“One who maintains cleanliness keeps away diseases”, Sam Veda (Ancient Hindu Scripture)
Before giving birth to my son, I thought I had the perfect plan in place regarding keeping my baby clean. Little did I know that such a cute little angel could be so messy! Much of my time as a new mom was spent cleaning up messes. From dirty diapers to spit ups to milky feeding bottles – I did my time in the trenches of fighting germs.
A newborn baby generally has a weaker immune system than adults, so it’s natural for her to fall sick frequently. This is why as a new parent, you want to pay extra attention to proper cleaning and sanitization processes.
It’s important to make sure that all of baby’s items are not contaminated with germs. By containing contamination, a host of infections and diseases among babies can be prevented.
One area where germs tend to manifest is in your feeding bottles. A baby’s bottle must be cleaned and sterilized very carefully. Otherwise she might face serious health troubles.
How to Clean feeding bottles
A baby’s bottle needs to be cleaned both before and after every feeding. The nipple and the other feeding equipment should also be cleaned regularly.
To clean the bottle before feeding the baby, only a bottle brush is needed (which is used to scrub the inner side of the bottle).
Cleaning the bottle after feeding the baby requires a few steps to be followed:
2) Rinse the bottle and the nipple with cold tap water.
3) Cleane the bottle and the nipple with hot water and detergent.
4) Scrub the inner surface of the bottle with a soft bottle brush to wash away the bits of the milk from the inside of the bottle.
5) Turn the nipple inside out to clean the bits of the milk off it and squirt water through the holes.
6) Wash the bottle and the nipple again with cold water but without detergent.
How to Sterilise the Feeding Bottle
After you clean the feeding bottle, you must then sterilise it, which will ultimately makes it germ-free. You should sterilize the bottle along with all the other equipment.
A feeding bottle and equipment can be cleaned in three different ways:
– Put bottle and equipment in a large saucepan filled with cold tap water.
– The bottle and the equipments should be completely covered by water. There should be no bubbles in the water.
– Cover carefully with a lid and put it on a gas oven to boil for five minutes.
– After coming to a boil, turn off heat and allow the bottle and equipment to sit in the saucepan until the water has cooled
-After shaking off the excess water, store the bottle and equipment in a clean and dry place.
2. Steam Sterilizer:
– You can purchase an electric steam sterilizing kit online. You can also find sterilizing kits for microwave oven.
– Read the user’s guidebook vey carefully before using the kit.
– Glass bottle and anything metal can’t be sterilized in microwave.
– After everything is sterilized, follow the instructions on how to clean out the unit.
– When it is finished the lid should be placed on the bottle and the equipment should be stored in a clean and dry place.
3. Using antibacterial sterilizing solution. This is available in tablet or liquid form at pharmacies and drug stores:
– Read the instructions very carefully.
– The solution should be made up in a large glass or plastic container so that it can cover all the feeding equipment.
– All the feeding equipment including the feeding bottle should be put in that solution. No air gap should be formed.
– Metal cannot be sterilised with this solution. It can only be sterilised through boiling as shown above.
– The bowl/container should be washed thoroughly with soapy water after sterilizing to equipment.
– New solution should be prepared every 24 hours.
– Be very conscious and careful while using the solution. Make sure no residue is left.
All these cleaning and sterilizing steps will keep your feeding bottles clean from dust, residue build up and contamination. We recommended you pay extra attention to sterilizing your feeding bottles at least until your baby is six month.
We hope you find this article on baby bottle hygiene valuable. If you have any tips of your own to share, please comment on the article.
Author Bio for Marissa Claire
I am mom of 3 children and a momma blogger. I write on various aspects of women, pregnancy and baby. I have garnered a large amount of knowledge throughout my journey as a wife and mom. With my extensive experience and information, I feel compelled to share my knowledge with other young moms. You can read my article on lactation supplements : http://