The bottle, pacifier and pacifier are childcare items that require a lot of care. In order to keep your baby healthy, read this article on how to sterilize these items.
Steps to sterilize a bottle
During the baby’s first four months, cleaning and disinfecting bottles is very important. During these first four, the infant has a very fragile digestion system and especially sensitive to bacteria and germs. These harmful pathogens can easily multiply in leftover food on the bottom of poorly cleaned bottles. This is why it is important to sterilize your baby’s bottles. Here are the practical and simple techniques for sterilizing baby bottles in a few steps:
- It is a good idea to clean the bottles before any sterilization. As soon as they are clean and dry, you can start the sterilization procedure (it can be done hot or cold)
- Heat sterilization of baby bottles is the most common method. To achieve this, it is advisable to put a sufficient amount of water in a saucepan and add a tablespoon of vinegar to it. Then put all the different constituents of the bottle. For sterilization to be truly effective and successful, it is very necessary that the bottle be disassembled. Leave the constituents of the bottle in boiling water for 10 minutes. Now you have to extract them with pliers and let them dry.
- Drying the disinfected parts of the bottle consists of simply putting them upside down in a clean place that is free from germs. You can also dry the bottle yourself. But in case you run out of time for it to dry naturally, use a clean tea towel to dry each part of the sterilized bottle.
- For cold sterilization, it is recommended to purchase sterilization tablets for bottles. Place a tablet in a container with water and put all the components of the bottle in it. Then clean them with hot water, mineral water and dry them.
- With electric steam sterilization devices or using microwaves also sterilize the bottles and obtain an optimal result.
Remember that the bottle must be disinfected after each feeding and before any first use when it is new.
Steps to sterilize a pacifier
Also called a pacifier, the pacifier can keep your baby occupied when he is tired or bored.
To sterilize a pacifier, it must be soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes before the first use when it is new or after each use by your baby. Before giving it to your baby, make sure that it has cooled down and that it is dry. After each use, wash the pacifier cleanly in hot water and soap. Never use your mouth to clean it as this will transmit bacteria to your child.
Check regularly whether the pacifier is ajar or has a hole. If so, throw it away and buy a new one. It is a good idea to replace the pacifier every two months.
Steps to sterilize a bottle nipple
The sterilization of a bottle nipple is done either hot with a microwave, cold or boiling water.
In the microwave, preferably use a specific sterilizer. Put a little water inside the microwave on high power. As long as it remains tightly closed, sterilization is valid for 24 hours. With an electric sterilizer, disinfection is faster and easier. It takes 10 to 20 minutes at most.
If you have a preference for cold sterilization, then all you need to do is put the pacifiers in a clean container with cold water. Add to it a special sterilization chemical drug. Then leave on for about 30 minutes and wash off with water before use.
For boiling water sterilization, boil the water in a large saucepan for 15 minutes. Then insert the teats for 5 minutes rigorously. It is a simple and less expensive process. However, it requires taking great care when removing the pacifiers so you can avoid burns.
Why is it important to properly sterilize these elements?
At birth and during the first half of life, babies have a sensitive digestive system. He therefore does not have any means of defense given the fact that he had never encountered microbes in his previous environment. His digestion system will very quickly be invaded by viruses from his environment and from his mother. This will help him develop his psychological intestinal flora and his immune defenses will be built little by little.
Sterilization is strongly recommended in order to protect the health of the baby. By sterilizing the pacifier, bottle and pacifier, the purpose is to eliminate viruses and bacteria and therefore to avoid any risk of infection. Sterilization then prevents any contamination of these elements by viruses causing vomiting, diarrhea and which can be dangerous for the baby. For babies suffering from an infectious disease, sterilization is adequate to avoid any risk of transmitting germs during each feeding.
What are the best brands of baby bottles?
NAM, the favorite brand
MAM is a great brand of unique products that supports the growth of every baby. Created 40 years ago, it offers products for all ages. Its wide variety of bottles facilitate the smooth transition from breastfeeding to the bottle nipple for babies. The MAM Easy Start bottle is anti-colic and self-sterilizing, the MAM Feel Good glass bottle in a glass bottle facilitates filling and cleaning as well as the MAM Easy Active bottle which is easy to hold for both baby and parent. .
NUK, from birth to the end of the bottle
NUK is the brand of a classic bottle, easy to handle and clean. Its bottles are made of high quality polypropylene, robust and resistant to degradation. Today the New Classic bottle is the NUK model par excellence.
Tommee Tippee, adapted to baby’s needs
This brand is known for its bottles which facilitate natural feeding and oral growth of babies. Its recent model Tommee Tipee Closer To Nature facilitates the adaptation of the baby to the bottle and is designed without Bisphenol A.
Philips Avent, upgradeable quality
Associated with the AirFree valve, Philips Avent bottles are anti colic. They are easy to use, assemble and clean. The Avent Natural bottle is ideal for mixed breastfeeding.