New Teeth Help with Feeding Bottle Sterilizer

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.

Teething Babies

Dentists and doctors will tell you that as with anything else with people (or their babies) teething occurs differently in different children. Babies begin teething at different times, and they feel pain and discomfort in different ways and by different amounts. The first challenge for a parent, of course, is to recognize when it actually happens. How do you know when you can put a baby’s fussiness down to teething and when you are to put it down to a actual problem? This little guide to how to spot teething babies should help. It will be a couple years before the first visit to the dental office.


Let’s start with how you can spot teething babies. Your first clue of course would be to actually see the white tip of a tooth just below the gums somewhere. You can also tell if there seems to be a bump along the gums somewhere that could indicate to you that a tooth is in the process of erupting. A baby that keeps drooling, keeps trying to do something with her hands and face that would indicate to you that she’s trying to comfort herself, a baby that keeps worrying her ears – all of these are pretty good signs that your baby’s going to have some brand-new choppers.


If there’s just one tooth coming out at a time, the discomfort should last about a few days for each tooth. If there is a whole set of teeth coming out at the same time however, they really have it in for your baby. It’s going to last several weeks. And remember – if you have a baby that’s suddenly having a lot of trouble sleeping, teething babies do that too.


Okay, so you do know now what teething babies look like. It would also help if you could look at a baby that had a problem that wasn’t related to teething and be able to tell. A baby with a fever, a runny nose or an upset stomach isn’t usually reacting to the teething process. There are lots of parents who are completely sure that teething does these to a baby. But study after study shows that there’s just been no connection. If there is anything like this going on, be sure to whisk your baby off to the doctor.


It would also help if you knew when to expect the whole teething thing to start. The problem of course is that there is a very wide window that it chooses to happen in. It can happen at four months and it can happen to 10 months. Sometimes, the first tooth shows up past the first birthday. As long as your baby seems healthy overall, there really is nothing you need worry about. You could make a mention of it to your doctor, is all.