Washing and sterilising bottles
Keep baby well-fed and healthy on formula with our must-read tips.

Bottle safety:

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  • Keep breastmilk bottles refrigerated.
  • Throw away the unfinished milk, never offer the same bottle on two different occassions or reheat half-finished bottles.
  • Make sure you carefully wash and sterilise the bottles, teats and breastpump after each feed or expressing session to prevent bacteria from forming. 
  • Rinse and wash the bottles, teats and breastpump separately from your other dishes in lukewarm soapy water. 
  • Use a bottle brush or coarse salt to ensure all residue is cleaned away. Turn the teats inside out and rub with salt before rinsing and washing. Rinse again in clean water and then sterilise.
  • There are a number of different ways to sterilise. These include: 
  1. Boiling. Remember, all equipment must be fully immersed. 
  2. Sterisiling liquid or tablets added to cold water.
  3. Steam sterilisers.
  4. Microwave sterilisers. 
  • Make sure you read the directions carefully.

Take a look at this short video for a step by step guide on how to sterilize your baby's bottles properly: 

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