When can kids drink tap water not boiled water and also when do you stop sterilizing their bottles?

Chloe - posted on 05/27/2009 ( 47 moms have responded )

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My son is about to turn one and i have no idea when i can stop sterilizing his bottles and giving him tap water instead of boiled.

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Lynell - posted on 05/30/2009

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My boys (now 14, 12, 7, and 7months) all went without sterilization and started tap water in small amounts around 6 months in a spill proof sippy. They are all healthy and wonderful! =)

Darla - posted on 05/27/2009

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With my two children at 1 year old we threw the bottle away in the trash Gone they even helped the water thing I can not remember when I started tap water

Samantha - posted on 05/30/2009

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as soon as my children started crawling and putting things in their mouths i thought it a bit pointless to sterilize,i figured that they were eating enough crap off th floor! lol.as for tap water i started my bub on that at 10mnths n also changed her to cows milk at that time doing half half in her bottle.

Melanie - posted on 05/30/2009

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You can stop sterilising now really hun as long as your son has built up a good immune system i.e/ plays with his toys on the floor, eats from his bowls and spoons that have just been washed up and not sterlized and my son has been drinking filtered water since he was 6mths so ur good to go on the tap, hope that helps! x

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Robbie Lee - posted on 04/24/2014

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my 11 month old granddaughter wont drink any kind of water... Any solutions to get her to like water?

Mel - posted on 05/30/2009

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thanks to everyone on this thread because you have know saved us the trouble of using boiled water with our next! we now know its safe to use tap water from birth thankyou everyone

Vicki - posted on 05/30/2009

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Oh my dear. Save yourself the trouble of sterilizing bottles. Just rinse with hot water.

And unless you feel your tap water is unsafe, let your child drink it.

Zoe - posted on 05/30/2009

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I stopped sterilizing bottles as soon as my babies started crawling around the floor x whats point in sterilising when they getting germs from being on floor x

Adele - posted on 05/30/2009

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I sterilized my sons bottles until he stopped using a bottle at around one . However, I had a sterilizer that went in to the dishwasher so it was no big deal. I learned later from his pediatrician that washing bottles in a dishwasher with a heated drying cycle was just as effective. I never boiled water for him to drink. We all drank bottled water at the time. Here's a tip, washing toothbrushes in a dishwasher does the same thing!

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Quoting Claire:

I know alot of mums on here are from the US but in the UK we are told to sterlise everything until your baby is a year old and use cool boiled water until the baby is a year old, not doing so would be viewed as a major major sin.Also we are told not to ever used filtered water due to the carbon etc used to filter it. On the whole I follow all of this as children tend to pick up enough germs etc stuffing their hands in their mouth left right and centre to build up immunity. Still, alot off people obiously arent spending ages sterilising things and their kids are fine so it does ake you wonder why that is still the advise here??


I'm in the UK too. I can't say I know anyone who can be bothered with sterilising everything after six months, once their kids are mobile and sticking all manner of things into their little mouths.



I think the boiled water thing would also be more relevant depending where you live in the UK. While I'll probably use boiled water to make up formula till my baby reaches 1yr, i've never heard only cooled boiled water after six months for a drink. Maybe if you live in a hard water area it might taste better than straight from the tap.

Bonnie - posted on 05/30/2009

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i sterilized bottles with my daughter till about 1 month old then reality of work and everything else set back in and i had no time!!! LOL i also always used tap water for my daughter and i will again for the son i am having

Wendy - posted on 05/30/2009

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I steralized my babies bottles until they were using sippy cups. A dishwasher is the best way to sterilize both bottles & Sippy cups. I never boiled tap water, but I did use Nursery water until they were over a year.

Amanda - posted on 05/28/2009

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I stopped at 1 when the pediatrician said it was safe to give them tap water. I stopped sterilized at one yr too.

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Quoting Claire:

I know alot of mums on here are from the US but in the UK we are told to sterlise everything until your baby is a year old and use cool boiled water until the baby is a year old, not doing so would be viewed as a major major sin.Also we are told not to ever used filtered water due to the carbon etc used to filter it. On the whole I follow all of this as children tend to pick up enough germs etc stuffing their hands in their mouth left right and centre to build up immunity. Still, alot off people obiously arent spending ages sterilising things and their kids are fine so it does ake you wonder why that is still the advise here??



I don't know...maybe it has something to do with the difference in the way water is treated there vs. here?  That's all I can think of :)

Helen - posted on 05/28/2009

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at about 6 months is average- by then they are crawling around and eating any bits the hover have missed anyway so steralising will make no difference

Claire - posted on 05/28/2009

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I know alot of mums on here are from the US but in the UK we are told to sterlise everything until your baby is a year old and use cool boiled water until the baby is a year old, not doing so would be viewed as a major major sin.Also we are told not to ever used filtered water due to the carbon etc used to filter it. On the whole I follow all of this as children tend to pick up enough germs etc stuffing their hands in their mouth left right and centre to build up immunity. Still, alot off people obiously arent spending ages sterilising things and their kids are fine so it does ake you wonder why that is still the advise here??

Sarah - posted on 05/28/2009

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Hi they advise you sterilize bottles till 12 months & then your child can go onto normal milk.....from this point i gave my children normal tap water aswell

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Melissa - posted on 05/28/2009

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Not sure about the boiling water for bottles, but what i was told by the midwives at the hospital was "keep the bottles clean and rinsed with hot soapy water- not sterile"



The reasoning behind sterlising bottles/ equipment was because water supplies in towns way back when, wernt as good as it is now- the quality of water is MUCH better today- so unless you live on a farm/property or using bore water then it isnt really needed.

Carlie - posted on 05/27/2009

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I have hidden the fact I stopped steralising when bub was about 2 - 3 months from most people, simply because of the "tsk tsk, bad mother" response I received!! Am so glad to hear that other people didn't steralise or stopped early on as well. As long as you have good personal hygiene and wash the bottles properly, I can't see the point of continual steralising (especially when you consider everything else babies put in their mouths!) You guys have made my day!

Emma - posted on 05/27/2009

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In a book i was ready the first 6 months of babys life i got when had my daughter from hosp says at 6 months you can stop steralising and use tap water instead of boiled x

Chloe - posted on 05/27/2009

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yeh my son has a sippy cup for water and uses the bottles for milk it would be a little harder to mix the formula in a sippy cup lol so im guessing they can have cows milk when they are one?

Chloe - posted on 05/27/2009

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oh wow awesome yeh i clean them in really hot water with the bottle brush then sterilize and then boil the water for then and have to wait for it to cool.. so time consuming lol glad to hear i dont have to worry about all that anymore lol

Rachel - posted on 05/27/2009

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ok, here goes the wonderful world of different docs. i have a son that is 9 months old (8-8-08)and i was told i didnt need to boil his water for formula after he was 6 months old. my sister has a daughter that is 4 months old(1-11-09) and was told not to boil the water at all. as for sterilizing the bottles, i did it before i used them for the first time and only now and then after that. and that was only when they got dropped outside in a mudpuddle or something like that. my sister was told to sterilze anything that went to the babies mouth everytime it hit the floor if it was not in your own home. and beside all that, at a yr old, your son should probably be using a sippy cup of some kind and no longer using a bottle. but then again, that could depend on what you doc says to...........

Mel - posted on 05/27/2009

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you dont need to steralize bottles after about a month old just run them under hot water, after 6 months you dont need to use boiled water. im surprised youve done it for this long well done! but dont worry you can just clean the bottles with warm water and a bottle brush and use tap water

Heather - posted on 05/27/2009

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With my first baby, we sterilized everything before the first use and then just used dishwasher after that; same as this time. We do use distilled water in our bottles still though. We never used the bottle after 1 year old; when my son went to cow's milk, he went to a sippy cup.

Chloe - posted on 05/27/2009

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wow yeh ok cool well i think that the chemicals in the sterilizer is probably worse for him then whatever they put in the water.

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My son's been on tap water since he started formula at 6 weeks old and never had the runs from it. I think Sandi is right.....it's something passed on from previous generations when it was the healthy thing to do. Now, it's not necessary though. It's one of those pieces of advice that I heard in the begining and put it in the "stuff to take with a grain of salt" category lol

Chloe - posted on 05/27/2009

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wow thank you so much everyone for your help. The reason i sterilize my sons bottles and give him boiled water is because i was told that is what you are suppose to do lol. I have been thinking a little bit lately why am i still doing it haha but it seems this is only something that was done back in the day... Im pretty sure it was my grandmother and my dad that told me to do this which would explain it haha. I got told when you first put kids onto tap water it gives them diarrhea to begin with, is this true?

Kristen - posted on 05/27/2009

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Well, for one thing - children need to get an imune system to simple things. I feel that after you take your child off the bottle you do not need to boil water or give bottled water. I stopped boiling my daughter's bottles at 9-10 months. Yet she broke herself of the bottle shortly after.

Kim - posted on 05/27/2009

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I dont steralize at all and my daughter is only 3 months. I use very very hot water and I use filtered water from the fridge. I also give her ice chips when we are out and they aren't boiled water and she has not had a problem!

Samantha - posted on 05/27/2009

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I dont sterilize my sons bottles. My fiance did this to all of his bottles, but i just threw them in the dishwasher.

Rachael - posted on 05/27/2009

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I only sterilize my daughters toys after she throws them on the floor in stores or restaurants. I've never boiled bottles or cups for her other than right after buying them to make sure they are clean and now that the kitchen is finished I stick them in the dishwasher. I give her water in a sippy cup from the dispenser on the fridge door. She's very healthy and we haven't had any problems with it making her sick.

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I just wanted to say that I've never heard of boiling water for babies or sterilizing bottles on a regular basis until I came to Circle of Moms. When I was pregnant, every book I read and every website I visited said only to boil water if it is well water that hasn't been purified and if you don't trust it, use bottled water (not distilled). I'm sitting here reading What To Expect the First Year and it says "Bottles and nipples don't need to be sterilized with special equipment. Dishwashers (or sink washing with detergent and hot water) get them clean enough. Some doctors recommend submerging bottles and nipples in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes before the first use." This is also what it says on the package directions for just about every bottle I've ever seen. I'm just curious to know why so many are boiling water and sterilizing bottles so often? I'm not making any judgements or being a smart a$$ or anything, promise....I've just never heard of such a thing except for back when glass bottles were the norm.

Sandi - posted on 05/27/2009

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On sterilizing bottles = 1st bb...a long while, 2nd bb....not at all! They are both alive and well.

Estela - posted on 05/27/2009

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I began giving our son tap water at six months. If he drank 4 oz of our tap water, that was a sufficient amount of flouride so I didn't have to give him the drops. As for sterilizing, I only did that for a month. I gave that up quickly.

Katherine - posted on 05/27/2009

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My information was that boiling water and complete sterilization was only important when there were health issues AKA a premie. If you son is about to turn one I'd say stop doing all that extra work immediately.

Penny - posted on 05/27/2009

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My son is almost two now and I never used bottle water or sterilized his bottles (call me old fashioned) I always just used HOT water to wash his bottles or sometimes used the drop in bottles. At age one however I took him off the bottle and he drank from only sippy cups. Have you started sippys at all? At about seven or eight months I started giving him straight cool tap water in his sippys and now he has no problem drinking just water sometimes. ( yes he drinks milk and juices as well even though I still water the juices down)

Rebecca - posted on 05/27/2009

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They say you dont need to sterilize bottles and water once they turn 4 months old. To me that seems a bit early I would say around the six month mark.

Claire - posted on 05/27/2009

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In general once a child reaches one you can stop sterilizing bottles using boiled water and they can go onto whole cows milk rather than formula.

User - posted on 05/27/2009

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My daughter is nearly 9 months old and I have never used boiled water or sterilized her bottles. I just washed them out with really hot, soapy water, and rinsed them in water as hot as I could get it. She's been on occasional breast-milk bottles since she was 3 weeks old, and I weaned her onto formula when she was 3 1/2 months old (she was clamping so hard, I was crying while nursing her). She's only had the sniffles twice and never been really sick.

Carolyn - posted on 05/27/2009

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There are several new studies out that say you don't have to sterilize bottles. All of the direction towards sterilizing and boiling water came from a time when water quality was not nearly what it is today.

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