Baby bottle cleaning and sterilizing

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Baby bottle cleaning and sterilizing

It's really important to clean your bottles really well between each use. Especially these days, a lot of the bottle we use, they're a little fancy and they have these discs and multiple parts that are very easily for formula to get kind of gunked up in. So you really gotta be careful that you're cleaning all the crevices. And the best way to do that is to get a bottle brush because a normal sponge can't always get to it. So bottle brushes are a wonderful thing to use. The other thing to remember is when your baby's a newborn, you might want to sterilize all your bottle parts daily. This can get really frustrating if you're trying to do this on the stove, even though that is an option, old-fashioned sterilization by boiling the parts on the stove. But another more modern convenience we have are microwave sterilization bags, if you have a microwave. You can use these bags, they're often marketed for pumping moms for pump parts. But you can use them just as well for bottles. And you just stick all your parts in, put a little water in, zap 'em in the microwave and you're done. And then, the other last thing I'd say is if you're traveling, you always want to bring your bottle brush with you, and it's also great to bring a little sample of dishwashing detergent because if you're on the go, you don't want just use hand soap to clean your bottles. Oh, and then one last little tip is that if you have a bottle drying rack, it makes life much simpler because you don't have to be grasping around for different bottle parts, some are in your dishwasher, some are on your counter. You have everything right in front of you on the counter in little compartments.

Learn about: Baby bottle cleaning and sterilizing from Suzanne Barston, CLC,...


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Suzanne Barston, CLC

Blogger & Author of Bottled Up

Suzanne Barston, CLC is the former Editor-in-Chief of Los Angeles Family Magazine, a Certified Lactation Counselor, and a freelance writer specializing in parenting, women’s interest, and science/health topics. She is the author of Bottled Up: How the Way We Feed Babies Has Come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t and blogs as her alter ego, the "Fearless Formula Feeder". "FFF", as it’s known to an international fan base representing over 40 countries, supports parents dealing with issues of guilt, fear, conflict and uncertainty regarding infant feeding difficulties and choices through critical assessments of research, pithy commentary, practical advice, and a weekly series allowing parents to share stories in a cathartic way. She is also the co-creator of the #ISupportYou movement. 

Barston was raised outside of Boston and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University in 2000. After living and working in Chicago and London, she now resides in Los Angeles with her husband, the photographer Steven Barston, and their two obnoxiously cute children. She and her husband were featured on two award-winning online reality series for, A Parent is Born and Welcome to Parenthood, about their pregnancy and first years as parents. Suzanne's writing and her work with FFF and Bottled Up have been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post,,, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Parenting, Babytalk, OhBaby!, Fit Pregnancy, The Observer, Yahoo Shine!, Australia's Good Weekend magazine, and on a variety of radio programs including KPCC's "Take Two", numerous NPR affiliates, "Parenting Unplugged", "Positive Parenting", "Mom Enough", "For Crying Out Loud", "Voice of Russia", and more. Suzanne was honored to be one of the keynote Voices of the Year in 2012 for the annual BlogHer conference.

She currently works both as a writer and as an Infant Feeding Counselor. 


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