Sterilizing Bottles and Pacifiers

Sterilizing baby bottles, including nipples, nipple caps and rings will help protect a baby’s health. Pacifiers need to be sterilized as well, because babies put them in their mouths. This sterilization should continue as long as it is recommended by the baby’s doctor. The practice of keeping baby bottles and pacifiers sterilized assist parents and caregivers  to have them ready for use the next time they are needed. Here are the basic steps to the sterilization process.

Step 1

Wash all the bottles, pacifiers, nipples, caps and rings with hot soapy water. This will help to get rid of any milk scum on them. Nipple holes should have bristles from a dishwasher brush inserted to assist in cleaning the holes. Washing these items is different from sterilizing them, but it is necessary step.


Step 2

Place the pacifiers, bottles and other materials in the top rack of a dishwasher, if you have one. A dishwasher with water that reaches 180 degrees F  will properly sterilize these items.

Step 3

Fill a large pan with water and place it on a stove if you don’t have a dishwasher to be used to create boiling water to sterilize the bottles and other items.

Step 4

Place the bottles and other materials in the pan with the water. The materials need to be submerged. A wire grate may need to be used to weigh them down.

Step 5

Cover the pan with a lid and then bring the water to a boil. Boil the bottles and other items in the pan for 15 minutes.

Step 6

To avoid burning your hands, use tongs to remove the bottles and other materials. Place them on a clean towel or in a drainer. The bottles and other materials are now sterilized and they need time only to dry.


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