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can I stop sterilising?

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DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Sun 29-May-11 22:41:28

am going to stay with friends as am having a back operation on tuesday and they've been lovely and said they'd give me a hand and look after me... BUT they don;t have babies, so should I lug my bulky steriliser there or should i have stopped sterilising by now anyway?

ds is 15 mths old, and is wedded to a bottle (no sippy cups for him grrr), so he has 4 bottles of water a day, and 2 of milk (from powder)... so, do i need to sterilise them every night or is this overkill?

Threelittleducks Sun 29-May-11 22:43:40

whispers we hardly ever sterilise now and ds2 is only 7 months (bad mum emoticon)

Wottywot Sun 29-May-11 22:45:21

Oh Goodness Yes, we stopped about 6 months! Just wash them up in some water and washing up liquid like the other stuff! smile

simpson Sun 29-May-11 22:47:11

I stopped sterilising DS's (PFB) bottles at 11mths. He pretty much refused a bottle at that age anyway, much to my hmm

DD was 7mths, but did bung them in the dishwasher, which I think does the same job smile

ChippingIn Sun 29-May-11 22:49:09

So long as they are washed thoroughly you don't ever actually need to sterilise smile

PacificDogwood Sun 29-May-11 22:49:09

Never sterilised. As is standard advice for healthy newborn in the States.

So, no, don't take your steriliser. In fact ditch it altogether grin.

fusspot66 Sun 29-May-11 22:53:12

A good hot soapy wash or hot cycle on dishwasher is perfectly safe. Tap water is ok to drink from 6 months. Presumably your little one is drinking bathwater and eating shoes by now. Don't worry and safe yourself a big hassle. Good luck.

DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Wed 01-Jun-11 08:23:10

Thank you all! So excited to be able to stop sterilising, it takes over my evenings!!! Yay! Oh, & I get to say I am being pfb, which makes me smile

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Wed 01-Jun-11 08:32:07

As a general rule, I think it's safe to stop sterilising around the time the little darlings start munching on lint, cat food and the odd leather boot.

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