Before choosing a method of sterilization, it’s important to consider your values when it comes to this process.
Do you want to go chemical-free?
Do you want to do something that takes the least amount of time?
Are you on a budget and need to use the most cost-effective sterilization method?
Whatever the case, check out some options below to help you pick your poison.
1. Boiling a Pot of Water
I actually made it a point to purchase a large stock pot for this reason only, since I couldn’t fathom using the pot that I cooked my chili in to sterilize my bottles.
But, as long as the pots are cleaned to perfection prior, I guess any old pot or pan will do. Totally personal preference!
2. Using the Microwave
I loved the fact that I could pull the steamer out of the microwave and set it on the countertop until I was ready to use one of the items!
It generally comes with tongs for non-contamination purposes, and plenty of open space to accommodate all kinds and sizes of bottles, nipples, and other baby items that end up in their mouth.
It was much quicker than boiling a pot and it always helped me ensure my baby stuff was squeaky clean.
If you are on a tight budget and don’t wish to purchase a steamer system, all you need to do is fill your baby’s bottles half way with water and stand them up on the turntable.
This will ensure they don’t fall over, or overflow.
You can place your nipples, bottle rings, and other baby stuff in a small bowl and be sure to cover them with water.
Two minutes on high should do the trick!
3. Use the Dishwasher!
I never had an issue with my son coming down with an illness or infection from the process.
I often ran the washer overnight, so when my son woke up, his stuff was ready to go.
Some parents do this daily, I chose to do it weekly.
Just be sure that all your baby stuff is placed in a dishwasher basket or put on the top rack, and that your dishwasher is put on the sanitize setting.
4. UV Light
I’ve never used this method, but had a friend or two who have.
This form of sterilizer is pretty simple and it’s highly effective with zapping yucky stuff, all through the use of ultraviolet light.
You simply place the bottle in the sterilizer and push start. It does take up some counter space and it can be pricey, so many parents use alternative methods.
However, parents who travel a lot prefer this option and purchase a smaller system that is easy to pack and use on the go.
5. Cleaning Agents
You can place all your baby stuff in this solution for up to two minutes.
Make sure you squeeze the mixture through your baby’s nipples and set everything out to drip dry.
I would probably use warm, soapy water as well prior to use.