Ever wondered how to clean feeding bottles, perfectly? It's no breaking news that feeding bottles and pacifiers all need to be sterilized regularly (and properly). Many mothers who choose to formula feed prefer to wash these baby items with a warm soapy solution, and boil them once a week and that’s about it. Though this technique may surprisingly work for some mothers living in a colder climate, it is never a recommended approach.
Go for any one of the following techniques to sterilize bottles, nipples, bottle caps, nipple rings and pacifiers:
Boiling kills away the bacteria and harmful microscopic organisms, and is the oldest of all techniques - you can call it a classic!
You can create a steam sterilizer the same way. When the water starts to boil, put a metallic rice/pasta drainer on it and put washed bottles on it and cover. Let the baby bottle steam for 5 minutes.
You can also purchase one of the following steam sterilizers. They are reliable and hussle-free.
There was a time when we thought tablets could only cure us during ailment; now they are used to prevent our newborn babies against infinite microbes. Sterilizing tablets are easy to use, and perfect if you are travelling with your baby.
This is an ideal way for sterilizing baby bottles while travelling.
Normally, it is safe for you to reuse this liquid for 24 hours. Sterilizing liquids are used in the same manner as the tablets. Wash the bottle, nipple rings, nipples, caps and pacifiers using a nice bottle cleaning brush and sterilizing liquid, and there you go! I have used sterilizing liquids for my baby daughter and they helped a lot, specially when boiling them is not an option.
If you frequently travel with your baby, keeping the sterilizing liquid bottle is something I would highly recommend. When my daughter was bottle feeding, we went on a 20-days holiday to Egypt and Dubai where the weather was scorching hot, and sterilization was never a problem for me. The whole trip went smoothly.
Here are our top sterilizing tablets/ liquids:1. Ef-Chlor Sterilizing Tablets, 64 Tablets, 3 Years Shelf Life
Another option is to let the technology take care of this sterilization process. If you can afford to buy one, get a sterilizing machine that not only saves time, but is also very convenient to use. These machines are specially designed to sterilize your baby bottles and accessories. If you are worried about how to clean feeding bottles and you can invest in one of these machines, it will be good for the long run (for your future babies!).
The electric sterilizers that now come have multiple built-in features. For instance, you can get an electric sterilizer that also works as a bottle warmer, and some as food warmers as well. Take a look at these:1. Baby Bottle Warmer, Bottle Sterilizer 6-in-1
There are special microwave steamers available in the market that you can use with your microwave to get the bottles sterilized. Just make sure you thoroughly wash the bottles with a cleaning liquid to get rid of the formula residue before popping them into the microwave. If going for a microwave sterilizer, go for a good brand such as:1. Philips Avent Microwave Sterilizing Bags
If you are wondering which one of the above mentioned 4 techniques is ideal for you, check out the following pros and cons on how to clean feeding bottles, and then decide:
Here is a quick review:
To sterilize your baby bottle, choose
the sterilization method that you think will work well for you. You can go for more than one techniques - like going for the good old boiling method and keep sterilizing liquid/ tablets as a backup at home or in your baby bag. If still not sure, use
your motherly instincts! They are never wrong, trust me! :)