Choosing your baby bottle sterilizer: Although it is no longer mandatory to sterilize baby bottles, this practice is recommended for up to four months, especially for infants born prematurely. Our advice to find the sterilizer adapted to your needs.
Baby bottle sterilizer: how to choose it well?
Cold or hot, pan or steam, you can now sterilize your baby’s bottle and teats in several ways to limit the bacteria that cause infections like gastroenteritis. Choose the one that you think is the safest and most convenient.
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Choose your sterilization method
Sterilize the bottle to the saucepan
Sterilization in the pan may be the most economical; it is also the least practical and the most approximate! The bottles are immersed in boiling water for 20 minutes, the teats for 5 minutes.
We advise this technique rather in troubleshooting and taking all necessary precautions. Use quality bottles and nipples and be careful not to burn yourself.
Sterilize the bottle cold
Cold sterilizers work thanks to a chemical principle that is safe for children. They consist of a sterilization tank filled with water, in which one or two pellets are allowed to act for 30 minutes. Their capacity varies from 4 to 8 bottles and accessories.
This is the longest method, but it will help you out if you do not have a microwave or even electrical outlet around you. Also, the solution remains valid 24 hours and the bottle can remain there waiting to be used, isolated from any infecting contact. Last advantage: the pellets are not very expensive and are easily found, including in supermarkets.
On the other hand: the disinfectant tablets emit a slight odor of bleach, which can inconvenience you but does not bother the babies.
Sterilize the bottle with electric steam
To clean hot, you can use an electric model. It’s steam kills the bacteria in 8-15 minutes on average. A visual indicator and audible alarm warn you when sterilization is complete. Some are even programmable.
Several heights make it possible to sterilize the bottles of all sizes, the small objects of child-rearing and the nursing kit. Place them in the basket, cover with water and plug in the sterilizer.
Choose a model with the capacity adapted to the number of children in your home and the place you have. The largest can hold up to 9 baby bottles. Also, make sure it is washed quickly.
Nice to know: some electric bottle warmer also has the function sterilizer.
Sterilize the bottle by steaming microwave
Perfect for squeezed parents (some cycles last less than 5 minutes!), The microwave sterilizer is less bulky and also costs less than the dynamic model. Composed of a tray and a lid, it places itself directly in your microwave oven and reproduces the principle of the oven.
Apply to the letter the instructions for use, particularly regarding temperature. Never put the bottle directly into the microwave to heat it: your child is at risk of burning severely. Also, pay attention: all devices do not accept glass bottles. Also, check the size of your baby bottles: these sterilizers are often not suitable for large models (330 ml).
Moreover, let yourself be guided by our expert advice …
- Always prefer baby bottles and teats. Make sure they are compatible with your sterilizer.
- Wash the bottle thoroughly after each meal. Check its cleanliness before sterilizing it.
- Also, wash your hands with soap and dry them with a clean cloth.
- To give your child a bottle at the right temperature, think of the bottle warmer. It must also be perfectly clean before sterilization.
- Your child needs to build up his immune defenses. Sterilize her feeding bottles less and less as soon as possible.
The price of sterilizers
Here is a price range found in specialist shops:
- Sterilization pastilles: around 5$ the box of 32
- Electric Sterilizers: from 40 to 80 $
- Microwave sterilizers: from 15 to 70 $
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