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Why boiling, hot water or microwaving aren’t the best ways to sterilize bottles

You’ve probably read that you should sterilize baby bottles and pump parts before first use and regularly thereafter. So now you’re wondering, how should I sterilize everything? And what’s the best way to dry it too?

Well let’s start off with some of the pros and cons of the different approaches to sterilizing bottles and pump parts. And then answer the million dollar question – what is the best way to sterilize and dry.

Many parents sterilize by boiling. The reason – you don’t need anything special. Just grab a large pot, put the baby products in it, cover them all with water, and then boil it. The problem with this approach is time, effectiveness and safety. It takes forever to boil a pot of water. Then you need to boil everything for at least 5 minutes. And during the boiling phase, you need to keep pushing down the bottles in the pot and stop them from floating. If not, they won’t get sterilized. Lastly, there’s also a safety issue. You have to be very careful not to spill the boiling water on yourself when you fish out everything from the pot of boiling water since the bottles will fill up with boiling water. Plus, you need to make sure you don’t use a non-sterile drying rack or towel to dry everything or else you’re undermining the entire point of sterilizing.

Some parents also sterilize using hot water. It has many of the same pros and cons of boiling. On the pro side, you don’t need anything special. Just run it under hot water in your sink. BUT, this approach takes even longer and it’s not as effective because the hot water doesn’t get up to 212 degrees F which is the temperature required to kill 99.9% of germs. And it has the issues as boiling when it comes to drying on a non-sterile surface.

Others use a microwave steam bag. One pro is that you just put the baby products in the steam bag, put it in your microwave and let it run. The biggest con is safety. You need to be really careful when you open up the steam bag because it will release a ton of steam which can easily burn your hand.

The best way to sterilize is also the best way to dry. Use a sterilizer-dryer like the Baby Brezza One Step Sterilizer-Dryer. It automatically sterilizes and dries bottles, pump parts and other accessories.

It’s super easy to use – just load up your baby products into the appliance, push 1 button and it will sterilize using natural steam, then dry everything. And it keeps everything sterile for up to 24 hours inside. That way, when you’re ready to feed your baby or pump again, your products are sterilized, dry and ready to go.

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