Cleaning and sterilising feeding bottles is very important for your baby’s health
From birth until weaning, your baby’s hygiene is fundamental, especially when feeding through artificial means. While breastfeeding ensures the highest level of safety in terms of hygiene, bottle feeding, instead, requires the utmost attention to the cleanliness of all the different components.
Sterilisation can be either hot or cold. The hot method uses boiling water, heated and vaporised through an electric coil or microwave system. The time needed for sterilisation varies from around 5–15 minutes for electric models to a few minutes for microwave ones. They are similar to the classic method of boiling water in a pot but they are much faster and more practical, especially when you need to do the procedure frequently and for many feeding bottles and products (breast pump, jars, soothers). Cold sterilising instead involves using liquid or tablet disinfectants deliberately designed to be safe and tolerated well by the baby. This method requires more time.
During the first six months of life the child's immune system is not yet fully developed, so it is necessary to pay the utmost attention to all the objects that your baby comes into contact with. In the 0-6 month period, paediatricians recommend sterilising everything: feeding bottles, teats, pacifiers, accessories and toys. After six months of age, you can gradually reduce the frequency.