Sterilzation of baby's bottles

Navneet - posted on 01/15/2012 ( 46 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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Ruth - posted on 01/16/2012

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When my cousins baby was small he stayed sick a lot and his mom couldn't figure out why. She took him to the pediatrician and told him that she couldn't understand it because she sterilized his bottles, his binky, his toys. The doctor looked her straight in the eye and said, "There's your answer. He can't build up any immunity to germs because you sterilize everything he touches." true story. Hope it helps. You could be over sterilizing his life.

Kim - posted on 01/15/2012

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I boiled my daughters bottles until she started crawling and putting everything in her mouth. After that I didn't see the point since the floor and everything else she tried to eat and suck on wasn't sterilized. I wouldn't buy another one. The food he eats and everything else aren't sterile so I wouldn't worry about his bottles.

Michelle - posted on 01/15/2012

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I have never sterilized my youngest bottles. I wash them in hot soapy water and then rinse then really well in very hot clean water.



Save your money, there's no need to buy a new sterilizer.

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At 19.5 months, your "baby" is a toddler and doesn't need a bottle any longer. Prolonged use of a baby bottle promotes tooth decay in toddlers. Get baby off the bottle and switch to a sippy cup, which of course does not need to be sterilized. And be sure that he/she is not going to bed with the bottle or cup because it is dangerous to the teeth.

Amy - posted on 01/15/2012

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The only time I sterilized my kids bottles is the day they came out of the packaging. Don't waste your money on a bottle sterilizer unless you want to.

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Merry - posted on 01/20/2012

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Aww thanks Navneet. I did wonder if maybe you had a cultural reason to keep sterilizing and yes in India and having rotavirus I cans ee why you kept sterilizing this long!

Do NOT worry about potty training, pushing potty training too young can have serious perminent damage on kids.

They barely have control over their bladder muscles til around 2 years even longer for boys! My son is almost 3 and hes just started being able to know when he needs to pee.



Valerie, please, do tell how we all can potty train our babies so young? We're they really able to realize they needed toeliminate, find the bathroom on their own, pull down pants themselves, pee or poop, wipe themselves, pull up their pants' wash their hands, and resume the day all on their own? No accidents? No pull ups? No needing you to help?



You can't 'teach' a child to have bladder control. This is something they have to come at on their own.

And yes there is elimination communication where newborns do all their eliminating in the toilet and yet yhis is not toilet training. This is mommy training. Mommy sees the baby needs to pee, and places baby on the potty.

Summer - posted on 01/18/2012

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Just throw them in the dishwasher or wash them with hot soapy water. Your son will be fine! Spend that money on something for you. ;o)

Barbara - posted on 01/18/2012

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Boil the bottles and nipples in a pan of water if you decide to wean him off the bottle which he should only be drinking from the bottle at bedtime. Never during the day and he is at the weaning stage and you are on the right track. I just think the bottle shoul be restricted to bedtime and make sure the nipple and top of bottle are cleaned well before sterilizing. Good Luck, Great job so far.

Vanessa - posted on 01/18/2012

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I have raised four little girls all of whom are grown up. I would say you do not need to buy another sterilizer. Your son should be fine with well washed bottles. If you feel the need to sterilize the bottles, Fill a large pot with water and put the bottles in it, then boil the water and your bottles will be sterilized. vanessa

Navneet - posted on 01/18/2012

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@ Laura- thnx a lot fr supporting me. My baby was born in England. We stayed there fr 10 mnths after his birth. When I got out of the hospital, i was strictly advised by the midwife & the pediatrician to sterilize his bottles. I do hv this common sense though that as babies start putting things in their mouths frm floor, there's no point of sterilizing the bottles.

I checked it online & read a pediatrician's blog that there's no need to sterilize other utensils, but babies' bottles do need to be sterilized, no matter what age the baby is.



Another thing! After 10 mnths, we moved to India. Soon after reaching there, my baby was ill( jst on the third day). He suffered frm a serious rota viral infection. He was admitted to a hospital & thank God he recovered after 15 days!! This made us even more careful about him( i think every parent would be at that point!)

When he was 15 mnths old, we permanently moved to Canada. We r in ontario.

@ Valerie- i'm potty training my baby, but he's not yet & I've already put him off the bottle in the day, struggling at night time though.

Zoe - posted on 01/18/2012

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once there crawling hon you should stop.and just treat him as u do the rest of the family.x

Sherri - posted on 01/18/2012

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Well I have never sterilized my kids bottles except when I bought them new from the store. So no you could have stopped ages ago. Although I would be working harder on pulling the bottle then worrying about sterilizing them personally.



Valerie then your kids are the exception not the rule. Very few are ever potty trained that early. The majority of children are not potty trained until they are 2 1/2-3yrs old.

Leah - posted on 01/18/2012

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i've not strilized my boys bottles since he was about 9/10 months (he's now 2).

i stick them in the dishwasher (it's set to 60 degrees c) and then use them as and when i need them he's been fine with them like that

Valerie - posted on 01/18/2012

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Frown all you want. My kids were all potty trained by eighteen months. Twenty momths tops. They are niw sucessful grown men and woman. Homeownera, careerrs in place. Its because structure and self discipline started early

Bernadette - posted on 01/18/2012

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a few people have mentioned that if you don't sterlise the other utensils, then why would you bother with the bottles? The main reason for sterlising bottles is the bacteria that grows in milk residue, not necessarily because of 'germs' that may be on the outside of it. However, by 19 months the amount of bacteria that could grow on milk residue left on bottles really would not be enough to be harmful. As long as you are washing them properly, making sure to get under the rim of the teat, and the hole as well, they should be fine. My kids never really had bottles except on the odd occasions so it wasn't really an issue for me. My daughter still usually has her drink of milk out of sippy cups even though she is nearly 3 (she likes to carry it around the house with her, and we have carpet so spills are a pain to clean and get very smelly) and I occasionally sterilise them but usually only if they haven't been washed straight away and some of the milk build-up was hard to get out. Then I'll do it just to make sure. Otherwise, no need really - the other things they put in their mouths would have far more bacteria than a tiny bit of milk residue. If you really want to do it, like others have suggested - boiling water will do the trick. Or you can buy steriliser tablets that disolve in cold water and you just soak the things in there for about 15 minutes. Then you can just fill up the sink or a big pot and do them all at once.

Caroline - posted on 01/17/2012

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I never sterilised a single bottle for either of my girls. Both were breast fed but got 1 bottle a day of formula from birth. I figured I didn't sterilize my breast and stopped stressing about it from day 1. Just use the left over water from the kettle after it has boiled and don't go over board on the detergent I worry about them drinking the residue!

Bri - posted on 01/17/2012

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I know some people had their children on a bottle til the age of 4 or 5 even , a night bottle is what this one person said in a forum, and she said she did it only because her child would want to drink milk in a sippy cup and they leaked. their child was more used to the nipple. it was more for fun she claims that anything--crazy!





I would say 19 months is too old. but if you want to sanitize them boiling water and leave it in for a few minutes.

Tammy - posted on 01/17/2012

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I had twins at 34 weeks and they went straight into special care, I was shocked because they had to have bottles but the hospital did not sterilize anything. They came out in a very short time and had nothing wrong with them. For my fourth son, now 16 month has only had thing sterilized when brand new.

Kathryn - posted on 01/17/2012

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I always sent bottles through the dishwasher, but at almost 20 months, your son probably doesn't even need bottles anymore! Sippy cups and regular cups aren't sterilized and are more commonly used at that age anyway.

Barbara - posted on 01/17/2012

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I did not sterilize with either of my children. And they both wanted to drink milk from a bottle forever. Everything else was in a cup. I know exactly what you're going through. I always brushed their teeth well and they've never had a problem. In fact, my Mom said I walked around with a bottle much longer than most kids. My teeth are perfect and I never had braces. Hang in there. He'll move on soon enough.

Laura - posted on 01/17/2012

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If he can sit up unsupported then he no longer needs a bottle. Regular cups are just fine or you can get the sippy cups if you feel more comfortable with that. No need to sterilize, his immune system no longer needs it.

Tina - posted on 01/17/2012

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The only time I ever sterilize a bottle is before first use...so def no need IMO. But as you said -getting him off the bottle should be the goal anyhow...Munchkin makes Sippy Cups with Soft Sports Tops that are similar to a bottle...alternately you could start snipping a bit of the nipple until it's no more fun for him....

Merry - posted on 01/17/2012

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Valerie what a dumb question. How many 1 1/2 yr olds are potty trained. Like none!



Navneet, where do you live?

I live in America and we dont usually sterilize stuff here beyond newborn age.

But I don't know where you live so I'm sure the recommendations could be different!



Come on ladies let's try to be civilized!

Katy - posted on 01/17/2012

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I never sterilized my kids bottles. My second was the only that used them anyways. I rean them through the dishwasher. My dishwasher has a sterilize mode that runs super hot water to rinse everything off.

Rachele - posted on 01/17/2012

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Wow.. I cannot believe you have been sterilizing bottles for almost 20 months.. that is REALLY dedicated.



Can I ask you a question? Do you sterilize his forks and spoons? His plates? etc. Why would you continue to need to sterilize the bottles when he is eating and drinking from other things as he gets older?



The old recommendation used to be to sterilize bottles for newborns.. now we have safe drinking water, more strict laws for food dispensers for children and babies, and that practice is no longer needed.



I never did any of my kids bottles, they are fine.



Be happy to be done sterilizing :)

Ashley - posted on 01/17/2012

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We never sterilized our bottles with a special sterilizer. Just put them in the dishwasher.

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I only ever sterilized the bottles when they were brand new. Just that one time, fresh out of the package and into boiling water. After that I just cleaned them with warm, soapy water and made sure to rinse them well.

Donna - posted on 01/17/2012

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If he can drink out of a cup then get rid of the bottles. Throw them out when he 's in bed and tell him they are broken. You didn't need to be sterilizing them all this time.

Deanna - posted on 01/17/2012

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If you keep giving him milk in a bottle, he will keep wanting it in a bottle. Kids can start using a cup as early as six months (to begin learning). Using a bottle so long can be bad for a child's teeth. Just ditch the bottles. Cups are easier to clean anyhow. :) Hope this helps. Good luck!

Deanna - posted on 01/17/2012

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Likewise, I didn't sterilize, but once a week. Other than that, rinse the milk residue in cool water, then wash in warm soapy water and rinse well. My baby is almost 3 months old and hasn't had a cold yet.

Debbie - posted on 01/17/2012

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Just hot soapy water....if you have a dishwasher than that is doing the same thing.

Kate - posted on 01/17/2012

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You don't need to sterilize bottles after they are 4 months old - it's pointless when they are picking all sorts of stuff off the floor that not sterilized. Don't waste your money move him onto beakers and dump the bottles.

Sandra - posted on 01/16/2012

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Hi, you only have to sterilized bottles up to 12 months..then hot soapy water would do...just rinse properly..

Kaitlin - posted on 01/16/2012

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I have never sterilized bottles. My kids are strong, healthy and rarely sick. It's the same idea as trying to keep your kids from any germs whatsoever- it won't help their immune system.

You're fine.

Maria - posted on 01/16/2012

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I stopped sterilising my sons bottles as soon as he started eating solids around 4 months old. The amount of things he was touching and putting in his mouth it was pointless sterilising anything because if he was going to pick something up he was going to do it anyway, though the house and toys were clean there is no way of sterilising it all.

Neetu - posted on 01/16/2012

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Its recommended that sterilising bottles, dishes should not be continued after the baby turns one because they need to develop immunity, soapy water or dishwasher is good enough!

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You don't need to sterilize anymore, but be careful with washing as milk is perfect for breeding bugs.

Paulette Price - posted on 01/16/2012

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Since he's older, I wouldnt invest in buying another sterilizer. I don't think its necessary to sterilize the bottles anymore. But, if you want peace of mind, sterilize them the old fashioned way by boiling them.

Cherie - posted on 01/16/2012

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I never used a sterilizer. I put mine in a pot of water and boiled them for a few minutes on the stove but only for a few months. Now a days you can just put them in the dishwasher and clean them that way.

Stifler's - posted on 01/16/2012

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yeh I stopped sterilising my daughters bottles at 2 months. once they can roll and put crap off the floor in their mouth it's pointless

Erin - posted on 01/16/2012

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You don't need to sterilize anymore. I did for almost the full first year, but then simply rinsed milk residue, washed in hot soapy water and rinsed in clean hot water.

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