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Okay... so here's the "deal." I am PARANOID about sanitizing and killing germs. Probably ridiculously so (just ask my husband). Anyway. I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to keep baby bottles clean. Obviously I want them in the dishwasher, because I think that does the best job disinfecting, but I don't really want them in there with all my food particles floating around... I'm considering a portable dishwasher (yeah, small, sit on the counter-top-type). My husband thinks is crazy, but I think it would solve all my problems and I could use it just for bottles. Has anyone else done this? Or what have you done? Recommendations? Tips? I'm looking at these ones right now, let me know if you have some feedback or have used any of them! Portable Dishwashers
I am also OCD about baby bottles. However, I have the opposite point of view as you. I feel like hand-washing them is the only way I can truly know that they are clean and disinfected. I even hand-wash the bottle brush!
I also boil the nipples on the stove, which I know isn't recommended, but I can't help myself. And I get a new bottle brush far more often than most people would.
I've never heard of a portable dishwasher, but I agree about the particles of food floating around.
This is my 4th nb in 5 years-DS1 had his bottles run through the dishwasher with regular dishes, then I'd put them in the Avent microwave steamer. If food was still on any of the stuff, I'd just run them through again with the next load.
The twins got them run through the dishwasher with regular stuff and used, no microwaving. They were preemies and they were fine. I'm doing the same thing with this baby, just through the dishwasher.
Do you want to know what we did while in NICU with the twins? Since we were 6 hrs from home, obviously we weren't dishwashing or microwaving; the bottles were just rinsed in hot water and airdried after use, then reused. We did this for 6 weeks in hospital and they were fine. I wouldn't advocate this since I don't know your water quality, but its what we had to do in NICU.