While breastfeeding is probably the best for your baby, there will come a time where you will need to start feeding your baby with a bottle.
Feeding your baby with bottle becomes very comfortable particularly if you’re a busy woman and have a lot of chores to do around in the family. The biggest comfort of bottle feeding your baby is the fact that the baby’s feeding duties can be shared within the family members. Feeding a baby with a bottle can be an easy task, but washing and sterilizing isn’t something you would want to take lightly.
When your baby is small, she is quite vulnerable to diseases and infections as her immunity is not well developed. Several microorganisms like viruses, bacteria and fungus can deposit on the bottle and may lead to diseases. It is therefore, mandatory for you to sterilize the bottles properly and then bottle-feed your little one. To make things easier, here we’ve listed down a few tips and tricks to help you sterilize your baby’s bottle and cut down the risk of your baby being affected by different disorders.
Sterilizing Baby Bottles: The Must-Do’s
There are certain must-do’s you should keep in mind to ensure complete sterilization of your baby’s milk bottles. Here are a few ways to get started for how to sterilize baby bottles at home
1. Filtered Water:
Regular tap water can contain contaminants and tap water is basically hard water, which can leave a residual layer of salts inside the bottle and other equipment. Make sure you always use filtered water for sterilizing. Even if you are using a steam sterilizer, you should make use of filtered water to ensure complete protection.
2. Dry Separately:
Keep sterilized bottles in a separate shelf and if possible, keep them in air tight containers to avoid contamination with dust and keep it safe from insects. You can also seal them in a zip-up mesh. You must always make use of a separate cloth for drying purpose.
3. Food Grade Plastic Ware:
Always buy plastic ware of food grade quality for your baby.
4. Wash Your Hands:
Before preparing baby’s milk in a bottle, you must wash your hands with soap. Bottles ought to be washed with filtered or boiled water after sterilizing and drying them.
How To Sterilize Baby Bottles:
When discussing about how to sterilize baby bottles, knowing when and how to sterilize is very important. It is also important to clean the bottles, nipples and bottle brush well with warm soapy water before sterilization.
You can clean the bottle and its parts manually or in a dishwasher too. Place them on the top rack of the dishwasher and run it on a warm cycle. All the parts of a bottle including the lids should be washed properly to remove any traces of milk. It would be best if you wash it just after feeding your baby, so as to avoid drying of the milk. When the cleaning process is over, carefully rinse off all soap. Make sure you clean your hands too before proceeding for sterilization.
There are various methods of sterilizing baby bottles. You can choose any, according to your own comfort. The following are a few most used methods with their own advantages and disadvantages-
It is the most common method for sterilization. Knowing how to sterilize baby bottles in boiling water is very simple. Take a big deep vessel, fill water and make sure bottles and other parts are fully immersed in it. Also, make sure that any part of the bottle and its part are not touching the vessel bottom as direct heat can damage them. If you are using glass bottles, they might crack and plastic might melt and metal vessel can also get damaged. Boil them for around 10 minutes.
Preferably, bottles should be used immediately after sterilization is over as there are no chances of contamination at that time. If you are assembling them, make sure you do in a separate and covered place as to avoid contamination. The drawback with this method is that the bottle’s parts tend to get damaged faster as compared to other sterilization methods.
2. Cold Water Sterilizing:
This method uses non-toxic cold water solution. Various exclusively designed units are available in the market or you can also make use of any plastic container having cover. After taking the bottle and its equipment from the solution, it can be used directly for feeding, but you will feel more comfortable after rinsing it with cooled boiled water.
3. Steam Sterilizing:
This method uses Electric Sterilizer or a Microwave Sterilizer, which is an effortless and fast method for sterilization. You must follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to sterilize by this method.
Fill the steamer with water and put the bottle and its parts in it, close the lid and microwave for a few minutes. There is other expensive type of steam sterilizer, in which you just have to fill water and put the bottle and its parts in, plug it into an outlet. This is a very quick method of sterilization. The benefit with this method is that the bottles remain sterile for about 24 hours as long as the cover remains unopened.
Hope our post on how to sterilize feeding bottle was helpful. By following the above methods of sterilization, you can sterilize your baby’s bottles and share baby feeding duties with your family members happily