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I have conflicting answers.. maybe some mom's out there can help me out.. I use the Playtex Drop in bottles and I was reading the insert that came with them and it says for the type of nipples I use you only have to boil them in water to sterilize them once a week.. I asked my mom cause I have been doing it after each use..and my mom said to sterilize everything once a day but to wash with hot soapy water in between.. So which is it? Once a week, one a day, or after every use??

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Asked by Faeriebrat at 5:53 PM on Jun. 18, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I'm sure you'll get a lot of different opinions on this one, but here's what I've got: I've read 3 books on parenting the first year and the conclusion from those sources was that the nipples needed to be sterilized once a week. In fact, two of the books I've been reading say that the sterilizing of everything every time theory is outdated and a bit of an old wives' tale & that sterilizing the bottles is unnecessary and that soap & hot water is just fine & to only sterilize the nipples. This applies to all types of bottles.

    So... I bought the Medela sterilizing microwave bags. Each bag can be used 20 times and it takes 2 minutes. I find them very convenient for my weekly nipple sterilization... and for the rest of the time, I wash all the bottles and nipples in hot, soapy water. My son is just about 9 months old now and he's never been sick. I hope that helps! :-)

    Answer by IndieRockMommy at 6:09 PM on Jun. 18, 2009

  • You really only need to sterilize them when you buy them. If you wash them in hot water or in a basket in your dishwasher that is good enough. Our digestive systems are not a sterile environment. The food you are feeding your child is not sterile- be it formula or breast milk. With my first child- I was a sterlizing junky. I used the same bottles you used- although I bought silicone nipples because they last longer than latex ones. I also used those medela bags to sterilize. I don't think you can use those bags with the latex (yellow) nipples.
    But regardless- you really don't need to do it. With my second child- I sterlized the new stuff and that was it. I might have done it one or two more times just for a good cleaning- but the dishwasher gets hot enough that you don't need to. Both of my kids were very healthy babies and are still both very healthy toddlers!

    Answer by Greenbeans422 at 7:20 PM on Jun. 18, 2009

  • I also only sterilize them when they're new out of the package. Other than that I just wash them with hot, soapy water or stick them in the dishwasher.

    Answer by lvpenguino at 8:56 PM on Jun. 18, 2009

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