(Closed) Sterilizing Bottles…? Seriously?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did you sterilize your baby's bottles?
    Yes, in boiling water : (11 votes)
    20 %
    Yes, in the dishwasher : (15 votes)
    27 %
    Yes, Other : (11 votes)
    20 %
    No, I just washed them by hand : (19 votes)
    34 %
  • Post # 18
    377 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Wow im shocked. Im in the UK where the water is perfectly safe to drink yet midwives and doctors etc always go on about sterilising bottles and dummies etc. I did it every day for my son until he stopped having bottles. I have never once been told its okay not to sterilise =/ This is very interesting news, it could save a lot of time and money!! x

    Post # 19
    1348 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Hyperventilate:  I love well water! When I went to my adopted grandmothers house I was always excited to get a big glass of water! I think it tastes better! 😀 

    Post # 20
    664 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    They don’t recommend sterilizing anymore (except for first use) unless you have a medical reason. Hand washing gets rid of the majority of the germs, but kids who have zero exposure to bacteria often end up being more sick later because if they never encounter any bacteria then their immune systems don’t develop as well. Not recommending rubbing your bottles in the toilet or anything, but there’s a healthy level of germ exposure.

    Post # 21
    9100 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @lolita39:  Me too. Less chlorine tasting, too! Now that I live in “The big city” I hate city water.

    Post # 22
    1018 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I have nannied for families that sterilize bottles and families that don’t. It seems like overkill to me– washing bottles with hot water and soap should be suficient. Of course, you have to do what your own concience dictates!

    Post # 23
    561 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    No need to sterilize unless the baby has compromised immunity or your water supply is questionable. It’s overkill. Hot soapy water does just fine to clean everything (after sterilizing out of the package, that is).

    Post # 24
    1270 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1994

    My husband is immunocompromised, and we use sterilization methods to clean his nebs (used for breathing treatments). I think the idea is that young children are more suseptable to disease because their immune systems are lower starting out. Lets face it, milk is made up of bacteria (human, cow, goat, etc.). So, I think it makes sense to go through the extra step for them. Especially the nipples, because they are so porous and hard to clean thoroughly.

    Another thing this leads me to think about is the material the bottles are made out of. So many parents use plastic bottles today for practical reasons, but I think if I ever have a young child, I will use glass, just because I think the benefits of encountering one less plastic thing is a pro (but then again, all bottles need a nipple.. so I dunno).

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