why do you have to sterilize baby bottles

The first few months after the Older Boy was born, there were few things I found as tedious as sterilizing bottles. We d have to get a big pasta pot of water boiling (something that always seemed to take forever), drop all the bottles in, stir them around for several minutes, then pick out each piece of the bottle nipple, vent, cap out with tongs, laying them on a towel to dry. And after all that, we d have to boil a pot of water to mix the formula up with too. So when, I couldn t help but wonder: Do I really need to do all this? I asked our excellent family doctor and she told us we should sterilize the bottles just to be safe. Usually I trust her judgment. But something about sterilizing bottles each and every time we used them seemed so over-the-top that I did a bit of research on my own. I found and was surprised to find out how many prominent, trusted sources say that, aside from the first time you take them out of the package, sterilizing bottles isn t really necessary.

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that after that first time, you probably don t need to sterilize them again. Instead, wash bottle, nipples and caps in hot, soapy water. Rinse them carefully. You can also run them through the dishwasher, which kills more germs than washing by hand. It seems like sterilizing bottles was something that was necessary when we all lived on the farm and relied on well water. But with safe, regularly tested municipal water supplies, it s kind of overkill. No doubt sterilizing bottles doesn t hurt. And I suppose it does reduce the risk to your kid by some super tiny amount there s always some risk of bacteria or disease getting into the reservoirs. But I suspect it s probably dropping the risk of your kid getting sick from something like 2 in a million to 1 in a million. And there are probably lots of other things you could do like never driving above the speed limit that take a lot less effort and pay much bigger safety dividends for your family.

In our house, at least, we re convinced sterilizing bottles isn t worth the effort. Boy #2 gets washed bottles and that s it. What do you think? Do you sterilize bottles? Post a comment and let me know. [ Photo by 3. Sterilize every other day during babyвs first four months Your child is still in the process of strengthening his/her immune system during his/her first four months of life. Itвs alright to sterilize your babyвs bottles every other day especially is your child is born as a preemie. If your little one is breastfed most of the time, you may just wash his/her feeding bottles every two days. 4. Sterilize every three or four days Your little kid is already growing now. Perhaps he has learned how to turn and crawl and likes to put toys in his mouth. By this time your child has already strengthened his immunity, so heвll be less likely to get the stomach flu. Per my personal experience and taken from my doctorвs advice, itвs alright to sterilize bottles every three days. 5.

Wash every single time, wash before you sterilize You can destroy the feeding bottleвs structure by boiling it daily. You donвt want the chemicals in the plastic bottle to leach out. You must not fail to wash your feeding bottles to be safe, but sterilize sparingly. Clean your bottles in warm soapy water and remove traces of milk residue at every nook and cranny before you sterilize. I find it easier to wash feeding bottles as soon as it is emptied. I donвt want to wait for another two or three hours, I wash it right there and then if I can manage. Excess milk tends to solidify and cling to the walls of feeding bottles if you let them stay a bit longer. Bacteria can also accumulate and multiply every second that they remain inside the bottle. It will take less effort, and youвll use less soap if you wash the bottles as soon as the baby is done with it.

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