A little gadget for little suckers

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For such little people, babies tend to require a fair bit of stuff and it seems babies that travel need even more. My husband and I have vivid memories of our first big road-trip with our eldest son. He was five months old and by the time we had packed the car with all his things, there was scarcely room left in the glove-box for a change of undies for us.

So when a gadget comes on the market designed to make travelling with babies easier, it’s no wonder parents are clamouring to get their hands on it. The Pipila dummy sterilizer is a clever little contraption that is powered by batteries. Dummies are sterilized by way of a UV lamp in less than six minutes, eliminating 99.9 per cent of germs and bacteria. Most standard dummies fit in the Pipila and dummy teats will retain their shape in the sterilization process. It is certainly very nifty for parents on the go with no access to a microwave or electricity or no time to fire up their  electric sterilizer.

Despite references to ‘pacifiers’ on the website, the Pipila is an Australian invention. The Pipila will be hitting the shelves of Australian pharmacies within the next couple of months – we’ll keep you posted.

Thanks to Babyology reader Mary, who discovered the Pipila whilst travelling overseas.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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