.  This table is sturdy and also light weight, weighing just over 9 pounds.  It also comes with a drain plug to easily drain water after use.

Features:

  • Duck Pond Theme (super cute)
  • Frog launcher to launch ducks across the water.
  • Frog that squirts water
  • Water scoop
  • 2 small ducks (you can purchase more at a dollar store or Wal-Mart)
  • A slide for the ducks
  • Spinner in the center to move the water around
  • Recommended age 18mts-5 years.
  • Dimensions 31.5 x 31.5 x 24.5


Step 2 Naturally Playful Sand and Water Table

Step2 787800 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Center

This table is the best of both worlds as it is  a combination of both a water table and a sand table.  Kids love mixing sand and water!  Half of the table holds water, while the other half holds sand.  It includes a plastic cover, but only for the sand side to keep it clean.  It comes with 8 accessories including a 60 inch removable umbrella (great for hot days), 2 bridges, 2 boats, 2 pots and one shovel.  Another great features is that the table’s legs are removable so you can use it at ground level.  It also comes with a drain plug for the water side to easily drain the water after use.

Features:

  • Play with both water and sand (holds 20 pounds of sand not included)
  • Comes with 8 accessories (removable umbrella, 2 bridges, 2 boats, 2 pots and one shovel)
  • Lid with elastic ties for the sand side.
  • Drain plug for the water side
  • Removable legs to play with at ground level.
  • Minimal assembly required.
  • Weight 27 pounds
  • Dimensions 26 x 46.5 x 20.8 inches


Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship Water Play Table

Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship Outdoor Play Water Table | 628566M
Ahoy Matey!  We love this pirate themed water table by Little Tikes.  It’s super fun and great for imaginary play.  The table itself resembles a fun pirate ship equipped with a skull and crossbones flag. It even has a cannon that kids can squirt water from.  Kids can keep the water flowing by pouring it in the crows nest or by using the pump.  The spinning features also help the water move throughout the table and helps move floating objects around. Kids will love playing caption by spinning the wheel to raise and lower the anchor. The pirate themed table also comes with cute accessories.  This table also has a drain plug underneath to drain the water easily after use.

Features:

  • Table comes with 2 pirates, one shark, one cannon, one plastic inter tube, two scoopers, one bucket and skull and crossbones flag.
  • Drain plug to easy drain water after use.
  • Sturdy and lightweight (19.5 pounds)
  • Dimensions 40 x 29 x 38 inches
  • Great for ages 2-6


Step 2 Splish Splash Seas Water Table with Umbrella

Step2 Splish Splash Seas Water Table with Umbrella
This is another great water table by Step 2.  It comes with many features that will keep kids busy.  This great table is the perfect size for toddlers.  It can hold 7 gallons of water.  The convenient drain plug makes it easy to drain water after use.  The 42 inch umbrella will give the kids plenty of shade while playing on a hot day.

Features:

  • Comes with many accessories including: 2 little figurines one boy and one girl, boat, cup, diving board, slide, spinning red octopus, palm tree, 42 inch umbrella
  • Holds 7 gallons of water
  • Dimensions 30 x 42.25 x 27 inches
  • Weight 20 pounds
  • Recommended ages 18 months – 5

 

Step 2 Waterfall Discovery Play Set

Step2 Waterfall Discovery Wall Playset for Toddlers – Kids Outdoor Activity Water Splash Maze Toy with Accessory Set, Multicolor
This waterfall wall by Step 2 is a different approach to the traditional water table.  Instead of playing with water at a table, kids pour water at the top of this water wall and watch it come down a water maze.  The wall has different features including spinners and funnels that can be moved around the wall.   It’s different and it’s fun.  The kids will enjoy pouring the water and watching it come down in zig zags and going through spinners and funnels.  The best part is after the kids watch the water come down they can move the pieces around the wall and make a new maze.  Your kids will turn into little engineers!  The wall is double-sided so multiple children can play at once.  The bottom of the wall has a base that catches the water as it comes down, so children can reuse the same water while playing.

Features:

  • Cool Water Wall instead of traditional table
  • Comes with 13 moveable accessories
  • Lightweight 12 pounds but sturdy
  • Dimensions 33.25 x 28 x 16.25 inches (not to tall for small children)
  • Recommended ages 18mts – 5

Can you Fill a Water Table with Objects Other than Water?

Most water tables come with a drain underneath to easily drain water.  I wouldn’t recommend trying to drain other objects, they may get stuck and ruin your table.  However, if you want to play with other things I recommend getting a large plastic storage container usually around $3.00 at Wal-Mart (depending on size) and filling it for sensory play.  You can try to fill it with sand, rice, uncooked pasta, marbles, dirt, pebbles or sea shells.

What is the Best Age for a Water Table?

Most water tables are recommended for children ages 18mts to 6.  I’d say that children ages 2-5 will get the most use out of it and have the most fun.  It’s a great toy to play with siblings.  They are fun for both boys and girls and it will something they can enjoy together.

What are the Benefits to having a Water Table?

Water tables help break that backyard boredom. Kids love playing with water and will enjoy splashing it around especially on a hot day.

Water tables are fun to play and are great for easy clean up. Most water tables come with a drain underneath.  After the kids are finish playing simply place all the toys back on the table and drain water.  I do recommend getting a tarp to cover it if it doesn’t come with a cover.

Water tables are Great for Imaginary Play.

Playing with water tables is a great way to build social skills by playing with other children; children will also learn to share and learn to work together.

Water tables also help with hand eye coordination. While playing with their water table, children will pick up or scoop small objects, or water in a hole helping with coordination.

Water tables are great for an overall learning experience. From learning how to share to figuring out why water pours down from holes to spinning wheels and watching what happens.  Water tables are a great way for our child to have fun outside and learn.

What are Some Fun Water Table Activities?

Besides from the fun features your water table comes with, you can have hours of fun creating your own water table activities. Try some of these fun ideas.

Add dish soap to make super soapy water for fun sensory play.

Use Easter Eggs to scoop up water.

Build boats out of Legos

Make cool ice sculptures for your table. Use ice cube trays or sand molds, fill them with water, add food coloring and freeze them.  Once they are frozen, place them in your water play and watch them melt.

Fill squeeze bottles with water and a little bit of food coloring, have the kids squeeze them into the water to make colorful designs.

Have a rubber ducky race. Place a rubber ducky for each child playing at one end of the table, using a water gun, spray bottle or squeeze bottle squirt your duck to move it across the table.  First person to get their duck across the table wins.

Add water beads or Orbeez to the water. You can scoop them, pretend to cook with them or just play with them for sensory play.

Make holes at the bottom of plastic cups. Scoop water in them from the water table and watch the water pour out.

Have fun with science while playing with the water table. Pick up a couple of different objects of various sizes.  Place them in the water one at a time to find out if they sink or float.  Talk to your child about the objects and why they sink of float.

 

The Best Baby Bottle Sterilizers on the Market

Why is it important to sterilize baby bottles?

Your baby is most vulnerable to diseases and illnesses during their first year of life.  You want to make sure that when you are feeding your baby, you are providing the safest environment as possible. Baby bottle sterilizers today kill up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria that can be found on bottles.  This eases parents minds and ensures them that they are providing the safest feeding environment.    Some feel that it is no longer necessary to sterilize baby bottles, to be cautious, many still chose to sterilize their baby’s bottles. the choice is yours. We at kidsplayandcreate.com created a list of the best baby bottle sterilizers on the market today.  We created our list based on product research, talking to parents who have used the products and personal experiences.  Here are our top picks in baby bottle sterilizers.

 

Munchkin Steam Guard Microwave Sterilizer

Munchkin Steam Guard Microwave Sterilizer
The Munchkin Steam Guard Microwave Sterilizer is a safe and efficient way to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria on bottles and nipples right in the microwave in as little as 2 minutes.  This handy device can also sterilize pacifiers, teething rings, small microwave safe baby toys and accessories for breast pumps.  This bottle sterilizer can hold up to 4 baby bottles (standard or wide mouth) and 2 breast pump shields at the same time. The large space is great for busy on the go parents and is a time saver.  It is equipped with a locking tab that is designed to keep all of the contents inside the sterilizer and prevents accidental opening.  This sterilizer helps prevents burns with a heat resistant handle and tongs.

Features:

  • Lightweight, great for traveling
  • Compact dimensions are 12.5 x 11.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Kills up to 99.9% of bacteria in as little as 2 minutes.
  • Heat resistant handles and open away latch helps prevent burns from steam.
  • Holds up to 4 bottles wide mouth or standard and two breast pump shields at the same time.
  • Works in all standard US microwaves
  • Latex, BPA, Phthalate, PVC and Nitrosamine Free

Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer

Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer

The Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer kills up to 99.9% of harmful germs in as little as two minutes.  It operates at a higher temperature setting than a dishwasher.  Just add water and place in the microwave.  You need 2 minutes for a 1,100-1,850 watt microwave, 4 minutes for a 850-1,100 watt microwave and 6 minutes for a 500-850 watt microwave ( not sure about your microwave wattage? Check on the microwave, owner’s manual or look it up on-line).  It is equipped with safety clips to keep lid closed.  It also has side grips that stay cooler for safe handling.  Once sterilized it can keep contents inside sterile for up to 24 hours if remained unopened.  The Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer can hold up to four 9 ounce bottles or two 11 ounce bottles.  This sterilizer can also be used to sterilize pacifiers, small microwave safe baby items, breast pump shields and up to 4 breast milk storage cups and lids.

Features:

  • Lightweight 2.1 pounds
  • Compact, great for traveling
  • BPA Free
  • Kills up to 99.9% of germs in as little as 2 minutes.
  • Easy to use, simply add water and place in the microwave.
  • Holds a variety of bottles, breast pump parts and small microwave safe baby items and toys.
  • Works in most US standard microwaves.

Bundle Tumble Microwave Steam Sterilizer


BundleTumble CleaNum Microwave Steam-Clean Baby Sterilizer Accessory Sanitizing Unit
This Bundle Tumble Microwave Sterilizer is a natural secure and efficient way to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and germs on bottle and nipples right in your microwave.  This sterilizer can also sterilize pacifiers, teething toys, breast pump accessories (non electrical) and other small toys.  It can sterilize up to 3 bottles of any brand both wide neck or standard.  It provides a deep clan and operates at a higher temperature setting than a dishwasher.  The Bundle Tumble Microwave Sterilizer is made from a sturdy plastic that is BPA, PVC and Latex free.  It comes with 1 microwave steam sterilizer, 1 plastic tong and 1 nipple/bottle shelf.

Features:

  • Kills up to 99.9% of bacteria and germs
  • Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
  • BPA, PVC and Latex free
  • Easy to use.  Simply fill base with water and place in the microwave for 5 minutes, let cool for 2 minutes remove from microwave with plastic togs included.
  • Compatible with all standard US microwaves

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Microwave Sterilizer

Tommee Tippee Microwave Steam Sterilizer

This sterilizer by Tommee Tippe received excellent reviews however, they are made especially for Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature or Ultra bottles.  This microwave sterilizer is a fast and simple way to sterilize your Tommee Tippee bottles and nipples to protect your  baby against harmful bacteria and germs.  It kills up to 99.9% of bacteria in as little as 4-8 minutes.  This sterilizer can also keep the bottles and nipples sterile for up to 24 hours if the lid stays closed.  This sterilizer is lightweight and can hold up to 5 Closer to Nature bottles or 4 Ultra bottles.  It’s also easy to use.  Just fill the base with cold water, place the bottles and nipples in the basket and microwave for 4-8 minutes depending on your microwave’s watts.  It is BPA and Phthalate free.

Features:

  • Kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria and germs on bottles and nipples  in a little as 4 minutes.
  • Made for Tommee Tippe Closer to Nature or Ultra bottles.
  • Light weight and compact.
  • Easy to use just fill base with water, add bottles to basket and microwave
  • BPA and Phthalate Free

 

Joy Baby Portable UV Sterilizer for Pacifiers and Bottle Nipples


Joy Baby Portable UV Sterilizer, Cleaner and Sanitizer for Pacifiers and Baby Bottle Nipples (Arctic Blue)

Although this isn’t used to sterilize whole bottles we thought this was a pretty cool device.  How often are you out with your baby when they drop (or throw) their bottle or pacifier on the floor say in the middle of the wall or in the dirt at the park?  It happens to everyone.  If you have the Joy Baby Portable UV Sterilizer you can sanitize your baby’s pacifier or nipples in minutes.  Joy Baby Portable UV sterilizer used advanced UV-C light the same technology used in hospitals and dental office to kill 99.9% of germs, viruses and bacteria such as E coli, H1N1 and dust mites.  UV light has been used to purify water for decades due to its ability to kills germs and bacteria without chemicals.  This portable device can easily fit in diaper bags and most pocketbooks.  It’s great to have on the go.  The cleaning and sanitizing is done in a few easy steps.  First wipe off any visible dirt or dust, then place in the UV sterilizer and finally press and hold the button on top.  That’s it.  Another great feature is that it can fit right on top of the baby bottle over the nipple.  It’s quick and simple.  It makes a great baby shower gift.

Features:

  • Kills up to 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses found on pacifiers and bottle nipples using UV light
  • Same technology that is used to sanitize in hospitals and dental offices.
  • Completely portable, can fit into any diaper bag and most pocketbooks
  • Cleaning is done in 3 steps:  Clean off dirt or dust, place in sterilizer, press button on top.
  • Great baby shower gift.

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

This Philips AVENT Electric Steam Sterilizer kills up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria.  It’s fast and easy to use.  Simply fill the base with water, fill with bottle then plug into any standard electrical outlet.  It will then start to generate steam and sterilize your bottles.  It operates in a six-minute cycle, then automatically shuts off when it’s finished.  The contents inside will remain sterile for 24 hours as long as the lid remains shut.  This sterilizer is compact and wont take up that much counter space.  It can fit both standard and wide neck bottles.  It can also be used to sterilize breast pumps and cups.  It can fit up to 6 11oz Philips AVENT bottles but can also fit other brands of bottles.

Features:

  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria and germs in 6 minutes.
  • Can fit up to 6 11oz Phillips AVENT bottles, but can work with other bottle brands
  • Easy to use, fill the base with water, add bottles to the rack, then plug it in.
  • Automatic shut-off when cycle is finished

Wabi Baby Electric Steam Sterilizer and Dryer Plus Version


Wabi Baby Electric Steam Sterilizer and Dryer Plus Version
This Wabi Baby Electric Steam Sterilizer not only sterilize bottles, it can dry and store them too.  Leaving bottles out to air dry can lead to them collecting household dust and can if not dried properly can lead to breeding grounds for bacteria to grow, ultimately reversing the sterilization process.  With this electric sterilizer you won’t have to worry about that.  Immediately after it sterilizes, it dries the bottles then acts as a storage device.  Allowing you to always keep your bottles safe and sterile for your baby.  No need to have a bottle rack with this handy sterilizer. How does it work?  It has a specially designed bottle rack that guides the steam and hot air directly into the bottles.  It also has a special air rotator to increase air flowing speed inside the chamber, reducing drying time. Wabi Baby sterilizer also can be used to sterilize breast pumps, sippy cups, pacifiers, teething toys, medicine feeding tools and kids dinning ware.

Features:

  • Kills 99.9% of household germs in 8-15 minutes
  • Auto shut-off when cycle is complete
  • sterilize, dries and stores bottles
  • Can hold up to 8 bottles of any brand at one time

The First Years Power of Steam Electric Steam Sterilizer

The First Years Power of Steam Electric Steam Sterilizer

This electric sterilizer by First Years came highly recommended by moms.  People I talked to liked it because it is tall and they can fit a variety of objects into the sterilizer.  The steam tower technology individually directs steam inside each bottle to sterilize inside and out.  The racks are adjustable and can fit any brand of bottle.  Besides bottles this sterilizer kills germs and bacteria on breast pumps, small toys, teething toys and pacifiers.  The racks inside can also be removed and act as a drying rack.  It is easy to use and works fast, the cycle is finished in 11 minutes.

Features:

  • Kills germs and bacteria on bottles, pacifiers, breast pumps, teething toys and other small toys
  • Racks are adjustable and can fit any brand of bottles
  • Racks can be removed and also act as a drying rack
  • Fast and easy to use
  • BPA and PVC free

How often should I sterilize my baby’s bottles?

This is a tricky question and many people answer it different ways.  After doing some research we found that it is a good idea to sterilize your baby’s bottles before 1st time use.  Just think about it, they are made in factories and then packaged and shipped, you want to make sure that whatever is on them is not there when it is time to feed baby.  After first time use we found that hot water and soap should do the trick.  The exception to that rule is if you’re a nervous mom and want to make sure that each time you feed your baby the bottle is completely sterile.  The other exception is the water in your area.  If you live in an area where the drinking water is contaminated or you do not feel comfortable drinking the water, then it is a good idea to sterilize before each use.

Why is it important to sterilize baby bottles?

Your baby is most vulnerable to diseases and illnesses during their first year of life. When feeding your baby you want to provide the safest feeding environment as possible.  This is why many believe it is important to sterilize baby bottles.  If you do not plan on sterilizing  bottles at every use, the most important time to sterilize your baby’s bottles is before first time use.  Just think about the process the bottles go through before you pull them off the shelves and take them home.  First, they are produced in factories, then they are packaged and shipped to stores where you find them on your local store shelf.  You have no idea what things it touched before it was packaged or what it went through on route to your store.  Why would you not want to sterilize it before placing it in your baby’s mouth?

Which sterilize baby bottles better, an electric or microwave sterilizer?

They are really equally effective.  Both state that they kill 99.9% of bacteria and germs.  It all the reviews that we went over and people that we spoke to it really came down to personal choice.  Many that we did speak to liked the electric sterilizer’s better.  They felt that they were a little less messy than the microwave sterilizers because you don’t have to move them so there is less chance of water spilling out.  The electric sterilizers tend to be a little more costly than the microwave sterilizers however many people though the extra cost was worth it.  Other people stated that they loved their microwave sterilizers and felt that they got the job done for less.  It’s really what you find that you like better.

 

Do baby bottle sterilizers make good baby shower gifts?

Yes, we at kidsplayandcreate.com feel that baby bottle sterilizers are great baby shower gifts.  Many people often forget about putting one on the registry so if you pick one up for someone chances are that no one else will purchase it for them.  It’s one of those things that you may not think that you need, but when you get it you love it.  Especially with the Joy Baby Portable UV Sterilizer for pacifiers and bottle nipples, in my opinion it is a perfect baby shower gift.  I can remember countless times being out with my daughter and she dropped her pacifier on the floor or in the dirt not near a sink and really had no way to clean it.  I wish I had one.