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aroha77 Fri 07-Nov-14 08:52:48

Just wondering how often I should be aiming to sterilise LO's teething toys etc which are always ending up on the floor, in other children's mouths etc?
Thanks!

rootypig Fri 07-Nov-14 08:54:19

Never. Really. Rinse under the hot tap every now and again if you're really bothered. But honestly, not even that.

OwlCapone Fri 07-Nov-14 08:54:50

There is a sliding scale which runs from "every 10 minutes" for a precious firstborn down to "Just dust it off" for a neglected subsequent child. smile

Only1scoop Fri 07-Nov-14 08:55:02

I remember scalding those kind of toys constantly....however luckily she didn't play with them for long.

AuntieStella Fri 07-Nov-14 08:56:19

How old is your DC?

Sterilising toys is a faff, and won't really make a difference once your DC is self propelling. Just keeping them generally clean is enough.

rootypig Fri 07-Nov-14 08:56:29

https://www.google.co.uk/#q=hygiene+hypothesis

AnythingNotEverything Fri 07-Nov-14 08:57:12

We sterilise bottles to get rid of milk residue which could contain milky germs and makes babies very poorly.

Teething toys do not tend to contain milk and so will be fine with a dunk in hot soapy water every now and then. I think I only cleaned mine if they went on the floor outside.

It also depends how old the baby is. Once sitting and touching the floor there's little point I think.

Molotov Fri 07-Nov-14 10:25:48

I sterilised my pfb dd1's teething toys in the steriliser - and it MELTED them!!! grin

Just a wash in hot, soapy water is fine smile

WhyOWhyWouldYou Fri 07-Nov-14 11:26:58

I sterilised my pfb dd1's teething toys in the steriliser - and it MELTED them!!

As above poster found out they are generally not suitable for steam sterilising anyway. You could get Milton cold water sterilising tablets if your really bothered about sterilising but hot washing up water would be fine.

As for frequency, I only did mine when I thought about them or if they were dropped outside.

capsium Fri 07-Nov-14 11:35:29

I used to run my steam cleaner over toys if they went on the floor. Until mine was more mobile, then I didn't see the point.

chocolatesolveseverything Fri 07-Nov-14 14:58:37

Yep, my dh melted one of DS' s plastic teethers by putting it in the steriliser as well grin . I concur with other posters - just a quick wipe every now and again is all I do for most toys.

stargirl1701 Fri 07-Nov-14 15:04:46

You don't need to. Just clean them in hot, soapy water.

You only need to sterilise bottles that have formula in them.

aroha77 Fri 07-Nov-14 21:05:53

Thanks everyone!

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