How to sterilise your baby bottle
Before you think about sterilising bottles you need to make sure that they are clean. The best way to do this is to wash them in hot soapy water as soon as possible after a feeds using a clean bottle brush, making sure to get all unused bits of milk out of the teat. Then rinse all equipment in clean cold water before sterilising.
There are several different ways to sterilise your little ones bottles, all sterilising methods below are effective so make sure to pick one that suits you and your lifestyle.
Cold water sterilising solution
This is when the bottles are submerged in a sterilising solution for at least 30 minutes before use. When using cold water sterilising solution make sure that all items are under the solution with a floating cover. Making sure that there is no air trapped in the bottles or teats when putting them into the solution. The solution has to be changed every 24 hours to make sure that all items are sterile.
This can either be done in the microwave or using a stand-alone electronic steriliser. These types of sterilisers don’t need any solution they work by heating up water and steaming the bottles and other items. This type of sterilising is very fast; my electronic steam steriliser completes its cycle in just 5 minutes.
Sterilising by boiling
To sterilise by boiling you simply have to boil the feeding equipment in water for at least 10 minutes, making sure that they all stay under the water. Please make sure that if you pick this method that the bottles that you use are safe to boil. This way can damage teats faster so make sure to check that all teats are in good condition. If I’m honest I haven’t heard of anyone using this method but may be handy if you are on holiday and don’t want to take a bulky steriliser with you.
No matter what bottles you choose you can use Lily Pad bottle bibs on them as the stretchy top allow them to fit over all bottles.