How To Clean Baby Bottles
During the first year, bottles will become an important part of your baby’s life. Whether you’re expressing breast milk or formula feeding your little one, making sure your baby bottles are thoroughly cleaned and sterilized is crucial. It’s important to do this because babies have an immature immune system that isn’t strong enough to fight of a range of infections yet.
So to protect your baby against infections that will lead, in particular, to diarrhoea or vomiting, it’s important to sterilize your baby’s feeding equipment, bottles and nipples until they are at least one year old.
There are two main ways you can clean and sterilize your baby’s bottles. Both methods are super simple and effective - Let’s get started!
The Boiling Method
- Step 1: First make sure you wash your hands thoroughly.
- Step 2: Put all the bottles and feeding equipment into a big enough bowl and separate all parts of the bottles. Also, make sure you pull the nipple out of its screw cap.
- Step 3: Using a bottle brush, make sure you brush and clean all areas of the bottle including the screw caps. You can use an eco baby bottle cleanser or breast milk removal soap like this one by Medela.
- Step 4: Once you have cleaned and rinsed all the bottles, equipment and parts put them in a large saucepan and bring the water to a boil. Make sure all the bottles are fully submerged under the water.
- Step 5: Boil for about 5 minutes and then allow everything to cool in the saucepan.
- Step 6: Using a baby bottle drying rack, you can leave the bottles to air dry--make sure you place all the bottles and feeding equipment in a clean container and store them in the refrigerator.
The Baby Bottle Steam Sterilizer Method
- Steam sterilizers are designed to operate in a microwave. The water placed at the bottom part of the sterilizer is brought to a boiling point in the microwave, which then allows the steam to kill all the bacteria.
- Step 1: Again, first make sure your hands are washed and clean.
- Step 2: Same as with the boiling method, make sure you separate all the parts of the bottles and place them in a bowl.
- Step 3: Again, make sure you clean all the areas of the bottles and feeding equipment using a bottle brush like this cute bottle cleaning brush set and a baby bottle cleanser.
- Step 4: Once you have cleaned and rinsed all the bottles, place them in the steam sterilizer. Usually, you’ll need to add water to the bottom part of the sterilizer, however, please make sure you follow the manufacturer instructions.
- Step 5: Place the steam sterilizer in the microwave and set the time as instructed/recommended by the manufacturer.
- Step 6: Allow the bottles to cool down in the sterilizer. You can use a baby bottle drying rack to leave the bottles to air dry - Make sure you place all the bottles and feeding equipment in a clean container and store them in the refrigerator.
Now you should be able to clean and sterilize your baby bottles the right way. Always make sure you wash and dry your hands before preparing your baby’s milk as you can easily spread germs to your baby bottle and nipple with unclean hands.
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