How to Sterilize baby bottlesIf you are caring for an infant or toddler that uses bottles you need to always ensure the bottles are thoroughly sterilized. Sterilizing a bottles prevents illness. You need to clean the baby bottles after every feed. This will kill the bacteria which grows from old milk.
Using a bottle brush, clean the inside of the bottles thoroughly in warn soapy water, use a smaller ‘teat; brush for the teats. You then sterilize the bottle and teats. There are a number of methods available to achieve this:
- Boiling water kills bacteria. Place the bottles and teats in a pot of boiling water for approximately 10 minutes.
- Steam sterilizers are now available where either they are a separate unit such as an electric sterilizer or a microwave sterilizing unit. Follow the provided instructions carefully when using these products, or you could end up with melted teats on your hands.
- Sterilizing fluids and tablets. These sterilizers are readily available. This is a cold sterilisation method. The equipment is placed in a large container with the product being used and is usually left for around 30 minutes to an hour dependant on the products instructions.