Baby milk bottles are very important as it is the tool that you use to administer either your breastmilk or formula milk. A feeding bottle is actually much more beneficial than a cup, especially for a newborn since you want to emulate a mother’s nipple so that they will instinctively suck on it.
That being said since your toddler is still not equipped with antibodies that can help them fend off foreign pathogens, it important that you keep their feeding bottle as clean as possible. But, how exactly do you clean it? Here are some tips:
Wash All of the Components Separately
A feeding bottle typically consists of three parts- the cap, the bottle itself, and the nipple. All of the components should be washed separately so that you can ensure that you’re thoroughly cleaning them.
Use Mild Soap
You want to boil some water beforehand. Once that is done, you place all of the bottles and their attachments in a sink and fill it with hot water. Then, you want to add two drops of mild soap or dish detergent. Soak the components for about 5-10 minutes and then rinse.
Use a Bottle Brush
If you are using formula milk, there is a chance that there will be some that will be stuck inside the bottle which you cannot remove using the above method.
That is why you need to have a bottle brush handy for these kinds of tasks. Just make sure that you not use the brush for any other things and reserve it only for the milk bottles.
Sterilize the Bottles Before Its First Use
When you first take out the bottles and its components out of their boxes, it is best that you sterilize them first before you use them.
You can either buy a dedicated sterilizing machine for this, but you can also just use the conventional method of putting them in boiling water for a couple of minutes and then cleaning them as outlined previously.
You only have to sterilize the bottles once, but in the event that you’re using well water, you may want to sterilize the bottles more often.
Using the Dishwasher
You can actually use the dishwasher if you want to clean the baby bottles. Just make sure that you put them in a basket and then use it as advertised.