Bottle sterilization question

posted 4 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Newbee

Yes you can definitely keep the water but I’d change it every 48 hours. I got taught to sterilise bottles with milton tablets whilst at the hospital and I would change the water every second day. Then I got a microwave steriliser to use at home because it was so much easier!

Post # 3
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Busy bee

Honestly, it’s not entirely necessary to sterilise the baby bottles every night, assuming your water supply is not horrific for some reason. Hot water and a good soapy cleaning is sufficient.

Here’s an article from WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/should-you-sterilize-your-babys-bottles

And one from Parents.com: https://www.parents.com/baby/safety/should-i-sterilize-baby-bottles-after-every-use/

And one from the Bump: https://www.thebump.com/a/how-to-sterilize-baby-bottles

And one from Fatherly: https://www.fatherly.com/parenting/how-to-wash-store-sterilize-baby-bottles/

And finally from the NYTimes: https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/ask-well-how-to-clean-baby-bottles/

 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Sephiroth :  Some countries have different standards… Like the UK is advised to sterilize their bottles a lot more often than the US.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

We have the Baby Brezza Steri-Dry Steam Sterilizer and I haven’t used it yet as I’m exclusively breastfeeding

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Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

I know the UK has different guidelines on this, but do most UK moms actually sterilize bottles after every use? I’m in the U.S. and we sterilized ours when we first bought them and never again. If I have another baby I’m not even sure I’d bother with that first sterilization, unless I had a premie maybe…

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

We sterilized in boiled water before using the first time, but after that just used the Avent microwave sterilizer.

We still use it and LO is almost 16 months 😂 totally NOT necessary at this point, but it’s just part of our hardwired routine now and we don’t even think about it.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yep, we sterilise after every use. We are told to as formula isn’t sterile and it reduces the chance of your baby getting ill. Especially the case if you’re handwashing (a lot of homes here might not have space for a dishwasher) 

tiffanybruiser :  

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

dawn53813 :  i only sterilized them before we used them for the first time. I hated bottles, the handwashing….. I didn’t have a dishwasher.

I live in the US.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

We sterilized when they were brand new, but only used hot, soapy water after that.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

dawn53813 :  honestly, I sterilized our bottles once, when they were brand new. It seems pretty unnecessary overall. Unless you’re leaving them sitting around with rotten milk, what’s supposed to get on them that won’t get there overnight anyway?  Granted I’m a lazy person but I think it’s one of the sillier requirements of having a baby. I assume he’s not tossing dirty bottles in the pot to sterilize, so the water should still be just as clean (aside from plastic particles that are leaching out). I’d skip altogether, but if you’re determined to continue, surely reusing the water sometimes is fine (just put a lid on when it’s not in use)

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

For reference, I’m in the US, breastfed/pumped at work.  I sterilized once a week for the first 6 months a once every two weeks until she was done with bottles.  I used a microwave sterilizer.  I never felt like I had enough room in our dishwasher for bottles and pump parts.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

 

SeaOfLove :  I hear what you’re saying, but I didn’t intend to post about any one particular country’s standard – the idea that sterilization is not necessary given certain conditions is a scientific/medical reality that is true regardless of what country you live in. The fact that NHS, specifically, hasn’t updated their advice to reflect this simply demonstrates their abundance of caution.

And that’s fine. And it’s fine if following that advice makes you more comfortable. But it doesn’t change the basic mechanics of sterilization, and the fact that it doesn’t actually provide a benefit if 1) your water supply is safe and 2) you are thoroughly cleaning the bottles in hot, soapy water. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Sephiroth :  it’s not that they don’t update, it’s just that research isn’t up to their standards. They review every 3 years. 

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