Cleaning a baby bottle can be one of the most challenging jobs related to baby bottle feeding.
One must adopt good methods of cleaning which has to be done systematically every day to get the desired level of hygiene necessary for babies to stay healthy.
Normally, mothers find it difficult to keep the baby bottle clean just because they resort to bad practices like keeping dirty bottles overnight only to be washed the next day.
Also, if they make use of a bottle brush which is much too hard, the baby bottles and baby nipples will get scratched causing them to start leaking too soon and even end up choking the infant.
It is immaterial whether a mother chooses to wash a baby bottle by hand or with the help of a dishwasher; what is important is that they do it quick without wasting time and use the minimum of resources like soap, water and electricity.
The first thing one should after a baby bottle has been used is rinse it out. Caking within the bottle and the foul smell retained become the major problems to wrestle with while cleaning.
When you rinse you are making sure that cheesing within the bottle is eliminated as also any foul odour. This is the first step to be kept in mind for babies to be healthy.
Rinse the baby bottle out preferably with hot water before you put all the bottles used along with their nipples in a big basin filled with soap water.
This is a very practical method and at the same time economical too as you will be saving your resources and also saving time.
After you let them soak for some time, the baby bottles will be ready for cleaning.
Use a fairly stiff baby bottle brush to clean out the corners and edges where milk residue is normally found.
You can even use foam at the end of a baby bottle brush to reach the bottom of the bottle within.
After this you can just rinse the soap off with hot water several times and then put them on a rack so that they can get air-dried.
This way good health for babies is always assured.
A lot of mothers prefer to sterilize the baby bottle before leaving it for air-drying. Sterilization is a must in places where the water is not disinfected or if the baby’s immune system is deficient.
Some pediatricians tell mothers to sterilize the baby bottle until the infant reaches the age of two months in spite of having a disinfected water supply.
Put the bottle and other accessories in a pot filled with water so as to just cover the contents. Bring to a boil and leave for five minutes for any bacteria to be killed.
Be careful about the time as overdoing it could distort the bottles meant for babies and often leave you with none at hand or you could keep one in stock for emergencies.