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When can I stop sterilizing my baby's bottles?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Now

If you live in a city with approved water, and are not worried about water coming through your old plumbing, you NEVER need to sterilize bottles.
A good bottle brush and normal cleaning like you do your dishes is fine. This old practice goes back decades to when they boiled bottles to both sterilize and break up the harsh cow protein in homemade formula.That need disappeared decades ago.

In brief: Now

If you live in a city with approved water, and are not worried about water coming through your old plumbing, you NEVER need to sterilize bottles.
A good bottle brush and normal cleaning like you do your dishes is fine. This old practice goes back decades to when they boiled bottles to both sterilize and break up the harsh cow protein in homemade formula.That need disappeared decades ago.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
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In brief: Sterilizing bottles

You don't need to sterilize bottles or the water. Clean with soap and water and rinse well.
Good hygiene, not sterilization.

In brief: Sterilizing bottles

You don't need to sterilize bottles or the water. Clean with soap and water and rinse well.
Good hygiene, not sterilization.
Dr. Barry Bergman
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. Paul Williams
Family Medicine

In brief: Baby's bottles

There isn't an absolute answer but most baby's quickly develop normal gut flora fairly quickly.
Simply cleaning the bottles will suffic especially since milk being used should be pastuerized and any formula is generally mixed with tap water to reconstitute it. Probably sterilizing is over kill except for perhaps the first week of life.

In brief: Baby's bottles

There isn't an absolute answer but most baby's quickly develop normal gut flora fairly quickly.
Simply cleaning the bottles will suffic especially since milk being used should be pastuerized and any formula is generally mixed with tap water to reconstitute it. Probably sterilizing is over kill except for perhaps the first week of life.
Dr. Paul Williams
Dr. Paul Williams
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