Whether you are feeding your child or an animal you may have adopted, feeding bottles are important and they must stay clean. Without them it is impossible to feed a baby that is not breastfeeding, or a tiny animal that has lost its mother for some reason. In order to make sure your baby stays in good health with sound teeth you have to make sure that you have a way to keep things clean. Dentists and pediatric doctors say that a feeding bottle sterilizer may be a great investment towards this end. Without sterilization on occasion, these bottles can carry bacteria that will lead to sickness and ill health.
There are many types of feeding bottle sterilizer that you can buy. You can find them anywhere that you may buy your baby bottles. These work in a very simple way and most have the same basic setup. You put the bottles into the sterilizer after the bottle has been taken apart, and then they are sealed inside. Once they are turned on, they use steam to sterilize the bottles and parts. You will have to add water that will create the steam, but for the most part these are very easy to use and work really quickly so you don’t have to take a lot of time out of your day.
Some bottle brands have their own feeding bottle sterilizer that you can get to go with your purchase. You do not have to use the one that is recommended for your particular brand of bottles, but there are some advantages to this. If you use a bottle that has different sizes and parts that do not come with more simple bottles, these sterilizers that are made for those bottles handle the size of them, and also have sections for the various parts that you may not find with other bottles. If you are using simple bottles, any should do. If you use a special one, you may want to see if that company has a sterilizer that works well for your needs.
You may not have to worry much about cleaning out a feeding bottle sterilizer, but there are some times when they can have shorter life and may need to be replaced if you do not give them a little extra attention. Some water is called hard water, meaning it has more minerals than other water. This can lead to lime and calcium buildup on your sterilizer, which will greatly shorten its life. See if you can find a way to keep your item free of build up with something that will not harm the baby if traces are left in the sterilizer after cleaning. Otherwise, you may have to replace it more than once. The same can be said of bottle and baby food warmers that use steam.
There are alternatives if you do not want to buy a sterilizer. Check with your dentist and pediatric physician. Though these are very good and extremely convenient when you want to sterilize your bottles, there are ways other than using a feeding bottle sterilizer. You can get simple bags (often sold to sterilize breast pump accessories) that use steam in a microwave to sterilize whatever you can fit into the bag. They come with specific instructions about how much water to use, so make sure you follow directions. They work well if you don’t have the space for a sterilizer or you don’t want to drop a lot of cash on one.