how do you guys sterlise your bottles

Victoria - posted on 12/04/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Just wondering how you guys make your bottles for the day?

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Amanda - posted on 12/04/2009

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Firstly I soak the bottles (if I have time) in hot soapy water for a little while, then I wash them with a bottle brush. I then sterilise them using the Philips Avent microwave steamer. Then I pour boiled water into each of the bottles, and put them in the fridge. I don't add the formula until he's ready for his feed because I'd rather it be as fresh as possible. That being said, I have 2 made before I go to bed for his during-the-night feed, and his morning feed, as I don't like the idea of waking everyone up with his crying while I try to measure formula with tired eyes!

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Shelly - posted on 01/19/2010

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Playtex makes the bottles with the drop ins. You can get these at Target or Walmart. They are great.

Maysa - posted on 01/19/2010

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I got a Fisher Price sterilizer- its very good, fits 7bottles, takes 9 minutes with a cool down system, and bottles remain sterile for 8 hours after its done :)
Im breastfeeding and trying to easily switch to the bottle..
Hope this helps!

Brandy - posted on 01/12/2010

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Quoting lindsey:

can i just ask what are drop ins thankx



Drop-ins are the bottles that you have to buy the bags for! You just put the drop-in in the proper drop-in bottle and make your formula and you have no bottle to wash. But you still have nipples and rings and lids to wash! Hope this helps understanding what a drop-in is!

Sharon - posted on 01/11/2010

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I was told not to worry, just wash in warm soapy water.
My little guy got a little bit of thrush, not much at all, at around 7wks. Then I started rinsing & boiling the teats & bottles (every feed) and the thrush cleared up and dind't come back. So now I stick with that routine. I try to boil for atleast 5mins, but usually ends up being about 10-15 as I get side tracked hehehehe
I then fill the bottles to needed level with boiling water, pop in fridge to cool until needed. Then I boil the jug, pop the bottle in a bowl of boiling water to warm up, and it's ready to go :-) Hmmm, that sounds like a lot of work, but really it isn't!! I don't add the formula until feed time thuogh :-)

Brandy - posted on 01/11/2010

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I just wash my daughters botles in hot soapy water with a bottle brush and I rinse them well and put them on a rack to air dry. When she is ready for a bottle feed ( I breastfeed as well) I just fill the bottle with warm water to the desired amount and then I add the proper amount of formula and blend it well and feed her.

Alison - posted on 01/11/2010

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I run my baby's bottles through the dishwasher on hot.
But you do not have to do this. You just need to wash them (except for the initial use)

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2010

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I was boiling the bottle and nipple and plactic part and soothers on thursdays for 2 minutes.
Now i have switched to drop ins (ith the bag) and i put the nipples through the dishwasher every week or 2 but dont need to worry about the bottles!
(I switched to drop ins and he stopped throwing up all the time)

Maree - posted on 01/11/2010

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Rinse after use, place in dishwasher. After removing from dishwasher,fill with boiling water. I only fill bottles with water as required unless we are going out. But I do measure formula out in holder. Someone doesn't like waiting. It worked with my first he is now nearly 5

Lindsey - posted on 01/10/2010

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i have a tommy tippee sterillizer and i have six bottles tht in the evenings i wash all bottles in hot soapy water then put bottles n nipples and i have these little pots and sterillize all of it together which takes about ten mins once this has done i measure four scoops into the pots and leave on the side then i fill my six bottles to 4oz then let cool then place in fridge then whn i need them i empty powder in to bottle shake well then either warm in micro if it night feed or just boil kettle for day time feeds this seams to work for me. as i can take bottle out wiv me like this whn i go shopping....

Nicole - posted on 12/05/2009

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i was told not to sterilize them all the time unless they have thrush. so i don't. i just wash them and air dry. i of coarse sterilized the nipples when i first got them for a week for 5 mins at a time. my baby is fine (:

Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2009

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I have a sterilizer I bought from Babies R Us Its honestly amazing lol I just wash the bottles and put them in It takes about 2 to 3 minutes then it has a cool down system. But if im not home I just put them in a pot of water to boil for a few minutes then I just take them out to dry.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/04/2009

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According to my pedi and other online articles I have read, it is not necessary to sterilize your bottles and nipples unless your child has thrush. This is a common yeast infection found in their mouth. It looks like little white patches on their tongue and inner cheeks. To sterilize you can either boil or use a sterilizer. There are two different kinds on the market.. I suggest the microwave steam sterilizer. You just put your bottles and nipples in it and pour 7 ozs water and microwave for 8 min. To prepare bottles depends on if you are breast milk feeding or formula feeding. If you have pumped and are storing bm, then prepare as many bottles as you will need for the day and keep refrigerated until needed... for formula, you can put the amount of water you need in the bottle and then either carry a can of formula or they make little formula dispensers (you can find at any target walmart babies r us etc) It's a small round container divided into 3 different sections... just pour the necessary amount of formula powder in each divider and keep until you need to mix the bottle. Remember once mixed or removed from refrigerator, bottles are only good for one hour. You can set bottles of premixed formula in the refrigerator... but make sure once out of refrigerator or if baby has partially eaten out of it to throw it away.

Dorelle - posted on 12/04/2009

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I wash then rinse them. After that, I boil them in water for at least 2 minutes. All that is left after that is preparing the formula for the day. Some people boil their bottles for 5 minutes each time, some people boil their bottles only once a week but I personally prefer boiling them before each use. Also, remember to rinse out any old milk left in the bottle as soon as possible because it is the old milk (formula) that is full of germs. Do not keep milk/formula that is left in the bottle after feeding for more than an hour. Basically, I prepare my 'batch' of bottle after supper and it lasts until next supper time. So I have this routine of washing my bottle before doing the dishes from supper time and while I finish the dishes, I boil the bottles. After the dishes are done, all that is left is to fill the bottles with formula and then put them in the fridge.

April - posted on 12/04/2009

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Honestly. I don't..... LOL. There are several ways you can though. You can put 1/4 cup of bleach in your sink with the hottest water you can stand. Soak them then rinse them really well. You can sterilize in the dishwasher. You can boil water and dunk them in. Latex nipples are supposed to be sterilzed often, however silicone ones are not. The only reason I don't sterilize is because I Breastfeed LOL!



In terms of making your bottle for the day... I have as back up in the diaper bag some formula and sealed water bottles. Not nursery water, just plain old water bottles. (My doc says nursery water is a waste!) I have 4 ounce servings of formula divied up into zip bags. Just add it to the water to the bottle, then add the formula. Those are my suggestions I guess! But I'm new at this as well!

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