Proper Ways To Sterilise Baby Bottles

Sterilizing your baby bottles is easy to do, and is a critical part of keeping your baby healthy.

Even a new package of bottles should be sterilized before you use them. Bacteria can rapidly grow on the surface and inside of the bottle, especially if the water used in feeding the baby is from a well or cistern.

There are different ways to sterilize your baby bottles; the most common is boiling. First, wash the bottles in hot, soapy water, rinsing well afterward. Place a pot of water on the stove or other heat source and bring it to a boil. Drop all parts of the bottles – nipples, rings, bottles, and caps – into the water and let them boil for at least ten minutes. With a set of tongs, pull the items out of the water and set them on a towel or dish rack to dry. A disadvantage to sterilizing in this way is that the nipples will need replaced often; they will become sticky after a few boils.

A steam sterilizer can also be used on the bottles. Place the steamer on a flat surface and fill it with water as directed by the manufacturer and turn it on. Once the steam begins, place the bottles on the rack as instructed.

Tablets are available for a method called cold sterilization. Dissolve the tablets in a pot of cold water, then drop the bottle parts in. After 30 minutes, dry the parts and they will be ready for use.

Special fixtures for microwaves can be purchased, allowing you to use it for sterilization. Make sure that your bottles are safe to use in the microwave and that your microwave is thoroughly clean before using this method. Any foods and strong smells inside will penetrate the material of the nipples and can upset the delicate stomach of a baby.

Using these methods to sterilize your baby bottles will help support the weak immune system of your baby and keep them healthy.