As a first time mom I had many, many questions that other people may find strange or downward crazy, however, I always thought that by asking questions you learn. Being the only child in my family, I didn’t have a brother or sister to carry for. I didn’t even have cousins younger than me, so technically my baby was the FIRST baby I had to care for. I googled and watch videos about everything: how to swaddle, how to feed, how to carry my baby etc. I found that sometimes simple answers to simple questions were hard to find, so here I am sharing now my experience, maybe it will help a sleepless mama, or at least will give you an idea of what to do.
Lets start with cleaning baby bottles!
I am sure each mom has its own was of doing it, some maybe just give it a rinse, some boil the parts after every use, I am here to tell you about what I do, right or wrong it works for us. You can take the information with a grain of salt and maybe just use the steps that work for you.
My baby is 8 month now, and he drinks from bottles since birth. That’s a LOT of bottles to clean. First 4 months when he was eating every 3 hours, I had up to 8 bottles to clean, now he drinks 4 bottles per day, which is so much better :) . First, after he finishes a bottle, I usually fill it with water, rinse the nipple and place it on the counter. Filling it with water, makes cleaning it later much easier. If lets say, your baby ate at 6AM, but you get t wash the bottles at 6PM the milk dries out and its harder and more time consuming to clean. So, here you have, my first trick:
1. Fill the bottles with water after each use
2. Get a Bottle Brush, I have this one
3. Use natural dish detergent
4. Soak the bottle Nipples in hot boiled water with a little detergent
Now, more on number 4, sometimes to clean the nipples is the hardest part, I like them to be really clean, and usually I boil some water, set them in a bowl with a little dish detergent and hot water to soak while I clean the bottles. This is a quick sterilization method.
Using a little detergent, the bottle brush and warm water start cleaning the bottles. Make sure you wash the sink before placing any bottles in it.
Having a bottle brush is great, because they fit in the bottle nipples and make cleaning much easier:
Dissemble all the bottle parts, remove the nipples from the rings and rinse well with lots of water. Assemble the bottles and place on a drying rack:
Twice a week I use this great Steam Bags from Medela. They are very easy to use, and a great time saver, instead of boiling all the bottles and pacifiers, you just throw everything in that bag, add a little water and microwave for up to 4 minutes. Ta-dam everything is sterilized!!
You can use a bag up to 20 times. It even has a nice log on the bag, you ca check a box every time you used the bag:
Here are the sterilized and disinfected bottle nipples. Using the bag is such a time saver, it eliminates all the hustle of boiling the parts!
This is how I clean my baby’s bottles. Hopefully you found some tips you can use too.
Question: Any shortcuts or advices on how to clean baby bottles quick and efficient?