If you are using baby bottles on a regular basis, it’s extremely important that you properly clean and maintain them! I would recommend sterilizing them on a regular basis: this helps keep harmful bacteria away from your baby, keeping him or her safe and healthy.
Why Should I Sterilize My Baby Bottles?
You might think that brand new bottles are safe to use: think again! Just because they are new and never been used before doesn’t mean they are clean. I would strongly recommend sterilizing new bottles, because when they are manufactured in the factory, they are coated in all kinds of chemicals, not to mention that they are handled by people in the factory, during shipping, and in stores. Any number of things could be on your baby bottles and you might not even know it!
Bacteria — this is a word that makes a lot of people cringe! It’s also a big reason why you should be sterilizing your baby bottles: bacteria can grow very easily inside them, especially because you usually have milk stored in them. If you’ve ever forgotten a baby bottle somewhere or just neglected to clean it in a timely manner, you should be very concerned about bacteria. In this case, it’s not enough to just wash them out with water; this could lead to a nasty bacterial infection in your baby!
Fortunately, it’s very easy to sterilize baby bottles in your kitchen, and you won’t have to buy any products to do it! You can easily sterilize baby bottles using simple boiling water
The Easy Way to Sterilize Baby Bottles
First of all, gather all of the baby bottles you’ll be sterilizing. You can sterilize all parts of the baby bottles, including both the nipples and covers. Here are the things you’ll need before you sterilize your bottles:
- A medium or large kitchen pan or pot depending on the size of your bottles or how many you’re going to be sterilizing at once. You’ll have to do your own judgment here.
- A set of tongs to put the bottles into the water and remove them.
- A small towel for air drying the bottles.
That’s it! Fill the pot about 3/4 full with water and bring it to a boil. While the water is boiling, take the time to disassemble your baby bottles completely. The nipple of the bottle is a place that bacteria love to thrive! Once the water is boiling, place the bottles inside the boiling water using the tongs. You can use the tongs to push the bottles down into the water. Put as many bottles as you can into the water, but don’t fill it too much; you don’t want the water to overflow and spill out of the pan. Also, don’t put the nipple in with the rest of the bottle; use the tongs to hold the nipple in the water for about 30 seconds.
Leave the bottle and the rest of the parts in the boiling water for at least five minutes; the longer the better. Five minutes should be enough to kill all of the bacteria, though. After they’ve been in the water long enough, simply use the tongs to remove all of the parts from the boiling water and lay them on the towel to air dry. If you want, you can hand dry them when they are cool enough, but just be careful not to burn yourself!
Should I Sterilize My Baby Bottles Every Time?
If you can wash the bottles out as soon as your baby is finished with them, it’s not necessary to sterilize them every time your baby uses them. However, if more than a few hours passes, or you forget to wash one out, I would definitely recommend sterilizing them.
It’s really not very hard to sterilize the bottles, and it only takes about half an hour from start to finish. Sterilizing them on a regular basis will give you the peace of mind in knowing that you’re keeping your baby safe from harmful bacteria, and that’s priceless.
Be sure to check out our guide to finding the best baby bottles — it’s full of great tips!