Sterilising is so important for your baby’s health……get the “do’s” and “dont’s” right here! 🍼🍼🍼

“Your health is your wealth”….we’ve all heard this saying, and this absolutely applies to your little one too! If you are bottle feeding, an important part of this is keeping all of baby’s feeding equipment in tip top condition!!

A baby’s immune system is very delicate, and babies are more susceptible to illness than older children. So getting the sterilising process right is very important when preparing your baby’s bottles.

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Sterilising will kill any harmful germs found on surfaces of the bottles and other equipment. It is important to sterilise baby bottles before each use, for at least the first 12 months of your baby’s life. This applies whether you are bottle feeding with formula or with breast milk.

Cleaning bottles first!!!! 😊

Once you have finished a bottle feed, it is important to clean the bottle out as soon as possible. But not just the main body of the bottle! Make sure to include the lids, teats etc too, with nice hot soapy water! Cleaning immediately will get rid of any excess milk, leaving the bottles ready to be sterilised. Sterilising will kill off the remainder of germs lurking in your babies bottle!! Once they are cleaned and rinsed, they should be left to air dry.

Sterilising Methods…

1. Steaming (microwave or electric sterilisers)

Steaming using microwave or electric sterilisiers is the most common way for sterilising your baby bottles!!

  • ALWAYS follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
  • Make sure bottles, teats, caps and utensils are thoroughly clean before you begin.
  • Make sure that bottles and teats are placed with openings facing down in the steriliser.
  • Follow instructions for adding water and turning it on.
  • Leave bottles in the steriliser until they are needed.
  • If you are not using the bottles straight away, it is recommended that you re-sterilise after 24 hours.

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2. Boiling

  • Place clean bottles, teats, caps and utensils in a saucepan on your stove.
  • Add water to cover all the equipment, making sure there are no air bubbles.
  • Bring water to the boil, and keep on a rapid boil for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the stove and allow the water to cool down.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before you handle the equipment, and make sure the surface is clean where you plan to make up the bottle.
  • Take the equipment from the saucepan and shake off any excess water.
  • If you are not using them straight away, put the lid and teat onto the bottle, and store in a clean container in the fridge.
  • Re-boil the bottle and other equipment if it is not used within 24 hours.art00398

3. Chemicals (tablets or liquid)

  • Make sure bottles, teats, caps and utensils are thoroughly clean before you begin.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for making up the sterilising solution.
  • Place the feeding equipment in the sterilising solution, making sure it is completely under water and there are no air bubbles.
  • Leave the equipment in the sterilising solution for the recommended amount of time (usually about 30 minutes – check the manufacturer’s instructions).
  • Allow bottles, teats and lids to drain before you use them – don’t rinse off the sterilising solution, as this exposes equipment to germs again.
  • Throw away the solution after 24 hours. Clean the sterilising container thoroughly in warm, soapy water, before making up a fresh lot of solution.
  • Never leave hot or boiling liquids unattended or within reach of children.
  • Be aware that steam can burn or scald you just as badly as boiling water.
  • Keep chemicals and chemical solutions out of reach of children.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling equipment that has been sterilised.
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