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When to stop sterilizing bottles?


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When did you stop sterilizing your baby's bottles, pacifiers etc? I am thinking to stop at 3 months b/c I am going back to work, but wonder if it's too soon.

Edited Feb 28 2011 18:45 by bierorama
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We only used bottles while I was working and my son only took a pacifier for the first couple weeks. I only sterilized items once, when we first bought them. After that, they either went in the dishwasher or were washed by hand.

Maybe I'm unsanitary? Surprised

I stopped using my sterlizer at around 3-4 months.  I only used that thing if I didn't put them in the diswasher. 

I hated that awful, bulky thing that took up all my counter space!!!!

During the first month, I probably sterilized everything once a week, after that, about once a month.  I just threw everything in a big pot of boiling water for five minutes while making breakfast or something like that. 

I don't think there's anything wrong with stopping now.  Soap and water do the trick.

 

 

My daughter is 7 months old and I still sterilize things occasionally. I just drop them into boiling water for a few minutes. But I am a bit paranoid about germs, it probably doesn't even need to be done anymore..

Thanks everyone for the feedback! I def think I will start to do dishwasher only once she turns 3 months. I also don't like the bulky thing on my counter!!

I bought the $80 sterilizer and I still sterilize my son's bottles. He's 19 months old and only has a bottle at nap time and bed time. He just loved his bottleEmbarassed. The rest of the time it's a sippy cup that we do not sterilize.

Original Post by bierorama:

We only used bottles while I was working and my son only took a pacifier for the first couple weeks. I only sterilized items once, when we first bought them. After that, they either went in the dishwasher or were washed by hand.

Maybe I'm unsanitary?

 Same here! Germs build the immune system. Cannot create bubble children.

I did the same thing!  I think I only used my sterilizer once or twice.  After that, everything went into the dishwasher or was hand washed.

The sterilizer was something a girlfriend convinced me I just had to have.  In hindsight, I don't think it was worth it, and I wish I'd saved my money. 

Original Post by msmysz:

The sterilizer was something a girlfriend convinced me I just had to have.  In hindsight, I don't think it was worth it, and I wish I'd saved my money. 

Especially when you can throw things into a pot of boiling water and get the same results. I'm a minimalist, though. :)

My sister gave me her Munchkin Steam Guard sterilizer so I spent no money, thank goodness - although the model I have is only $22 as compared to more expensive ones. But compared to boiling I think it's a lot easier on the plastics (but I definitely could be wrong as the sterilizer is microwaving afterall) ... but it's certainly quicker. In any case, I will stop next week!

I sterlize my daughter's bottles when I first buy them and then that's it.  She's had no problems and she is just over nine months old. 

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