Sterilizing Bottles & Boiling Water

Jodi-Rae - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I was wondering at what age you should stop sterilizing bottles and boiling water for your baby. Also if you have stopped sterilizing bottles then how do you clean them

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Mel - posted on 05/30/2009

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Quoting Kim:

i didnt know that i thought you were always to sterilize the bottle up until one year old. Well my son is 5 months now, do you recommend that i stop then.


 



as mentioned you dont have to past a few weeks this comes form the nurses but if you feel more comfortable doing so then that is fine to

Jaime - posted on 05/30/2009

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I sterilized my Son's bottles once and then never again....I boiled all the parts for 10 minutes and each subsequent cleaning was done with regular dish water. My Son has not had thrush or any other kind of ailment that relates to a build up of bacteria. It is only a recommendation that you sterilize the bottles continuously. If you sterilize bottles up to a year old, how will your child ever have the chance to build up a tough immunity to all the germs they will come in contact with shortly after they begin to walk and are playing at the park or someone's home. I think that if your child is given a clean bill of health from day one, and shows signs of strength when being introduced to new things, then being overly cautious about cleanliness might do more harm than good. That is not to say that I believe that a messy, dirty home is best for your child---I'm simply saying that the 'over protective' urge that comes out often in parents needs to take a break when it comes to certain things like sterilizing bottles, feeding certain foods before 6 months/1 year or whatever the case may be. If there is not a history of allergies in your family or if your child is not prone to infections, then I think you can take ease with the probability that your child will adjust quite easily to the non-sterile world.

Kim - posted on 05/27/2009

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i didnt know that i thought you were always to sterilize the bottle up until one year old. Well my son is 5 months now, do you recommend that i stop then.

Samantha - posted on 05/27/2009

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I boiled them once aweek, ran them threw the dishwasher once a week, and I changed the nipples every couple of months, sooner if the nipples got sticky. I did wash them in the sick with a brush just for them, but they got "super cleanings" a couple times aweek. I was just a really anal to make sure her bottles were good and clean.

Krista - posted on 05/26/2009

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I boiled when new, now I just throw them in the dishwasher. I used distilled water until 6 months to mix formula.

Jolene - posted on 05/26/2009

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I assume if you are steralizing bottles then you are using glass ones? I started off with glass bottles, but soon after switched to the playtex drop ins. I would wash the nipples with warm soapy water and run boiling water over them. I did that untill 1 month and then just used the hot soapy water to wash them. If you are using glass bottles then you just do the same thing to wash the bottle...hot soapy water and a bottle brush. As for boiling the water I only did that untill she was over 1 month as well.

Nancy - posted on 05/26/2009

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I stopped sterilizing bottles and boiling water when my daughter reached 4 months.

Mel - posted on 05/26/2009

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maybe a month old is when i stopped, cant remember exactly a nurse friend told me you dont have to, i just put them in the sink and tip boiling water over them until maybe 6 months then after that they dont need boiled water so you just clean them out with a bottle cleaner. i wont use soapy water, never have i just dont like the idea on a baby bottle. i have had a go at my dad for trying to wash the bottles in soapy water once. i just use hot water

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The only time I ever sterilized a bottle was when they were brand new. I followed the package directions and after that I never boiled them at all. My son is 19 months old and I do a sinkful of his dishes every day with regular dish soap and a bottle brush. Hot water rinse and make sure all the soap is off and they dry on a rack. As for the water, I think that all depends on the water quality in your area. I have always just used tap water, never boiled it. The water in my area is safe and one of the best in the state. You can buy a water testing kit at any hardware store and it will tell you what is in your water and in what quantities.

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