washing bottles in dishwasher???

Lisa - posted on 11/22/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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anone else wash their bottles in the dishwasher? i thought you couldnt do that but my pedi said it was fine as long as they were on the top rack and the bottles were dichwasher safe. i am so tired of washing bottles lol but i want to do whats sanitary for my baby. so it it safe or not? thanx moms!!

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i do. most dishwashers' rinse cycle water is hot enough to sterilize the bottles. just make sure to rinse your dishes before they go in, or else you might get chunks of food on the bottles. i always rinse my bottles and nipples in super hot water when they come out and leave them to air dry, and boil everything a couple times a week just to be on the safe side. get a basket to put the nipples in and you're ready to go, they have a few types at walmart or wherever you buy your baby stuff from. :)

Kari - posted on 11/24/2010

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When my kids used bottles I always put them in the dishwasher on the top rack. I used a basket to put all the parts in (I had the playtex ventaire and there were many parts).

Laura - posted on 11/23/2010

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I never owned a dishwasher...I take that back--I own a pair and they are on the ends of my arms. : ) Unless you count my husband, too!

Personally, I have never worried too much about sterilizing bottles. I started with hand washing and boiling everything then stopped when my daughter was a few months old. I found my daughter sitting on the floor one day chewing on a cat toy, just having a grand time, and thought she is either going to get dreadfully sick with some sort of nasty bug or nothing will happen. Nothing happened! After that I thought the time I spent trying to sterilize bottles and nipples was pointless if she was going to find cat toys to chew on! I washed everything in hot, soapy water and rinsed everything in hot water and she was fine. Bottom line, if you have a dishwashing machine, then I think you will be fine using it. Babies find and put all sorts of yucky stuff in their mouths and never get sick so CLEAN bottles and nipples should be enough. Hope this helps!

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I know people who do, and most bottles and accessories (nipples, rings, etc) ARE dishwasher safe. I never did it though because I always worried that soap residue would get caught in the tiny little nooks and crevaces and it would upset my son's tummy. I may have been paranoid but oh well lol I always hand washed all of his dishes. Even to this day (he's 3) I still hand wash his sippy cups and all the straws that go with it. Yeah, it's a pain but it makes me feel better lol

Kinda on the same topic.....I won't be washing ANY sippy cups anymore after today. My son has gone 4 days with NO SIPPY CUP! He's had all of his drinks from a regular cup so ahhhhhhh....freedom is near.....lol

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Barbara - posted on 11/27/2010

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I never put anything plastic into the dishwasher. There are a lot of chemical processes that goes into the making of plastic.
Glass I think would be fine.

Rosie - posted on 11/26/2010

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top rack dishwasher is safe for them. it actually sanitizes them as well.

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I always washed mine in the dishwasher and nothing ever happened but with all the fear of bpa and plastics I can understand why you would worry.

Stifler's - posted on 11/24/2010

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I put the bottle bits on the bottom if there's no room. But I rinse stuff before it goes in the dishwasher anyway so there's no food in there.

Leah - posted on 11/24/2010

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It is safe to use the dishwasher. I always have. I put them in the top rack to be safe.

Dora - posted on 11/24/2010

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I washed my sons by hand. I was just worried about any residue the dishwasher might leave on the bottles. I have to say Shannon's response sounds like a good idea. I think I may even try that when our 2nd baby is born.

Lindsey - posted on 11/24/2010

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I always used the dishwasher to wash my childrens bottle and I have 3. You are correct that if you put them on the top rack, they will be just fine. It is common for first time mothers to do everything to the T that the doctor says. I know I did. It is just as safe as washing them buy hand.

Morgan - posted on 11/24/2010

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I ve always used the dishwasher to wash our bottles just on the hottest setting :)

Merri - posted on 11/24/2010

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From the time my son was born until he stopped taking a bottle we used the dishwasher. It worked fine. I always did set it for extra rinse but I still do that. I thought the dishwasher was easier as we used dr browns and their was like 5 pieces to wash.

Ashley - posted on 11/24/2010

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I don't see the harm in dish washing the bottles as long as they are dish washer safe, but the bottles that my son used (Playtex Ventaire) had like 5 parts to it and I felt like the dish washer wouldn't clean them good enough, so I hand washed them so I made sure every nook & cranny was cleaned! Just my opinion though, you do whatever you feel is ok/right! :)

Erin - posted on 11/24/2010

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I use my dishwasher, my daughter is 3 weeks old and she is fine. We just have it on the sanitizing cycle and I wash with detergent the 1st time and then run them through without it the 2nd time.

Charlie - posted on 11/23/2010

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I wouldnt , i still steralize until around 8-9months and unless you clean your dishwasher often and not use rinse aid then perhaps but personally i wouldnt .

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I used the top rack of the dishwasher and the sanitizing cycle. I bought a dishwasher basket to hold the nipples and bottle rings. That way they wouldn't fall to the bottom of the dishwasher.

Andrea - posted on 11/23/2010

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I washed my bottles in the dishwasher. Before I stopped sterilizing I used the sanitizing cycle on my dishwasher too.

Stifler's - posted on 11/23/2010

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I used to sterilise them after they came out although it was unnecessary. But once he was 6 months I stopped and put the steriliser away.

Nuha - posted on 11/23/2010

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my baby never took a bottle...she prefered breast feeding all time... but what i saw from my friends that they were boilling the bottles...i think it'll be more safer for ur baby... just try to do it.. its just few months from ur baby's age :)

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I did. I almost never hand washed them. Of course, I do use special dishwasher soap (environment friendly - so no harsh chemiclas) and I always put them on the top rack. I always felt that I never got them quite clean enough with hand washing (and boiling felt extreme...), so I just took them apart and thew them in with the rest of the dishes! A bit of advice though, get a little lid or something for your silverware section if you put the nipple part in there - they can come out with the wash cycle and melt on the elements in the dishwasher - eek! lol...

Stifler's - posted on 11/22/2010

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i have been doing that since my kid was like 2 months old. he's never had gastro.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/22/2010

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I know plenty of people that do....I never have. My first kid I BF and bottle fed....always hand washed and if I thought they needed more....I boiled them. The reason is cause I find dried detergent sometimes on things, I don't want my kids drinking it if I don't catch it. I am strictly bf'ing right now. Not sure if I helped, but that's what I would do.

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