Sterilising is the most important part of bottle feeding and not something you can cut corners with if you want to ensure baby’s good health.
- There are several methods of sterilising equipment
- Using cold water sterilising solution
- Steam sterilising
- All equipment used for feeding and making up feeds for babies less than twelve months old need to be sterilised.
- Before you start make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and clean all work surfaces.
- All equipment to be sterilised must be thoroughly washed beforehand in hot soapy water then rinsed under cold running water.
Cold water sterilising
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
- Change the sterilising solution every 24 hours.
- Leave all equipment in the sterilising solution for at least 30 minutes.
- Make sure there is no air trapped in the bottles and teats when putting them in the sterilising solution.
- Keep all the equipment under the solution using a floating cover.
Steam or Microwave sterilising
- As there are different types of sterilisers it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Make sure the opening of the bottles and teats are facing down in the steriliser.
- Manufacturers will give you a guide as to how long you can leave equipment that you are not using straight away in the steriliser before it needs re-sterilising.