In bottle feeding, sterilizing the feeding bottle becomes an important hygiene precaution for the health of the baby.
Sterilizing feeding bottles is essential
From birth until weaning, your baby’s hygiene is fundamental, especially when feeding through baby bottles. Breastfeeding avoids all risks of contaminating milk that come from handling and using feeding devices, whereas feeding with bottles means that you have to pay the utmost attention to the cleanliness of all those devices.
Sterilization equals protection
Your baby’s immune system hasn’t completely matured until 6 months from birth, so it can’t handle harmful microorganisms. That’s precisely why sterilizing containers, teats, collars, and bottles is essential in order to protect your baby. When you transfer liquid milk into the feeding bottle or make up powdered milk, it’s important to maintain its hygiene, resting teats, and measuring instruments on clean surfaces.
sterilization can be either hot or cold. The hot method uses boiling water, heated and vaporized through an electric coil or microwave system. It’s basically a more high-tech version of boiling it in a pan the traditional way. sterilization times vary from around 5–15 minutes for electric models to a few minutes for microwave ones (see Steam Sterilizers) . Cold sterilizing instead involves using liquid or tablet disinfectants deliberately designed to be safe and tolerated well by the baby (see Liquid Sterilizer).
Feeding bottle sterilizer: an entirely personal choice
How do you choose a feeding bottle sterilizer? Since the hygienic effectiveness is comparable, it’s a choice that depends on personal requirements more than anything: various models are sold, electric, microwave or cold-disinfection. The usual factors that direct the decision are capacity, time, cost and practicality.
See also Sterilizer with Dryer.