Everything you need to know about how to sterilize baby bottles

Many concerns come to mind when a newborn arrives into a family. One of them is the environment in which they’re nurtured. Parents do their best to follow a hygienic process to care for their baby whether it’s choosing the best soap to bathe them with or how to sterilize feeding bottles.

It is as important to maintain the cleanliness of a baby’s feeding essentials as it is to choose the best formula for them. Not sterilizing feeding bottles properly or regularly wouldn’t do well for the baby’s health.

An important fact to keep in mind is that sterilizing is not the same as cleaning. Cleaning involves soap and a scrubber. However, sterilizing is an additional important step in which all the parts of a feeding bottle are submerged in hot water. This way, it ensures that the feeding bottles are thoroughly safe to use for the next round of feeding.

A newborn baby’s immune system is not as strong as an adult immune system. So, they can be easily exposed to germs, infections and illnesses. That’s why it’s important to sterilize all the feeding bottles. The hot water or high temperature helps kill germs and bacteria, making the feeding bottle safe and hygienic to use. The same process also applies to other equipment like breast pumping machine and nipples.

Here are some ways on how to sterilize baby bottles:

If you’ve purchased a new baby bottle, wash it with dish soap first and let the parts sit in hot water for some time before you use it.

Cleaning a used bottle? Use a bottle cleaner or your hands to properly clean out the residual milk from the bottom and the rim of the bottle. Take time to thoroughly clean the feeding nipple. The holes in feeding nipples are the most hard-to-reach areas. It’s easily forgettable to clean that them. That’s where dried up milk gets stuck and increases the chance of contamination. So, instead of a bottle cleaner, use a scrubber and gently scrub off the residue. Don’t forget the cap, too.

The best cleaning agent to use is either a mild dishwash liquid or diluting a bit of bar soap.

Now that the cleaning part is over, you can either sterilize the bottle over a stove top or use a microwave. For the former, take a sizable utensil so that the feeding bottle parts fit easily. If you’re using a microwave, make sure the bottle material is microwave friendly. Do not keep it in the microwave for too long. A maximum of 2 to 3 minutes will suffice.

If you’re leaving them to air dry, choose a clean surface to leave them to dry. If you’re going to use them immediately, lightly pat dry the equipment with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel.

If your baby is younger than three months, then it’s ideal to sterilize the feeding bottle after every use. It can be a lengthy process sometimes, but it is what’s best for your little one. If your baby is in the toddler age group, then sterilizing may be limited to once or twice weekly as their immune system is developed. But do make sure you’re giving the bottle a thorough cleanse.

Here are all the essential do’s and don’ts we’ve shared with you to make baby feeding bottle hygiene easy and absolute for you. One last time – clean, sterilize, repeat.

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