When did you stop sterilizing your baby's bottles, pacifiers etc? I am thinking to stop at 3 months b/c I am going back to work, but wonder if it's too soon.
Reason: Removed Sticky 02-28-2011
We only used bottles while I was working and my son only took a pacifier for the first couple weeks. I only sterilized items once, when we first bought them. After that, they either went in the dishwasher or were washed by hand.
Maybe I'm unsanitary?
I stopped using my sterlizer at around 3-4 months. I only used that thing if I didn't put them in the diswasher.
I hated that awful, bulky thing that took up all my counter space!!!!
During the first month, I probably sterilized everything once a week, after that, about once a month. I just threw everything in a big pot of boiling water for five minutes while making breakfast or something like that.
I don't think there's anything wrong with stopping now. Soap and water do the trick.
My daughter is 7 months old and I still sterilize things occasionally. I just drop them into boiling water for a few minutes. But I am a bit paranoid about germs, it probably doesn't even need to be done anymore..
Thanks everyone for the feedback! I def think I will start to do dishwasher only once she turns 3 months. I also don't like the bulky thing on my counter!!
I bought the $80 sterilizer and I still sterilize my son's bottles. He's 19 months old and only has a bottle at nap time and bed time. He just loved his bottle. The rest of the time it's a sippy cup that we do not sterilize.
Same here! Germs build the immune system. Cannot create bubble children.
I did the same thing! I think I only used my sterilizer once or twice. After that, everything went into the dishwasher or was hand washed.
The sterilizer was something a girlfriend convinced me I just had to have. In hindsight, I don't think it was worth it, and I wish I'd saved my money.
Especially when you can throw things into a pot of boiling water and get the same results. I'm a minimalist, though. :)
My sister gave me her Munchkin Steam Guard sterilizer so I spent no money, thank goodness - although the model I have is only $22 as compared to more expensive ones. But compared to boiling I think it's a lot easier on the plastics (but I definitely could be wrong as the sterilizer is microwaving afterall) ... but it's certainly quicker. In any case, I will stop next week!
I sterlize my daughter's bottles when I first buy them and then that's it. She's had no problems and she is just over nine months old.