My little one is 9 months old and I was washing his bottles and bowls and spoons and what not the other day and as always put them in the steriliser. My Mum who was watching me asked why I still sterilise my answer was because it is just a automatic response now. But it got me thinking he picks up everything he can find in his daily romps around the house and puts it in his mouth and none of that stuff is sterilised and honestly I don't remember what age I stopped sterilising the stuff when DD who is 8 and DS1 who is 6 were babies. So what age is it considered safe to stop?
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24-05-2013 12:28 #1
When did you stop sterilising
24-05-2013 12:36 #2
I went overboard with sterilising, out of habit really - 12 months
24-05-2013 12:36 #3
DS1 for 8 months. DS2, never.
24-05-2013 12:38 #4
When he stopped having bottles. They may look clean but residue from formula can harbour bacteria that can only be killed by sterilising.
24-05-2013 12:38 #5Senior Member
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Never sterilised. Just hot soapy water. That was on advice from the midwives during the anti natal classes at a private hospital in perth.
Last edited by bressar; 24-05-2013 at 12:47.
24-05-2013 12:39 #6
I never sterilized. They used to say up to 6 months, I think. Then last I heard hot soapy water was supposed to be fine.
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24-05-2013 12:41 #7
12 months. I just loved it too much not to
24-05-2013 12:42 #8
12 months for both kids!
24-05-2013 12:46 #9
Thank you everyone this makes me feel less guilty about possibly stopping. I am not sure if it because it has been 6 yrs since I had a baby or my extreme anxiety I have or the fact that he is my last baby or it could even be all 3 but I find myself delaying things and trying to keep him a little baby for as long as possible
24-05-2013 12:49 #10
Today! For the first time I gave DD a bottle that I hadn't sterilised.
I do worry about the residue left on bottles though, so I'll probably keep sterilising, actually. It's so easy in the microwave steriliser and it's just habit.
My DD is almost 10 months old. I'll probably stop when she's no longer drinking formula.
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