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

by The Stir Bloggers on December 16, 2009 at 11:00 AM

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

Question: Do you sterilize your baby's bottles?
  1. Yes. 31%
  2. No. 62%
  3. Other. Please explain below. 6%
Total Votes: 90
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  • justa...


    December 16, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    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


    December 16, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    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


    December 16, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    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...


    December 17, 2009 at 12:07 PM

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

  • pinkc...


    January 23, 2010 at 12:58 PM
    I didnt sterilize them I bought used bottles from Ebay and just ran them theough the dishwasher.
  • mrsec...


    February 18, 2010 at 1:25 PM

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

  • happy...


    February 20, 2010 at 12:52 AM

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

  • Dusty...


    February 24, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    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.

  • Tiffa...
    -- Facebook comment from

    Tiffany Housler

    August 27, 2010 at 8:22 AM

    The dishwasher does sterilize them

  • blue_...


    August 31, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    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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