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June 3rd, 2013, 10:10 PM
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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?
Michelle A.

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June 4th, 2013, 03:47 AM
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I boil them once a week for 5 min.
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June 4th, 2013, 06:12 AM
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We sterilized EVERY use for the first two months due to stupid thrush. Now we wash in the sink, and sterilize only about every three weeks. I don't want to raise her with no exposure to germies.
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June 4th, 2013, 06:38 AM
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I hand was all of her bottles and pacifiers and then every night I boil the nipples and pacifers.


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June 4th, 2013, 06:43 AM
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I just wash in SUPER hot water, I don't sterilize.
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June 4th, 2013, 07:29 AM
mal91011's Avatar Mommy to Maxwell
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Originally Posted by joellejello View Post
I just wash in SUPER hot water, I don't sterilize.
Same here! I was starting to feel like a terrible mommy thinking i was the only one who didn't sterilize...

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June 4th, 2013, 07:48 AM
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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.

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June 4th, 2013, 08:29 AM
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I just wash in hot soapy water. I sterilize before the first use but not after that.
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June 4th, 2013, 05:46 PM
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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
Michelle A.

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June 4th, 2013, 08:13 PM
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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.
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June 5th, 2013, 12:52 PM
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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.
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June 5th, 2013, 07:24 PM
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I hand wash the bottles and use the medela quick sterilization bags for all the other parts (I use the Dr Brown's bottles...a PITA to clean I tells ya!)

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June 6th, 2013, 10:56 AM
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I've only ever sterilized bottles when my second baby was sick in the NICU. for the rest of my kids, I've only ever washed in hot water.

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June 9th, 2013, 09:01 PM
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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.

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