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Doctor insights on: How To Sterilize Baby Bottles

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How to safely clean baby bottle nipples? By hand?

How to safely clean baby bottle nipples? By hand?

Boil: All items that are going to be used for a baby's feeding should be sterilized (including pacifiers) by placing is boiling water after hand washing. Items should be in the water while boiling for at least 5 minutes. After you have done this once the dishwasher should suffice. It would be good to also sterilize after the baby has been sick. ...Read more

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How long do you sterlize baby bottles?

How long do you sterlize baby bottles?

Why ever?: Sterilizing of bottles is a throw back to a time when parents made formula from condensed cow milk & it needed to be boiled to make it digestible. Babies also had problems with staph germs that were resistant to available abx. Today we know that a good bottle brush & cleaning the same way as your regular dishes is all that is necessary. Ditch the sterilizer & enjoy the extra time with your kid. ...Read more

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How should I introduce my baby to the bottle?

How should I introduce my baby to the bottle?

Try once a day: Introducing your expressed breast milk once a day is not a bad idea once nursing is well established. One good time of the day to try things out would be during a nighttime feeding. That may help to give you just a little break for a while. This is also a good opportunity for dad to get involved in the feeding/bonding experience with your newborn. ...Read more

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Do I have to sterilize the baby bottles after every feeding?

Do I have to sterilize the baby bottles after every feeding?

No: Bottle sterilizing goes back decades to a time when people made their own formulas from unpasturized milk & mixed it with water from questionable sources. Certified city water supply eliminates the need to sterilize in most cases. A good bottle brush and the same attention you give your dishes should be adequate. ...Read more

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How long can you safely reuse water bottles?

How long can you safely reuse water bottles?

Depends: If they are glass bottles and cleaned thoroughly between uses, they can be used forever. Plastic bottles may break down and release plastic into the water especially if they are left in the sun. ...Read more

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Can I deliver bottles of hot water to babies?

Can I deliver bottles of hot water to babies?

Confusing question: First, babies can develop mouth burns from hot water so it should never be offered at any temperature above normal body temperature.Second, they have no biological need for water in the first year beyond that provided in breast milk or their formula. ...Read more

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How can I teach my baby to use a sippy cup?

How can I teach my baby to use a sippy cup?

Why would you want..: ...To do that? Sippy cups are worse for the teeth than either the bottle (except nighttime bottles, those need to go as soon as possible), or a regular cup. Start a regular cup when ready, skip the sippy cup. ...Read more

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How can I teach 6 weeks baby to feed in bottle wheneever i need to go out.Im breastfeeding?

How can I teach 6 weeks baby to  feed in bottle wheneever i need to go out.Im breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding: Some breast fed babies will not take a bottle especially if it is introduced later rather than sooner. Those babies adjust their eating habits to when mom is available. ...Read more

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How to teach a child to switch his milk from feeding bottle to cup?

How to teach a child to switch his milk from feeding bottle to cup?

Put water in the Btl: Kids often resist change, but can be drawn to it if there is a reward. If you quit putting good tasting stuff in the bottle & only put in water, the kid will learn that the good stuff comes from the cup & decide to make the change. It can take several days to a week or so, but keep with it & it will happen. ...Read more

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How many oz milk can we give to 1 yr boy at night bed time n tips how to encourage baby to leave bottle feeding?

How many oz milk can we give to 1 yr boy at night bed time n tips how to encourage baby to leave bottle feeding?

No milk at bedtime: A full tummy at bed time does not make kids sleep better and if anything teaches them to want to eat again before going back to sleep if they wake. If they are bottle huggers, and use it for comfort, put only water in it from now on. You will quit eroding his teeth and might avoid a set of caps.As he tires of the boring water, he will toss it in favor of the good stuff in the cup. ...Read more

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Not sure how to formula feed a newborn?

Not sure how to formula feed a newborn?

How much?: Offer 3 ounces every three hours and adjust from there. Stop to burp after an ounce. ...Read more

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Is it okay to wash baby bottles in bleach?

Is it okay to wash baby bottles in bleach?

Why ?: Baby bottles need only the same attention you give regular dishware and glasses. A bottle brush can assure that you get any scum spots.You don't need to boil or sterilize them (old wives tale). I would never put any toxic chemicals like bleach in them for any reason. Glass bottles could probably tolerate bleach but would need a massive washout to be safe, plastic bottles would not. ...Read more

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When is it safe to stop sterilizing your babies bottles and water?

When is it safe to stop sterilizing your babies bottles and water?

Clean versus sterile: All dishes, cups, and silverware should always be 'sterile' or at least cleaned in hot water with soap. No eating should be done, regardless of age, from unclean dishes, glasses or silverware. I do not understand the question. Hot water suffices to clean or 'sterilize' the eating utensils we use as humans whether we are babies or adults. ...Read more

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How much to feed my baby to get him to normal (iugr)?

How much to feed my baby to get him to normal (iugr)?

Extra calories: Your pcp has (or should) recommend a higher calorie formula to help growth, given that there are only so many ounces a baby can consume. ...Read more

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Will letting my baby use a pacifier make it harder for her to nurse?

Will letting my baby use a pacifier make it harder for her to nurse?

Nipple Confusion?: The short answer, of course, is "maybe." babies have a reflexive need to suck, but the way they need to suck to nurse is different than how they can suck on a bottle or pacifier. In the first week or so of nursing, the different shape of a pacifier may make learning a good latch at the breast harder, but many babies do great with both. If she nurses well, it should not be a problem for her or you! ...Read more

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How to clean a child vagina?

How to clean a child vagina?

Wet q-tip or cloth: The material that adheres to the outer folds can be teased off with a wet q-tip or cloth. Leave the inside alone & flood the area with water to rinse away an debris.Avoid soaps that will irritate the sensitive tissues. ...Read more

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How do you clean baby's toothbrushes before putting them inside baby's mouth?

How do you clean baby's toothbrushes before putting them inside baby's mouth?

Baby's toothbrush: When baby incisors first erupt they should be wiped with a soft moist cloth twice a day, tongue side and lip side. Once molars begin to erupt use small soft bristled toothbrush, rinsing with water and allowed to dry after use. 1st Dental Examination age 1. Use no more than pea-sized portion of kid's toothpaste, but not until child can spit out residue after brushing. ...Read more

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How can I get my baby to take a bottle? He much prefers the breast.

How can I get my baby to take a bottle?  He much prefers the breast.

Ask dad to help: If baby wants the real thing & knows its nearby s/he may not accept the bottle. Enlist the aid of another and get out of the room. Dad or an assistant is more likely to be successful if your not visible. Once baby has begun to accept the bottle & enjoy it, you may begin to use it yourself. ...Read more

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How can I introduce my baby to regular milk?

How can I introduce my baby to regular milk?

If over a year old..: If your child is over a year old and you are considering weaning to whole milk, you might want to try adding an ounce of whole milk to the cup of breast or formula. Little by little increase the amount of milk and decrease the formula, do it over a couple of weeks. You can also give yogurt or cheese in place of the milk. ...Read more

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How to remove baby hiccups?

How to remove baby hiccups?

Time: Hiccups are felt due to a wave of energy moving thru the breathing muscle similar to the one that drives the heart beat. Babies often have it late in pregnancy and continue off/on for months after birth.Some theorize a role of the stomach rubbing the diaphram that stops as the baby grows longer & stomach rubs it less.Reguardless, in 3 decades I have found nothing that works consistantly to stop it. ...Read more