When you’re a first-time parent-to-be the list of things to buy for baby can appear quite overwhelming.
It is quite possible you’ve never even heard of half the things on the list! Baby sleeping bags? A baby hammock? Do babies go camping often?
The thing is, you can’t know what you’ll need but you might want to be prepared for anything. One item on the list of things to buy for baby is a steriliser. Will you need one? Here are five situations when you will need a steriliser for your baby.
5 reasons you might need a steriliser for your baby.
1. To sterilise baby bottles
This is the obvious use of course. Poor cleaning of bottles and teats can lead to tummy upsets and diarrhoea. When you sterilise your baby’s feeding equipment you can rest assured that they are protected from harmful bacteria while their immune system is still developing, especially in the first 12 months.
2. To sterilise baby pacifiers/dummies
Many new parents don’t know beforehand whether they will try using a dummy to help soothe their baby. In many cases they pack a sterilised dummy in their hospital bag ready in case it is needed.
Dummies are often dropped and find their way into germ-ridden places (especially if you DO take your baby camping!). If your baby loves their dummy you will need a few sterilised ones ready to use at any moment.
3. To sterilise breast pump parts and bottles
Even if you’re planning on breastfeeding your baby you might find you still have a use for a steriliser. Many breastfeeding mums will also express milk for various reasons – perhaps their baby was born prematurely and cannot suck well, maybe so they can return to work, so they can leave their baby with another carer or to help relieve sore or tender breasts and nipples.
A steriliser will give you peace of mind, knowing all the parts and accessories of the breast pump are sterile before use.
4. To sterilise baby teethers
When your baby starts teething they’ll want to put everything in their mouth – and they won’t be too concerned about where it has been. If you sterilise baby teethers you can be happy knowing they are free from germs until your baby’s immune system is strong enough.
5. To sterilise baby feeding equipment
Babies who start solid food between 4-6 months have a reduced risk of developing allergies. It is recommended that you start your baby on solid food sometime within this window of opportunity.
However, if your baby starts eating solid food before they are six months old you should sterilise their feeding bowls and equipment to ensure they’re safe while their immune system is still developing.
This blog post is sponsored by Philips Avent
The Philips AVENT 4 in 1 Electric Steam Steriliser has been designed to make sterilising as simple as possible. With its adjustable size it takes up less kitchen space. Sterilises 6 bottles in just 6 minutes with automatic shut off for extra safety. An advance display which keeps you informed and lets you know when bottles have cooled down. Keeps content sterile for up to 24 hours.