Hi all, just wanting to know when did you feel comfortable to cease sterilising your little one’s bottles? My first was exclusively breastfed, but her chewing toys were never sterilsed as the nicu nurses all said not to. But we automatically sterilsed this bubs bottles. I’m not looking for criticism, I’m merely wondering when others stopped the process. My daughter is 6 3/4 months. When do you stop sterilising bottles? Thanks all in advance.

Posted by Jeanine 8.12.2012


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  • Don’t need to steralise when they start crawling. They eat things off floor without u knowing



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  • It’s best to continue sterilising your baby’s bottles until she’s at least a year old. Babies are vulnerable to the germs that cause diarrhoea and vomiting. These germs can develop very easily in milk.

    Bottles and teats have nooks and crannies that milk can collect in. Sterilising is the only way to ensure your baby’s bottles are free from dangerous bacteria.

    Try to encourage your baby to use a cup or beaker for her milk once she’s six months and has started solids. Cups and beakers are better for your baby’s teeth than bottles. They also don’t need to be sterilised, because they’re easier to clean.

    Just wash cups and beakers in clean, hot, soapy water, along with your baby’s bowls, plates and spoon. Keep your baby’s things separate from the other washing up. Then dry them off with a clean tea towel. Bacteria don’t breed as easily in your baby’s solid food compared with her milk, so there’s no need to sterilise these items.



  • If you are on rainwater you may want to wait longer maybe 18 months cause there can be bacteria growing in your rainwater tank



  • But it depends if you are on town or rainwater



  • 14 months for my daughter



  • My understanding is that there is a much higher risk of nasty bacteria being in milk residue in bottles so ideally keep sterilising them.



  • Once they start crawling they are putting all sorts into their mouths anyway.



  • as soon as they start solids, you are wasting your time.



  • maybe talk to your maternal health nurse and they should be able to give you the info you need but i think as long as possible is best



  • i got told 12 months you can stop sterilising



  • I stopped around 10 months, when they are crawling everywhere or walking and getting dirty hands and feet, they are being exposed to all sorts of germs, so sterilizing bottles seems a waste of time after that



  • I stopped when my daughter was about 18months. we were using a microwave steriliser and our microwave broke. since we were without a microwave for a few weeks when we got another I just didn’t start back up. and we were only using 1 bottle a day (I know most don’t use any by that age but the only way to get my daughter to have a day nap is to give her a bottle!)


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