At what age did you stop boiling your baby's bottles?

Andrea - posted on 03/20/2010 ( 194 moms have responded )

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So I'm trying to decide whether I should stop boiling Quentyn's bottles. He is 39 months old. I am in a dilemma because if I stop boiling his bottles I might as well use tap water as well instead of boiling..What are your thoughts... experiences??



I'm sorry he's not 39 months he's 39 weeks LOL....

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Maureen - posted on 03/26/2010

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My daughter never boiled her two sons equipment. Just washed them in hot water & detergent & rinsed them. Nothing happened to them, they weren't sick all the time or anything like that.He's old enought to stop having boiled water.

Danielle - posted on 03/20/2010

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ive never boiled my sons bottles. i think it might be an old school thing? not sure. i think that just washing them with soap and water is fine but i dont know if i would fill them with tap water. at least not mine, its horrible haha. i would use filtered or bottled water. whatever you would drink i guess.

Tammera - posted on 03/26/2010

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I stopped boiling at around 6 months old and using filtered water. I also stopped giving a bottle at 1 year. Quentyn's immune system is strong enough to stop boiling and use tap water at this point. Save yourself some time and just wash in hot soapy water or the dishwasher if you have one.

Lorraine - posted on 03/26/2010

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I stopped sterilizing baby bottles at 3 months and then just put them in the dishwasher. Best advice I ever got - the more bugs babies are exposed to the better their immune system. My son is hardly ever sick.

Jacqueline - posted on 03/26/2010

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I stopped daily boiling at 6mths but did wash them in hot soapy water then rinsed in straight hot water from the tap. I boiled weekly until he was 10 months then just did the other washing and rinsing in straight hot tap water.



All water he drank was cooled boiled water though.



Some friends sterilised daily for 12 mths but since mine was found eating dirt and cigarette butts in my friends garden at 6 mths I figured weekly sterlization was not going to kill him either.



I was told to air dry and store them in the refrigerator after washing - in winter I just put them straight into the fridge upside down one a boiled dry cloth or container with ridged bottom to drain any water away.



It's really what you feel comfy with, though.

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Katherine - posted on 03/26/2010

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Hi Andrea,



I'm going to lock this thread. Only because I think you have your answer.

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Mary - posted on 03/26/2010

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LOL!!!! Bad Typo! with the months/weeks!!!! If all else fails, ask your Doctor. I say you are ready. You just have to make sure you wash and rinse really well. I found a wonderful soap that has no smelly stuff. It is called Planet. They sell it at Fred Meyer. Not sure if you have that in your area. I found that soaps with a scent left that smell on the bottle! Yuck!

Chavon - posted on 03/26/2010

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3 months. After that long I figure he should be able to fight of anything he could not have at a younger age.

Crystal - posted on 03/26/2010

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wash with hot soapy water and rinse with cold water. thats what i had to do in hospital..that was just tap water.. hope it helps

i have 6 kids and they are all healthy

Roxy - posted on 03/26/2010

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I used to steralize my sons bottles and stopped when he was 1. I was told you only have to do it until 6 months but I wanted to be on the safe side

Ginger - posted on 03/26/2010

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never boiled them...and have a healthly, happy 2 year old and 6 month old...and I used tap water.

Carrie - posted on 03/26/2010

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I have never washed my sons bottles or my pumping stuff I just soaked them in hot soapy water for at least 20 min before I washed them. They will never be steril once they hit the air they are no longer steril.

Heather - posted on 03/26/2010

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i have never boiled my son's bottles either, now i did use to boil his nipples anytime i bought new ones, but never the bottles, i just clean them regularly and always put a lil bleach in my dishwater.

Heather - posted on 03/26/2010

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i have never boiled my son's bottles either, now i did use to boil his nipples anytime i bought new ones, but never the bottles, i just clean them regularly and always put a lil bleach in my dishwater.

Brooke - posted on 03/26/2010

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In this day and age, the use of a microwave works just as well as boiling. It's just as sterile as boiling. If you're talking about using boiling water to clean the bottles then a dishwasher does just the same. The only difference is the type of dish detergent is used. If you're concerned about the chemicals your child ingesting from the dishwasher, change to a more green detergent such as method or one that can be purchased from an organic food store like whole foods or new seasons. I have never bothered boiling my sons bottles of or cleaning or heating. I have substituted some of my cleaning methods to being more green and he's happy and healthy. He's 7 now

Grandmudder (that Was What She Was Calling Me Last Night) - posted on 03/26/2010

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I would say just wash them in hot water or in the dishwasher. My daughter in law has always used tap water for her baby and she is as healthy as a horse

Helen - posted on 03/26/2010

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Okay if he is crawling on the floor with all of those germs and picking things up and putting them in his mouth he has built an immunity to the germs in your house STOP BOILING THE BOTTLES ALREADY

Megan - posted on 03/26/2010

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scratch what i said the first time i misunderstood what was said! i never boiled her bottles i just washed them in hot hot water put them on the drying rack and once weekly i bleached all the bottles.

Megan - posted on 03/26/2010

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I never boiled my daughters bottles I just used nursery water that you buy by the gallon at the grocery store and gave it to her at room temperature and she never had any problem. ( gerber water is only a dollar)

Kelley - posted on 03/26/2010

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I boiled the bottle once when I bought them. I put them in the dishwasher after that. I never used tap water, as I was on a well and it wasn't the best water. He should be off the bottle by now.

Andrea - posted on 03/26/2010

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I did til about 3 months I think the latest. Germs are good and for me the biggest germ freak I know is big. I think you have to expose them to some things obviously I'm not saying wash it in the toliet but warm tap water and soap is just fine.

Kristi - posted on 03/26/2010

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Once my daughter was 8 months we started sterilizing just the nipples and binkies. We still use the nursery water though because our water doesn't have fluoride in it and it tastes awful! We plan on getting rid of the bottle all together when she turns 1.

Victoria - posted on 03/26/2010

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I never boiled them, since I never boiled my own nipples either! All three of my children survived!!! :)

Jess - posted on 03/26/2010

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Hey Andrea,



I stopped boiling my daughters bottles when she was around a year old, give or take a week or so, I continued using boiled water for another 6 months. I hope this helps.

Louise - posted on 03/26/2010

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The recommended here is sterilizing bottles and using boiled water till a year as this is the age they recommend weaning from bottles. I personally sterilised till I finished formula feeding which was 18 months as he was on soya formula. Dishwasher is not recommended for the teats as the detergent can damage the teats. As soon as he moved to zippy cups and proper milk I used soap and water same as anything else.

Carmen - posted on 03/26/2010

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I agree with most of the replies below--I never boiled my girls' bottles, esp. since I had a dishwasher. I boiled formula water for a while, but like the one mom said, my daughters would chew on anything they could while teething, so they were exposed to plenty of germs anyway. Gotta admit, when you first wrote "39 months," I said "What?!" to myself! LOL

Heidi - posted on 03/26/2010

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I have NEVER boiled bottles or water. do u live in an area that it needs to be done?

Meg - posted on 03/26/2010

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I figured my doctors only had me wash all the breast pump stuff with hot soapy water, and that was where I stored the breast milk that went into the bottles. So didn't sterilize the bottles either. It sure won't hurt to boil if you want, but probably won't hurt at all not to either.

Julie - posted on 03/26/2010

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well they say that you dont need to boil the bottles any more just use clean very hot water to wash them and allow them to air dry. Use boiled water until they are 12 months old for drinking or formula. but we do need to build up baby imunity.

MELISSA - posted on 03/26/2010

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I boiled the bottles til they were 5 months then I just washed them in the dishwasher but I still boiled the nipples and the water for their formula until they were off of the bottle. Fortunately my kids were off of the bottle by 9 months so I didn't have to do it all that long anyway.

Natalie - posted on 03/26/2010

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I thought 39 months! but weeks... For my first I sterilised like crazy until she started crawling then everything went in her mouth anyway. For my son I just wash bottles in hot soapy water and every so often give them a good boil. As for the water, I always use boiled water, but we are in a remote area. In the city my daughter had tap water from about 12 months. Good luck

Jessica - posted on 03/26/2010

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I'd wait til he is one year before making the jump on either one of those issues, so keep boiling...you're almost there, 3 more months...

Lori - posted on 03/26/2010

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I only boiled/sterilized my children's bottles one time right when they came out of the package before their first use. I never boiled the water that I prepared the formula with and I also didn't use bottled or filtered water, just plain ole tap water, same thing that I would drink my self.

Meg - posted on 03/26/2010

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I never boiled them. Either put them through the dishwasher, or just washed with hot soapy water. Never had an issue.

Tammy - posted on 03/26/2010

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I would personally advise against using a dishwasher unless you are going to let the bottles air dry or are using a natural cleanser. Jet Dry and dishwasher detergents leave a residue on plastics, especially.



With my first I boiled everything religiously. Then by my second I realized that they will be putting everything in their mouth. A good cleaning with hot soapy water does just fine. I will pass along the advice that has served me well all these years. "Go with your gut, no one knows your child better than you." Thanks to my mother in law. :)

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I never boiled my kids bottles. I just used bottled water but I also used the drop in bottles instead of the plastic bottles. The drop ins are so much safer and healthier for babies and you are able squeeze out all of the air. So...you get a healthier and less gassy baby! Plus the drop in are pre-sterilized! Hope I helped :)

Larissa - posted on 03/26/2010

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I never boiled, I just washed them in the dishwasher. For the first couple of months I put it on sanitize. I just started using filtered tap water as well. My little girl is 40 weeks.

Ginny - posted on 03/26/2010

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well i am now a grandmother several times over so things are different now one daughter in law told me it was old fashion to boil them at all. when my children were born i preferred the glass bottles which i still would now. plastic has way too many chemicals. i boiled them until they were about 4 months old. by that time their systems are strong enough to deal with germs better.

Brittany - posted on 03/26/2010

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i never did that i jus buy the purified water & keep it out in room temp. tap water is good if u have a fillter on it but water tap R not is go as gold they'll live... & i was about to say 39 months he shouldn't even b on a bottle...LOL but try the purified water thing it makes it easier when u jus came home with them on out & its not expensive...

Kerrie - posted on 03/26/2010

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I've never boiled my sons bottles either. I was told by the WIC lady's that there are minerals and nutrients in tap water that baby's need. We always hand washed the bottles and nipples and left them to air dry. We haven't had any health issues or anything.

Asti Renee - posted on 03/26/2010

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I never have worried about it. I always used the dishwasher or hand washed them. And I would used filter or bottled water no matter what!!!

Amanda - posted on 03/26/2010

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I stopped boiling bottles as soon as my lot could sit alone and reach to put everything in their mouths, after all you can't boil the flooring! A good wash did after that, and my oldest is now 18 and fighting fit!

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oh and also - i don't understand the correlation with tap water and boiling... the boiling is supposed to disinfect/sterilize the bottles.... tap water is well... tap water. Make sure you know the quality of your water before you use it tho. We always had a filter even tho NYC is supposed to have some of the best tap water around... but i never spent the cash to buy bottled just for the fact that most bottled water is just tap water from somewhere else.

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ok my email subject said 'at what age did you stop boiling your baby' - it kinda creeped me out lol My dd is 7 1/2 months and i don't boil her bottles... just wash them in the dishwasher with a heat dry. For my son, he didn't really use bottles ( i just couldn't pump enough) but i did boil his sippy cups till about 18 months? i wasn't anal about it by that time tho - i would do a good sterilizing about once a week and the rest of the time i would just give it a good was with hot water and dish soap.

April - posted on 03/26/2010

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You should boil his bottles until he is off the bottle.. It just keeps him safer from bacteria.. Keeps them Very clean and Sterilized.. I always boiled baby bottles. The safer you keep your kids the healthier they are.. Just my oppinion..You might also boil sippy cups when he's at that age.. Old Juice and Bacteria stays in the spouts that they drink out of and its hard to get them clean epsecially if your in my shoes and you dont have a dish washer.. If you do have a dish washer your sippy cups should be cleaned well with the steam.. HOPE THAT HELPS.. Good luck on your decision making.. might consult his doctor...

Alison - posted on 03/26/2010

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As soon as she rolled over and licked the carpet!!! I figured anything that had been washed in hot water was cleaner than the carpet.

Brandie - posted on 03/26/2010

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I never boiled my son's bottles either. I just washed them with soap and water.

Lisa - posted on 03/26/2010

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I stopped sterilizing baby bottles when my daughter was 6 months. She developed Thrush when she was about 2 months, that is why we had to boil them. The Dr. said after 5 months she should be okay since her immune system would be fighting off the germs from everything else she puts in her mouth! : )

Elizabeth - posted on 03/26/2010

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Uhm, I'd say get him off the bottles and you no longer have to worry about it. My son is just 12 mo and drinks bottles rarely. :)

April - posted on 03/26/2010

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I have to admit that i never boiled my bottles i was never told to and when i was told that i should then they were already to old so if that is any help to you....

Kristy - posted on 03/26/2010

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I have never sterilized a bottle or nipple on any of my 3 kids (two of whom are in their 20's now). The pediatrician told me that it was not necessary if the bottles/nipples are washed in a dishwasher.



As to using tap water for the formula, I used bottled or britta filtered water for that until my Anna was done with formula. That was because I don't trust the water. She was no longer taking formula at 9 months.



Hope that helps!

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Hi Andrea. They suggest sterlising baby's bottle until 12 months but i know alot of mums who do it sooner, ie around 6 months. I think it depends on where you live and how good the drinking water is where you are. I personally am going to sterlise my baby boy's bottles until he is probably at least 8-10months old, i may even go to the recommended 12 months as I did with my daughter. I wouldn't however go with tap water, I would definately boil the water until he is 12 months and then switch to full cream milk. You must be getting alot of replies to this one. Anway, I'm sure you'll do what you think is right. Good Luck!

Ce-Ce - posted on 03/26/2010

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I was going to say at 39 months he should not have a bottle. I am from the old school and we boiled bottles until the children were 9 months old.

Lisa - posted on 03/26/2010

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I stopped sterilizing baby bottles when my daughter was 6 months. She developed Thrush when she was about 2 months, that is why we had to boil them. The Dr. said after 5 months she should be okay since her immune system would be fighting off the germs from everything else she puts in her mouth! : )

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