Hello and thanks for visiting this site. So you want to know, when can I stop sterilising my baby’s bottles? Perhaps you have heard you should stop sterilising baby’s bottles after a certain time period, or you have floated the idea to a relative or friend and they have given you conflicting information?

I will try to clear up a few points so you can make an informed decision and understand the facts from the fiction around what can be a bit of a confusing subject.

Also, just so we are clear, when I talk about sterilising a baby’s bottles in this page, I am talking about actually using a proper baby steriliser or steamer to do the sterilising. Not just washing them in washing-up liquid.

Advent steam steriliser

Is it safe to stop sterilising my baby’s bottles?

Ok, so why do you sterilise your baby’s bottles and eating utensils in the first place? Well because the bacteria that causes vomiting and diarrhoea multiplies quickly in milk and baby’s are particularly susceptible to these bacteria, especially up until about 3 months of age.

However, that does not mean you have to stop sterilising your baby’s bottles after 3 months. Indeed it is recommended that you carry on sterilising them for upto a year, at a minimum. You see, the shape of bottles and their teats are a perfect shape to collect the unwanted bacteria and you really do no harm by carrying on sterilising your baby’s bottles anyway.

If you are moving your toddler on to cups and beakers, then this is different, you can simply wash these with the washing liquid and hot water. I would recommend using a washing liquid that is designed to be sensitive of baby though as the regular kind is not optimised for use with your baby’s bottles.

Can I use regular washing-up liquid to clean my baby’s bottles?

Use a special sterilising liquid if you can

I personally use a specific baby bottle washing liquid to clean my sons plates and beakers, as this is designed to kill any harmful bacteria and also be sensitive on your baby’s products. Sometimes with a regular washing liquid, you are going to get a very small residue left which is not going to do you or me any harm, but baby’s and toddler a a lot more sensitive to just about everything. And you wouldn’t want them getting an upset tummy right? Especially when the whole purpose of washing their feeding utensils is to keep them from getting sick.

What if I don’t want to stop sterilising my baby’s bottles?

That’s absolutely fine. Your the one to decide when you feel comfortable to stop using your baby’s steriliser, and you should not feel pressured to either stop early or carry on longer than you feel you should. And as I pointed out earlier, you’re really not doing any harm carrying on sterilising anyway.

When can I stop sterilising my baby’s bottles?

To conclude then.

So you know when you CAN stop using a baby steriliser, but really the question should be when should you? As I said I would personally keep going till a year, but it’s down to you. Don’t feel obligated one way or the other, it’s your baby and there is a ton of other stuff that society will make you feel guilty for when it comes to how you choose to parent your baby!

You’re doing great, so don’t be too hard on yourself. I hope you found this article helpful and you will check out anything else of interest on my site. Also, feel free to leave a like, share or comment below.

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  1. Vicki says:

    Thank you sharing this information Kenny as I have a new brandchild and she is just starting out in life so I will let my daughter know about your site as she might pick up some more tips from you along the way which would be great as she is a 1st time Mom

    Thank you

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Hi that’s great Vicki. I appreciate the feedback and I hope all goes great with your new grandchild. Thank Kenny

  2. Sujandar Mahesan says:

    This article is big relief for me. I have been having so many questions about sterilizing the water bottles. Incentive I found this article I read through it and all my questions disappeared. I should really thank you for writing such an important article about an important topic and sharing it with us. 

    This is going to be useful for so many parents.

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Hi thanks for getting back to me and leaving me the really positive comment and feedback. I hope I can answer more questions in the future too. Many thanks. Kenny 

  3. julienne murekatete says:

    Thank you for sharing with us this helpful post about sterilising baby’s bottles.All people need to use proper material in order to avoid diseases caused by lack of hygiene.When it comes to baby,parents have to be extra careful about baby’s bottles that’s why sterilising them is very important.

    According to my experience,It is better to stop sterilising baby’s bottle after a year because at this stage we can use other feeding utensils not bottles.

    If the parents prefer to still using baby’s bottles, it is very important to sterilise them.

    1. Kenneth Glossop says:

      Hi and thanks for the feedback to me. I agree with you totally and I hope others find this post as helpful as you did. Thanks 

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