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unicorn24 Fri 24-Mar-17 21:17:43

What age do people roughly stop sterilising bottles?

dementedpixie Fri 24-Mar-17 21:18:36

It's advised until 1 year which is what I did

seven201 Fri 24-Mar-17 21:20:06

I'm going to keep sterilising until she stops having bottles. I pop them in the dishwasher so it's no bother. I think the uk recommends until 12 months but I think a lot of people stop at 6 months. As long as you clean really thoroughly you'll be fine. It's the left over milk that's the issue.

WhingingTulip Fri 24-Mar-17 21:23:36

We stopped at about 7 months as by then he was crawling and trying to put everything in his mouth anyway. We just make sure they're washed very thoroughly!

Brollsdolls Fri 24-Mar-17 21:28:21

We stopped at 7 months too.

CatsCantFlyFast Fri 24-Mar-17 21:55:52

6/7 months. I didn't see the point when everything they touched went in their mouth

fabulous01 Fri 24-Mar-17 21:56:47

I went to a year but not sure if it was necessary

clarabellski Fri 24-Mar-17 22:05:45

We went to 12 months but that was because we did the naughty method of making up bottles in advance and storing them in fridge, so wanted sterile bottles for that. I didn't sterilise bottles if I was using the ready mix liquid on days out etc.

It was such a joyous day when we threw away the bottles grin)

shirleycartersaidso Fri 24-Mar-17 22:18:03

I stopped just before a year as we were going on holiday but by that point they were licking and eating all sorts of stuff.

kel1493 Fri 24-Mar-17 22:23:01

It's recommended until 6 months for everything except bottles, which should be done until 1 year, or as long as formula is being used.
My lo is nearly 19 months and has toddler formula, so we will be sterilising until he stops having his formula.

seven201 Sat 25-Mar-17 07:41:09

About the 'they put everything in heir mouth anyway' school of thought. It's the left over off milk that is dangerous, not just general dirt. But as long as you wash up really thoroughly then it's fine. A lot of countries don't bother with sterilising. Nhs says until 12 months though.

Afreshstartplease Sat 25-Mar-17 07:42:40

Until you stop using formula

So first birthday here

ThursdayLastWeek Sat 25-Mar-17 07:43:13

I stopped when the last if the formula ran out, approx 12.5 mo.

He does still have cows milk in bottles.

Heirhelp Sat 25-Mar-17 12:30:37

My DD is 10 1/2 months. Do you mean I nolonger need to steralise dummies?

Turneeps Sat 25-Mar-17 13:36:32

Anything coming into contact with formula needs sterilising for as long as you use formula.
There is a tiny chance of nasty bugs in formula powder, the chance of baby catching the bug is very very small but the consequences are bad (hospital, possible death).
Whereas chances of getting a bug from dirty carpet or dummy are higher but consequences are small (sore tummy it diarrhoea).

Funnyface1 Sat 25-Mar-17 17:49:16

I did it until 12 months with my first as advised. This time stopping at 11 months when we'll be going on holiday.

Brollsdolls Sat 25-Mar-17 22:26:17

You don't need to sterilise the dummies Heir. Or water cups or plates etc...

Heirhelp Sun 26-Mar-17 09:30:08

Yay!! Although as we sterilise bottles it is generally no hardship.

ThisIsActuallyHappening Mon 27-Mar-17 00:33:57

Just checking as I see formula mentioned a lot, presumably the same applies to feeding expressed milk in bottles?

I was told to sterilise in boiling water as we will only be using the one/occasional bottle ... In which case, would you do that before or after it's gone through the dishwasher? (Or is putting bottles through the dishwasher in the first place a no-no? blush ) Thanks!

unicorn24 Mon 27-Mar-17 16:48:30

Thanks everyone

Heirhelp Mon 27-Mar-17 17:16:50

Bottles are fine the dish washer as long as the are properly clean. We use the Mam ones were the top and the bottom come off so I know they are clean. They can become discoloured if there is tomato in the dishwasher.

I was told by breast feeding specialist midwife that bottles for breast milk don't need to be sterilised.

Heirhelp Mon 27-Mar-17 17:17:29

You have to sterilise the bottles after washing.

redandwhite1 Mon 27-Mar-17 21:32:48

We moved house (put stuff into storage) so stopped then, he was 10 months

ThisIsActuallyHappening Mon 27-Mar-17 21:39:23

Thanks Heirhelp , much appreciated.

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