Sterilising Baby Bottles | Introduction
Is sterilising baby bottles necessary anymore? What’s the best way about sterilising baby bottles? This page has been created to answer these questions. Firstly, we would recommend doing what your doctor says. They know best. If you elect not to sterilise, at least try sterilising baby bottles when you take them out of the pack. This will eliminate any unwanted baddies on the bottle during production. After that, the debate is on whether you need to be sterilising baby bottles every time you use them.
Now, whether or not sterilising baby bottles is necessary anymore is an interesting debate and one which has been in and out of the spotlight for decades. Some doctors say you should keep sterilising baby bottles until 6 months to be safe, and some doctors say it’s not necessary to sterilise at all anymore because the water is now good enough for babies to drink, and that modern day dishwashers and accompanying detergent does the trick well and truly. Some doctors also claim that the need for sterilising baby bottles is only being pushed by the big companies who sell baby bottle sterilisers and who have an obvious vested interest in the continued scaremongering. So, what do I do? The first thing to do is ask your doctor. After that, the choice is up to you, but I would recommend reading this short and very convincing Article by Doctor Robert Steele : CLICK HERE to see the full article.
How To Do It
If you decide on sterilising, the best way sterilising baby bottles is to boil them. Make sure you give the bottles and teats a good scrub and rinse first in hot and soapy water. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide that should get you out of trouble with boiling:
- The quickest way to boil them is put the kettle on first (make sure the water is fresh with no creatures in it), and bring it to the boil;
- While that is boiling, place a large pot on the stove with a small amount of water in the bottom and turn on the heat to high;
- Once the kettle is done, pour the water into the pot. Don’t fill it to the brim because you need to add your bottles, so leave just enough to fit them in. Always refill your kettle immediately so it’s ready to go;
- Once the water is boiling (you’ll see it bubbling) add the bottles, teats and brushes. For mimijumi bottles, take the red base off the bottom (this does not need to be sterilised). Push them down with a spatula or tongs, but tongs are better as you need them to pull them out. Make sure they are all submerged. Boil them for about 6-10 minutes (it’s best to set an alarm);
- Now turn off the boiling water, pull out the equipment and put it on a clean rack or clean cloth to dry and cool down;
- Leave a plastic tub beside your sink, rinse the bottles and then place them in the tub after each feed. Then at the end of each day wash and sterilise them all at once. Keeping them aside from other dishes helps to keep them cleaner and means less clutter and chaos in your kitchen.
- Leave your steriliser pot on the stove; it saves you hauling pots in and out of cupboards.
- Don’t leave pots filled with boiling water on the stove. Ensure you empty the pots and place them in a position on the stove where little fingers can’t reach them. Make sure they don’t overhang the edge. ALWAYS better to be safe than sorry!
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