How to sterilize bottles

Buy your feeding equipment well in advance of having your baby so that you can practice with it before your baby is born. Major department stores and chemists sell bottle-feeding packs that contain all the essential equipment.

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How to sterilize bottles
How to sterilize bottles

All feeding equipment needs to be sterilized to reduce the risk of your baby getting ill(see DIARRHEA IN BABIES). There are some ways of sterilizing bottles, but the most popular are cold-water sterilizing units and steam units. Whatever method you choose, always read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and follow them exactly. With cold-water sterilizing units, bottles can be left in the solution. Before using a bottle shake off any excess solution from both the bottle and the teat or rinse with cooled boiled water from the kettle. If using a steam sterilizer, equipment should be re-sterilized before use if not used straight away. Dummies and teething rings should also be thoroughly cleaned before use. See The best sterilizing tools.

1. Dr. Brown’s Bottle Brush

Dr. Brown's Bottle Brush


For use with all standard and wide-neck Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow baby bottles, this Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow Bottle Brush features a grooved, no-slip handle and a combination sponge and bristle brush head for thorough, easy cleaning of bottles. At the base of the bottle brush are fixed chevron channels, designed specifically to clean nipples with ease. A storage clip is included so you can house the brush near the sink.

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2. Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket, Colors May Vary

Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket, Colors May Vary

“Even if you prefer to do your bottle washing routine by hand, running baby bottles and feeding accessories through the dishwasher from time to time ensures an extra deep, hygienic clean. But if you hate digging around to grab fallen nipples, valves and straws, the Munchkin Deluxe Dishwasher Basket is your new best friend. This handy dishwasher caddy can hold up to 14 standard nipples, 4 straws, and a basketful of small bottle parts and accessories, so you don’t have to worry about your little one’s pacifiers going the way of lost socks in the dryer. The Deluxe Dishwasher Basket has a patented straw cleaning rack on the side to hold straws upright and firmly in place for a thorough clean. Flip open the lid to place pacifiers, spoons, valves, bottle sealing discs, caps and other small parts into the basket. Press nipples into the nipple sanitizing lid, snap everything into place, and you’re ready to wash without worry – because your dishwasher digging days are over!”

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3.  The First Years Spin Stack Drying Rack

The First Years Spin Stack Drying Rack

For more than 60 years, The First Years family has been applying that same creative thinking to everything we do. Making helpful, innovative products for your parenting journey is what motivates us every day.

The First Years Modular Drying Rack holds more in less space! Unique kitchen friendly design works with mom’s specific needs. The top shelf is height adjustable to work with all different sizes of bottles. Each shelf can turn independently to allow for easy access to its contents even when stored under cupboards. Includes an optional drip tray. Unit is dishwasher safe.


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4.  Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Classic Electric Steam Sterilizer effectively eliminates 99.9 percent of bacteria from your baby’s feeding items in just minutes. It holds up to six Classic bottles, yet it takes only minimal space in your kitchen. Advanced features, such as a six-minute cycle with automatic shut off, make it easy to sterilize breast pumps, bottles, cups, and more.


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5. Dapple Fragrance-Free Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid

Dapple Fragrance-Free Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid 16.9 oz

Dapple Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid is now available in a fragrance-free version! Dapple Fragrance-Free Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid is perfect for safely cleaning baby bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, and breast pump components. It features award-winning green technology to target milk residue and baking soda to combat odor. Dapple Baby Bottle & Dish Liquid rinses quickly and is made with all-natural ingredients. It is free of phthalates, parabens, SLS, SLES, dyes and preservatives.

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How to sterilize bottles and feeding equipment

  • Always wash your hands before cleaning, preparing and giving feeds.
  • Make sure that everything that comes into contact with your baby’s food is thoroughly cleaned or sterilized before use and always clean the work surface before starting to make up the feed.
  • Follow all sterilizing instructions to the letter.
  • Sterilize every piece of equipment that you use for making up your baby’s feeds.
  • Make up the feed according to the instructions. Never add any extra feed.
  • Give the feed to your baby as soon as it is ready. Do not makeup feeds in advance.
  • Never give your leftover baby milk. Throw away any milk that’s left after a feed.


How to sterilize bottles and pacifiers

How to sterilize bottles
How to sterilize bottles

Wash all equipment in hot soapy water. Scrub the insides of bottles with a bottle brush and rub teats thoroughly to remove milk. Rinse well with warm running water.

How to sterilize bottles and nipples in boiling water

How long to boil baby bottles to sterilize; To sterilize bottles by boiling, you should boil them for at least 10 minutes. Then remove them from the water and allow to cool down before using.

– Cleaning in a dishwasher

Once your baby is over 12 months old, you can wash feeding equipment in a dishwasher. Clean teats before they go in. Run the machine on the normal cycle.

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