what is the right way to sterilize/clean feeding bootles?

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Kristen - posted on 01/20/2010

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we use a steam sterilizer which is for our microwave....it does 6 bottles at a time.

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Stephanie - posted on 01/20/2010

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i use to wash them in hot soapy water then boiled them for like 2-3 minutes and did that for the first 1 1/2 months then went to just washing them and she is 4 months now and never had a problem

Dina - posted on 01/20/2010

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I've never steralized. My doctor told me it was a waste of time. I just clean the bottle immediately after feeding and air dry. I use BPA free bottles so they can be heated without the problem of leaching chemicals into the formula.

Natasha - posted on 01/20/2010

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With my oldest I used a steam steriliser and cold water ones. She got oral thrush and when we asked the peaditrican about it, she said that its from over sterilising. Told us to wash with soap and hot water, then rinse thoughly with hot water. That was when she was 3 mnths old. Now 31/2 and did the same with little sister, no more problems!

Krystal - posted on 01/20/2010

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hi i used the avent steam steriliser for about 4 months then i stoped using it and just washed them with hot soapy water and rinse under hot tap, and air dryed them, my son is 8 months old and is still perfecly healthy, good luck :)

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I use playtex nursers and they are dishwasher safe it saves me so much time and i boil the nipples, caps, and rings once a week just to be safe but it works fine, my son is going on to 7 weeks and he is doign great. much easier than washing and boiling each time by hand.

Sarah - posted on 01/12/2010

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that confuses me as to why would they be several types of steriliser if only one was the recommended method?
of course your allowed to sterilise bottles in electric steam or microwaveable steam sterilisers .. they would have been invented otherwise.
i have a cold water steriliser (which is where you add a sterilising tablet/solution (milton) to it .. takes about 15mins to sterilise but i just leave stuff in it all day .. then change the solution every 24hours)
the hospital could be suggesting that cuz its chemicals that are used in these types of steriliser .. bacteria is killed more easily.
however if you wash bottles thoroughly in the first place with a bottle brush and hot soapy water then rinse with fresh water that shouldn't matter in the first place.
my boyfriend has a microwaveable steriliser at his house and the use of 2 different types of steriliser hasn't harmed my son at all in his 11.5months of life.

Rikki - posted on 01/12/2010

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ok she said the heating of the plastic is not advisable due to some bottles not being bpa free....bpa is banned depending on where you are in the world i am in australia and our gov dont have any say on babys bottles being bpa free so you have to be very carefull to get bottles that state they are bpa free if you want to heat them.....we wash our bottles with hot soapy water and then rince them off then we use a solution called milton that is made up with water and put the clean bottles in that to sterilize them they only have to stay in the soloution for 15 min and they are redy to use..... you can also leve them in for up to 24 hours and they stay sterile :)

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010

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The hospital where I had our daughter toldme not to sterilize her bottles as it was unecessary, the hospital didn't even sterilize them. We where just told to wash them in warm soapy water and rinse in warm water and air dry. Our daughter is 6 months old and has never been sick

Larissa - posted on 01/10/2010

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I have a 9 week old son, I have been bottle feeding for about 6 weeks and have tried all the different methods of cleaning bottles... from milton, stream sterilizing and also hot water and bottle brush... as long as the bottles have a decent clean i dont think it matters what method you use... I havnt noticed any changes in my son no matter what method i have used = )

Natalie - posted on 01/10/2010

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i wash the bottles and teats and then put them in milton - antibacterial solution, milton has been around for years, my baby is 7months now and she has never been sick, i even sterilise her spoons and her teething rings, i normally just leave the bottles in the steriliser until im ready to use them,

Eleisha - posted on 01/10/2010

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New research has come out saying that sterilizing is unnecessary. The rule of thumb now is wash and sterilize bottles when you first buy them and then you only need to wash in hot soapy water and rinse in hot water every other time. However, I sterilized my daughters bottle until she hit 4 months.

Ashley - posted on 01/10/2010

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I wash mine and then boil them. That's the way I was told by my sons doctor, the hospital, and my parents. They also have microwave sterilizers that you could try. Good luck.

Jodie - posted on 01/09/2010

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ive used a steem sterriliser...simple easy and FAST! the best part bowt it! x

S - posted on 01/09/2010

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I've wondered about this myself

I dont' know if it hurts but i'm with Tammy. I wash in hot soapy water and let them air dry. The only time I really sterlize is with new equipment or at work (medela quick steam bags)

Tammy - posted on 01/09/2010

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I never sterilized...My mother never did it, and our grandparents never did it. some bacteria is good for babies, they need to build up imune system and they wont do that until they get exposed to germs. I simply washed in soapy water and rinsed in hot water and set out to air dry... my kids are still alive.. go figure

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oh yea when i was in hosp they made me sterilize them in a bowl of cold water and a sterilizing tablet!!

as soon as i left i went back steaming them nothing wrong wiv my daughters bottles :)

Katherine Mae - posted on 01/09/2010

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that's what i used to do but when my baby was confined in the hospital, the nurse said that it's not advisable to heat feeding bottles because it is made of plastic. i'm really confuse of what am i going to do.

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I have the advent sterilizer which works great. But boiling for 10 min. works, or I have also heard certain bottles you can run through the top rack of the dishwasher. (The steam sterilizes.)

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well i used 2 wash wiv hot soapy water then rinse wiv hot water, then i had a sterilizer pop them in it took 5mins 2 sterilize and they stayed sterilized for 4 hours i think!!

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