baby- bottle sterilization

Navneet - posted on 01/15/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone

My son is 19.5 mnths old now. I've been sterilizing his bottles since his birth. Today the sterilizer broke down suddenly. So i was a bit hesistant to give him milk in a non sterilized bottle. then i came to know from web search that we don't need to sterilize the baby's bottles any more as long as they are washed properly.

I just want to know should i buy another sterilizer or should i start giving milk to my baby in a non sterilized bottle? ofcourse i've been trying to put him off the bottle as well. he drinks water or juice with a glass or a cup, but when it comes to milk, he wants it in a bottle.

Anxiously waiting fr ur responses!!

thnx

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SHAWNELL - posted on 01/26/2012

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I boiled my son's bottles on the stove for like the first few months. After that I used a mild soap and just cleaned them with a brush very well. I think as mom's we get scared about what the media tells us about babies getting sick if it's not sterilized. My son has never been sick thank God, only time he got sick was when he was 20 months and the stomach bug was going around. Those things were just too pricey for my pockets as well. He'll be fine:)

Kagiso - posted on 01/24/2012

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Hi There! i believe you can still boil the bottles for ten min and that's it. Anyways he is a big guy now. His immune system is better than before.

Sedge - posted on 03/05/2012

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Sterilizer?! What happened to regular old boiling? I wish I would have thought up that million dollar idea.



I plan to only sterilize once, then keep up on regular washing. Even the directions on all baby goods states this. Unless you're growing E. Coli in your kitchen, there is no reason to worry.





-Sedge

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Kerri - posted on 01/29/2012

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my son is 20 months old today.i stopped about 4wks ago only because mine to packed up although i was aware that washing well was all that was needed after 12mnths.it was probably my ocd!!! my son still loves his milk in a bottle at sleep times though

Sarah - posted on 01/29/2012

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I stopped sterilizing at 6 months, when she started crawling and eating fluff off of the floor. And she stopped with the bottle of milk at about 9 months as she was more interested in food so just used to give her full fat cows milk in a sippy cup.

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Christiine - posted on 03/09/2012

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i never sterillized both my kids bottles or the nipples i just washed them in hot soapy water and rinsed with hot water

Kelly - posted on 01/27/2012

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i stopped sterilising at 12 months, there immune systems need to strengthen, my little girl is 21months and she is very rarely poorly because she has a good immune system, he will bne fine xx

Kagiso - posted on 01/26/2012

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Dont forget ,after mild soap cleaning .You can still put them in water with salt for another ten min and rinse with clean water before using.Trust this will suffice.

Tina - posted on 01/24/2012

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I only sterilized the bottles before the first use then just washed with soapy water and a brush. No issues.. My daughter is 20 months. Don't worry. She is also like your son.. Doesn't want milk from a cup just yet.

Lauren - posted on 01/23/2012

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I really don't think it's necessary to buy another sterilizer!!! He's drinking out of glass and cups which aren't sterilized anyway! I just wash the bottles out with tiny bit of soap and bottle brush and rinse.

Tarra - posted on 01/22/2012

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I stopped sterilizing my daughters bottles around 12 months. I just use the bottle brush to clean it. She drinks 3 bottles of milk everyday and there have been no issues.

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