As a new mother and father, there will be many small but important things to look after. Today we will look at one of these, the sterilization of the products your baby will use to feed.
Sterilization is the process of protecting your baby from harmful germs until your baby's immune system is sufficiently strengthened. However, breastfeeding provides great protection for your baby.
For this reason, you will concentrate on breastfeeding in the first months and will try to establish an order. During this time, you will not need any equipment and you will be able to enjoy knowing each other for a while.
The need for sterilization begins after you have established a breastfeeding routine, starting to bottle-feed your baby, pacifier or milk and any product that comes in contact with your baby. In this case, you must sterilize the product before each use, because the bacteria in the milk are very harmful for your baby's immature immune system. An improper cleaning or sterilization can cause severe gastroenteritis, diarrhea or vomiting.
What should you do for this?
First, wash the products you use with hot water, baby detergent and bottle brush suitable for baby or throw them into the dishwasher. This is sufficient for cleaning, but they must be sterilized once to kill any remaining bacteria.
But how do we do the sterilization?
Steam sterilization is the ideal solution. This method is very healthy, easy, fast and efficient. Hospitals are also using this method to prepare medical supplies. With the heat of steam all harmful bacteria are destroyed.
Philips Avent offers you a range of 3 different alternatives for steam sterilization.
1- Microwave Sterilizer:
Because it is very light, it is especially suitable for outdoor use or traveling.
2- Electric Sterilizer
It can sterilize 6 260ml baby bottles and 2 breast pump accessories which can be taken in 8 minutes and keeps sterile unless the lid is opened for 6 hours.
3- Digital Initial Sterilizer
It allows you to have sterile materials at your fingertips 24 hours a day, day and night. It can sterilize 6 260ml feeding bottles and 2 breast pump accessories in 6 minutes, as well as keep its contents sterile by repeating its own sterilization cycle automatically.
How long should I continue sterilization?
Sterilize all feeding devices for the first 6 months to protect your baby from diseases. If you started to feed your baby with solid food before 6 months, you should use the bowls, spoons and so on. You must also sterilize the materials. Then, until your baby is 1 year old, you only need to sterilize the milk feeding equipment, ie the bottle and breast pump.
Although we know that a clean environment is always good, it is better not to obsess about the germ. Remember, if everything around your baby is extremely sterile, this may prevent him from actually building a strong immune system!