Sterilzing Bottles

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Heidi - July 19

So what's the scoop on this these days? I read you're still supposed to sterilize them in boiling water on the stove? Why? I plan on using my dishwasher for mine but why can't you just use a clean sink of hot water and soap? I mean, we don't live in a third world country where our water is contaminated. I have city water so it's clean and I plan on rinsing bottles after each use so they don't get build up in them. Do babies really get sick that often from not having a sterilized bottle? One friend told me she just washed all hers separate in hot soapy water and never had a problem and soaked them good.


Steph - July 19

I never sterilized my daughter's bottles. When I first bought them, a run through the dishwasher and after I used them I'd run them in the dishwasher. Also, a little FYI for those of you who do not know this....when you kid's bottle disappears for a day or two and then you find it, with a bit of milk still in it....(this is regarding the kids who can walk...and hide things) put hot soapy water in along with a little bit of rice (uncooked). Let it sit for a few minutes and then shake the c___p out of it. It makes it a lot easier to clean with the bottle scrubber after the rice has loosened up some of the c___p in it....


tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - July 19

It's funny, with my first child, I was strictly by the books. I did eveything "they" said to do, including sterilizing the bottles. Now, as my 3rd one is due to arrive in a couple of months, he'll be lucky if I do anything more then spit shine his bottles. Washing them in hot soapy water or in the dishwasher is absolutely fine. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either a first time parent, paranoid, or was born 75 years ago. Relax and enjoy your baby. Common sense should be your guide. :o)


tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - July 19

Forgot to mention this.... if you want to make life even easier, get the bottles with disposable liners, like Playtex. Then all you have to wash is nipples and lids. Much much much easier, and my kids loved the Platex nurser bottles. :o)


Julie - July 19

You can use the dishwasher but I always used a sterilizer from Avent that went in the microwave for a few minutes it was really easy. I didn't like putting the bottles in the dishwasher with all the other food & c___p in there.


??? - July 19

Is clean really the same as sterillised? I don't think so.


MM - July 19

Okay i am expecting #2. With my first for the first FEW months I did ster. nipples and pacifiers. The way I did it was sooooooo easy though. Now hopefully nobody freaks out when I tell you this.... I always washed them and then to rinse them, I filled one side of the kitchen sink up with room temp water and added 1-1 1/2 teaspoons of bleach to it. Mixed it very well and rinsed off her items in that. I am sure that everyone is gasping right now but you let the item air dry and as it is doing this the bleach evaportates.


Heidi - July 19

I'll probably use the dishwasher or hot soapy water with a really hot rinse and air dry them. I just don't see how in this day and age you can get germs from water or enough to make the baby really sick for that matter. I could see back when they had wells and creek water but our water is full of chlorine and floride these days. I'd think they'd get more sick from something they touch in a public place then a freshly washed bottle.


Steph to ????? - July 19

No, sterilized is not the same as washed...but if you think that the worst thing your child is going to put in their mouth is a unsteralized bottle, then you are sorely mistaken. Dishwasher is fine, if you choose to go that route. Parents who choose to sterilize and those who don't is up to them. It does not make you a better parent either way. When kids are introduced to small amounts of germs, it helps to build up their immune systems. You have to be exposed to germs to be able for your body to fight them off. Taking care of a infant/crawler/toddler is hard enough work, sterilizing bottles was at the bottom of my list. Hot soapy water or the dishwasher in my opinion is the best way to go.


Heidi - July 19

I plan to do both hot soapy water or dishwasher if I have a full load but I'm not going to stand over the stove fishing bottles out of hot water with a pair of tongs. I remember my sister doing this and yet she smoked in the apartment. So go figure. Both her kids were fine. I guess I've never saw a news flash about a baby dying cus of an unsterilized bottle! Usually it's some loser boyfriend throwing an infant down the stairs. So I'm not going to fret over this and I'll just use common sense. Thanks girls!!! You save me a lot of water boiling!


??? to Steph - July 19

I wasn't implying that anyone was a bad parent. It was just a question.


BBK - July 20

The instructions actually say only to boil them before the first use, for about 10 minutes, therefore sterilize them. After that it's up to you. Washing them is fine, and as far as dishwasher goes, the baby stores have little baskets so you can put small things in there and not lose them. Also keep in mind that you can sterilize things then contaminate them again with a pair of non-sterile tongs or fingers :)


J - July 20

They have sterilizers you can buy to put them in the microwave that work well. I would at least do it for the first few months. Better safe than sorry is the way I look at it.


tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - July 20

Just a question, do you sterilize your nipples each time before b___stfeeding? I agree with BBK, sterlize them before their first use, but after that, hot soapy water does the trick. :o)


Julie - July 20

I sterilized everything every time. Not bragging and don't know if this had anything to do with it but my son didn't have his first cold until he was around 8 months old he never was sick and he is now 3 and has only had a few colds, 1 ear infection and only the flu a couple of times. I have friends, relatives with kids and their kids are always sick. I know I sterilized for the first 6 months? Maybe I am just a___l but I am a clean freak!


tiffani~edd 11/07/05 - July 20

Julie! There's absolutely nothing wrong with sterilizing every time. I just wanted to clue other moms in on what I wish I knew when I was expecting my first. As far as the colds are concerned, I think that has far more to do with their surroundings then whether or not their bottles are sterilized. Nevertheless, I think it's great that you're so willing to continue sterilizing. Good for you! :o)


Heidi - July 20

I think every baby is different when it comes to getting sick the first year. My mom swears up and down the only reason her son never got sick was cus she b___st fed him, but yet they both smoked in the house with him. My other sister formula fed and her kid never got sick either. Hmmmm....and she smoked in the house too. So when people tell me they won't get sick if you do this, I don't buy it cus I've heard stories on both ends. I'll just make sure to rinse them in super hot water and let them air dry. I think we'll be okay. It's my first so I'm just really concentrating on not dropping her and making sure she's breathing every five minutes!!! Poor kid will probably have sleeping issues more than anything with my being a worry wart.



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