Bottle Cleaning & Accessories

Cleaning a baby bottle can be one of the most challenging jobs related to baby bottle feeding. You must adopt the best methods of cleaning which has to be done systematically every day to get the desired level of hygiene necessary for babies to stay healthy. Generally, mothers find it difficult to keep the baby bottle clean just because they resort to bad practices like keeping dirty bottles overnight only to be washed the next day. In addition, if they make use of a bottle hard brush then the baby bottles and baby nipples will be scratched causing them to start leaking too soon and even end up choking the infant.

It is irrelevant whether a mother chooses to wash a baby bottle by hand or with the help of a dishwasher; what is important is that they do it quickly without wasting time and use the minimum of resources like soap and water.

Some tips to ensure baby’s bottles are clean and safe to use.

  1. Rinse with water:- Rinse all the bottles first. It helps in removing the bigger chunks of milk residue on the sides of the bottle and makes it easier to remove the rest. Start by filling half of the bottle with water and then close it and then shake it well like if you were trying to pull off a prank on your friend by giving him a shaken can of soda.

  2. Use warm soapy water:- After Rinsing the bottle with water, take out the parts piece by piece and submerge them in warm soapy water.

  3. Clean each piece separately:- Make sure you thoroughly scrub the sides, the bottom as well as the rim of the bottle. Scrub the nipples thoroughly as well and use that smaller brush that comes with the baby bottle brush. If not, we suggest that you get one of those because that will get the milk residue out of the nipple.

  4. Rinse thoroughly:- Rinse the baby bottle out preferably with hot water before you put all the bottles used along with their nipples in a big basin filled with soap water. It is a practical way and at the same time economical too as you will be saving your time and resources. After you let them soak for some time, bottles will be ready for cleaning. You can use a stiff baby bottle brush to clean out the corners and edges where milk residue is normally found. Foam can also be used at the end of bottle brush to reach the bottom of the bottle for cleaning. After this, you can just rinse the soap off with hot water several times and then put them on a rack for air-drying.

  5. Optional: Sterilize the bottles:- We recommend that you do this if your child is between 0 to 18 months at the most, since of these ages, children still have sensitive tummies. Sterilization is necessary in places where the water is not disinfected or if the baby is, the immune system is lacking. Some pediatricians tell mothers to sterilize the baby bottle until the infant reaches the age of two months in spite of providing then infected water. Be careful about the time as overdoing it could distort the bottles meant for babies and often leave you with none at hand or you could keep one in stock for emergencies.

  6. Dry the bottles well:- After rinsing the bottles, moisture will be present in the bottles and would invite bacteria and fungus like people lining up for a 3 day, 80% off sale on all items at your local mall. So, make sure that the bottles are dry by letting air flow in or by drying them with a paper towel. Remember, to avoid using sponges or dry cloths because that will really just put back all the bacteria and germs inside.

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