when is the best time to stop sterilising babys bottles?

Samantha - posted on 03/21/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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when would you say the best time to stop sterilising babys bottle would be! most of the people i have spoke to have said about 5 mnths but i aint sure just wondered what everyone thought!

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Jaynah - posted on 03/23/2010

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Never did. Totally not a germ-a-phob though! I'm all about building that immune system.

Brenda - posted on 03/22/2010

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I have heard tht it is not good to sterilize the bottles for too long, The baby won't be able to create antibodies on their own if you sterilize too long.

Keely - posted on 03/22/2010

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Here in england we are advised to sterilise the bottles up until 12 months which is what i have done for all three of my boys and will do with my new one when it arrives.

Angela - posted on 03/21/2010

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When your baby starts picking things up off the floor and putting it in their mouth. Sterilize bottles when they're first bought, then hot soapy water is all they need. I wash my daughter's bottles first, and only use the brushes on those - then continue and wash all the other dishes as needed. (we don't have a dishwasher). Its a germy world - they have to be exposed to it sometime!

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Jennifer - posted on 03/27/2010

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I have seen shows on TV where they are filling bottles with tap water.. Just wondering what state you live in?? I'm in CA, and would never drink our tap water... Well, unless I had to :)

Alyssa - posted on 03/24/2010

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Never! When they get off of them then you have to do the same with their sippy cups. Get used to it or they will get thrush and its not fun.

Heidi - posted on 03/24/2010

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ive always been told the first year, but we stopped once we started giving her tap water at 7 mths........ wish i had read your comments sooner and save myself alot of time!!

Caroline - posted on 03/24/2010

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I never sterilized either. Normal germs (assuming you don't live in India & wash in say, the Ganges, where sewage is present) are GOOD for building natural immunity. Here in the USA we're told you don't have to sterilize bottles if the baby was not premature or immune-compromised. My baby is now 17 months old, and has NEVER been sick. He was born at home, where he faced only germs he was immune to already, since I lived in that house during the pregnancy. So even though it was not a "sterile" hospital setting (which is actually RIFE with contamination, and it is usually really bad strains of it) he never got sick, neither as a newborn, nor ever since. We do natural child-rearing, and so his vaccinations are just simply him putting things into his mouth, and exposing himself to normal germs. We don't, obviously, let him hang around kids that are extremely ill, but normal sniffles are just fine. And here in the USA, our water is generally safe, so I was told that boiling the baby's water & sterilizing bottles was unnecessary. I can see that the advice was sound, since my little guy is one of the only toddlers I know that has never been sick. The few others I know are raised the same way.

Keren - posted on 03/23/2010

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I was always told once they start crawling as they are getting germs on their hands and putting it in their mouths any way

Miranda - posted on 03/23/2010

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i steralized before first use, maybe once a week, i will scald the nipples in boling water more frequently. Really depends on how cruddy bottles look when i am cleaning them.

Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2010

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I still sterilize her bottles in the microwave bags and she's almost 10 months.. Didn't even think about it being ok to not do it, but am now...

Krystal - posted on 03/22/2010

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keely- where in the UK are you,im in the UK to and my doctor told me between 5-6 months. i stopped sterilizing my sons bottles at 5 months as he was picking things up off the floor and putting it in his mouth so their was no piont in continueing sterilizing. i just wash them with warm soapy water and air dry them. :)

Amanda - posted on 03/22/2010

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its interesting to see different opinions from all over the world. i havent really had to worry about it cause i mainly breast feed. if its been a few weeks then yes i will sterilize but now that he is 7 mths old i dont really worry about formula...yes he will take either...im lucky but he has been on solids too for just over a month so i dont worry, i just wash then have straight hot water to rinse in before and after i use them...

Bronte - posted on 03/21/2010

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I did till 6 months all by hand. They are the Dr browns one and it took ages. Some people don't do it at all. I was a bit paranoid but I think if I have another I will just stick them in my new dishwasher ( god I love it..wish I had it earlier on). They get there little hands in so much muck that I agree its kind of pointless after awhile.

Gina - posted on 03/21/2010

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I wash my bottles in the dishwasher, but handwash the nipples because the dishwasher gets too hot and ruins them quicker. I sterilize them when I first buy them and my daughter is 5 months. I think I'll keep doing this as long as she is on a bottle.

Melissa - posted on 03/21/2010

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Well, I sterilized when I first used them, but never after that. I washed them by hand in hot water w/soap. But didn't sterilize.

Amanda - posted on 03/21/2010

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when you cant be bothered to do it any more.....once bubby starts eating biscuits and putting food in their mouth on their own, whats the point? they get more germs via self feeding

Samantha - posted on 03/21/2010

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thanks ladies! it was just to see if everyone thought the same! cos i didnt want people to think im being silly by not wantin to stop to early lol

Angela - posted on 03/21/2010

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When your child starts picking up things off the floor and putting them in their mouth, its pretty well pointless after that. Hot soapy water all the way, I've only sterilized my 6 month olds when they were first bought. After that, they just get scrubbed the same as all the other dishes. Of course - I do her bottles first and only use the brushes and things for those. I've heard of women that have sterilized theirs for a year - and there's no way I'd ever dream of doing that.

Adrienne - posted on 03/21/2010

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The doctor told me around 4 months but I believe my husband and I did it until our oldest was 6 months and my youngest one didn't go on a bottle really until 6 months of age so we didn't really sterilize bottles for him.

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