Cleaning and Sterilising Your Baby’s Feeding Products: A New Parent’s Guide
Author: Cassidy Sommer
Bio: Working at nanobébé, I am here to give you the latest and greatest information for you and your baby!
Life is messy, but bacteria can be little less scary with a thorough cleaning routine. Here’s a short and sweet, but complete step by step guide to getting your feeding and pumping essentials germ-free and ready to go for your little one.
1. Prep. Thoroughly wash hands with warm water and soap.
2. Disassemble. Be sure to take all your bottles, pump parts, baby toys and other accessories apart, no matter how small. It can be super easy for germs to sit and mold in small sections of your baby products. It is imperative that you take apart all pieces.
3. Wash. Rinse the items as the first part of washing. The water doesn’t have to be scalding hot or freezing cold. Whatever you prefer will be fine for this part. For actual washing, there are different ways to clean your products (see an option below). Whichever you choose, you should always follow the first steps mentioned before completing the cleaning process.
Dishwasher Cleaning and Sterilisation
If your dishwasher has a heated dry setting, this works best. Hotter water will help kill germs. Once your dishwasher is finished cleaning and drying, remove products with clean hands and put them away in a clean area. If a dishwasher is unavailable, you can also clean your products by hand.
Plain Old Hand Washing
If you’re cleaning by hand: Be sure that your hands are clean before you start to take apart all pieces and rinsing. After that, you can fill a wash bowl with hot water and a gentle bottle or baby safe cleansing soap. Using a brush only used for cleaning baby products, scrub all sides of each product thoroughly and rinse again. For teats, squeeze water through the hole a few times to get the best clean. Place all parts to air dry in a dust-free area. For a great, hygienic air drying option, you can use our Slim Drying Rack that has removable pegs and a water catcher. Its design is specifically for fast and hygienic drying, so there is no worry about finding a clean enough Tea Towel! Be sure to always clean your brush and washing up bowl or basin after each product cleaning.