Does Anyone Have an Appliance to Sterilize Baby Toys/bottles? How Is It?

Updated on March 17, 2016
J.K. asks from Providence, RI
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Do you just use soap and water, is it worth it to invest in a steam sterilizer?

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answers from San Francisco on

I thought the days of serilizing bottles was over. Kids need a few germs to build up their immune system. Just wash with soap and hot water - rinse well.

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answers from Amarillo on

Love mamapedia and eat my response.

In my day we used soap and hot water (boiling) to sterilize items. If you had a dishwasher you used that. The novelty of special appliances for baby had not set in yet.

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answers from Norfolk on

Bottles in the dishwasher.
Toys in the washer.
I'd never bother with a steam sterilizer.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Steam sterilizers are not worth it.

Just sterilize bottles in boiling water prior to first use then use soap and water to wash after each use. Toys can be washed with soap and water also.

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answers from Orlando on

Using soap and water is fine for the bottles (or the dishwasher). I would sanitize the bottle nipples and tops of sippy cups. Just put them in a microwave safe bowl with some water and set the microwave for about two minutes, let them sit inside with the steam for about a minute after. No need to waste money on different appliances.

Also, mold and bacteria grows in the tops of sippys and bottle nipples. Those are germs you don't want to expose your children to.

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answers from Springfield on

I washed the bottles in the dishwasher. I don't remember washing very many toys. Occasionally, I suppose, but I don't ever being concerned about sterilizing them. If a stuffed animal needed to be washed I put it in a pillow case and tossed it in the washing machine.

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answers from Santa Fe on

I used glass bottles only and washed them in the dishwasher.

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answers from Beaumont on

We just put ours in the dishwasher.

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answers from New York on

Just use your dishwasher. If you don't have one, soap and hot water. Sterilizers are not worth it.

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answers from Detroit on

I had a microwave sterilizer for my first. By the time I had my third, the pediatrician said it wasn't necessary to sterilize bottles anymore.

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answers from Dallas on

I just used my dishwasher.
Did cloth items I used the washer and dryer. No extra stress or expense

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answers from Miami on

Dish washer! Even plastic baby toys, teethers, rings, etc can go in there.

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answers from Anchorage on

I never used anything more then soap and hot water. Occasionally, or when the bottles were brand new, I boiled them in plain water.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

I had sterilizer pouches that came with my breastpump that I also sometimes used for other baby stuff. Here is the description on the website, and you can buy them at Target/Walmart/etc for about $5.
You just put some water in the bag, put in the stuff you want to sterilize, and microwave for a few minutes. Easy peasy.

Mostly though, I figured the dishwasher did a good enough job - when the kids had colds, I would run all the toys they put their mouths on through the dishwasher every few days.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

No. Google bleach water recipe for sanitizing.

Child care centers all over the USA use nothing more this to spritz the toys and rinse the dishes in. You can find out all about how to do this.

If I remember right it's 1 tablespoon per gallon for rinsing dishes and 1 tsp per quart for sanitizing but that seems to be a little strong for the spray bottle. I can't remember off the top of my head.

I hardly ever had sick kids in my center because my staff was very good about sanitizing while the kids were napping then again at the end of the day. If a kid with a runny nose was there then they'd keep an eye on what they touched and spray a paper towel and wipe the toy or surface off. My cook washed everything by hand, put the dishes in the other sink in the bleach water to soak rinse, then she'd rinse them off under running water.

Allowing them to air dry is the most sanitary. Hand drying dishes is pretty nasty. Everything that has come in contact with your clothes, hands, and when you breathe all go onto the dishes you are touching. Make sure the air can get inside of glasses and bottles so the air will have a chance to circulate.

As for those who have a dishwasher they don't need to do anything differently. Just put on the rinse cycle to sanitize or to air dry. Then it makes the last rinse cycle very hot so the dishes are hot enough to dry quickly when the water is gone.

There were times when my teachers would come in the kitchen, clean the sink, the run it full of water and make it bleach water. They'd put all the hard surface toys in it for a couple of minutes then lay them out to dry on a flat towel. Like blocks, toy cars like Hot Wheels, balls, and dolls. They took good care of their kids and made sure the toys were very clean and safe.

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answers from Springfield on

soap and water. toys get a babywipin when soiled or tossed in the cloths washer if need be
i breast fed and my babies rarely if ever got a bottle... dd never wanted one i doubt i ever sterilized any thing related to that. sippy cups went into the dishwasher. i do all my cleaning around the house with vinegar and will often spray all the plastic toys down with that and let them airdry. (vinegar is said to be as effective at killing germs as bleach is, and i got hooked on it when i worked in the baby room of a childcare center that used it for nearly everything.)

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