Having a baby inside the house is a source of joy, happiness and inspiration. The laughter and the cries of a few months’ old baby can inspire a tired and busy parent, and can motivate everyone to provide care and a welcoming environment to the new member of the family. While the first few months are associated with celebration and love, remember that it’s also time for responsibility and care. 

Babies during their first few months require constant care and attention since they are at risk to certain diseases. As a parent, it’s best to take appropriate steps to keep your baby healthy and safe all the time. And one way to make it happen is to include sterilization of feeding bottles into your daily baby care regimen. Feeding bottles should be sterilized; otherwise bacteria and viruses can form in and around the feeding bottles, thus putting your baby’s health and general well-being on the line. This process can help protect your baby against common newborn health concerns from thrush to diarrhoea and even vomiting. 

Start by cleaning their feeding bottles 

It’s best to completely clean first the feeding bottles, taking out the contaminants and solidified milk that has formed at the bottom of the bottles. Simply clean the bottles using soap water, making sure that the feeding bottle’s bottom, caps, rings and teats are thoroughly cleaned. When it comes to cleaning used feeding bottles, it’s best to clean bottles as soon as these are used so that the milk will not be allowed to solidify. When milk has solidified at the bottom or on the sides, then it’s recommended to use warm water. Teats should be turned inside-out to ensure complete cleanliness. Washing the feeding bottles is also a great opportunity to check the condition and quality of feeding bottle components. Check for signs of damages like cracking and scratches on the bottles and teats. 

Sterilize using appropriate equipment 

There are different ways on how to keep your baby’s feeding bottles sterilized. The most basic approach is through boiling of the feeding bottles, which requires the use of a large pan with cover filled with water. Simply put all bottles, caps and teats into the pan and pour water into the container, making sure that half of the bottles are submerged. Another option is to use commercial sterilizers that are designed to clean and sanitize feeding bottles, whether these are used for infant formula or breast milk. Popular brands of sterilizer include Evenflo and Philips Avent electric steam sterilizers can eliminate up to 99.9 percent of all bacteria, thus keeping your baby safe. Also, sterilizers highly compact and often comes with safety features, like automatic shut-off in case you are too busy attending to other concerns inside the household. 

While it’s impossible to provide a bacteria and germ-free environment for your baby, you can still protect through sterilizing. Invest in quality feeding bottle sterilizers and warmers, and make sure to follow the instructions and sterilization recommendations for stress-free feeding bottles management.