Sterilizing baby’s bottles – the safe easy ways
How to sterilize a baby’s bottle?
It’s important to sterilize all your baby’s feeding equipment, including bottles and teats, until they are at least 12 months old. This will protect your baby against infections, in particular diarrhea and vomiting.
Before sterilizing, you need to:
Clean bottles, teats and other feeding equipment in hot, soapy water as soon as possible after feeds.
Use a clean bottle brush to clean bottles (only use this brush for cleaning bottles), and a small teat brush to clean the inside of teats. You can also turn teats inside out and wash in hot soapy water. Don’t be tempted to use salt to clean teats, this can be dangerous for your baby.
You can put your baby’s feeding equipment in the dishwasher to clean it if you prefer. (Putting feeding equipment through the dishwasher cleans it but doesn’t sterilize it.) Make sure bottles, lids and teats are facing downwards. You may prefer to wash teats separately by hand to make sure they are completely clean.
Rinse all your equipment in clean, cold running water before sterilizing.
The advice above applies to all your baby’s feeding equipment, and whether you are using expressed breast milk or formula milk.
Different methods to sterilize a baby’s bottle?
There are several ways you can sterilize your baby’s feeding equipment. These include:
- steam sterilizer (electric sterilizer or microwave)
- cold water sterilizing solution
Steam Sterilizer (electric sterilizer or microwave)
Make sure the openings of the bottles and teats are facing downwards in the steam sterilizer.
Manufacturers will give guidelines on how long you can leave equipment in the sterilizer before it needs to be sterilized again.
- Clean bottles, teats and other feeding equipment in warm, soapy water
- Add the recommended amount of water to the sterilizer.
- Load the sterilizer.
- Place the nipples, nipple rings, and caps inside. …
- Put the cover on.
- Turn on the machine.
- Remove the bottles when the cycle finishes.
It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, as there are several different types of sterilizers.
Cold water sterilizing solution
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Leave feeding equipment in the sterilizing solution for at least 30 minutes.
Change the sterilizing solution every 24 hours.
Make sure there are no air bubbles trapped in the bottles or teats when putting them in the sterilizing solution.
Your sterilizer should have a floating cover or a plunger to keep all the equipment under the solution.
Sterilizing by boiling
Make sure that whatever you want to sterilize in this way is safe to boil. Boil the feeding equipment in a large pan of water for at least 10 minutes, making sure it all stays under the surface.
Set a timer so you don’t forget to turn the heat off.
Remember that teats tend to get damaged faster with this method. Regularly check that teats and bottles are not torn, cracked or damaged.
After you’ve finished sterilizing
It’s best to leave bottles and teats in the sterilizer or pan until you need them.
If you do take them out, put the teats and lids on the bottles straightaway.
Wash and dry your hands before handling sterilized equipment. Better still, use some sterile tongs.
Assemble the bottles on a clean, disinfected surface or the upturned lid of the sterilizer.
Considering the above, we recommend this sterilizers found on Amazon, as they have an excellent quality/price ratio:
Reviews and descriptions of the 4 products above:
Philips AVENT Anti-Colic Bottle Essentials Newborn Starter Set review
- Especially designed for newborns, including all you need for your baby
- Two Anti-colic 4-Ounce BPA free feeding bottles
- Two Anti-colic 9-Ounce BPA free bottles
- Five Anti-colic caps
- One My First Transition Cup
- One baby bottle sterilizer
- One Anti-colic bottle Newborn-Flow nipple
- One orthodontic pacifiers
- One formula dispenser
- One baby bottle brush
- Bottles are clinically proven to reduce colic and discomfort
- Airflex venting system reduces air ingestion, while the ribbed nipple texture prevents nipple collapse for uninterrupted feeding.
- Microwave Sterilizer kills 99.9% of harmful germs and sterilizes bottles in just 2 minutes.
Philips AVENT 4-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer review
- The big tank at the bottom without a specific placeholder for the bottles, allows you to fit a variety of bottles, pumps and accessories.
- Four-in-one functionality gives you the option of a small configuration for sterilizing pacifiers, a medium configuration for breast pumps, toddler plates, and utensils, and large configuration for six Classic 11-ounce feeding bottles. It can even support wide and narrow-neck bottles for your convenience.
- Sterilizes in just 6 minutes with automatic shut off for speed and safety
- Keeps contents sterile for up to 24 hours if the lid is unopened
- At full capacity, fits up to 6 Avent bottles, suitable for all wide neck and narrow neck bottles
- Kills 99.9% of harmful germs and bacteria without using chemicals
- Integrated dishwasher basket for hassle-free pre-cleaning
Wabi Baby Electric Steam Sterilizer and Dryer Plus review
- Steam sterilization, hot air drying, and storage function
- Efficient and easy to use
- BPA-Free material, FDA food grade approved material
- The unit dries the sterilized items immediately, and at the same time acts as a covered storage, allowing you to keep items safe and sterile for longer period of time
- Capacity: eight 8 oz bottles (Avent and Dr. Brown Bottles)
- 3-in-1 sterilizer that combines steam sterilization, hot air drying, and storage function
Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer review
- 6.5 inches by 11 inches, the sterilizer fits in most microwave ovens
- BPA free
- Capacity: up to four 9-ounce, two 11-ounce Classic or Natural Philips AVENT bottles, four Natural or Classic bottles
- Sterilization process: 2 minutes at 1,100 to 1,850 watts, 4 minutes at 850 to 1,100 watts, 6 minutes at 500 to 850 watts
- Kills 99.9% of harmful germs
- Operates at a higher temperature than dishwashers
- Does not have any bottles included.