As parents, it is our most important job to protect our children. It is a cruel world out there. We must protect our children from cars, people and themselves. A child doesn’t know about all those things that can happen to them. This is why it is our most important job as parents to care for our children and protect them. One thing that we don’t often think of protecting them from is bacteria and illness. However, there are a lot of things that we, as parents, can do to help protect our children from illness. One of these things, when our children are young, is to clean and sterilize bottles, toys, and pacifiers.
How to Sterilize
The main way to sterilize bottles is via heat. Most people wash the bottles with soap and hot water. Then place the bottle, nipple, and ring in boiling water for two minutes.
When to Sterilize
Most parents that bottle-feed sterilize bottles every single time that they use them. Sterilizing every time will help ensure that the bottles are perfectly clean.
Why It’s Important
Although milk is the best thing to feed your child, there are lots of bacteria and illnesses that can be transferred through the milk and be on the bottle. If an older child touches the bottle with icky hands or you drop the bottle on the floor, it can pick up nasty stuff that can make your baby sick.
Other Ways to Sterilize
There are other ways to sterilize other than the easy boiling water trick. Many manufacturers sell sterilizing machines. You can find sterilizing machines that do only one bottle up to machines that do a whole nursery worth of bottles at a time. Check out this article to read more about these other types of products.
Don’t Forget to Sterilize These Items!
Although the bottle is the most obvious thing that needs to be sterilized in your child’s life, there are many other things that you may need to sterilize. Pacifiers are the second most common thing to sterilize. Most parents try to sterilize their child’s pacifier every two to three days. The easy thing to do is throw it in with the bottles. That way, it is sure to get done. Other things that need sterilizing are chewing toys. If you have any toys that your child uses for teething or hard plastic that gets germy, then sterilize those as well.
What Happens During the Sterilization Process?
During sterilization, the bacteria on the bottles get killed. This is because most viruses and bacteria cannot survive at high temperatures. Along with that, the process of washing and cleaning the bottles helps wash away any bacteria or viruses on the bottles. Also, by utilizing a good cleaning process, your bottles cannot grow any bacteria or ickiness inside the bottle. Sterilizing just overall makes the bottle healthier to be in your child’s hands and mouth. It is an easy way to help reduce the illnesses that your small baby is exposed to. Sterilization is especially important if your child is ill or was born prematurely.
Between the cleaning process and the using process, a bottle has to be stored. It is crucial to store bottles correctly to help inhibit the growth of any bacteria or mold in the bottle. Be sure to store your baby’s bottles in a cool, clean place. Also, before putting the bottle away, be sure that it is completely air-dried. When air drying, be sure to have the bottle in a place that gets lots of airflows like on the counter. Drying with air can help reduce any bacteria growing inside the bottle while it sits in storage. When storing bottles, store them fully assembled. Be sure that they are fully assembled mainly so that you can find all the parts when you need them. Also, store upright. Storing is super important in being sure that your baby has healthy bottles to drink from every time that you give a bottle. Storing high can be important as well if there are smaller children in the home. There are many illnesses that little children pick up from other children and toys. So storing your bottles out of the reach of smaller children can help reduce the risk of your smaller children getting a hold of the bottles and getting them icky.
Other Things to Consider
When it comes to bottles, they are not all made the same. So be sure that you are following the recommendations of the manufacturer. One bottle that is especially hard to get clean is the doctor’s browns bottles with the anti-colic tube. This tube is great because it greatly reduces the amount of air that your child takes in, and they are less likely to be sick with colic. But the tube is very hard to get clean. This is when you should follow the recommendations of the manufacturers. Use the brush that comes with the bottle to scrub the tube and be sure to boil it or sterilize it with the other pieces of the bottle. Another piece of the baby sterilization process is caring for the bottle and maintaining them. Eventually, with use, baby bottles can get worn out. The nipple can express milk too quickly and or the nipples can dry rot. Maintaining and replacing all parts on the bottle is very important in having a healthy baby with nipples that are healthy and easy to sterilize.
Sterilizing bottles is one important piece of caring for your baby. Being sure that you sterilize the bottle can help your baby be healthier and at less risk of illness from milk bacteria. Sterilizing toys, pacifiers, and bottles can help your child be healthier and less exposed to illness. There are many reasons that sterilization is important. The process is relatively easy, as well. Just boiling water and putting the baby bottle in the boiling water can help remove bacteria.