K.Y. asks from Torrance, CA on February 20, 2008
I've just switched from the Dr. Brown glass bottles to the BornFree plastic bottles. Is anyone else using these? How do you sterilize them? With Dr. Brown's I used their microwave sterilizer. Can I use this for the BornFree? Also, I've heard different things about sterilizing bottles. I've been doing it every time. I wash then sterilize in the microwave, but I've heard that some people just wash them. Is this safe? What about breast pumps? I sterilize after every pump.
A.G. answers from Los Angeles on February 22, 2008
I use Born Free as well. My son is 5 months old. I do not sterilize them every time. I just wash them. When my son was younger (up to 3 months) I sterilized them each time. The directions that come with the bottles give you an option of washing them in hot soapy water only or adding the sterilizing step.
as for the breast pump... I sterilized every time.
Congrats on the baby boy. I have four. He will keep you going.
K.L. answers from Los Angeles on February 21, 2008
I use BornFree Bottles as well and I sterilized them in a pot of boiling water before the first use (as I do with all sippy cups, pacifiers, and bottles). Now after each use, I just wash them with a bottle brush, soap and water, no need to sterilize every time. I wish I could help in the breast pump area, however from what I remember being told, no need to sterilize every time for that either just make sure that it is washed out really well.
S.S. answers from Los Angeles on February 21, 2008
My son is almost 4 months old and I've been using Dr. Brown's plastic bottles. I believe the microwave sterilizer should work for both plastic and glass. As to sterilization, soon after my son was born, I mentioned to my sisters (one is a physician w/2 kids and the other a doctor of pharmacy w/3 kids) that I was thinking about sterilizing the baby's bottles and my Medela breast pump parts. They both looked at me like I was an idiot and commented that such sterilizing is unnecessary/useless and just buys into the paranoia of new mothers. Needless to say, I don't sterilize and have never had problems. I just wash with warm/hot water and regular dish soap and baby has not had any problems related to feeding.
C.R. answers from Los Angeles on February 20, 2008
I never bothered with sterilization, just washed the bottles (and now sippy cups) that I used with hot water and dish soap after each use. Sometimes I only use hot water, or I throw the nipples and bottle into the dishwasher on the top rack. My daughter is almost 2 and she's never had any problems.
A.L. answers from Los Angeles on February 21, 2008
I am a first time mom as well and we use the BornFree... I just love them because of the toxin-free value. Honestly though, we do not sterilize them every time...we wash or put them in the dishwasher which sterilizes them. Very few of my friends ever had any patience to sterilize their bottles every time so the didn't!