When I was pregnant with N, C and I went on a babymoon to Taiwan, and met up with one of his friends who was also expecting a baby that year. He told us about UV sterilisers, and at that time, I was quite sceptical, because all I’d ever heard of was the standard steam steriliser. Such a pity that I didn’t bother to do any research on UV sterilisers back then, because I really didn’t enjoy using the steam steriliser!
What did I not like about the steam steriliser? Lots. I didn’t like that the sterilised items were literally boiling hot and dripping wet, which meant that I couldn’t use them immediately. N didn’t use the milk bottle, so I used the steriliser mainly to sterilise my pump equipment. I really didn’t like having water dripping all over the place from the cover of the steam steriliser, and from the items I sterilised. Also, I found it troublesome to have to add water to the steriliser each time I wanted to use it, and I can’t remember how many times I opened the cover “wrongly” and got an unwanted “steam treatment” for my hands (and sometimes, face). You’d think I would have wised up after a while, but when I had to sterilise and collect the pump equipment in the middle of the night, the sleep deprivation haze often clouded all common sense.
When we found out that we were expecting twins, I knew that I
wanted needed a UV steriliser instead. I’m still hoping to be able to direct latch both of them, but I’m also trying to be practical, and have milk bottles on standby. I also got myself a Haakaa silicone pump, after reading about how you can use it to collect the let-down from the other boob when you’re latching the baby. I suspect I’ll have to pump more often than I did with N, since there are two babies to feed this time, and I don’t know if they will latch well.
N was very excited when the Haenim UV steriliser was delivered to our home, and had fun using the steriliser’s door as a mirror to make funny faces at himself. He kept asking me what it’s for, so I explained that when the babies are born, they will have weak immune systems, and will therefore need everything to be extra clean. Washing the items thoroughly won’t be good enough, and they will have to be sterilised in the UV steriliser too. (Read about why you need to sterilise bottle-feeding equipment HERE.)
Super amused by his reflection
Posing with the Haenim UV Steriliser
I’ve been desperately trying to sort out all of N’s old belongings in preparation for the twins, and finally managed to dig out my breast pump. I took out all the items that I think I’ll need to sterilise each time, and put them into a container. I didn’t think I would have so many things to sterilise at one shot, but apparently, I do! The pump equipment made up the bulk of it, and I added the Haakaa pump and cover, a small milk storage container, and lastly, two of the Pigeon Rising Star Special Edition PPSU milk bottles. I washed everything thoroughly, then transferred them to the Haenim UV steriliser.
Everything that needed to be sterilised
I was sceptical that I would be able to put everything into the Haenim UV steriliser, because it didn’t look very big, but I managed to load everything in comfortably! Apparently, you can fit 16 bottles in it, but I obviously haven’t tried doing that myself. I can’t quite remember how big my steam steriliser was, but I doubt I would have been able to put that many things in.
What the interior looks like
I have to confess that I didn’t read the instructions thoroughly before loading the items into the Haenim UV steriliser, which meant that I didn’t shake each item 3-5 times after washing, which is supposed to improve the drying power of the steriliser. I only read that bit after I started the AUTO mode 1, but I figured I could always use the DRY mode 1 if the items weren’t dry enough. I checked on the items after the 30 minute cycle, and was pleasantly surprised to see that everything was nicely dried, which meant that I didn’t have to spend any additional time drying the items. Yay! No more dripping wet pump parts, plus I don’t have to find storage for the sterilised items that I don’t need to use immediately!
What the Haenim UV steriliser looks like when it’s in use
Nice and dry after the 30 minute cycle
The Haenim UV steriliser comes with an instruction card, complete with pictures for newbies like me, and I found it very useful when trying to decide which mode to use. There are four modes: Auto, UV, Dry, and Storage, and I particularly liked that the Storage function can be switched on by itself every two hours, for a total of four times. That’s a really practical feature for busy parents, and a real time-saver, because you don’t have to wait 30 minutes for everything to be sterilised from scratch, if they’ve already been sterilised earlier.
Speaking of practical features, can I just say how impressed I am that there is actually a Haenim app? Yes, the Haenim UV steriliser can actually be controlled via your smart phone! I downloaded the Haenim app on my iPhone, tested it out from the comfort of my bedroom, and got a cheap thrill from hearing the steriliser’s start-up beep. The app is also really easy to use, and I foresee myself using it a lot after the babies are born, since I don’t have to physically go to the kitchen to switch on the steriliser.
Download the app
Check out how easy it is to use the app!
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If you’re wondering about the similarities and differences between the 2015 and 2016 Haenim UV sterilisers, here’s more information.
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2015 vs 2016
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Some of you may also be wondering about the difference between the Haenim UV steriliser and other UV sterilisers. Personally, I have not tried any other brands, but you might find this comparison chart created by TLO useful.
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With N running around so much, safety is extra important, and I definitely don’t want to worry about him scalding himself by accidentally tipping over the steam steriliser, or me dripping hot water onto him if I were still using the old steriliser. With the Haenim UV steriliser, I just have to ensure that he doesn’t play with it (although if he opens it during a cycle, the set will automatically switch off).
The twins are due pretty soon, and with God’s grace, we will learn to cope with one preschooler and two babies. Hopefully, the Haenim UV steriliser will come in handy, and save us a bit of time when we need to sterilise the babies’ items. I’m really happy that I don’t have to deal with boiling hot and dripping wet pump parts anymore, which means I can use the items whenever I need them, even in the middle of the night, as long as they’re in Storage mode. Now, all I have to do, is get used to the idea of night feeds and pumps again…
Special Discount Code for Readers of Growing with the Tans!
The 3rd Gen Haenim UV steriliser is available from TLO.COM.SG at $399, and there are six different colours to choose from. Don’t forget to use the discount code GWTT to get $70 off the latest 3rd Gen Haenim UV steriliser! Do note that this discount code is valid only on the online store till 30 August 2016, and not at fairs or the showroom. The 3rd Gen Haenim UV Steriliser will officially be launched at Baby World, Booth A03, Expo Hall 5, from 29-31 July 2016.
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*Disclaimer: We received a set of the Haenim 3rd Generation UV Steriliser for the purpose of this review. Some of the photos were provided by Thelittleonesinmylife (TLO.COM.SG), and are labelled accordingly. All other photos and opinions are, as always, our own.