Your guide to baby sterilisers
Milk residues are the perfect breeding ground for germs and bacteria that can be harmful for babies, as their immune system is not yet fully developed. To keep your baby protected from any infections, all of their feeding accessories such as bottles, teats and breast pump parts should be sterilised after every use. Your baby will gradually develop immunity so it’s important to use a baby steriliser until they are 12 months old.
What are the different types of baby bottle sterilisers?
There are a few ways to sterilise your baby’s bottles:
1. Boiling Water
The boiling water sterilisation method doesn’t require any special device. You just need to place the items in a large pan filled with water and bring it to boil for at least 5 minutes then use a tong to remove the items.
Although it’s a simple way to sterilise, you must keep an eye on the pan and be careful with the time and the hot water - bottles can be damaged from staying a longer period in boiling water, and it must be out of reach of kids as the extreme hot water can be a hazard.
Using the New Beginnings Microwave Steriliser Bags, place the items along with 60ml of water and seal the bag tightly. Place it in the microwave and let it run for 3 minutes. Let it cool for another 3 minutes before removing it and be careful as the water and steam will be very hot. Pour the remaining water in the sink and use a tong to remove the items from the bag.
The steaming sterilisation method also uses water and high temperature, but the bottles won’t have any contact with the water, only the steam. Steam sterilisation can be done by using a microwave steriliser or an electric steam steriliser.
4. UV LIGHT
With a UV steriliser you can sterilise not only baby bottles and teats but also anything else - baby teethers, baby brushes, jewelry, and even electronics. They are safe to use, environmentally friendly and very effective.
How to choose the best baby bottle steriliser?
To find the best baby bottle steriliser you should consider:
1. Ease of use: with the busy mum routine, sterilising your baby bottles shouldn’t be something that takes you too much time and attention. The easier to use, the better.
2. Safety: can you run your steriliser and do other things simultaneously, with no need to stand by it while it runs and rest assured it won't cause any kind of mess?
3. Cycle time: the faster, the better!
4. Hygienic: a dryer function after the sterilisation cycle is a great hygienic feature to have.
5. Maintenance: look for a steriliser that can be quickly cleaned without too much effort.
6. Capacity: it’s much better to sterilise multiple bottles at once than having to use the steriliser multiple times a day.
How to use a UV baby bottle steriliser?
The New Beginnings 2-in-1 UV Steriliser & Dryer is very easy to use. Before getting your baby’s feeding accessories sterilised, it is important to have them properly washed and rinsed before. Place the items you want to sterilise (bottles, teats, breast pump parts, etc) inside the device, close it and choose the function you would like - we recommend using the Auto mode, which will sterilise and dry the items inside. The device will beep and turn off once it’s done, so you can press the button and forget about it!
New Beginnings tip: Did you know that you can sterilise everything in it? From baby bottles to toys, keys, and even electronics, such as cellphones. But keep in mind that the dryer function cannot be used with electronics, so make sure you choose the Sterilisation mode when putting those items inside.
Being a parent takes a lot of work, time, patience, and dedication (but it’s so worth it, isn’t it?!). But thankfully we have technology by our side to make things a little bit easier! We will always want to do everything we can to see our little one healthy, safe and happy. If we need to invest some money to make their life better (and ours easier!), then why not?!