If you are using bottles to feed your baby then you must properly sanitize bottles and bottle nipples. Baby bottles cannot just be rinsed and used again. Babies are vulnerable and can easily get sick if things are not properly sanitized. Learn the proper way to sanitize baby bottles.
Always sanitize new bottles. You never know if they are really germ-free after going through all that shipping and handling. Use the steps below to properly sterilize the bottle and nipple before letting your baby use them.
The best way to kill germs or other contaminants on nipples is to boil them. Rinse the nipples well before adding them to boiling water. Let them boil for three minutes. Don’t leave them in too long as they could melt. Remove the nipples with kitchen tongs and place on a rack or clean towel to dry.
Like with the nipples, boiling the bottles is a good way to sanitize and kill germs. Go through the same process as described above: rinse, boil for 3-4 minutes, and use tongs to remove.
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Never buy bottles that contain BPA. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disrupter and has been linked to obesity and different kinds of cancers. You need to heat your baby’s bottles to properly sanitize them, but when plastic containing BPA is heated, the chemical leaches out of the plastic into the contained food or drink. It is then consumed and introduced into the body.
Now you know how to handle bottles and nipples and feed your child safely. Newborns have a weak immune system, so make sure you sanitize your baby bottles before each use. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have no worries!