Post # 1
I have a question about baby bottles because I’m very confused.
I worked as a nanny in England and we always sterilized bottles at the end of the day for at least the first 6/9 months. Now, I don’t know if it’s because I worked for upperclass families or what, but I always assumed that that was the norm.
Today I found myself googling how people wash their baby bottles and the majority was saying that they simply hand wash them. I had to use a separate sink, separate brush, boiling hot water + sterilizer every day!
So, what’s the norm (if there is one!) in the US?
((BTW I am NOT judging, I always thought all that extra cleanliness wasn’t too good for the baby in the long run. I am simply interested in learning about how it works here!))
Post # 2
I always make sure to sterilize her bottles, nipples, etc before during them for the first time and after that I just wash everything in hot, soapy water and use a bottle brush to clean. When she’s had a bit of a cold I always sterilize everything after each use.
Post # 3
monicageller : I used a separate small wash basin and brush for the first months if I needed the bottles again quickly, otherwise I put them in the dishwasher. I never sterilized a darn thing and my kid is healthy as a horse lol.
Post # 4
I sterilized everything before first use but since then just hand wash with soap and hot water after each use.
Post # 5
That’s so interesting! I wasn’t even allowed to put them in the dishwasher haha!
Good to know for when it’s my turn! Juggling a baby and all that cleaning was a bit stressful (at times i’d do proxy parenting so i know first hand how hard it is!)
Post # 6
I think handwashing’s absolutely fine and handwash my pumping stuff if I need parts quickly, but for the most part we still stick everything in our microwavable sterilizer and my LO’s 1 😂
He’s always been a hardy one, so it’s not about germs—at this point, it’s purely out of habit!
Post # 7
washed + sterilized before first use. After that, washed with a bottle brush, soap and water. Nothing special. My son is extremely healthy too. lol
Post # 8
Sterilized in boiling water before first use.
After that we just washed with soap by hand or put it in the dishwasher if we could.
All that sanitizing is really not necessarily unless maybe you have a very medically frail child or something of that nature.
Post # 9
Sterilize when new, then soap and water hand wash after. Actually, the bottles and pump parts I didn’t even sterilize before the first use (just soap and water) cause I was so excited to use it – I’d been hand expressing for a few days and was REALLY tired of it.
Post # 10
From 0-3 months I handwashed and then microwave sterilized. For a few weeks I didn’t sterilize though (only the first use) but my parents were shocked when they came to visit (theyre from the UK) so we started.
From 3 months I used the dishwasher then microwave sterilized.
Shes nearly 5 months now and I use the dishwasher and sterilize the nipples only.
Post # 11
In the UK we are told to sterilise everything before and after use. We are told dishwashers don’t sterilise. I think it’s part over caution, part I think EU environment laws mean our dishwashers don’t wash as hot as in the US.
the family you worked for were just doing as we are told.
Post # 12
I sterilized everything for 6 months. Everyday, with both kids, and my husb did too. We also never licked clean the dropped pacifiers as this can transmit decay from parent to baby teeth.
I would never trust or use a dishwasher etc. Hand method only.
I would also wash all toys in the tub regularly. Poor boiling water on those I could and sun dry .
We also gave children whole cows milk from slow introduction at 1-2yrs until 5 years for brain development.
Times have changed. I actually know of a woman/distant relative who was giving her child almond milk …instead of formula. Her doctor freaked. She doesn’t understand what MILK is. Omg.
Post # 13
Twizbe : I’m not criticizing them at all – after all I though that that was the norm until I moved to the US! I only thought it was a bit too much as I don’t believe babies/kids can’t be around germs at all.
I find it very interesting how other cultures/countries do certain things differently. I don’t think french people sterilize either as I remember my french cousin not doing it (but I could be wrong).
Post # 14
monicageller : we handwash with hot water and soap and a separate bottle brush. I also sanitize when I get a chance, which is like once every few weeks… One of the more important things is to wait until the bottle is dry before using it, so we try to always do that.
Post # 15
I agree with you that kids need germs to help their immune systems but we are told we could make our newborn very sick if we don’t sterilise. I breastfeed so am not sterilising bottles at the moment but if I was formula feeding I’d follow the NHS guidelines on this monicageller :