Sterilize equipment for babies of any age. There is no research that says when to safely stop sterilizing.

What You Need


pot with lid

  • Large pot with lid

bottle brush and nipple brush

  • Bottle brush
  • nipple brush

tong-knife-fork-can opener-glass measuring cup

  • Tongs
  • Knife
  • Fork
  • Can opener
  • Glass measuring cup

bottles, nipples, caps and rims

  • Glass bottles (if possible)
  • Nipples
  • Caps
  • Rims

Note: If using disposable bottles, sterilize only nipples, rims and caps. Throw out liners after one use. Throw out nipples when they become soft and sticky. If using a baby bottle sterilizer, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Steps to Sterilize Equipment


washing hand with soap and water
Disinfect counter and wash hands with soap and water. To disinfect: mix 5 mL (1 teaspoon) household bleach with 750 mL (3 cups) of water. Put this in a spray bottle and label it. Spray your counter and wipe it with a clean cloth.
washing bottle with brush in soapy water
Wash all items in warm soapy water.
using thumbs to push all liquid out of bottle nipple
Make sure holes in nipples are not clogged.


rinse bottle under running water
Rinse well.
boil for 2 minutes
Put clean items in a pot. Fill pot with water. Make sure equipment is covered with water. Boil for 2 minutes.
dry all bottle, nipple, rim and cap on a paper towel
Remove items with tongs. Set on a clean paper towel to dry. If not using right away, store in a clean place.