Cleaning your baby’s bottle may seem like one of the easiest and most direct steps to becoming a new parent, but you need to be careful with the heat levels, brushes, and clothes-hangers you use. It’s also wise to consider what might be lurking in the soap and water used.
How often should I wash baby bottles?
It is important to wash the baby’s bottle and its accessories thoroughly after each feeding, as the remaining milk and liquid can cause bacteria and mold to grow. This is especially important for bottles and nipples with any silicone or rubber rings where the liquid can get stuck.
What is the safest way to wash your baby’s bottles?
The safest way to clean Baby Drinking Bottles depends on the type of Bottle you are using. I always recommend using glass, but if you choose plastic, the main thing is: don’t expose it to high temperatures. This means avoiding putting them in the dishwasher, boiling them in the microwave, or disinfecting them.
1. Find a non-toxic Dish Soap
Not all dishwashing soaps are made from the same ingredients. Many traditional soaps have been linked to cancer, asthma, neurological problems, skin irritation, and other health problems. You don’t want anything next to a baby bottle.
To complicate matters, some products that claim to be “natural,” “green,” or even “baby-safe” may still contain worrisome chemicals. Although it is true that you can wash off most of the dishwashing soap used, the fact is that some hand soap can linger and later on be ingested.
Dishwashing soap ingredients should be avoided:
Fragrance (Note: Odorless is different from fragrance-free.Looking for fragrance-free)
Dyes or color.
Antimicrobial agents, such as Triclosan
Surfactants like SLS and SLES (SLS is not as bad as SLES)
Preservatives such as sulfuric acid and methylisothiazolinone
2. Make your water safe
Despite strict regulation of the water supply, there are still some pollutants that are not consistent with the human body. These include bacteria, nitrates, heavy metals, radioactive particles, and disinfectant chemicals.
3. Find the right bottle brush
Buy a silicone bottle brush (a nylon brush scratches the plastic) to properly clean the inside of the bottle and nipple as well as small creases. Look for a brush that has both a large brush for the inside of the bottle and a small/small brush for the nipple. This will help prevent the growth of bacteria. Ideally, while drying the brush, keep it upright to reduce mold and mildew.
4. Get a Designated Drying Rack
It’s always a good idea to have specific areas in the kitchen so you can dry baby bottles and accessories yourself. This is ideal to avoid cross-contamination with other items in the kitchen. Look for a model that dries the opening of the bottle down, collects dripping water (and can be easily cleaned to avoid mold), and is free of BPA, phthalates, and PVC.
5. Wash, rinse, and dry!
Now for the actual cleaning part! As mentioned earlier, if you use plastic, avoid excessive heat. I like to wash my bottles in warm soapy water for at least five minutes. Depending on how caky the milk is, you need to scrub every nook and cranny. Rinse, rinse, rinse to ensure there is no residual soap on the bottle or any accessories. Once satisfied, place the item on a dry shelf and do not touch it.
Disinfecting baby bottles: How and when
Whether you are breastfeeding a baby as breast milk or as a formula, the pediatrician recommends sterilizing the silicone baby bottles before each use until the age of one. This is especially important if they are new, handed down, washed with well water, and when traveling. It is also recommended that you make sure to clean all accessories such as bottle heaters, pacifiers, and accessories.
Regarding sterilization methods, you have several options:
Steam – microwave or electricity
There are also chemical tablets that can be dissolved in cold water, but I don’t recommend this.
Disinfection of water bottle
Step 1: Check that your bottles and accessories are designed to withstand this heat. As mentioned above, I don’t recommend using plastic at high temperatures.
Step 2: Pour a large bucket of water, then place the bottle, pacifier, ring, and other hot safety accessories in the water – completely soak.
Step 3: Turn on the burner and bring water to boil. After boiling, set the timer to 10 minutes.
Step 4: Use clean pliers (washed with hot and soapy water and rinsed thoroughly), remove the bottle and parts, and place it on the designated drying rack.
Steam sterilizing bottle
While there are many containers you can use to sterilize bottles in the microwave, you can also use a glass bowl. To disinfect, add water to bottles and/or bowls. Microwave oven on high for 90 seconds. Please note that a large amount of steam may be generated when removed, so please allow it to cool sufficiently. Remove the item with clean pliers and place it on a designated drying rack.
There are also steam engines that can make it safer and simpler!
Ultraviolet sterilizing bottle
If you use a baby bottle sterilizer, you can dry, disinfect, and remove odors from almost anything.
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