One of the items in the baby needs list (or baby registry checklist) is Bottle Sterilizers. When bottle feeding your newborn, it is important to make sure the supplies you are using are clean. There are 2 main types of sterilizers in the market :
This kind of sterilizer is much cheaper than the electric one. I used one of these. I breastfeed both my sons, but I gave the formula to my older one when he was 9 months old. So I used this type sterilizer at that time very often, and I was very happy. The logic is simple; you put the bottles into the sterilizer – add some water – close it and put it in the microwave. It creates steam and you receive all the bottles germ-free. This type of sterilizers are usually between $15 – $25 range.
This also works with the steam but instead of putting to microwave you are plugging it into the electric power. Electric sterilizers are mostly around $50 – $60 range (there is more example models as well, like WABI BABY Electric Baby Bottle Steam Sterilizer and Dryer).
Should I sterilize baby bottles after every use?
The simple and short answer is “No”. You should sterilize them before using for the first time after buying. After that, many pediatricians feel that dishwashers or a good scrubbing with hot soapy water will do the job of getting the bottles and nipples clean and free of germs. Just be sure to place the bottles in the top rack of the dishwasher so they don’t melt. You can use a small basket for parts like the nipples. It’s not a bad idea to sterilize your supply of bottles once in a while (twice a week maybe), just to be on the safe side, and especially after your baby’s been sick (when s/he is sick, better to sterilize them after every use).
On the other hand; more and more many people thinks that sterilizing the bottles is not necessary anymore. They say; “In the old days when water supplies were not reliably clean, it made sense to sterilize baby bottles. But now, sterilizing bottles, nipples, and water are mostly unnecessary“. However, we prefer to be on the safe side, that’s why we used a microwave sterilizer.