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For all of you mommies that use bottles all the time how often do you clean them meaning sterilizing them? Do you do it after every use or just on occasion? What is your first choice for sterilizing dishwasher, boiling water or an actual baby bottle sterilizer? Just curious ..one of my friends is expecting soon and she asked me and I EBF and don't use bottles all that often but when I do I either stick them in a pot of boiling water or stick them in the dishwasher ..so curious to see what you gals are using and how often you do it?
We don't use a lot since he is EBF but every now and then DH will give him a bottle. We sterilized them all in boiling water before first use and early on when he was really little and needing supplemental BM or formula we would wash in super hot water each use and sterilize in a steam bag every other day. That eventually moved to once a week. Now we just wash in hot water.
Thank you ladies! I will pass this along to my friend. I just wasn't sure what the norm was but looks like we all do about the same with washing all the time (of course) and then sterilizing every so often. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't the only one
I sterilized before first use. Now I wash in hot soapy water, and once a week run everything through the dishwasher and hit sterilize, but given what else goes through the dishwasher I don't totally count on it.
When we were using his Tommy Tippee bottle in the NICU (while I was still trying to BF and wanted to reduce nipple confusion), even the nurses washed with soap and warm water and air dried, so I feel pretty relaxed about doing it that way at home.
I hand wash the bottles daily in warm soapy water. I dont sterilize nearly as much as they reccoemnd (what DO they reccomend, anyway?) But when I do, I stick them in boiling water for 10 minutes.
When I was pumping, I washed/sterilized much more often.
We use the drop in bottles, I wash the nipples after each use and put them in a sterialization microwave bag every couple of weeks. We only use one bottle a day (typically) so we don't have much clean up to do.