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So having my son last month, was not my first rodeo (picture added of him to share this cuteness with the world). I have a 7 year old (birthday in October of 2011) and I was extremely young, and honestly naive. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, so I usually did things the way my grandma or my mom did things, which I was born in 1992 so that was 19 years ago at that point.. A lot has changed in 19 years. When it came to sterilizing bottles, I did everythig the old school way. Wash the bottles in the dishwasher, and than a fill up a pot of boiling water, and boil the bottles and teats for 5 minutes.
That was anything BUT convenient.
OF COURSE, I’ve had multiple people ask me, why do you even bother sterilizing his bottles? I never did that with my kid. Well, good for you! Honestly I feel like it’s important to do for the first 6 months. My son isn’t vaccinated yet, he barely has immune system, so yes, I am sterilizing his bottles. Not to mention he does have a 7 year old sister in first grade who brings all kinds of germs home. Another note is, we don’t necessarily run the dishwasher every day and I only have so many bottles (and he’s 7 weeks old so he goes through AT LEAST 8 bottles a day). Waiting for the dishwasher is very inconvenient when I want to make sure I have enough clean bottles – because honestly, I never know when he’s going to start cluster feeding, and I’m going to need extra bottles.
So, I have a system of cleaning his bottles and it works for me; and I am writing this post to spread my knowledge. I am all about buying things that are AFFORDABLE, and NOT over priced. A lot of things I get from Amazon, but if I cannot wait 2 days I will do buy online, pick up in store at target (every mom’s favorite store). So hopefully someone comes across this post and gets some helpful information from it, because that is my intentions.
Washing Your Bottles
So first thing’s first, you have to have the tools to wash your bottles. There is two things that are AMAZING and help my bottles get extremely clean, first is:
Babyganics Bottle and Dishsoap (Amazon or Target)
Who knew that there was actual BOTTLE DISHSOAP. I was just thinking about it, I was tired of using our heavily scented dishsoap (although I love the smell) not just because it didn’t seem good for my baby, but also someone in my house adds water to it when it gets halfway gone (LOL) so I was wasting a ton of dishsoap trying to get the soap where I wanted. So I found this by this awesome company, Babyganics. It’s unscented, all natural, and it’s foaming – so it is honestly less scrubbing. Because I know that I have to have the bottles all lathered up. lol.
Dr Browns Bottle Brush (Amazon)
So I got a 3 pack of these things from my online registry and honestly they are AMAZING bottle brushes. I’ve been using one for almost 2 months and it barely looks like I’ve used it. It comes with a holder you can stick to the sink, that is NOT attached so in my opinion it’s a lot easier. And they are dishwasher safe, so that’s great if you want to get some that will last you AT LEAST 6 months. At this rate 3 of them will last me 6 months easy peasy.
Munchkin Cleaning Brush Set (Amazon)
So I never knew these were a thing until creating my baby registry on Amazon. Their purpose says that they clean sippy cups (which would have been awesome when my daughter was a baby – I didn’t know until later they collect mold, YUCK). Which I will definitely use them for that in the future, but for now I’m actually using these for my Dr Brown bottles (You know the green thing that goes inside to help with colic). So if you have any of the fancy bottles, I would definitely invest in these, because especially with Dr Brown – the brush that comes with them is not even long enough the clean the inside of it.
How To Wash Your Bottles At Home (For Dummies)
- Rinsh the bottle and teat under warm running water
- Take bottle completely apart and set in the sink
- Get Dr Brown bottle brush wet
- Add 2 pumps of Babyganics Bottle Soap To Bottle Brush
- Totally scrub inside and out of all bottle parts, and rinse
- Set clean bottles aside to sterilize later
- Repeat same with Munchkin brushes (if applicable)
- Sterilize (directions further down)
And Just Like That…….YOU’RE DONE.
Sterilizing Your Bottles
After getting an actual bottle sterilizer, I will NEVER sterilize the old way again. This is just too easy. So what is it that changed my old school ways? Everyone kept telling me all about how their bottle sterilizer was so easy and made things so convenient. I had unexpectedly got blessed with another Amazon gift card for baby stuff – so I invested. I actually got it on sale, but it worked out because I ended up getting a lot of bottles of the same brand, because they’re one of the few that works with my son’s thick formula (post about his formula – coming soon).
Philips AVENT Microwave Steam Sterilizer
What turned from getting a sale item has made my life so damn easy. After getting this, I’m not sure why I didn’t look into it sooner. There was so many times I would forget about the pot of boiling water on the stove, which is a fire hazard. This you pop in the oven and you’re good to go!
After I had purchased this, I had read reviews because I decided to write my own review on Amazon. And the complaints were absolutely ridiculous. Most of the complaints were that bottles by other brands didn’t fit in the little divits inside the top part, where you place the bottles. Okay for one, it says it’s mean for AVENT bottles – but for two, I’ve had no problem fitting the 3 main brands I use (NUK, Playtex, and MAM). Now of course, you can sterilize MAM bottles within themselves, but I don’t always feel like sterilizing a few bottles and then popping in the MAM ones, so I’ll just add them into the sterilizer and I don’t have to worry aboutt them later. I no longer use NUK bottles but I do use AVENT, MAM, Playtex, and Dr Browns and they all get sterilized in this sterilizer with no problems. I have taken some pictures of some different mixture of bottles as an example, because it took me a few days to figure out the best way to distribute bottles in it.
So the possibilites are honestly endless. The more you work with it – the easier it gets to position the bottles.
**Disclaimer: The instructions below are how I sterilize bottles with the sterilizer. They somewhat differ from the instructions so I am not responsible if anything happens (not that I think anything will, lol).
How To Sterilize Your Bottles (For Dummies)
- On the bottom piece of the sterilizer, add 7 or 8 at the most – ounces of water
- Place middle piece in place
- Position your clean bottles in the divets, and place teats and other pieces around
- Place top piece on sterilizer, and lock in place
- Place sterilizer in the Microwave
- Put in Microwave for 5 minutes
- When done, let sit for at least 10 minutes
- Remove bottles and place on a towel or drying rack
And Just Like That…….Your Bottles Are Sterile for 24 Hours!