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Sterilising policy

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
  1. Using cold water sterilising solution
  2. 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.