What do I need to sterilise?
Bottles, teats, lids – basically, anything that touches the milk
You also need a clean, disinfected bench surface
Make sure you wash your hands with hot water and soap.
- Cold water sterilising solutions.
- Boiling in water.
- Steam steriliser.
ALWAYS WASH BOTTLES AND EQUIPMENT IN HOT, SOAPY WATER, THEN RINSE THOROUGHLY BEFORE STERILISING
Use a special small bottle brush to get into all the nooks and crannies.
Then sterilise using your chosen method as follows:
Cold water sterilising solution
- Usually, there are tablets to be dissolved in water.
- Follow instructions on packet precisely.
- Leave everything completely submerged in the solution for at least 30 minutes.
- If you push anything under, the pushing needs to be done with something sterile.
- Once sterile, rinse in water that has been boiled, or use straight from the solution.
- Change the solution at least every 24 hours.
Boiling in water
- Completely submerge bottles and equipment in water in a big pan.
- Bring to boil and boil for 10 minutes.
- Keep submerged throughout.
- Some bottles (read the instructions when you buy them) can be sterilised by putting in a microwave for 90 seconds.
- Put them in without teats or lids on and sterilise these separately.
- There are many different brands, so it’s a case of which unit suits you, your baby’s needs – and your kitchen space!
- You must read the instructions and follow precisely.
- They usually take around 8-12 minutes.
- Usually, you can leave them in the closed steriliser for up to six hours after running the cycle.
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