How long should I steralise bottles for?

Elaine - posted on 05/14/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I've looked online and there are really varied answers to this question. Some say don't do it others say do it for a year. What do you think?

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Chrissy - posted on 05/16/2009

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I agree with Anne...I heard 3-4 months but I continue to do it mostly out of habit. My sone is 8 1/2 months old.

Kate - posted on 05/16/2009

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I was told it was not at all, as long as your using hot soapy water to clean them, but me on the other hand still do (dishwasher) because a baby get really get thrush at any point while bottle feeding and thrush is worse than the throw up, so to be safe i do!

Anne - posted on 05/16/2009

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I think advice has changed over recent years. Standard used to be 12 months. Then went to 6 months (people figured by then bubs were more active and putting more stuff in their mouth) and now I even think they are saying only a couple of months.

Admittedly, I still steralise bottles (my bubs is 11.5 months) but really only out of habit. It's totally not necessary. I don't steralise bowls, spoons, toys, dummies, the floor, etc etc etc and he has those in his mouth all the time!

Julie - posted on 05/15/2009

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I've read 4 months, I called my pediatrician at 11 months (8 months corrected) and they said it was ok if I stopped sterilizing the bottles. BTW, my guy is still getting 99% of his calories from formula, so we are STILL using bottles at 14 months (11months corrected).

Natalie - posted on 05/14/2009

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12 months old, at 12 months they can start to have cows milk the child has started to bulid their own immune systems. this was passed on from my midwife 8yrs ago

Tricia - posted on 05/14/2009

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Breastmilk or formula? Breastmilk has antibacterial properties, so sterilization is less important (yay boobs!). Honestly, if you're getting the bottles clean when you wash them, sterilization is not a big deal. Just clean is good enough for your dishes, right? I mean, your baby will put anything he can get his chubby little hands on into his mouth, so how important can having a sterile bottle be? LOL

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