Protecting your new baby is the most important thing, and knowing exactly how to keep your baby’s bottles sterile and germ free is an essential part of this, here’s what you need to know
Your newborn baby is still developing her immune system, so she’s more susceptible to germs and bacteria than you are. Although it is not possible to protect your baby from all germs, it is possible to offer some protection by sterilising all her feeding equipment.
What exactly should you sterilise?
The answer to what you should sterilise of your baby’s feeding equipment, is quite simple. Everything. You’ll know from washing your bottles, there are so many parts to them, the lid, the bottle itself, the fiddly neck and the teat itself. Every part of the bottle should be sterilised every time it is used.
If your baby uses a dummy, this should also be sterilised any time it is dropped or the teatis touched by unwashed hands.
How long should I continue sterilising?
Advice on how long you should sterilise your baby’s feeding equipment varies, but generally it is agreed you should sterilise for the first year. Once your baby is sitting and picking things up, a lot often ends up in baby’s mouth, which makes you wonder why you are still sterilising when all sorts of unsterilised items end up in your baby’s mouth anyway. Bugs created from milk can be particularly bad and just not worth the risk in the first year of her life when she is still building up her immune system.
Once your baby is a year old he'll have started to produce his own antibodies and be more resistant to harmful germs. It's still a good idea to carry on sterilising bottles, dummies and teats until your baby stops using them. Once you’re in the habit of sterilising, it can be just as easy to continue.