How to Sterilize Your Baby’s Bottle

Theoretically, water is safer now than it has always been because of the filtering process. In the past, mothers had to deal with many more bacteria contaminating the bottle. If you are sure the water has no bacteria in it, you may not need to sterilize the baby’s bottle, although it is still recommended to do this before the first use, if your baby was ill and after extended periods of time. Moreover, the bottle can come in contact with bacteria from the air, counters and people’s hands.

No environment is completely sterile and although you can’t control that, you can reduce the risks your baby is exposed to. Harmful bacteria can grow in milk, so it is important to sterilize all items, including bottles, nipple shields, breast pumps, pacifiers and other feeding aids. If you don’t know how to sterilize your baby’s bottle, follow these simple steps:

Step 1 – Wash the bottle
Before you sterilize, the bottle, caps, retaining rings and teats must be washed with soap and water so all traces of milk are removed. You must do this soon after a feed so the milk doesn’t dry. For the bottle you can use a clean blush. Rinse everything thoroughly. According to Miele dishwasher reviews, the heat from the washer is enough to completely clean a bottle. Miele is one of the best dishwashers for sterilizing baby bottles but it is not the only one, so explore all your options by reading several dishwasher reviews.

Step 2 – Check for damage
Check the bottles and teats carefully and throw away the ones that are cracked, badly split or scratched, because bacteria can attach to damaged surfaces and survive the sterilization.

Step 3 – Sterilization process
Fill a medium size bowl with enough boiling water so that the bottle can submerge completely. Separate the nipples from the bottles and place them in the bowl. Place all parts into the boiling water and make sure they are completely submerged. Leave them for 10 minutes so any bacteria is removed completely. Grab the pieces with metal tongs and put the parts back together to be stores in a covered area.

The harmful bacteria is removed when you sterilize your baby’s bottle, although placing them in the environment of the home removes the sterility. This is not a problem due to the fact that you can find bacteria in any house. Home bacteria can help your baby’s immune system grow stronger. If you don’t have enough time to wash and boil the bottles, you can use cold water sterilization with non-toxic sterilization tablets. Miele dishwasher reviews for models such as Optima and Diamante are very positive about the SaniWash option used for baby dishes. You can also sterilize your baby’s bottle by placing them in the microwave after the first step is competed, although the effect of microwaves are not fully understood. Furthermore, when it comes to this type of disinfection methods, you can never know whether or not all the dangerous bacteria are removes. On the other hand, the best dishwashers have certified sanitizing options which have been tested to remove over 99,9% of bacteria.

Summer Brownstein