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Sterilizing is gentle, effective and chemical-free with Philips Avent. Every sterilizer uses the power of pure steam - nothing more, nothing less - to kill 99.9% of harmful germs*.
Experience speed and safety with the sterilizing cycle lasting just 10 minutes, after which the sterilizer automatically turns itself off.
Our new drip tray protects the heating plate from milk droplets, reducing the chance of unpleasant odors.
Our advanced sterilizer is adaptable, reducing in size for smaller items like soothers, and to minimize your counter-top space when not in use.
The sterilizer's thorough, chemical-free cleaning will keep its contents sterile for up to 24 hours. How? Just keep the lid on.
Our sterilizer is slender and yet still holds up to six Philips Avent baby bottles. It also fits all the other essentials, from teats and soothers to a manual breast pump.
Top to bottom, inside and out, the sterilizer is quick and easy to clean - even the heating plate. So you get more time to be with your little one.
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All parts of Philips Avent products that have contact with food are 100% BPA-free.
The heater is on the right-hand side of the appliance, and as a result you may observe that boiling only occurs on one side of the plate.
This does not affect the effectiveness of the sterilizer. The steam generated by the appliance goes through every corner of baskets to effectively sterilize items inside the appliance.
The white/brown spots are limescale. They build up in appliances as the residue of minerals naturally contained in water, which fail to evaporate when water is heated. The harder the water, the faster scale builds up. Although it is not harmful as much, it is unsightly, hard to clean and can impair the operation of appliances or damage their components if allowed to build up. It is recommended to descale the sterilizer at least every 2 weeks to ensure it works efficiently. Follow the instructions below on how to properly descale your device.Step by step instructions
Note:Use only citric acid based descalers and avoid all other types.
Top 10 Breastfeeding Positions For Mothers While breastfeeding is generally quite a simple process, a few important things must always be kept in mind. There are numerous different breastfeeding positions that can be used. All of them have different advantages, and since all babies are different, it is important to find what works best for mom and baby. Why breastfeeding positions are important? Especially for a new-born, the nursing positions that a mum may choose will greatly impact the baby. These positions are important because while babies largely function on instinct, not all babies are the same and they may feel more comfortable latching, suckling or unlatching from a particular position. In addition, certain positions may make your baby more prone to problems such as spitting up or indigestion, or may even make them unable to feed at all. It is important to try a number of breastfeeding positions for new-borns for this very reason, so you can find the perfect one for both you and your baby. Finding the perfect baby feeding position will make every feeding a snap, and will help you establish an effective daily routine around feedings. It will also avoid complications for both you and your baby, such as discomfort, low weight gain, indigestion, cracking or soreness, and many more. Laid back/Reclined This is the most natural one most moms try first. Lie flat on your back, or reclined, and place baby on your chest. Cradle Hold This is the most common breastfeeding position. Sit upright, with baby positioned on their side, head and neck along your forearm and body against your stomach. Using a breastfeeding pillow across your lap may help avoid straining your back or shoulders. Cross-cradle hold Similar to the cradle hold, except using the hand opposite the side your baby is being fed from. This allows for support for baby’s neck and shoulders, and lets them tilt their head to latch. This position is good for smaller babies and those with latching problems. Rugby Ball Hold Sit with your baby resting along your forearm with their body tucked along your side, feet point in the direction of your back. This position supports your baby well and gives you plenty of control. Being tucked in so close to your body helps your baby get a sense of safety and comfort that may make it easier for them to feed. Side-lying position This position is ideal for night feeding and breastfeeding in bed or on the sofa. It can be more comfortable than sitting if you have stitches or any injuries. Lie down on your side and place your baby on their side, facing you. Perpendicular recline If you’ve had a caesarean delivery and can’t find a suitable position, reclining back with your baby’s body across your shoulder may help you nurse without putting any pressure on your abdominal area. Koala Hold If your baby needs to be upright due to reflux or an ear infection, this is the perfect position to avoid discomfort. Your baby straddles your thigh or hip, with their spine and head upright facing you. Dangle Feeding This position may seem awkward at first, but using it once in a while can help avoid discomfort from blocked milk ducts or conditions like mastitis. To dangle feed, simply lie your baby on their back and crouch over them on all fours. Nursing a sling For older children, for when you’re out and about, or when struggling with muscle strain, breastfeeding your baby in a sling can ease the pressure on you. This generally works best for babies experienced with nursing that can hold their own heads up. Ensure that you can always see your baby’s face clearly and their chin is not pressed against their chest. Dancer Hand For babies that struggle to stay latched, or who have low muscle tone, this position allows a great degree of support and control, along with a perfect view of the latch. To do this, you must support your breast with three fingers of one hand, while supporting their chin and cheeks with your thumb and index finger. Latching your baby onto your breast the right way A proper latch is a crucial part of ensuring smooth feeding sessions. Without a proper latch, your baby may end up underfed or with excess gas, while you may end up with soreness and severe discomfort over time. Different breastfeeding positions may make it easier for your baby to latch properly, so do try new things. Here a few different tips you can use to help your baby get a good latch. Use a comfortable chair Use a breastfeeding support pillow (or any other) Try tummy-to-tummy nursing positions Bring your baby to you, do not lean towards them Keep your baby’s ear, shoulder and hip aligned straight Aim your nipple towards baby’s upper lip/nose, not the middle of the mouth Make sure baby’s chin is not down to their chest Do not force the nipple and wiggle the mouth open – move back and try again Try and get as much of the areola in to your baby’s mouth as possible Unlatching your baby If you are suffering from severe soreness after every feed, you may need to give your baby guidance when it comes to unlatching. Generally, most babies will unlatch on their own once they have consumed their fill of breastmilk. However, it is not uncommon for some babies to stay latched on to mom’s breast without suckling, or to continue suckling after mom’s milk has been exhausted. While there may not be any immediate discomfort, it is likely that excessive suckling may lead to sore or cracked nipples in the long term. In this case it is important to help your baby unlatch. It is very important to break the suction of the latch before pulling your baby away, as this may lead to even more discomfort. Gently place your finger in between your breast and their gums to break the suction, before guiding baby’s head away from your breast gently. Breastfeeding positions to avoid While different breastfeeding positions have different benefits and disadvantages there are a few key things to always keep in mind when deciding between breastfeeding positions for new-borns. If your baby is not positioned properly, the stimulation of your breasts may not be sufficient to express enough milk, which can lead to severe problems long term. In addition, improper positioning can lead to physical discomfort for both mom and baby, along with excess gas build-up and sore nipples. Keep the following tips in mind, no matter what nursing position you choose. Do not hunch over baby Unless you are dangle feeding, you should not hunch over your baby. Keep your back straight and bring baby up to your breast to ensure a better latch and less spinal discomfort. Make sure their spine is aligned Make sure that baby’s body and head are not facing in different directions. Not only does this make it difficult for them to swallow, but is usually uncomfortable for them, and may make it harder for you to find a comfortable position as well. Ensure they are not too far from the breast If baby’s body is too far from yours, they may still manage to latch on, but they will pull on your nipple while feeding. This may not only cause discomfort, but may also lead to them not getting enough milk during feeding time. Breastfeeding should not be an uncomfortable process, especially once you are more accustomed to it and settle into a routine with your baby. Most common issues with breastfeeding are a matter of experimenting with different positions and techniques to find what works best for your and your baby’s individual needs. Ultimately, the goal is to find the perfect balance for you and your baby, and soon breastfeeding will be a snap.Read More
Baby Nipple Confusion Between Breast & Bottle If you are wondering what is nipple confusion, or what is the best feeding bottle to avoid nipple confusion, look no further. In babies that are fed with a combination of breast and bottle regularly, nipple confusion is a common issue when it comes time to switch between the two. What is nipple confusion? If you’ve been searching for nipple confusion baby advice, first it is important to understand what nipple confusion is and why it occurs. Contrary to popular belief, nipple confusion does not necessarily mean that your baby does not understand the difference between their mother’s breast and the bottle – but cannot get a hold of how the different technique applies to feeding time. Essentially, nipple confusion is what happens when a baby struggles to alternate between bottle feeding and breast feeding, especially if the bottle is introduced at a particularly young age. If your baby struggled to get the hang of breastfeeding at first, it is likely they will struggle with the bottle as well. That is why the timing of introducing the bottle can go a long way in avoiding nipple confusion, as well as selecting the perfect bottle that mimics the human breast as closely as possible – such as Philips Avent bottles. Does your baby know the difference between breast and bottle? Most babies understand the difference between a breast and bottle quite easily, as the texture, taste, feeling and suckling technique are very different for both methods. In fact, if you suspect you have a nipple confused baby, it may simply be that they prefer one method over the other. Feeding from a bottle requires much less effort than breastfeeding, since they can suck with their lips and gravity allows them to get all the milk they want right away. While breastfeeding, babies must learn the tricky technique of taking a nipple far back into their mouth and using their tongue to pump the milk, which can take more than a minute to begin. However, many babies prefer breast feeding due to the comfort, safety and closeness to mom. It is very possible and likely then that your baby does not actually have nipple confusion, but simply prefers one nipple over the other. Nipple confusion and feeding problems Whether your baby simply has a preference for one feeding method over the other, or actually cannot tell the difference between the two, nipple confusion can lead to feeding problems for a variety of reasons. If your baby prefers breast feeding, they may refuse to feed from a bottle entirely. If breast feeding throughout the course of the day is not an option for any reason, this poses a serious challenge as babies, especially in earlier months, require very frequent feedings daily to meet their nutritional needs. This may lead to them being underfed and may be a severe inconvenience to mothers who cannot be around their babies 24x7 due to work or other reasons. Babies that do not get enough milk on a regular basis will show delayed growth in reaching physical and mental development milestones, therefore this is a potentially serious issue. On the other hand, if your baby prefers bottle feeding, they may not want to be breastfed, or may not be able to adjust to it. For mothers who cannot express their breastmilk manually or with the use of a pump, this may cause engorgement and severe discomfort. Babies may also end up latching and unlatching improperly. This can not only cause discomfort in the form of sore or cracked nipples, but can cause baby to swallow excessive amounts of air that leads to gas buildup and discomfort for baby. They may end up spitting up more than usual, or simply not consuming enough milk as well. How to avoid nipple confusion Avoiding nipple confusion for your baby is not a particularly complex process. By timing when you introduce the bottles, selecting the best feeding bottle to avoid nipple confusion, and following a routine, you can avoid nipple confusion. The best way to avoid nipple confusion is to wait until your baby is experienced at breast feeding with no problems, before introducing any type of feeding bottles. While this may differ for every baby, most experts agree that three weeks is the minimum time babies should be exclusively breast fed before being introduced to the bottle, and longer if they have any issues with nursing. Another way to avoid nipple confusion is to select a bottle that mimics the feeling of a human breast as closely as possible, and is designed to be interchanged with breast feeding. Philips Avent natural bottles are one such bottle that help avoid nipple confusion by providing as close to natural an experience as possible. Following a set schedule of when to breast feed and when to bottle feed may also help your baby come to terms with switching between the two methods. For example, breast feeding for the first and last feeds of the day consistently and using the bottle during the day.Read More
Solving Baby Latching Problem While Breastfeeding Why is your baby not latching? If you’re struggling with baby not latching properly, there are numerous reasons that may be causing this. Low muscle tone, nipple confusion, or a tongue tie may be preventing your baby from latching on effectively. Another common issue is baby not sucking after a proper latch, which may be causing them to underfeed. To solve the issue of improper latching, it is first very important to understand the cause of baby not latching, so that you can take appropriate action regarding it. One important thing to keep in mind is that while babies do instinctually know the breastfeeding process, and their natural suckling instincts kick in very quickly, they do still need time to adjust to the breastfeeding process. If your baby is less than a month old, be patient if they are struggling with latching and breastfeeding. It is perfectly natural for it to take a few weeks for them to become totally comfortable with the ins and outs of breastfeeding. If your issue is baby refusing breast after bottle feeding, then your baby may be suffering from nipple confusion. Nipple confusion, contrary to the name, is not necessarily when your baby cannot tell the different between a natural and an artificial nipple, but when it cannot get accustomed to the difference between the two. This is especially common when bottle feeding is introduced too early before baby has a chance to get fully accustomed to breast feeding in the first place, or when using an artificial nipple that does not mimic the human breast to a well enough degree. From a baby’s perspective, feeding from a bottle is considerably easier than feeding from a breast, which is why they often prefer it to nursing directly. If they are not fully comfortable with breastfeeding before they begin bottle feeding, it will be tough for them to make the switch back and forth. There may also be an underlying medical condition that could be preventing your child from latching on effectively. If your child was born with a low birth weight, especially in the case of premature birth, there is a chance that your baby has what is known as ‘low muscle tone’ that can lead to baby not latching, or baby not sucking. Low muscle tone refers to a birth condition where the baby’s muscles are not fully developed yet, so they struggle with common physical actions. This can include holding head upright comfortably, suckling, swallowing, or even being comfortable in a breastfeeding position. While low muscle tone is a problem that can be solved in the long term, in the short term it does make nursing much more difficult. Fortunately, there are certain nursing positions that may make it easier for a baby with low muscle tone to latch on properly. Along with low muscle tone, any birth defects that affect your baby’s palette, mouth, tongue or lips will greatly impact their ability to latch properly, and in turn to breastfeed properly. Some of these conditions are very well known, such as cleft lip or cleft palate, and can be seen readily with the naked eye. In most cases, they require minor surgery and do not leave any long-term impacts. A tongue tie is another, lesser known oral condition that can impact a baby’s ability to breastfeed effectively. Essentially, a tongue tie occurs when the frenulum (the webbing underneath the tongue that attaches it to the bottom of the mouth and jaw) is too short, or too thick, and does not allow for an effective range of motion. Since breastfeeding requires babies to use their tongues to stimulate the let down and expression process to begin, a tongue tie can greatly hamper their ability to do so. While some tongue ties are very clearly visible, only a medical professional can make the diagnosis of a tongue-tied baby. Surgical and non-surgical procedures are available to cope with the challenges of baby not latching properly due to tongue tie, so it is important to consult a medical professional at the earliest if you suspect it. If you’re struggling with lactation, specialized lactation consultations can help you with every part of the process. It is important to remember that many moms face issues with breastfeeding, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. If you’re struggling with baby not latching, do not be alarmed – there are a wealth of options and resources for you to rely on to understand your way around the process better and get on the way to healthy nursing. Top 5 nursing techniques that can help A proper latch is a crucial part of ensuring smooth feeding sessions. Without a proper latch, your baby may end up underfed or with excess gas, while you may end up with soreness and severe discomfort over time. There are numerous different breastfeeding positions that you can try to suit you and your baby’s individual needs. In addition to changing up the position, here a few different tips you can use to help your baby get a good latch if they are struggling to do so regularly. Use a breastfeeding support pillow (or any other) Using a specialty breastfeeding pillow will allow both mom and baby to relieve the pressure on their muscles while breastfeeding. This makes it easier for both you and your baby to focus on getting a good latch, instead of holding their body in position. The ease and comfort of it may help your baby get used to the process of breastfeeding sooner. If your baby has low muscle tone this may be especially useful for them. If you cannot get a specialized breastfeeding pillow, you can use a normal pillow instead – just make sure that the size is comfortable for you to hold in your lap and rest your baby on, that it is not uncomfortable for your little one, and that the material will be easy to clean. Keep your baby’s ear, shoulder and hip aligned straight Make sure your baby’s spine is oriented straight in whichever breastfeeding position you choose to go with. Having them upright on your knee or lying down on top of you may make this easier if they have low muscle tone. This makes a significant difference in latching and breastfeeding, since babies struggle to swallow effectively when their body is not aligned in a straight line. Aim your nipple towards baby’s upper lip/nose, not the middle of the mouth While the nipple has to go as far back into baby’s mouth as possible, the position of the tongue and lips around the nipple is crucial for an effective latch. Baby’s will latch on properly and be able to use their tongues to stimulate the nipple only if the angle and position of insert is high enough to let them use their tongue effectively. Lightly press the nipple against the upper lip and nose until they open up and latch on. Do not force the nipple and wiggle the mouth open – move back and try again It may seem like simply getting the nipple into baby’s mouth would be the first step to getting a good latch, but it is important for your baby to latch on themselves. Simply forcing the nipple into their mouth is not enough for them to start suckling properly as they have to position in a way where the nipple is placed far back in the mouth and they can use their tongue to stimulate the let-down reflex. It may be frustrating at first, but if your baby simply refuses to open their mouth and latch on, simple move back, wait a little while and try again. If mixing breast and bottle, set a routine and follow it One major reason for baby refusing breast after bottle feeding is that they may simply be struggling to cope with switching between the two different methods – also known as nipple confusion. One way that this problem can be fixed is by setting a routine of bottle and breastfeeding and following it. For example, breastfeeding for the first and last feeds of the day, and bottle feeding through the rest of the day. This gives baby a chance to get accustomed to both, and to get used to knowing what to expect at different times of the day. Be patient – it may take a while for both you and baby to get used to the routine, but it will make feeding time much easier in the long run. In addition to these techniques, remember that all breastfeeding positions have their own pros and cons. Every baby is different and so is every mom, so check out different positions that you can try until you find one that works for you. If you’re still struggling with breastfeeding after trying the home remedies and different positions, it may be a good idea to reach out to a lactation consultant who can help you get to the root of your problem and help you move beyond it. If you suspect a medical condition as the underlying cause, consult a medical professional at the earliest.Read More
Philips Avent - Baby colic - what you need to know Symptoms of colic – crying baby The clearest sign your baby might be suffering from colic is continuous, high-pitched crying for no obvious reason. Other signs that your baby might have colic include: More frequent crying in the late afternoon or evening, sometimes after feeding If your baby’s face goes red or your baby’s eyes roll up If your baby draws the legs to the tummy If you baby’s tummy feels hard If your baby lifts the head, or legs and passes gas If your baby’s fists become clenched No one knows for sure exactly why colic happens with babies, but the symptoms can be very distressing for mums. How to prevent colic and ease your little one’s discomfort Leave longer between feeds Encouraging a routine of three to four hourly feeds may be better than feeding the every one to two hours as usual. Breastfeeding diet If you’re breastfeeding, check your diet to see if you’re eating too many of the following foods: broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts and cabbage, chocolate, cow’s milk, onions, citrus fruits and tomatoes. These can all cause babies to be gassy or colicky. If you suspect a certain food, cut it out for a couple of days to see if there’s an effect. If you are considering cutting out any food groups long term, such as dairy foods, it’s a good idea to get advice from a healthcare professional. Burping technique Try to get the gas out of your baby’s tummy before it has a chance to move through to the bowel. If your baby is a quick feeder you may need to burp more frequently. An upright position is essential, either placing your baby on your shoulder or sitting in your lap. Try firmly patting your baby’s back to encourage the bubbles up and out. Massage A gentle tummy massage can help relax your baby’s tense muscles, and is especially effective after a warm bath. Gripe water Gripe water is an old-fashioned remedy. While there is no good evidence that it works, some mothers do use it when their baby has a problem. It warms and relaxes the tummy and has an antacid effect too. Gripe water is usually recommended for babies older than one month, but always remember to check the label before use. A more comfortable position Certain positions are soothing for a colicky baby, especially on the tummy. Lay your baby face down over your arm, head resting in the crook of your elbow with your hand between your baby’s legs. You could also try lying your little one face down on your lap, head turned to the side, while gently moving your own legs side to side. Remember once asleep you should make sure your baby is lying face-up. Movement A swing or vibrating chair can be a lifesaver if your baby is very unhappy in the evenings. Anti-colic bottles If you are bottle feeding, either fully or just occasionally, choose a bottle with an anti-colic valve which has been clinically proven to reduce colic and its symptoms. Be sure to have the correct flow of teat for your baby, and to always have the teat full of milk so your baby isn’t sucking in air. Soothers Try a soother when your baby is difficult to comfort. If your baby does have a pain, suckling will help. Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips Avent cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.Read More
Top Foods To Increase Breast Milk Supply After giving birth, a lot of mothers worry about their breast milk supply. It’s a common insecurity for mothers to think that their baby isn’t getting the necessary amount of milk that is required for normal growth. The best way to increase breast milk is to continue nursing the baby. The emptying of milk signals the body to produce more of it. If you are waiting for longer in between feedings in the hope of increasing milk supply, you’re doing it wrong. It is a counter-productive measure and will actually lead to your body producing less milk. Simply put, the emptier your breasts are, the faster they will refill. However, breast milk supply may depend a lot on your diet and nutrition. You can consider adding more galactagogues to your daily intake of food. A galactagogue is any herb, food, or supplement that aids in the supply and ejection of breast milk. Here are a few: Oatmeal A perfect start to this list and a perfect start to your day! We all know that oatmeal helps with controlling cholesterol and lowering the risk of diabetes. It is also an excellent source of fiber. But did you know it can also help in increasing breast milk? In addition to all of these health benefits, oats also increase the levels of prolactin in the body. This leads to a direct increase in the supply of breast milk. Ginger Traditionally, ginger root has been used to promote lactation in many cultures. While they are an excellent cure for morning sickness and digestive issues, they can also help in aiding increasing breast milk supply. Grate some ginger over your tea, salad, or in your baking to derive all the benefits of this super root. Nuts Being a new mom might be driving you nuts! But you can rely on nuts to increase breast milk supply with just a handful a day. They’re excellent sources of fats and antioxidants, especially cashews, almonds, and macadamia nuts. Just make sure you get raw nuts as most commercially available nuts are oiled and salted. Always opt for sodium-free nuts whenever possible. Carrots Yes, mashed carrots make an excellent baby food. But they also make a great galactagogue! Apart from healthy carbs and potassium, carrots are full of beta-carotene and Vitamin A, which are beneficial to lactation. Snacking on carrots will also help you get rid of some of that baby weight. Add carrots in any form to your daily diet and watch your milk supply go up! Fennel Commonly known as saunf in India, Fennel is an herb that is full of healthy phytoestrogens (plant-based compounds that mimic estrogen in the body), whether you consume it raw or as a seed. Fennel is also known for aiding digestion and reducing instances of gas and colic in the baby. Sesame and flaxseed You might appreciate them as a topping on burger buns, but that won’t be enough! They are a substantial non-dairy source of calcium, protein, and healthy fatty acids; all vital for your baby’s growth. They also have a lot of phytoestrogen and other nutrients that promote lactation. Try adding a handful into your daily cooking whether it is rice, chutney, or even ladoos! Fenugreek It’s a common practice to ask your local grocer to add some methi to your purchase. But next time, you can throw in some fenugreek seeds as well. Fenugreek (both seeds and leaves) have been used for generation across the world to increase breast milk production. While the leaves are rich in nutrients like beta-carotene, Vitamin B, iron and calcium, the seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids (which are necessary for your baby’s brain development). Fenugreek seeds can be added to tea while brewing or mixed in when preparing roti or puri. Garlic Adding garlic to your food can add another layer of deliciousness, as well as bolster your immune system with its curative properties. While it certainly can help in increasing milk supply, just be wary of consuming too much as it could affect the taste of breast milk. Most babies do not like the taste of garlic. Leafy green vegetables Vegetables like mustard greens, spinach, and kale are high in iron, calcium, and folate. This makes it a great choice for both moms and babies as the plenty of vitamins and nutrients help in increasing breast milk supply while also fulfilling the baby’s growth requirements. Try having at least one portion of leafy green vegetables every day. Basil You might know it as tulsi, but basil has been used for generations to promote lactation in new mothers. In addition to its milk boosting qualities, it also aids in regulating bowel movements and promoting a good appetite. Try adding some basil to your daily cup of tea so that even you can take advantage of its calming effects. Frequently Asked Questions About Foods Related To Breast Milk What else can I do to increase breast milk supply? Increase skin-to-skin contact – This releases prolactin and stimulates oxytocin, the two hormones that are responsible for milk production. Breast compression – Gently squeezing the breast as you nurse so that your milk glands are encouraged to let down more milk. Similar to milking a cow. Comfortable Positioning while nursing – Maybe your back isn’t supported, or your setting isn’t ideal. Make sure you are in a comfortable setting, both mentally and physically. Feed your child frequently – Regular pumping or nursing sessions encourage the breasts to produce more milk. What are some bad habits that I should avoid when breast feeding? Wearing bras, tops, or slings that are too tight for your breasts Using certain allergy medications Drinking too much alcohol or smoking cigarettes Not giving your baby enough time to nurse Taking herbs without consulting a doctor first Well, what about alcohol? Not drinking alcohol is the safest option. But if you do choose to partake in it, alcohol is something you have to be careful with. You can enjoy a drink once in a while if you are following certain conditions. The best time to enjoy alcohol is during your last feed. You may choose to sip a glass of wine while simultaneously feeding your child before they go off to sleep. This gives your body more than enough time to metabolize the alcohol. Just make sure you wait at least two hours before feeding your baby so that it doesn’t show up in breast milk. Are there any foods that I should avoid? Yes, there are plenty. Avoid foods high in mercury levels. This includes certain types of fish like king mackerel, swordfish, and tuna. High mercury levels are detrimental to the baby’s growth. Caffeine should be moderated. No more than 2 cups of coffee or 4 cups of tea per day. Spicy foods should also be steered clear from as baby’s don’t respond well to spices. For them, it tastes bad and can upset their weak digestive system.Read More
Why You Should Use a Baby Bottle Sterilizer A baby’s immune system is not yet fully developed, and babies are more susceptible to infection and illness than an older child or adult. Give your baby’s delicate digestive tract and immune system a helping hand by keeping harmful bacteria from being transmitted at feeding time with a bottle sterilizer. It is important to sterilize all equipment until your baby is 12 months old, allowing your little one to gradually develop immunity. There are also a lot of benefits to continue using a baby bottle sterilizer as long as your baby is using a bottle. The milk bottle sterilizer can eliminate any traces of bacteria and build-up that may otherwise taint your child’s formula or breastmilk. When to Sterilize Baby Bottles Sterilizing baby bottles is an added step beyond traditional cleaning that provides extra protection against germs. An electric or steam steriliser or sterilizer is a quick and easy way to ensure your baby’s feeding bottles are squeaky clean, and free from germs and bacteria. These are some of the most common sicknesses that a feeding bottle sterilizer and dryer help eliminate: Food poisoning Diarrhea Hepatitis A Vomiting Rotavirus Stomach Flu When you first buy bottles, it is important to sterilize them at least one time. After all, you do not know where that bottle was before it was packaged and sold to you, so an initial sterilization is a quick, easy way to ensure baby’s health and safety. There are several instances when you might want to sterilize baby’s bottle including: If you are using borrowed or second-hand bottles. With all the gear and supplies that babies require, some moms hit up consignment shops or borrow baby bottles from a friend. In these cases, it is critical to sterilize pre-used bottles before giving it to your child for the first time. The same goes for bottles that have been used for older siblings in your own home. If baby has been sick. You always want to keep your baby healthy, so the last thing you want to do is risk re-infecting them by using unclean bottles. If you are concerned about any germs or bacteria on your child’s bottles, sterilizing them will certainly put your mind at ease. If baby was premature or has health issues. Sterilization is particularly important if baby was born prematurely or has a weakened immune system. How Often to Sterilize Baby Bottles Parents should clean their baby’s bottles immediately after every feeding to prevent a build-up of germs and bacteria. After washing your hands, thoroughly scrub bottle parts in warm, soapy water with a bottle brush, then let them air dry. There is a difference between cleaning and sterilizing baby bottles. Cleaning uses soap and water to physically remove germs from the bottle. Sterilizing is an extra step to kill more germs on items that have been cleaned. Sterilizing feeding items provides more protection against all infections. Bottles should be cleaned after every feeding. If your baby does not finish drinking a bottle within 2 hours, throw away the unfinished formula. Germs can grow quickly if breast milk or formula is added to a partially used bottle, or if a used bottle is only rinsed, rather than cleaned. If your baby is less than 3 months old, was born prematurely, or has a weakened immune system due to illness or medical treatment, sterilizing feeding items daily (or after each use) is particularly important. If your baby is on formula milk, it is also a good idea to sterilize the feeding scoop that comes with it. You can wash and sterilize it along with your baby's bottles. Sterilization of feeding items after every use may not be necessary for older, healthy babies, if those items are cleaned carefully and properly after each use. It is important to sterilize all your baby's feeding equipment, including bottles and teats, until they are at least 12 months old. This will protect your baby against infections, such as diarrhea and vomiting. Before sterilizing, you need to Clean bottles, teats and other feeding equipment in hot, soapy water as soon as possible after feeds. Use a clean bottle brush to clean bottles (only use this brush for cleaning bottles), and a small teat brush to clean the inside of teats. You can also turn teats inside out then wash them in hot soapy water. Do not use salt to clean teats, as this can be dangerous for your baby. You can put your baby's feeding equipment in the dishwasher to clean it if you prefer. Putting feeding equipment through the dishwasher will clean it but it does not sterilize it. Make sure bottles, lids and teats are facing downwards. You may prefer to wash teats separately by hand to make sure they are completely clean. Rinse all your equipment in clean, cold running water before sterilizing. The most common methods of sterilization include: Cold water method: You can use cold water to sterilize baby bottles, with special sterilization tablets to make it happen. These tablets only support one-time sterilization you need to keep buying more every time you need to sterilize your baby’s bottles. It also is rather time-consuming, since you will need to leave items submerged in water for at least half an hour. Then you will need to have cooled, boiled water ready to rinse away the solution before using the bottle for feeding. Boiling: Some parents boil their baby bottles, but again, you will need to first ensure that bottles are BPA-free. To sanitize bottles, you will need a large pot that is only used for bottle sterilizing. Fill it with enough water to submerge bottles and nipples. Then, boil with a lid on for at least 10 minutes. Do not remove the lid until you are ready to use the bottles. Baby Bottle Sterilizer: A steam steriliser or milk bottle sterilizer is a go-to option for many parents, thanks to its quick and convenient operation. The best bottle sterilizers can eliminate up to 99.99% of bacteria using no chemicals, soaps, or any other substances – just steam. This natural cleaning method is safe and efficient. Most of the best bottle sterilizers automatically dry the items inside and can be used to multi-task. You can also use it to sterilize pacifiers, toys and breast pump part along with feeding bottles. The drying function lets you avoid contaminating your bottle on bacteria-laden drying racks. When to stop sterilizing baby bottles It is important to sterilize all your baby's feeding equipment, including bottles and teats, until they are at least 12 months old. Babies are vulnerable to the germs that cause diarrhea and vomiting. These germs can develop very easily in milk. Bottles and teats have nooks and corners that milk can collect in. Washing the feeding bottles might not completely take away all germs stuck on it. Sterilizing is the only way to ensure your baby's bottles are free from harmful bacteria. Once your baby is six months old and has started solids, encourage your baby to use a cup, or a sipper for milk. Cups are better for your baby's teeth than feeding bottles. They also do not need to be sterilized, because they are easier to clean. You can stop sterilizing only once your baby is of at least 12 months of age and does not require milk bottles for feeding at all and has transitioned to using sippers and eating solid food. Bacteria do not breed as easily in your baby's solid food compared to milk. However, make sure to wash all your baby's cups, sippers, bowls, plates, and spoons in clean, hot, soapy water to ensure they are clean and safe to use. You may also choose to sterilize these utensils from time to time if your baby is less than 12 months old. Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.Read More
When Can My Baby Start Drinking Water? By now you probably know about the important part breast milk plays in the first one year of a newborn’s life. But what might be unclear is when to start giving baby water. Even though, water is the most essential liquid on earth, babies do just fine without it – at least for the first six months. Water should only be given to baby when they start solid foods. All the hydration they need before solid foods will come from breast milk. Giving baby water before this milestone could be detrimental to their health, as they may end up eating less – and losing weight. It also interferes with their growth as they won’t be getting the essential nutrients that they normally get from breast milk, since they will substitute it with water. When can babies drink water? When to introduce water to baby is an important topic of discussion that new mothers should be well-versed and knowledgeable about. Babies can only start drinking water when they start solid foods. This usually comes around the six-month mark. Before six months, breast milk is all a newborn baby needs to stay hydrated. However, once solid foods are started, you can serve water in small portions. Make sure to first boil the water, then let it cool down, before giving it to baby. The reason babies can’t drink water before starting solid foods is that breast milk provides all the hydration they need. There are also some risks associated with starting water too early. These are Decreased milk supply – If you give your baby water, they will end up feeding less, and this will reduce the amount of milk produced in the breasts. Increasing milk supply after this would prove to be an ordeal so therefore it is best if it can be avoided by not giving the baby water when it isn’t required. Chemical imbalances – Water intoxication might sound absurd, but it’s a real thing. It occurs when electrolytes like sodium get diluted in the baby’s bloodstream. This can severely impact baby, resulting in lower body temperature and potentially seizures. In order to maintain a chemical balance, don’t let your baby drink water unnecessarily. Weight gain deficiency – If baby is drinking water, along with breast milk, they won’t get the calories needed to put on weight. This is because as they drink water, it fills them up and they consume less breast milk. Make sure to start baby on water only when they start consuming solid foods. Lack of nutrients – Babies who consume water will miss out on the important life-giving nutrients of breast milk, as they consume less of it. This will be detrimental to their overall physical and mental growing capacity. It is best to not give water to babies who haven’t started solid foods yet, as you wouldn’t want them to drink water at the expense of breast milk – the most important food they will eat in their entire life. Because of these reasons, it is best to not give your baby any water before they start solid foods. Once they start solid foods, a little bit of water will help them avoid constipation as their bodies get used to digesting new substances. If it’s hot and you are afraid baby might be dehydrated, just drink more water yourself, and this will automatically show up in the breast milk your baby will drink, keeping them nourished and healthy. Look out for signs of dehydration in your baby such as fussiness, lesser diapers than usual, cracked lips, dark yellow urine, cold hands and feet, and irregular sleepiness. If these occur, increase the frequency of your feeds so that baby can get rehydrated. How much water can my baby drink? Now that we have covered when to give baby water, it is time to talk about the quantity of water that can be served to babies. Once baby starts eating solid foods, a little sip of water here and there can accompany the eating experience. This helps them digest the food better and avoid constipation. Ideally, you can start baby off with 150ml of water (half a cup) a day. This is enough water for baby, as long as they are still breastfeeding. Once your child is 12 months of age, you can slowly start giving them more water. This is also the age they will start eating more solid foods and less breast milk. You may have established a regular eating routine, and baby will need at least 250 ml of water a day to maintain hydration and proper bowel movements. A child between the ages of 1 and 3 needs around 1.3 liters of water a day (including 350 ml of milk). The best way to check if baby is getting enough water is to check urine. Healthy urine should be colorless or light-colored, not dark. In order to maintain the amount of water consumed, keep a bottle of water close to your toddler so they can access it whenever they feel thirsty. Otherwise, they might forget while playing. Benefits of giving your baby water Drinking water has the same benefits for us as it does for babies. A few of these benefits are listed down below Transports nutrients and oxygen to cells – Water enters the blood and helps transport nutrients and oxygen to cells in the body, while carrying away any waste that may be left over. Maintains blood volume – In order to maintain blood volume, kidneys regulate the amount of sodium and water present in urine. By drinking water, it is easier for kidneys to filter out waste and extra fluids from the body. Keeps tissues and joints lubricated – The synovial fluid that keeps joints lubricated is made up of water. This fluid reduces the friction between joints, which is especially important to do in a delicate, growing baby. Eliminates need for any other liquid – Your baby will not need fruit juice until one year of age. Even then, limit fruit juice to small amounts as it adds extra calories, and leads to tooth decay and diarrhea. Helps relieve constipation – Once babies start on solid foods; their digestive systems will need some help in processing the bulkier poop that is going to be made. Water acts efficiently by rehydrating the colon, and making sure stool is soft and easy to pass. Aids in digestion – Digestion starts with saliva, which is essentially water. Enzymes found in saliva help break down food, and proper digestion makes minerals and nutrients more accessible to the body. It also helps with digesting soluble fiber. Fiber dissolves easier when lubricated with water, making soft stools that pass easier. Helps remove waste – The kidneys, liver, and intestines use water to excrete waste efficiently. This happens in the form of perspiration, defecation, and urination. Water acts as a solvent, by flushing out toxins, while organs retain essential nutrients and electrolytes. Dehydration can result in hard and lumpy stools, in addition to constipation. Therefore, it is essential to stay hydrated. When to give gripe water to breastfed baby Your baby might experience stomach discomfort from time to time. This might lead to colic, as baby will cry due to the gassiness in their tummy. Gripe water is an herbal remedy and consists of water mixed with herbs that aid in digestion such as fennel, ginger, chamomile, and cinnamon. Gripe water also helps with teething pains and hiccups. Teething pains cause baby to swallow excess air which in turn lead to Hiccups result when the diaphragm is irritated due to indigestion, flatulence, or acid reflux, and spasms, causing the hiccupping sound. Gripe water soothes the diaphragm and provides relief from hiccups. Several manufacturers may claim that gripe water can be given as early as two weeks. However, it is better to stay safe and wait for at least a month, as the digestive tract of a baby is still sensitive and developing at that point. Better yet, consult your pediatrician before giving gripe water to your baby. Furthermore, always ensure that you buy gripe water made specifically for babies, as the ingredients vary from formula to formula. Potential side effects of using gripe water Before starting your baby on gripe water, you should know about the risks associated with it. It may cause an allergic reaction in your baby It may introduce bacteria into the digestive system If given soon, it might interfere with milk supply Alternatives to gripe water There are other ways to soothe baby if you do not want to give them gripe water. These are, but not limited to: White noise – It mimics the atmosphere of the womb. Swaddling the baby – Make them feel comfortable and protected. Rubbing baby’s belly in gentle, circular motions – This action, along with some gentle pressure, helps them release gas while also comforting them. Distracting the baby – Takes their mind off of the discomfort they are facing. Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.Read More
Choosing Safe Milk Bottles, Pacifiers, and Sippy Cup When it comes to choosing baby products today, parents have a variety of options present in the market. Selecting products for your baby can be confusing, especially with all the new products and different varieties available in the market. But one major consideration must never be compromised when choosing baby products, whether you are buying, borrowing, or accepting a hand-me-down: your little one's safety. Always look at ingredients for baby products, whether you are buying utensils, like bottles or pacifiers, toys and especially soaps and lotions for your little one. Some products may contain chemicals that can ham your little one, like BPA and BPS – which are found in most plastics and silicon-based products. This article gives you a few pointers to keep in mind when you are buying baby milk bottles, pacifiers or sippy cups for your little one. Apart from this, you should always consult your pediatrician and consider their opinion when buying baby products. Baby Bottle While there is no doubt that breastfeeding is the best way to nurture a child, moms often opt for bottles due to various reasons. Whether you are pumping your own breast milk or feeding your baby formula, a bottle becomes a necessary baby care product to have. Here are some factors you need to consider when choosing the right bottle for your baby. The most important factor when it comes to choosing a baby bottle is whether your little one will take to them. Both you and your baby must be comfortable with the type of bottle you choose to use. Glass vs Plastic BottlesTraditionally, baby bottles are made of glass. They work well because they are chemical-free and last longer. However, they are more expensive and there is a danger of breakage. Plastic bottles do not break, but they do deteriorate and need to be frequently replaced. Look out for chipped or cracked bottles. Another factor to consider with plastic bottles is the chemicals present in them You should always choose bottles that are free from harmful chemicals like BPA and BPS. Natural Feeding BottlesTraditionally, baby bottles are made of glass. They work well because they are chemical-free and last longer. However, they are more expensive and there is a danger of breakage. Plastic bottles do not break, but they do deteriorate and need to be frequently replaced. Look out for chipped or cracked bottles. Another factor to consider with plastic bottles is the chemicals present in them You should always choose bottles that are free from harmful chemicals like BPA and BPS.One thing to keep in mind is to use the bottles of the same brand as your breast pump, so that you can express milk straight into it. Philips Avent has a range of breast pumps and bottles that work perfectly together so you can experience hassle-free expression and feeding. Anti-Colic BottlesColic is a temporary phase of inconsolable crying in healthy babies that tends to happen from 2 weeks to around 3-4 months of age. One of the things that can aggravate colic is an immature digestive system, and air in the tummy. This is particularly important to keep in mind if you are bottle feeding because bottle-fed babies can experience colic a little earlier than breastfed babies. This happens because excess air can accidentally sneak in as your baby suckles on the nipple, causing discomfort. Anti-colic bottles are designed with a unique valve into the teat that flexes as your baby feeds to prevent vacuum build up, and vents air towards the back of the bottle. It keeps air in the bottle and away from baby’s tummy to help reduce gas, spit-up and burping. This type of anti-colic baby milk bottle helps reduce symptoms by using a baby bottle that is especially designed to reduce colic. Here is a chart for bottle sizes labelled according to your baby’s age: 0m: 2 oz/60 ml Newborn: 4 oz/125 ml 1m+: 9 oz/260 ml 6m+: 11 oz/330 ml If the bottle size determines the quantity of milk, the nipple determines how quickly the milk comes out. Just like size of the bottle, the flow of the teat increases with your baby’s age, but keep in mind that every baby develops at their own rate. The flow rates can be identified by the number on the base of the nipples, though this varies from brand to brand. 0m: First flow (number 0) 0m+: Newborn flow (number 1) 1m+: Slow flow (number 2) 3m+: Medium flow (number 3) 6m+: Fast flow (number 4) You can start to use a sipper to feed your baby after 6 months of age, or as soon as they learn to sit upright without support. Sippers help your baby transition away from using baby milk bottles and are better for their teeth and gums. They can also improve hand-to-mouth coordination. When your baby has the motor skills to handle a cup but not the skills to keep the drink from spilling, a sippy cup can give him some independence. When choosing a sippy cup, it is best to opt for plastic cups free from harmful chemicals like BPA, which can leech into the fluids in the cup. Most parents start their children on cups that have a soft spout because it is the closest thing to a nipple and babies quickly learn how to use it. Your baby may prefer to use a sippy cup with a grip or handle, and with enough practice they will be able to drink from it on their own! Baby Pacifiers A pacifier is usually a silicone nipple given to an infant or young child to suck upon. A pacifier’s primary purpose comes down to the fact that newborns are born with an instinct to suck. Whether they are bored, tired, or needing comfort, this sucking instinct is separate from their need to eat. Some babies prefer to suck on their thumbs or fingers, and others prefer pacifiers. A pacifier provides a very calming, soothing effect on your baby. Pacifiers have the following uses: Help your baby fall asleep Calm your frightened baby Aid in digestionThere are a variety of pacifiers available in the market today, including ones that have plush toys attached! To narrow down your search for the best pacifier you will need to consider your baby’s age, skin sensitivity and preference. It is important to make sure your baby’s pacifier is kept clean through frequent washing and sterilization and ensure that you choose a pacifier free from harmful chemicals such as BPA, BPS and Latex. How to Choose Safe Baby Products When it comes to choosing the right product for your baby, you need to ensure they are safe and free from harmful chemicals. Every day scientists uncover new information about the chemicals we are exposed to and their potential links to illness. Many of these substances are currently under review by government agencies and academics. Others are in the process of being banned or restricted. Here are some substances to avoid. BPA and BPS plastic:BPA is an industrial chemical that is added to some plastics to create strong, impact-resistant products. BPS is a similar chemical that is used in place of BPA but has similar effects.Over a thousand studies have linked BPA exposure to a host of illnesses and conditions. Recent studies show BPA is more harmful to developing fetuses and children and is most commonly absorbed through the skin and mouth. PhthalatesFrom baby dolls to plastic slides, choosing your baby’s toys is important for development. But many children’s items contain phthalates that can be harmful if ingested, possibly resulting in reproductive and developmental issues. Latex and Sulphur:Babies are very delicate and certain products will easily leave them with allergies. The most common products that many babies are allergic to are, products made from Latex and Sulphur. Latex is a synthetic material that originates from the tree. It is the source of rubber that we use to make many products including baby bottles/ erasers. Sulphur is used in a number of rubber and plastic to make them more durable. Please be aware that the information given in these articles is only intended as general advice and should in no way be taken as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you or your family or your child is suffering from symptoms or conditions which are severe or persistent or you need specific medical advice, please seek professional medical assistance. Philips AVENT cannot be held responsible for any damages that result from the use of the information provided on this website.Read More
How to do armpit hair removal like a pro 2 min read Your armpits are a delicate area of your body, and they have to cope with a lot. Busy daily schedules, running from one activity to the next, strong deodorants, tight outfits and more make your armpits work up a sweat, both literally and figuratively. Armpit hair removal, therefore, should be as gentle as possible. Whether you’re sporting shaved ’pits, epilating or even waxing armpit hair, there’s a depilation method – a way to remove hair, that is – for everyone. Have a look at our tips and ideas for finding the best way to remove armpit hair for women who want to take care of their underarm skin while removing the hair. Shaving armpit hair without irritation Almost everyone has used a manual razor at some point, but few have completely avoided experiencing shaving-related irritation afterwards. The exposed blades can easily lead to cuts in uneven areas like your underarms. The answer? Using an electric shaver for comfort as well as perfectly shaved ’pits. The Philips SatinShave Essential Wet & Dry electric shaver has a small shaving head that’s perfect for accessing uneven areas, like underarms, and shaves quickly while protecting your skin. Plus, it’s made with hypoallergenic foil that prevents irritations and rashes. Top tips for shaving armpit hair: Make sure your shaver is always in full contact with the skin to ensure your shave is perfectly smooth. Shave on wet skin to avoid nicks and irritation. The SatinShave Essential Wet & Dry electric shaver is cordless and designed with an anti-slip grip, so you can use it easily in the bath or the shower. A clean shave usually lasts a couple of days. Taking a shower right before shaving and exfoliating your skin regularly are good tips for a long-lasting shave. Bleaching at home. If you want to whiten your teeth yourself, you will find various bleaching strips, bleaching gels and bleaching powders as well as LED bleaching lamps in the trade. In order to be safe for layman, these treatments are less dosed. The brightening effect is therefore often less pronounced than with a professional treatment. When you’re shaving armpit hair, raise your arm with your hand behind your head so that the skin on your underarm is pulled taut. Move the shaver slowly against the hair growth for a close, smooth shave. See more below ↓ Is an armpit wax worth the pain? When you look for advice on removing armpit hair, women are often encouraged to try waxing their underarms. It’s true that when hair is pulled from the root, the results last longer and often look smoother than the results of shaving. However, waxing your underarms is harsh to your skin, especially delicate armpit skin, and the process is very uncomfortable. Waxing can also lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (skin discolouration) if the outer layer of skin comes off in the process. To remove hair from the root with a gentler and less painful method, try epilating. The Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry epilator is built with an ergonomic S-shaped handle so it’s easy to manoeuvre around uneven areas like the armpits. Use the specialised delicate area cap for an extra-gentle treatment on your underarms. Epilating: armpit hair removal tips You can use the Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry epilator in the shower or the bath, to be as gentle as possible on your skin and fit armpit hair removal easily into your bathroom routine. Use the trimmer attachment of the Satinelle Advanced epilator before epilating to trim long hairs to a maximum length of 4mm. Epilating is more comfortable when the hairs are shorter. As with shaving armpit hair, raise your arm while you epilate and move the epilator against the direction of hair growth. Discover beauty Whether you're looking for haircare or hair removal, Philips has the right beauty tools and tips for you. View allRead More
Epilation made easy: how to epilate correctly 2 min read We’ve all been there: you give yourself a beautifully smooth shave, but then by the next day you’re already seeing the first hairs start to grow back. Epilation can be a solution to your problem here, as this method removes the hair from the root. Knowing how to epilate correctly allows you to enjoy weeks of smooth skin, perfect for a pre-summer treatment. To make epilating as comfortable as possible, take a read of our best epilation tips and tricks, to learn how to use an epilator for your best hair removal experience ever! What is epilation? Epilation is a method of hair removal that pulls out the hairs along with the root, like waxing. Unlike waxing, however, when you know how to epilate correctly it doesn’t have to be a painful process. You can also do it anytime, anywhere, and without the mess of waxing. An electric epilator is made with a textured surface of rotating discs that grip the hairs and pull them out, along with the roots. It’s important to choose an epilator that rotates quickly to make the process as quick and comfortable as possible. The Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry epilator is designed with faster disc rotation than ever – 2200 RPM – for the fastest and easiest hair removal. Thanks to the disc rotating at this speed, it’s more effective in uprooting the follicle and avoids breaking the hairs and taking forever, which are common effects of using a slower epilator. Depending on how quickly your hair grows, you can enjoy two to three weeks of smooth skin between epilating. As epilation takes the root with the hair, the regrowth is also usually finer and softer. See more below ↓ A guide to epilation: tips and tricks Preparation is everything Before you start to epilate, take a look at how long your hairs are. Epilating works best when the hairs being removed are no longer than 5mm. The shorter the hairs, the less painful the epilation. Epilating with the Philips Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry epilator makes it possible to extract hairs at 4x shorter than waxing, for a more comfortable experience. Plus, it comes with a trimming comb attachment so you can prepare yourself for easy epilation without the hassle. Once you’ve trimmed the hair to the optimum length, don’t forget to exfoliate before epilating. Removing dead skin cells helps reduce the risk of ingrown hairs when your hair starts to grow back. The same goes for removing facial hair with epilation: use an exfoliating scrub and ensure your face is clean and free of skincare products and make-up before you begin. How to use an epilator for the best results Knowing how to epilate correctly couldn’t be simpler with the Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry epilator. First, choose the right attachment. If you’re looking for how to epilate your face, bikini area or underarms, this epilator includes a specialised cap for the facial area and one for delicate areas like the bikini line and armpits. Position your epilator onto the surface of the skin at a 75˚ angle, and slowly move it against the direction of hair growth to remove the hairs. Epilation is much more comfortable when the skin is taut, so stretch the skin you’re working on to tighten it. The Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry epilator includes a skin stretcher cap to do this work for you! Plus, the Opti-light function helps you target and remove hairs even in hard-to-reach areas. Epilation aftercare: keeping your skin soft and smooth Treat your newly smooth skin to the care it deserves after epilating. Gentle exfoliation will clear the surface of the skin again to prevent any ingrown hairs. Then, apply your favourite moisturiser to get your skin super-soft and glowing. With these epilation tips and tricks, it couldn’t be easier to learn how to epilate your face, body and delicate areas to get weeks of soft, smooth skin. The right methods and technology make this experience quick, easy and comfortable! Discover beauty Whether you're looking for haircare or hair removal, Philips has the right beauty tools and tips for you. View allRead More