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Sterilization of Baby Bottles

Do You Sterilize Your Newborn Feeding Equipment?

How clean is clean enough? We wash our baby's clothes in special detergents, sanitize their toys with kid-friendly cleaning supplies and try our best to keep their nurseries free from outside germs. When it comes to cleaning baby bottles and pump equipment many mamas opt for a double cleaning – first washing the items in warm soapy water and then sterilizing them in either the dishwasher or special sterilizing machines. According to WebMD current water supplies are cleaner than previous generations experienced, making the sterilization process (after the first use) unnecessary. The American Academy of Family Physicians agrees.

Do you sterilize your newborn feeding equipment after each use?

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Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
When I would babysit my cousin's twins I would just sterilize every few days or when all the bottles were dirty. We stopped after about....9 months?
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
We sterilize before each use and will do so for the first few months. After that, we will just be doing a good washing.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I breastfeed and pump about twice a week, so sterilizing is very manageble. I also boil her pacifier once a day.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
which is exactly what i said...I sterilized in the early stages when she was eating every 1 1/2 - 2 hours, and I did bottles once a night. Once she was only having 2 or 3 bottles a day, I washed them after each use and didn't sterilize anymore. If they're sitting there, like after a night feeding, or being done once a day or every other day, you really need to make sure they are being cleaned well.
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
lol, if sterilizing wasn't realistic then thousands upon thousands of people wouldn't be able to manage it... I can't say it was fun during the sleep deprived months, but it's manageable, espeically if you have a sterlizing unit. I sterilized the bottles after each use up until 9 months. I had enough of the vent air bottles to last 1 day in the beggining months, and then 2 days later on. I would just stack them up until they ran out, wash them, then boil them. After she hit 9 months, I just washed them since they came apart in 6 million pieces, and left it at that. Powdered formula isn't sterile and if you don't wash the bottles immediatly after use things can build up and stick to small areas, so its a good idea to make sure you get them as clean as possible for infants.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I sterilized bottles up until about a year. Every day, every feeding!
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 7 years
Maybe we are a bit overcautious, but we sterilize our bottles and pumping equipment every day.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 7 years
I have. But I dont anymore. Im realistic.
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