Why You Should Not Boil Baby's Feeding Bottle?
Created by Parentune Support Updated on Nov 15, 2018
Did the neighbor auntyji tell you that you're just throwing money away on all this fancy baby equipment? Did she tell you that you just need to immerse your baby's feeding bottles in boiling water, and voila – they're sterilized? Boiling a child's feeding bottles is an age-old practice in Indian homes—our mothers and grandmothers have been sterilizing bottles by boiling them. Unfortunately, it doesn't really solve the issue of sterilizing the baby bottles. Doctors now unanimously agree that boiling bottles does not kill all bacteria. So then what is the ideal method if not boiling?
Why Should I Not Boil My Baby's Feeding Bottles?
Boiling doesn't ensure bottles are absolutely germ-free. Read why not to boil baby feeding bottles...
- Sterilization means killing 100% of bacteria. When we boil the bottles, we think that bottles are sterilized. However, hard-shelled bacteria spores don't get destroyed by boiling water
- Newborns are at a higher risk of infections as their immunity levels do not develop until they are about 2 years old
- It is therefore critical that they are protected well by sterilizing everything that they are exposed to, especially food and utensils that they use. To do this, boiling is not enough
How Can I Sterilize My Baby's Bottles from Bacteria?
One of the simplest ways for you, as a new mother, to sterilize feeding bottles would be to use a steam sterilizer. A sterilizer uses natural steam to sterilize baby bottles and other products without using chemicals. It is better to choose a sterilizer that is spacious enough to accommodate not only bottles but also other accessories, soothers, toys - anything that may find its way into a baby's mouth! You can even keep your breast pump clean by sterilizing it after every use. [Also Read: Natural Ways to Treat Drool Rash in Your Baby]
Why Should You Use A Steam Sterilizer?
Besides the simplicity of its use, here are some important reasons for you to use a steam sterilizer. Read more...
- Kills Harmful Bacteria: Steam kills all bacteria, boiling doesn't
- Thorough Cleaning: Steam reaches every nook and corner of a bottle or breast pump part, while water may not reach everywhere
- Convenient Storage: You can store sterilized utensils in the sterilizer itself. Boiled bottles, when taken out, are again exposed to unclean air and germs
- Salt Deposits: The most common problem in boiling is that dissolved salts and minerals in the water stick to boiled utensils and can be harmful
Given all the factors, sterilization is safe for babies while being quicker and hassle-free for parents...
- No Monitoring: Sterilizers have an auto cut-off and there is no risk of bottles touching the utensil and melting! Spend this time with the baby instead of in kitchen watching the bottles boil
- Quick: Sterilizers can take as less as 6 minutes, while boiling takes 15-20 minutes
- Ease of Use: Electric sterilizers need only an electrical point and a cup of water to sterilize when traveling, while boiling requires access to a kitchen, stove, and a whole container of water
- Guarantee: With a brand like Philips Avent, you get a 2-year replacement guarantee if there is a manufacturing defect. So you have no need to worry about time-consuming repairs if there's an issue
- Anywhere, Anytime: You can even sterilize your baby's bottles in the comfort of your bedroom, and not stand in the kitchen since you only need an electric point for this to work
Which Sterilizer Should I Choose?
Here are some tips to choose the ideal sterilizer for sterilizing your baby's feeding bottles and other accessories:
- Guarantee, not just warranty: Look for a 'replacement guarantee' instead of a 'repair warranty'. Sign of better quality and a tension-free usage
- Brand matters: Choose a good brand, to ensure high quality and good service support
- Adjustable Size: Smaller size can be used during travel and larger at home when you have more items to sterilize
- Speed: The faster the better. Sterilizers can take as little time as six minutes to sterilize your baby's bottles. It will make a difference when you are in a rush and out of bottles for a crying baby
So decide what works for you and choose what is best for you and your baby. Stop boiling your baby's feeding bottles, and opt for the most convenient sterilizer!
Did you find our blog on using a sterilizer instead of boiling for sterilizing your baby's bottles useful? Share your feedback with us in the comments section!
| May 25, 2016
My son is 1 yr 7 months. i sterilize his bottles bowl dishes spoon. senior members in my family are suggesting me to stop it immediately. but I'm really scared. if I don't sterilize in either of the way( boiling,using sterilizer). then how to wash the bottles and bowl and dishes. Also till what age boiled water should be given?
| Jun 07, 2016
You should read this blog also to know more on child's immunity and why sterilizing is important - https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/build-your-childs-immunity/766
| Jul 11, 2016
"Steam reaches in every nook and corner of a bottle or breast pump part, while water may not reach everywhere. " That's exactly boiling does. When water boils it turns into steam which reaches in every nook and corner of the bottle. This article is more like a marketing campaign for sterlizers.
| Jul 15, 2016
Hi Neha, Boiling water does turn into steam but we normally boil in open utensils, and this steam escapes into the air instead of passing through the bottle which are completely submerged. Hence bacterial spores are not met with steam and survive the boiling process. Hope this satisfies you!
| Dec 03, 2016
I think it's a marketing ad from Philips avent and not a very useful article . Because I sterilized my baby's bottle from the beginning till now in normal utensils in a gas stove by using a lid but I always use neat n clean utensils . N we must also think about those parents who can't afford it because electric sterilizers are costly. And touchwood my Baby didn't get any infection or disease after using the bottles . What is important is we must clean the bottles using a bottle brush n a cleaning liquid which is safe for the baby. My baby completes 1year yesterday but sometimes I also give her unsterilized but thoroughly wash neat n clean water bottles. What I am trying to say is dat we need to develop their immune so that they can fight by themselves. Let's not forget that we grew up playing with mud n dust. I know that all babies are not the same , some babies need extra care but we should not make victims to new marketing technology n as a mother I know mommy are the easiest target
| Jun 28, 2017
I have been sterilizing my daughters feeders in a microwave box infact when I had bought a Brest pump it had a microwave box with instructions to wash the pump and accessories and then microwave it in the box for 3-5 mins and let it remain in box with the cent closed to sterilize
| Jun 30, 2017
hey guys, m a doctor. I completely agree with swati. it's true dat boiling does not kill d bacterial spores n v need to steam sterilise d articles used by d kids. u nw wat is important is hw to do it. it's not necessary dat u buy such huge fancy branded sterilizers. u can do it at home wit wat v daily use. use large cooking vessels. fill it wit little water say around a glass or 2. place a ring beneath n over it place a steel colander. put all d washed articles used by ur kids in it n close d vessel wit a lid n boil it for 6 mins. voila!!! u sterilised it.