when is it ok to stop sterilizing bottles? how old must your child be to do so?

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Amber - posted on 12/09/2009

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I had a nurse tell me that since my daughter is now 4 months old its ok to stop using boiled water to wash the bottles just use soap and water seeings how at this age they start putting everything in their mouths anyway

Renae - posted on 12/09/2009

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In Australia and some European countries, there is this new theory that nothing should be sterilised anymore because by steralising we are stopping babies from developing natural immunities to germs. As of 2 years ago mums have been told not to steralise bottles, just wash them in dishwashing detergent. Up until 2 years ago we were told to steralise until 12 months old.



I am Australian, but I personally chose to steralise for the first 3 months, even though we are told not to. I figured during the first 3 months babies body needed more protection from germs and after that his body would be better able to deal with them. I have no medical basis for that, its just something I came up with.

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Mike - posted on 12/16/2012

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My son and his family lives with my wife and I and every night my daughter in law gives our 3 year old grandson a bottle of milk to go to bed and to wake up to, but only rinses the bottle out with tap water. I'm concerned that this is why he has throat and ear infections quite often and bacteria from not cleaning out bottles properly. Should I be concerned?

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I would suggest keeping anything that comes in contact with milk sterilized. I have milk goats and absolutely everything that touches the milk is sterilized because milk is one of the worst carriers of bacteria. I do agree with all of you that say it's not necessary to have everything sterilized because our immune systems need to learn to deal with things but with milk being such a carrier for bacteria I would take extra precautions with it.

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I asked my doctor when my first son was a baby and she told me that it didn't make much sense to sterilize bottles past about 6 mos of age since they put everything in their mouths. So even if the bottles are sterilized, their toys, the car keys, the remote, etc. all end in their mouths and that stuff isn't sterilized. You just have to make sure the bottles are washed properly.

Kim - posted on 12/09/2009

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I would sterilize my baby's bottles for at least the first three months. After that, she was eating less frequently that I was able to just put them in the dishwasher with our dishes.

Rachel - posted on 12/09/2009

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Bacteria caused by old milk remnants is worse than other bacteria though, so I would still say it is better to sterilize until they are one. Anyway, mine are late crawlers so that argument doesn't work with me!!

Kelsey - posted on 12/09/2009

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I sterilize them once in a while but not all the time. I dont think its all that necessary. I also agree with many of you that said a little bacteria is good for their immune system. I really dont think there is much bacteria in them anyway because I wash them in scortching hot water with dish soap and a bottle brush. I did sterilize them every day for the first 3 months though.

Kelsey - posted on 12/09/2009

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Quoting paula:

i am still sterilizing ma sons bottles, dummies and spoons, hes jst over a year old, as long as ure baby continues to use them then a would keep doing it. xx


Just wanted to make sure you werent sterilizing the wrong spoons. I suppose he isnt eating from infant spoon anymore but some spoons are made with a certain plastic and you arent supposed to boil or steam them.

Kelly - posted on 12/09/2009

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Quoting Helen:

my baby is 1 in two weeks an has been on cows milk an juice an tap water for 2 month same wiv my eldest 3 wats the point in sterilising wen they reach the age of crawling round on the floor an eating normal food wiv the family she eats the food we eat out of un sterilised pans unsterilsed spoon to stir an unsterilised plates an bowls i think 1 an half is so silly it is a fact that u can protect kids from germs to much that they end up aving a weak imune sytem


I completely agree. Once your baby is moving about on the floor, there's no point. After all you can't sterilise carpets, furniture etc that baby will undoubtedly put in it's mouth at some point. My father-in-law knows someone whose mother sterilised everything, always washed him with antibacterial soaps etc. He ended up in a wheelchair as his immune system was so weakened it couldn't fight off an infection/disease he came down with.

Nichole - posted on 12/09/2009

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3-6 months of age is ample time as considered by most pediatricians that I have spoke with considering that I work in a hospital and have talked to many your child will be exposed to many types of bacteria, as they age and crawl and put things in their mouth...Use your own judgement best I stopped at 3 months with my kids and they never got thrush mouth

Sarah - posted on 12/09/2009

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I never sterilized the bottles. Not sure if it makes a difference on where you live, but here they say you don't need to. Just washing them good and making sure they are rinsed well is fine.

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they say now in this day and age since we have stuff to clean our water that you dont need to sterilze any thing nomore they say not even binkys i sterlized my son bottle once an i still do his binkys evey so often

Rachel - posted on 12/09/2009

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12 months is the recommended time. I would always stick to that as any trapped milk in the teat can be very bad if not cleaned off. I don't want to make my son ill.

Tessa - posted on 12/09/2009

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I think it make a difference where you live. Here's an article from webmd that states that bottles do not need to me sterilized.



http://www.webmd.com/parenting/should-yo...



But, as always, I would check with your pediatrician first. Since I breastfeed this has never been an issue for me. Best of luck!

Helen - posted on 12/09/2009

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my baby is 1 in two weeks an has been on cows milk an juice an tap water for 2 month same wiv my eldest 3 wats the point in sterilising wen they reach the age of crawling round on the floor an eating normal food wiv the family she eats the food we eat out of un sterilised pans unsterilsed spoon to stir an unsterilised plates an bowls i think 1 an half is so silly it is a fact that u can protect kids from germs to much that they end up aving a weak imune sytem

Varinia - posted on 12/09/2009

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The actuall age on which you can stop sterilizing bottles is 1year and six months. If you still want to keep doing it that ok but if you want to stop, the best age to stop is that age.

The bacteries that get produced in the bottles that don't get sterilized can cause lots of ilnesses because the bowles of your baby can't fight them yet, once they are 1 year and 6 months they can handle them and fight them of. Ofcourse its only commen sense the bottle is washed before used again, but you don't need to sterilizing.

Besides the age decided by scientist you just have to make out for yourself with what you feel comfterable =)

Kelly - posted on 12/09/2009

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I stopped once my son started crawling. I didn't see the point in sterilizing bottles when he was on the move because everything he touched started being put in his mouth.

Paula - posted on 12/09/2009

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i am still sterilizing ma sons bottles, dummies and spoons, hes jst over a year old, as long as ure baby continues to use them then a would keep doing it. xx

Tsholo - posted on 12/09/2009

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it is not advisable to stop stterilizing the bottles aslong as your child still drinks from it

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