What steps do you take to sanitize baby bottles?

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Mia - posted on 01/23/2011

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My son went on bottles at 6months, latest recommendation was to ensure you used hot/soapy water or even better a dishwasher, no need to sterilise as this is good enough. I also then once washed in dishwasher would put them in the fridge in a container as bacteria can't live in the cold. No need for timely sterilisers or that awful Milton's stuff! I did the same with his dummies & any syringes I needed for his medicine.

Caroline - posted on 01/03/2011

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when bottles are brand new outta the package I do a pre-rinse of HOT soapy water, then stick them in the Avent steam sterilizer that we have, let cool enough so they are still warm and then with a paper towel I wipe them down and put away (When the bottles are still warm the water droplets that I cant wipe out evaporate instantly.. if cold, then they seem to just stay wet)
After we use them: pre-rinse in hot soapy water, then steam sterilize them. and then once a week boil them for 5 minutes.

Carlene - posted on 01/28/2011

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I just bought a dishwasher that you can hook up to the sink... i'm lazy

Caroline - posted on 01/06/2011

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i always use the steam sterlizer in the microwave after washing them.. brillant

Sammie - posted on 01/05/2011

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I wash bottles, teats and all in hot soapy water, rinse and then throw them in the microwave sterilizer for 5 minutes. Job done :)

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Stifler's - posted on 02/09/2011

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Once he hit 6 months they all got put o the top shelf of the dishwasher

Stevie - posted on 02/09/2011

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I always put my bottles and pump fully assembled into a giant ziploc freezer bag ater sanitizing (washing then boiling) them and just changed the bag every once in awhile since I mostly always nursed my son and didn't use them that often.

Stifler's - posted on 02/07/2011

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I always filled the small sink with hot water adn detergent, scrubbed with a bottle brush and rinsed then microwave sterilised. then put them all on the bottle drying rack.

Chantelle - posted on 01/31/2011

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I wash them in warm soapy water, rinse them off, let them sit in boiling water for 5 or so minutes then use the steam sterilizer

Dusty - posted on 01/26/2011

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I rinse them out, them let them soak in steaming hot water for about 10 mintutes! Washes them like normal, let them air dry, every other use I'll wash them like normal then turn around & put them in the dish washer to get that really good hot water & steam & dry to sanitize like they need to be! It worked! I tried to breast feed them but I simply wasn't producing enough, & was drying up so quick, & they were only a yr apart! I didn't know there was someone you could call for help! So I just put them on bottles! I even do that with their sippie cups now! Just not as often tho!

Erika - posted on 01/25/2011

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We use the Playtex drop ins. We just wash the bottle, ring and nipples in hot soapy water and rinse. Its so convenient. We tried other bottles, but these were best for us. I plan to do the same with the next baby. Just get all new nipples to suit him. Those say just to boil at first, then wash them as usual after that.

Melanie - posted on 01/25/2011

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I have used the dishwasher for 26 years. This first time I used the dishwasher to sanitize my new baby's bottles I called the local health department and they gave me the thumbs up. I later worked at Children's Hospital and also found it was a proper way to sanitize bottles.

Mia - posted on 01/24/2011

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That's exactly right Jessica! And also as good as we think we are at sterilising stuff, we won't do it the way it really should be done, contaminating stuff without even really knowing about it. Don't they say there's being clean and there's really being clean and the latter isn't always a good way to be, some bugs are needed for immune development. My son being prem, certainly never suffered & was a healthier baby than my first son who wasn't prem and who I atempted to sterilise all his stuff. I can certainly appreciate circumstances where things do need to be sterile if a bub is immune-compromised & it is recommended by a specialist.

Jessica - posted on 01/24/2011

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If you read the labels on formula it also states that the formula is not sterile and their for should not be fed to premature babies or babies with special health needs. So really what is the point in sanitizing something just to feed them non sterile milk out of it.

Gina - posted on 01/21/2011

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i bought a bottle sterilizer at babies r us its great u wash the bottles then pop them in the sterilizer hit the button when it beeps bottles are sterilized

Nikole - posted on 01/19/2011

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Dishwasher. I boil the nipples and pacifiers once a week. :) Ry is almost a year old and she hasn't been sick yet.

Sandra - posted on 01/16/2011

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My husband and I never worried about boiling the bottles. We just washed them thoroughly in hot, soapy water and our 2 boys turned out just fine...

Angelique - posted on 01/16/2011

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I keep in mind that though babies do not have an immune system & must build one up, a certain amount of germs/bacteria are good. So i sterilise my son's bottle teats in boiling water & Miltons solution (antibacterial for babies/wounds,etc) and then rinse in hot water. His bottles I wash first when doing dishes- i always wash dishes with dishwashing liquid & a teaspoon of bleach in hot water. I put a little kettle water in his bottle and pop it into microwave for about 10seconds and rinse it with that water.

My son is now 5 months, he has had all his injections, and has not been sick at all!

Alexandria - posted on 01/14/2011

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I soak my son's bottles in a bleach and water concentrate. Then after a few minutes in there I wash it with an antibacterial soap, then soak in hot water for a few minutes and rinse.

Conniemarie - posted on 01/14/2011

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I liked to wash them in hot soapy water. Then I usually used a microwave sanitizer. I also had an eletric sanitizer in his room for nipples, it kept them that way for up to 48 hrs. ( i live in a really old house and am prone to germs,lol. I am a bit paranoid when he was so little :p)

Julia - posted on 01/14/2011

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I also use the drop ins for that same reason. I breastfed my son for the first 5 wks then he had to be supplemented bc he had lost a pound n 3 oz. Luckily i had him he was 9lbs 11 oz so it wasn't threatening his health but once he got that bottle n the formula came out faster that my breast milk he just quit the boob. If i had a dish washer id use that as well. it just gives me peace of mind to steam them. Over all hes been healthy a few colds here n there, its that time of year. on top of him just starting daycare so i change his clothes as well as my 4 yr old wen we get home n Lysol his car seat. i try n protect them from germs but not to over do so much.

Jessica - posted on 01/13/2011

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I breastfeed my son fully until 7 months so I didn't use bottles for a long time. Now I do both and I use the playtex dropins so I have a sterile liner every time and don't have to worry about steaming them. I just wash the nipples in the dishwasher and the rewash them with dawn soap afterwards and let dry. I only have 3 bottles though since I wasn't in a need of them for so long so usually throughout the day I just wash out the nipple with soap and water and the edges of the bottle and use new liners. At the end of the day is when I put them in the dishwasher to run over night, then soapy water in the am to restart the day. My son has never been sick and I have never steamed or boiled a bottle in my life.

Julia - posted on 01/13/2011

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I soak them in scolling hot soapy water until i can touch the water then i wash them. After i rinse them i put them in my bottle steamer, which runs for 3 minutes. Im sort of a germ a phob.

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Eleasa - posted on 01/11/2011

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I use sol-u-guard in a sink of hot water, soak for 15 mins. rinse off with water and hang dry. It's made from lemon and time but kills H1N1 + other bateria strains and is safe for my daughter.

Jaime - posted on 01/11/2011

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I let then soak in hot, soapy water and scrub them with a bottle brush and let air dry. Every few weeks I soak them in bleach water and then wash and let air dry. When I buy brand new ones i do boil the bottles and nipples for a few mins before my son drinks out of them. In emergencies I have bought a bottle from the store and gave it to my son without sterilizing it and he was fine.

Melinda - posted on 01/10/2011

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for both my babies i breastfed for at least 13 months. They rarely had a bottle. When they did I prefered to use drop ins, and i poiled the nipples for 5 min after runing them through the dishwasher on sanitizing clean mode.

MICHELE - posted on 01/10/2011

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The first time I use the bottle I boil them as directed on the box & then I just wash the bottles with soap & water which my Dr said is ok because

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1.) Wash all in soap and wate
2.) Boil water in a pot/ sterilizer
3.) leave bottles,covers,nipples and rings into boiled water for 10 minutes.
3.) Remove all and keep it in a clean container.
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Kunang - posted on 01/06/2011

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I used the microwave bottle sterilizer, that basically steams them. Oh and before that I wash them with soapy water. Quick, easy and cheap!

Rowena - posted on 01/06/2011

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i was unable to breastfeed and found that even though you still wash the bottles in soapy water the best way is the microwave sanitiser and its alot easier if your away for a couple of days :)

Tammy - posted on 01/06/2011

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I do like everyone else is saying wash the bottles first with soap and water and then I have one pot out of all my pots that I boil the bottles in and I boil them for about 5min as everyone else was saying. I let the dry for a about half hour to an hour and then put them away in a small plastic container I got from biglots. the doctor said that was the best way to do it. My little man has gotten so big I feel like I am making bottles every few hours lol. good luck sweetie :).

Paige - posted on 01/05/2011

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I start out by adding soaking the bottles and all it's parts in bleach water with dish detergent in the water. I wash the bottles well in the bleach/soap water then take out and put bottles and their parts in a bottle steamer that is microwavable . I steam everything for 9 minutes then I'm done. To make my bottles last longer, I usually use a bottle for an entire day the move on to the next clean bottle. This helps out when it comes to all that bottle washing! My son is 10 mos. old and has only had one cold. I chalk this up to how well I keep his bottles and toys sanatized. Hope this helps! :)

Ashley - posted on 01/05/2011

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Put them in the dishwasher! LOL

That is it - my other half tried to boil them, etc when she was first born and I would just wash them, etc or place them in the dishwasher. He finally gave up trying to keep up with everything and just puts them in dishwasher now too - I breast fed and tried to stay away from bottles, but eventually had to pump if I wanted to go anywhere that I could not take her and then at 4 1/2 months back to work :(

Oh well - she is now 10 months old - only been sick once and that was the weekend after Thanskgiving and seeing 80 people! Plus black friday shopping without her shopping cart cover.

Amber - posted on 01/05/2011

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i would wash them in the sink with hot soapy water & rinse them very well, and air-dry? what is everyone so afraid of?

Krista - posted on 01/04/2011

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I put them in the dishwasher. U don't boil the glasses you drink out of do u? A dishwasher gets em just as clean

Hailey - posted on 01/04/2011

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i wash them in hot soapy water then u can either boil them for a few mins or buy a steriliser they only take a few mins to sterilise bottles not sure about where u r n wat diff countries have but u can also buy a sterilising solution at most supermarkets its wat they used in hospitals here in aus but the bottles have to b left in it for at least an hr

Rachel - posted on 01/04/2011

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i soak them in hot soapy water, once its cooled down i use the bottle brush to scrub them rinse them under running water and put them in the seroliser or/ have a large pot of boiling water ready and put them in there for 3-5 mins keep an eye on it tho one time i forgot they were there and water evaporated with the steam so i had 6 melted bottles lol i dont believe i the microwave sterolizers

also if you have a bottle rack to let them drip after sterolizing will be agood idea instead of wasting money on paper towels constantly

Alysha - posted on 01/03/2011

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I normally let my bottles soak in pure hot soapy water. Then wash them out really good. Then once a month I'll boil them in filtered water for 10 mins.

Corrin - posted on 01/03/2011

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Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2011

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I wash them with soap and water like normal and then let them dry on this cool drying mat which is a square that looks like grass, but they're big plastic blades which are awesome at letting me wedge bottles or products of any size to dry. I dry everything on it... pacifiers, bottles, cleaning brushes.

Kristin - posted on 11/09/2010

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I wash them in HOT(where my hands are burning) soapy water, then rinse em off and boil them for 2 minutes.... use to be 5 mins but they changed it to 2 mins... which I thought was weird, but my Health Nurse, and Home Nurse both said 2 mins!

Curi - posted on 11/09/2010

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we had regular bottles with nat and we would put them in the dishwasher and if they didnt seem to be getting clean we boiled them, which that messed some of the types of bottles up like the air-vent ones. we decided to go with glass bottles this time around because of our daughters bottles, if you leave stuff (anything) in there for more than a day they start to smell gross and it is a permanent smell, like the bottle is decomposing or something, we also dont have a dishwasher at the place we are at now.....since glass wont get smelly we decided to buy those. but hopefully wont be using them much since i hope to breastfeed for a while. hope that helps with your choice.

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i also agree with what melissa said i am breastfeeding right now but will be going back to work for 2 days a week and will have to use bottles some of us aren't that lucky to now have to work. good luck!

Aicha - posted on 09/22/2010

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don't use baby bottles as I will be breastfeeding and staying at home with babies

Mellissa - posted on 09/21/2010

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I wash the bottles in soap and water, then boil them for 5 minutes. That's the way my pediatrician told me to do it. They also have bottle sanitizers that you can get at wal mart that you just put in the microwave after you've washed the bottles. :)

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