Sterilizing baby bottles, teats and other baby items may be necessary to maintain proper hygiene. What sterilization methods are suitable for removing all germs?
Heat sterilization methods
There are two heat-based sterilization systems: boiling and steam.
1.Sterilization of baby bottles by boiling
Put the things you want to sterilize in a saucepan or in the sterilizer basket and fill the tank (or saucepan) with water to completely cover them.
Boil the water for 15 to 20 minutes, then hold the items in the pan with the lid until you are ready to use them.
2.Sterilization of baby bottles by steam
First, you will need an electrical device to turn water into steam.
Place the baby bottle or items in the basket, and pour water into the container. Close the lid tightly and operate the device. After 15 minutes, the vapor indicates that impurities and microorganisms have been removed and sterilization has taken place.
3.Cold sterilization methods
After placing the items to be sterilized in the container, fill it with water to the level indicated, then add the disinfectant without exceeding the recommended amount, completely submerge the items to be sterilized, ensuring that all the air is take it out and leave it on for 30 to 90 minutes (depending on the type of disinfectant used)
At the time of use, remove objects from the water with appropriate tweezers (do not put your hands there!) And use them without rinsing.
Since the solution remains active for 24 hours, you can immerse objects in it more than once during the day.
Microwave sterilization methods
The microwave oven can also be used to sterilize. Just buy a special container with a lid, particularly heat resistant, in which you will place the bottles and teats with a little water, and heat for about 4 to 8 minutes. Sterilization carried out in this way lasts 3 hours.
What to do before sterilizing baby bottles?
Whichever method you choose, the first thing to do is to wash your hands thoroughly because they can turn into “healthy carriers” of infection, the most common of which is salmonellosis.
If you have done the cleaning, we also advise you to change your clothes.
Before properly sterilizing the bottles and teats, wash them in hot water with detergent to remove any milk residue. Use a brush to go to the bottom of the bottles and turn the teats upside down to clean them in both directions. Finally, rinse well under running water.
Good to know about sterilizing baby bottles …
Be careful, latex tends to become opaque after sterilization and it can deform, especially if you use a method with heat.
Once you have sterilized the bottles, if you go for a walk, they can stay for several hours at room temperature since the germs present in the open air are not capable of causing infections.