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do I reallly need a steriliser??

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Nemoandthefishes Tue 13-Jan-09 10:49:08

need to buy everything again for dc4 and dont know if we need a steriliser or can I just use the dishwasher??[lazy]

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Tue 13-Jan-09 10:52:12

if you wash everything very well first then i believe a dishwasher should be fine. Do wash them first in hot soapy water though.

georgiemum Tue 13-Jan-09 10:53:30

I found a cold water one really useful for sterilising things like toys and teethers that can't go in the dishwasher.

I now use it to keep my dishwasher tablets in!

Smittals Tue 13-Jan-09 11:13:57

I read somewhere that dishwashers in the UK don't get hot enough to sterilize baby bottles properly - but ones in the US do, hence the idea. Not sure if this is just bolleaux or not. I used a microwave sterilizer first time round but friends have just recommended milton tablets in a plastic bowl (or icecream box)as being far easier and quicker.

bronze Tue 13-Jan-09 11:15:29

just get some tablets or milton for anything you feel really needs a good steralisation

SydneyB Tue 13-Jan-09 11:38:10

As long as you wash thoroughly with VERY hot water and soap and air dry then I believe you don't really need one. There is a thread somewhere on here with some research on the subject. If you don't wash residue old milk properly from a bottle then I believe a steriliser won't necessarily protect you against bacteria in this case? Its the milk that is the danger. I mean, we don't sterilise our nipples or our hands before handling babies do we??

Nemoandthefishes Tue 13-Jan-09 11:42:14

I do wash them thoroughly anyway as you have to before steriliser but am just thinking about cost cutting if there is no real need.

bubbleymummy Tue 13-Jan-09 18:59:26

IS this for a newborn or an older baby? If it's for a newborn then you will definitely need to sterilise. It's really not worth the risk of the baby getting sick. The guidelines are there for a reason! I'm sure you coudl get a second hand one on ebay or maybe freecycle or something.

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