There are many opinions on using the best baby bottle sterilizer or not, according to the experts…
Is It Necessary to Sterilize the Bottles?
According to the pediatric specialists, mothers should sterilize the baby bottle and the related utensils to feeding when the infants are under 6 months of age. Simply, there is due to the immune system of the babies is still weak, so they are easy to get digestive disorders if they drink something without hygiene; meanwhile, the polluted environment and the conditions inside of the feeding utensils like the bottles, nipples, or breast pump are easy to grow the bacteria. Correspondingly, to ensure the health of the baby, the mothers ought to sterilize the bottles before feeding. To be quick and easy, it should use the bottle sterilizer.
Nonetheless, the mothers are advised that should not be too difficult in this. Sterilizing the feeding tools of the infants lasting more 6 first months will be able to make his/her immune system without being trained to fight the disease. In this stage, mothers become busier because their baby began to explore the surrounding world, by giving everything in his/her hand to the mouth (of course, the mothers cannot sterilize everything around him/her). Accordingly, using the sterilized machine is not necessary.
The Bottle Sterilizing Methods
Principle of cleaning and sterilizing the bottles
The tools contacted a direct way with the formula/ breast milk, including, the nipples, bottles, lids, breast pump,…need to be cleaned before making milk for your baby and after feeding. If you don’t have time to clean the bottle after feeding, you should also rinse the bottle to avoid storing milk inside. Basically, cleaning the feeding utensils consists of two main steps:
Rinsing: The bottle and feeding accessories need to be rinsed with cold water (without washing with hot water because the bacteria will strongly grow), along with the bottle cleaning brush. At once, spraying the clean water to the nipples several times to remove the bacteria in the hole; rinsing with warm water again; capsizing and drying.
Sterilizing: Depending on the circumstances, you can choose the most convenient method for yourself in the following ways: sterilizing with cold water, chemical, boiling water, or steam sterilizer.
3 ways to sterilize the bottles
#1. Using the bottle sterilizer:
There are many types of sterilizers on the market today: Fatzbaby, Avent, Farlin, Chicco… Depending on the need, mothers can choose to buy one to utilize. Each of the types will have the different usage, but most are pretty simple. You only need to pour the water, put the bottles and accessories into the machine, and press the button. Using this machine will save time and effort for mothers so much. Even, the sterilizing quality is also ensured.
#2. Sterilizing by microwave:
For this method, the experts recommended that shouldn’t directly put the bottle or accessories in your microwave because the electromagnetic waves have the ability to change some substances in the bottle. Therefore, it can be harmful to the health of the baby. When sterilizing by the microwave, mothers ought to use the microwave sterilizer. The steps are similar to using the sterilizing machine.
#3. Sterilizing by steaming:
The baby feeding utensils are cleaned and added into the steam sterilizer. You only need to pour the water into the machine like the manual, then, it switched on. The sterilization will take about 5-10 minutes. Although you must invest the steam sterilizer, the quality is guaranteed. Mothers can be hands-free.
Apart from, mothers can also sterilize with boiling water. After rinsing the bottles, you add them into the pot. The water in the pot should give a tablespoon of vinegar to remove the leftover milk in the bottle. It places on the stove and boils for 15 minutes, especially, the nipples for 5 minutes. Though this method is common and cheap, it can affect the durability of the bofttle, particularly, the plastic one and the rubber nipple. A worse one is to release the toxins from the plastic during boiling.
It hopes that the above information will help mothers have an objective view on sterilizing the baby bottles.