Sterilize equipment for babies of any age. There is no research that says when to safely stop sterilizing.
What You Need
- Large pot with lid
- Bottle brush
- nipple brush
- Can opener
- Glass measuring cup
- Glass bottles (if possible)
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
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.
Wash all items in warm soapy water.
Make sure holes in nipples are not clogged.
Put clean items in a pot. Fill pot with water. Make sure equipment is covered with water. Boil for 2 minutes.
Remove items with tongs. Set on a clean paper towel to dry. If not using right away, store in a clean place.