Sterilising and making up babies bottles can be such an overwhelming subject when you start out, so many people give you conflicting advice on what you should and shouldn’t do which can lead to a great deal of confusion. We are now in a routine with our bottles so I thought I would share what we do, both in the house and when out and about.
First up, washing and sterilising. We don’t have a particular routine with washing the bottles, if there is space in the top of the dishwasher they go in there, if there isn’t they get washed with a bottle brush, warm water and washing up liquid. There is a downside to washing them in the dishwasher, if you put them in with certain food stained items they may discolour, ours often come out with an orange tinge to them, though this does fade.
After washing we always sterilise our bottles. We have a microwave steriliser, I measure out the required amount of water in one of the bottles (I used to use a jug and then realised I may as well just use one of the bottles!), pour this into the steriliser and then pop it in for the required time, six minutes in our case though all sterilisers will have their own instructions. When buying a steriliser be sure to check that it fits in your microwave oven, our previous one was too small so we ended up having to buy a new one!
Once the bottles have been sterilised they need to be left in the steriliser to cool down for at least ten minutes, we always wash and sterilise our bottles before we need them, usually before we go to bed.
As soon as you open the steriliser and air gets in it is no longer a sterile environment, therefore you shouldn’t open it, get one bottle out, close it, and go on like that for the rest of the day. We take all of the bottles out at once and put them together with the lid on, so long as they are used within twenty four hours they are still classed as sterile.
We use Cow & Gate first infant milk and plan on using this right up until we start using cow’s milk. We have been told that the follow on milks and various stages are basically a waste of money, this will do just fine.
We have the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine to make up our bottles in the house, I love this device and would recommend it to any new mum, in those early days when your baby wants feeding every two hours this thing is amazing. We even kept it in the bedroom when Aria was waking during the night!
We’ve tried several different bottle brands with this machine and they have all fitted just fine.
The machine makes a bottle at perfect temperature in two minutes, none of this boiling the kettle, waiting for the water to cool down before making the bottle and then putting the bottle in cold water to be cool enough to drink, with this you just press a button and it does it all for you.
It pours a shot of boiling water into the bottle, you then add the formula and shake, pop it back under and it tops it up with cool water. The water goes through a filter so is absolutely fine to give to your baby. Our filter lasts ages, but this does depend on the water where you live.
If we are going out for the day I make one bottle up in advance, we have been told not to do this but making bottles up at the right temperature when out can be impossible. I keep the bottle in the insulted bottle holder which came with my changing bag. As well as the ready made bottle I take some sterilised bottles, a flask of boiling water and ready measured out formula in Tommee Tippee formula dispensers. Once Aria has a bottle I make the next one up straight away by pouring the water from the flask into the bottle and adding the formula, I then store it in the insulated bottle holder until Aria wants her next feed. The reason I make them in advance when out is because the water is boiling so the bottles need a while to cool before Aria can drink them.
I always make sure that I carry more bottles and formula than I need, as well as a microwave steriliser bag, this way if I end up staying out later than planned I have enough food and can sterilise another bottle if I need to.
How do you make up your bottles when in the house and out & about? Have you received confusing advice from health care professionals?
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