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Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

Do I need to sterilize the bottles every time?

Re: Do I need to sterilize the bottles every time?

The Bump Expert

After the initial sterilization (submerge in boiling water for five minutes), a thorough washing with hot, soapy water is all your bottles really need. If you're not confident in your cleansing skills, throw the bottles in the dishwasher on hot. Make sure to put caps and bottles in a basket. If your baby contracts thrush (an oral yeast infection somewhat common in breastfed babies), your pediatrician might tell you to sterilize all bottles, pacifiers and teethers between each use... Otherwise, don't bother.

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Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

i put used bottles in an empty container and at night, before going to sleep i sterilize everything and put them on the drying rack so they are easily accessible for the night shift and the next day!

MnOinLuv |

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I'm not sure if it is necessary to sterilize every time but I bought a sterilizer that works in the microwave and takes only 2 minutes. I feel much better this way

GorgeousGirl414 |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

I as well have that 2 minute sterilizer I use it about every 2 to 3 wks other than that I use hot soapy water inbetween. and my daughter is a month old I havent seen where its a problem as of yet

chris5421 |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

WOW I must be a bit crazy then because I sterilize each time I wash the bottles. I use the microwave one and it just take a few minutes.

mommode |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

yes everytime because... if you leve the milk out in a bottle it can rot overnight so when you are done feeding put water in it what about an hour the clen it ... it is much easier

tiaratufford |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

Kudos to you if you can manage to sterilize bottle every time...I barely have time to wash them every night! I sterilized my bottles as instructed the first time, but since then I just wash them in hot, soapy water. I have enough bottles for use so that I only have to wash bottles once at the end of the day. If I'm uncertain about whether the bottles came into contact with something unsafe, I will sterilize them again. Otherwise, a good washing suits me fine.

jlsmcvay |

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Like many, I bought the 2 minute microwave steam sterilizer... I love it & use it faithfully. I have friends that laughed at me, telling me no one sterilizes anymore. Then I watch them sterilize their countertops & toilet seats with bleach wipes.... they worry about the surface they set their dishes & their tushes on, yet they don't care about what they shove in their helpless baby's mouth? Sterilize... it only takes a few minutes - it's worth the piece of mind.

moptoplisa |

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I sterilized the first time with my son. The fact is that if you have a good dishwasher that is good enough. My sons doctor said it was good enough to use the dishwasher EVERYTIME. I just got one of those cages to put the nipples in so that they faced the right way for the most cleanliness.

lmuir140 |

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I have the 2 minute sterilizer but found that if I have 12 bottles then that's enough for me to feed during the day and night and at the end of each day I put them in the dishwasher (whatever I don't need for the night feeding - usually 2 bottles since he's 7 months old and eats at 5am then again at 7) and turn it on for overnight. In the morning I have all clean bottles. :) I LOVE my dishwasher!!

bradulovich |

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some of us don't have dishwashers!

firelight79 |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

With my son, I sterilized the bottles when I got them and again when he was seven months old and got hand, foot, mouth disease. Otherwise, I just washed them each night and left them on a drying rack for the next days supply.

madara77 |

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I don't have a dishwasher either (the husband calls me the dishwasher) and also have a busy schedule with work and baby. But I always sterilize the bottles each time. I have a pretty good system: I wash 6 bottles and then place them in the sterilizer (also have the microwave sterilizer) and then while that is going I clean the other bottles I have left. Once the bottles are done in the sterilizer I fill them up with the measured amount of water I'm using for the formula then I pop the remainder in the microwave and finish. It only takes about 10 minutes out of every 3 days with my 6 month old and is worth it to have a sterile bottle for the baby. Also helps to have the bottles prefilled with water for any late night/early morning feedings.

shanalg82@gmail.com |

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I was really relieved to see the bump expert comment on this. I am breastfeeding so only use bottles for the feeds that I need to express so was a bit clueless about sterilizing. I have been washing with hot soapy water from day one, and I bought a special bottle brush cleaner that I only use on the baby's bottles. Apart from that I only sterilize the bottles every few weeks in a travel size microwave sterilizer. I can't think that all that microwaving can be good for the LO.

JoannaShaw |

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I wash the bottles with soap and warm water after every use. Even the lactation nurses and the pediatrician says that's ok.

sylwill |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

I sterilize every time BUT my son was a premie and with a microwave sterilizer (mine takes 4 minutes, then 2 to cool), I get the extra peace of mind. All of his bottles contain expressed breastmilk, which I want to take every precaution to make sure doesn't spoil!

AmbrosiaHino |

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i didn't have a dishwasher when i started bottle feeding. I just did the initial boiling when i bought my bottles, then washed after each feeding in hot soapy water. That is enough without having to worry. If every single thing is sterile in your home, your baby ends up getting sick more frequently. Before going crazy sterilizing, remember that for thousands of years people didn't sterilize anything and humankind is thriving lol. My baby has never been sick in her life, and she's 5 months old. Do what you can and don't beat yourself up if it's not perfect. =)

sw41410 |

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I solely bottle fed both of my children thus far and NEVER sterilized any bottles! My doc always said that the dishwasher was plenty! Neither of my children ever had any problems or sicknesses from not sterilizing them.

alpierce04 |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

i sterilize once a week. At the end of each day i was all bottle used, with warm soapy water. On the day that i sterilize, i prewash everything with soapy water, i then rinse, and then in the pot. i air dry and thats that.

MrandMrsGamino |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

I clean them out with hot, soapy water i sterilized them the first time i got them... My baby is 6 months and nothing has happened getting sick wise.. healthy as can be. Myabe you can sterilize 1 time a week if you want.

dreamzz012007 |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

I sterilize everytime. Germ/ bacterial grows fast in milk, so if you have residue in the bottle your baby will catch it. Better be safe than sorry.

pssp3365 |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

I use hot water to rinse the bottles and pump parts after each use. Then, just before I wash them, I let them soak in hot, soapy water for about ten minutes.

DJBrown06 |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

I am surprised how so many people go ahead without sterilizing the bottles after every use--the baby has no say and therefore depends on the parents decisions i.e. good or bad. I would be happy to know that my parents always took the best decision especially when it came to hygiene!!!

kristyagius@hotmail.com |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

I don't want to put the bottles in the dishwasher because I can taste the dishwashing soap in my glasses. I don't want my baby to ingest the chemicals. I had wash in hot soapy water, air dry on the bottle rack, then microwave sterilize as I need the bottles. I breastfeed most the time.

ICKA |

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i use a dishwasher and it does amazing!

whitwhit95 |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

I have the microwave sterilizing bags. I sterilize everything the first time and then again every other week. With each bag, you get 20 uses and I got a 5-pk. of bags for $5 @ Wal-mart! <3

babybluekris04 |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

I got the Dr. Brown sterlizer and I use that for ever 4 bottles are done with feeding, rinse them off, put everything of the bottle in there plus the spoons she eats with her solid foods, put them in there for 6 mins. and put on rack to dry. Once a week I do however wash them with water and soap for just incase if the formula is stuck on bottles or germs. Hope this helps but its A LOT easier than washing bottles and spoons EVERYTIME you use them! haha

KaylaHelen |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

I sterilize my bottles every week. There are spots that I can not get to.

ShanaKayP |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

With my 1st daughter I had a microwave sterilizer and I sterilized her bottles every time I washed them. I had to go back to work when my little one was only 2 months old so I was a busy single mom but found the time. My babysitter din't have the sterilizer so I would clean all the bottles in the morning and sterilize them before I dropped her off to the babysitter's house. It made me feel better that way.

sweettay24 |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

We also have the microwave sterilizer and we use it everyday, for the simple reason that we have well water. If pedi's recommend that you filter the water for bottles if you have well water, I'd rather be safe. I only run my dishwasher once a week, or I would put them in there.

kbmcclinton |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

This is good to know! I sterlize my son's bottles every night on the stove, and that's AFTER I wash them. Just washing them will save me a lot of time at night. I think I'll switch to sterilizing once a week and see how that works for me.

jasminelorraine20 |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

As far as I am concerned, I have always sterilized bottles, in order to avoid any risks and fight disease. Therefore, I advise you to do the same thing, because in this way, your baby’ s health is safer, out of danger and you get more possibilities to enjoy spending nice time with him.

amyabel68 |

Q&A: Should I sterilize bottles?

I sterilize her bottles every night. I always thought you had to, so that's what I've always done. Plus I don't have a dishwasher so I just wash them buy hand and I have a sterilizer that can do 9 bottles at once. So at the end of the day, I wash them all and put them in there so I am good for the next day!

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