Baby bottle sterilization is a very necessary task for all parents of newborns who bottle feed. It is a well known fact that harmful bacteria like E.coli, Staphylococcus, Salmonella and even Listeria are very common forms of bacteria that are found in every part of the home, especially in your kitchen.
Bottle sterilization is required no matter if you are feeding your baby formula or your breast milk from a bottle. Bottle sterilization can be achieved by various means with parents from all sides arguing the best methods available. This series of articles will go through the pros and cons of each of these methods.
Before we begin, we examine what will be common among all baby bottle sterilization articles in this series. These points may or may not be touched upon again in additional articles.click here to find more sources
First there are three types of baby bottles:
“bad plastic” bottles
“good plastic” bottles
Glass Baby Bottles: This also includes bottles that are also made from “Pyrex”. They are durable, can withstand microwaving, repeated washings, cleaning materials, steam and almost all impacts. They are arguably the BEST choices for bottle sterilization by parents who bottle feed that are concerned about sterile bottles.
Plastic bottles are by far the cheapest and most commonly used type of baby bottles used by parents today. but not all plastics are created the same. Here is some quick information on plastics.
“Bad Plastic” Baby Bottles: Recent findings have confirmed that certain plastics used in packaging are poisonous to humans (not just babies) and are definitely leaked into the food we eat especially when the plastic gets hot. “Bad” plastics used in consumer products are: Phthalates, Bisphenol-A and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) among others. A terrible choice for infant bottles.
“Good Plastic” Baby Bottles: Good plastic bottles are made with compounds like high density polyethylene, Polypropylene and polyactic acid and other bio based plastics. A more acceptable choice for baby bottle sterilization.
How you can tell: There is a number stamped on the bottom of plastic containers (sometimes on the side) that denotes the risk level. The numbers you want to buy are 1,2,4,5 and “7 PLA”. Perhaps in another article we will get in to the nitty- gritty of what these numbers mean and what it means for your baby.
Basically if it’s a plastic bottle and it is numbered 3 or 6 or not numbered at all, then DO NOT BUY IT.
In the next article we will examine the basic methods available for safe baby bottle sterilization.