Should we sterilize baby bottles?

Should we sterilize baby bottles?

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Long recommended before the preparation of a baby bottle, the sterilization of baby bottles is no longer a systematic recommendation, provided they comply with strict rules of cleaning and hygiene. Here's how to protect your baby from microbes.

According to the latest Nutri-bébé survey conducted by the French Children's Food Sector, 28% of mothers of children aged 0 to 3 still sterilize their bottles. Although this practice has been declining since 2005 (32% were doing so), this figure remains high, whereas health professionals no longer recommend this practice, especially since more and more families are equipped with dishwashers. . On the other hand, they insist on the cleaning of the bottles which must be rigorous to avoid the proliferation of the microbes.

  • If you have a dishwasher: undoubtedly the most practical and effective solution. When your baby has finished his bottle, rinse it, taking care to separate the ring and pacifier, then put it in the dishwasher and program a complete cycle at least 65 ° C. This temperature is enough to destroy the microbes. Pacifiers can also be machine-made, except rubber ones that you wash separately.
  • If you do not have a dishwasher: do not leave your baby bottles in your sink, especially if dirty dishes are waiting to be washed, this is where the microbes could proliferate. As soon as your baby has finished drinking milk, clean his bottle quickly, separating the ring and pacifier, with a bottle brush, washing-up liquid and warm water to remove milk residue. Then air dry on the drip tray.

To avoid microbes, also think about ...

  • Wash your bottle before first use even if he is new ...
  • Wash your hands before preparing a bottle.
  • Do not keep a prepared bottle more than an hour if it is at room temperature, or 30 minutes, if you have warmed it.

I prefer to sterilize, I do it until when?

As soon as your child starts touching everything and carrying objects to his mouth, usually around 4 or 5 months, it is no longer necessary to sterilize his bottles. Thorough cleaning is enough. Sterilization, do you care? Our advice and techniques.


Stéphanie Letellier