How to Clean Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups, and Pacifiers

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How to Clean Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups, and Pacifiers

GERMS, GERMS, GERMS… they are everywhere! So, how do we try to keep them away from our little precious jewels without going overboard and sealing them in a plastic bubble? Below is a list we will cover the next few weeks:

  1. Proper handwashing… yes, even the infants need their hands washed before and after each bottle feeding and after each diapering.
  2. Proper cleaning of baby bottles and sippy cups. Have you ever witnessed a child in the park packing a baby bottle or sippy cup? The child lugs the cup all over the park, through the sand and the dirt, rolling it across the grass, dropping it from the swing… and pick it right up, covered in muck, and sticks it right in their mouth. *Cringe* So, how do we clean those little tools we depend on so much?
  3. Proper cleaning of pacifiers – there is no 30 second rule when a pacifier hits the floor! It should be automatically washed.
  4. A well-balanced diet
  5. The right amount of sleep.
  6. When a sick child should be kept at home.

How to Clean Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups, and Pacifiers

Wash all parts separately. Depending on what kind of bottles you use, some brands (like Dr. Brown’s) have several parts that need to be taken out of the bottle and taken apart for washing. Completely disassemble all bottles and sippy cups every wash.

Use hot, soapy water. Rinse the bottles, cups, and attachments. Then fill the sink with hot water, and put in a drop or two of mild dish detergent. You can then allow everything to soak in the soapy water for a bit.

Clean with a bottle brush. This allows you to get inside the bottle for a thorough cleaning. All the nicks and corners of the bottle, cup, and pacifier should be thoroughly cleaned using the bottle brush. Give special attention to the collars and nooks and crannies, as they are a favorite breeding place for bacteria, mold, and mildew.

After washing thoroughly, rinse everything with hot, clean water. Then, place on a dish rack or clean kitchen towel upside down so they can dry. Once completely dried… bottles, caps, rings, and nipples should be stored in zippered plastic bags. With this, the bottle would be protected from any dirt or dust. Clean the bottle brush after cleaning the bottles, allowing it to dry and then storing as well.

Sterilize. You need to sterilize bottles, nipples, rings, and pacifiers, before the first use. After that, you will need to re-sterilize each time the child has been sick to keep from re-infection. The same applies to the plastic flow controls in sippy cups.

If you have a dishwasher: Rinse out the bottles and cups and put them on the top rack of the dishwasher, with nipples, small attachments, and pacifiers placed in a basket on the top rack as well.

Don’t be careless: Parents tend to forget to rinse the bottles after the baby has finished his feed. Don’t let them lie in the diaper bag or keep them in the refrigerator. If you do this, a sticky layer of the feed clings to the bottom of the bottle. Such a layer is very difficult to remove. Even the best quality baby brushes fail to remove it. There is another very simple method for this. Put about two-table spoons of uncooked rice in the bottle that has a stain at the bottom. Then add some soapy water in the bottle and shake it with force. The sticky formula stain would be removed completely and your bottle will have a fresh look.

Sanitize: This step is optional, but is helpful in the battle against germs. Weekly, sanitize all cups, bottles and attachments, and pacifiers by adding 1 tablespoon bleach per gallon of hot water. Allow the items to soak for approximately three minutes, rinse thoroughly, and air dry.

This information on how to clean baby bottles, sippy cups, and pacifiers, can set you on your way to protecting your sweet little one.

Author: Belinda Davis