New Mom Secret: I Don't Sterilize My Baby's Bottles


mom secretsIt's hard being a new mom (or even an experienced mom to a new baby) and sometimes we do things we know we shouldn't, despite what all the experts say. But this is a safe place to share your secrets—we won't tell.

This Week's Secret:
I never sterilize my baby's bottles. Not even when they're brand new. I just put it in the dishwasher and wash it that way. — anonymous


Do you sterilize your baby's bottles?

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justa... justanotherjen

I never did either.  Our doctors all said it wasn't necessary and to just wash them in hot soapy water or stick them in the dishwasher through a dry cycle.  It gets hot enough in there to kill anything.

I think I boiled stuff with my first and last.  My first because that is what you are "supposed" to do and my last because our water was a little iffy so I wanted to get them super clean but after those first bottles...I never steralized.  It was a pain in the butt.  My kids have never been sick from lack of sterlization.  Heck we were known to lose a pacifier while out, buy a new pack and pop it in baby's mouth before leaving the parking lot.  They're all still alive.

amw529 amw529

I boiled the bottles/nipples before the first use, but after that I was told just to wash in hot soapy water - no sterilization required.

Pollymom Pollymom

I either handwash them if I feel like it or just throw all of it into the dishwasher. I put the nipples and all the little things into a dishwasher basket. I'm pretty sure the dishwasher gets hot enough to sterilize everything...I always use heat dry too.

Xandr... Xandriasmommy

I only sterilized them because after a few weeks they discolored and filmy and I wanted them clear again.

pinkc... pinkcicle709

I didnt sterilize them I bought used bottles from Ebay and just ran them theough the dishwasher.

mrsec... mrseckstein

I did it once. And that is all. People told me I had to do it almost every day.

happy... happymom1988

me and my dh do it everyday . for a couple of times , and i also run them in hot water  : )

Dusty... DustyQOTF

If you wash them in the dishwasher you dont need to sterilize them they get sterlized.. however by hand until 4 months you should sterlize them.. My docotor said if you breastfeed you do not have to sterlize them since your breasts arent sterlized. I suggest sterlizing bottles if your babys got a cold or ear infection or if the flu is going around the house.. Its just to help keep them from getting sick.

Tiffany Housler

The dishwasher does sterilize them

blue_... blue_glass_mama

I used the bottles with the disposable bags, and I just rinse off the nipples and rings and my kids are still alive and never were sick and they still never get sick and they are older now

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