When you have a newborn, there are only two ways to feed them: either you feed them with your breastmilk or if you feed them some formula milk.
There are some women that do not want to directly feed their babies through their breast because the sensation can be painful for them, which is why you will need to prepare a baby milk bottle.
But before you can actually use it for your baby’s consumption, how do you ensure that you’re cleaning the bottle?
In this article, I will give you some steps on how to properly heat your baby’s baby bottle before it can be fit for use.
Why Heating the Bottle is Necessary?
First-time parents might be wondering why you would need to heat up the bottle and clean it thoroughly before using it for the first time. The answer is simple: sterilization is necessary because your baby still doesn’t have a fully-developed body, which means that any bacteria that might get into their system might wreak some havoc given their body’s inability to fend them off.
That being said, heating your bottle is one of the best ways to sterilize it because it will kill of major bacteria that could potentially be dangerous to your child’s health.
Now that you know the importance of heating your baby’s milk bottle, here are some ways you can effectively do so:
1. Buy a Bottle Warmer
This is arguably the easiest way for you to heat up their bottles. This is especially good for first-time parents who do not want to heat up the stove just to sterilize their baby’s bottles. That being said, you can pretty much get them in most online baby stores out there.
2. Warm Some Water
The trick is that you really do not need boiling water to sterilize the bottles. In fact, you can do away with relatively warm water and then submerging them for 5 minutes or so.
You can heat up some water in advance and put them in a thermos or perhaps you can heat up some water for 2-3 minutes until it starts to boil.
3. Do Not Use the Microwave
A lot of parents usually heat their baby’s bottles in the microwave, but I highly advise against it. You see, when you use the microwave, it distributes the heat unevenly and high amounts of those can melt the bottle which may cause more harm than good.
If you are using breast milk and you put it in a baby bottle, here are some tips:
- Do Not Heat Up the Bottle– When placing breastmilk into the bottle, make sure that the bottle is only warm and not really hot because it could destroy the enzymes that are found in the milk. A warm bottle should kill of the nasty bacteria.
- Frozen– If you put the breastmilk inside the fridge to preserve it, just put it on warm water to defrost it.
- Never Use the Microwave– Even if it is convenient, using the microwave can destroy the bottle and it may make it unfit for use.