How to sterilize baby bottles

How to sterilize baby bottles

Even though bottle sterilization is no longer routinely recommended today, it may be necessary for you to do this. A brief overview of the techniques and instructions for use.

Provided that strict rules of cleaning and hygiene are followed, the sterilization of baby bottles is no longer a systematic recommendation. Do you still hold it as a precaution? Electric sterilizer, microwaves, lozenges, or by boiling in a saucepan, here are the good gestures and the advantages and disadvantages of each technique.

First of all, clean up

  • Just after feeding, with a bottle brush, clean your baby bottle with dishwashing liquid. To properly remove milk residue, insist on the bottom of the bottle, the thread and the ring of the nipple. If you do not have a bottle nipple, then flip it over a finger to wash it well.
  • Finally, rinse with warm water and drain the material on a clean work surface. Now you can sterilize your equipment.
  • Before any sterilization, remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and then dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.

With an electric sterilizer

  • Fill the sterilizer tank with water to the level indicated. Arrange the bottles in the bins provided for this purpose. In the upper compartment, put the nipples, the rings and the caps. Close and snap. The timer stops automatically after about ten minutes. After cooling, keep the bottles in the refrigerator closed and stored in their basket.
  • Most : convenient, the basket allows you to grab a bottle at a time without touching others.
  • The least: it is the most expensive of all the techniques used.

In the microwave

  • Arrange the baby bottles lying in a plastic bell provided for this purpose. Add a little water and close the lid. All you have to do is set your oven for ten minutes. Wait a few minutes before opening the lid to avoid burning yourself with water vapor. The closed bell, the bottles remain sterile two to three hours, otherwise put them in the cool.
  • Most : saving time, sterilization is fast.
  • The least : the bell can only hold four bottles.

Cold, with pellets

  • In a plastic tub, pour cold water and add a tablet or antiseptic solution containing chlorine (Milton, Solustéril ...). Let the material soak in the water the time mentioned (usually half an hour). The bath remains effective around twenty-four hours. Before preparing the bottle, rinse it with boiled or mineral water to reduce the smell of chlorine and drain it. Do the same with the pacifier.
  • Most : no need to heat water.
  • The least: the small smell of chlorine can upset your baby.

By boiling, in a saucepan

  • Arrange the bottles in a long casserole or large saucepan, reserved for this purpose, and cover them with water with covers and teats. You can also add a teaspoon of vinegar. Put the lid on the pan and boil about twenty minutes. Take out the water, assemble the baby bottles and store them in the refrigerator. They will remain sterile twenty-four hours maximum.
  • Most : it is a useful method for troubleshooting and it does not cost anything.
  • The least: the sterilization time is the longest.