Many parents do not have to sterilise feeding equipment before they feed their toddler goat’s milk formula, because toddlers are usually not as susceptible to illness than newborns. However, toddlers with a weakened immune system, or a specific medical condition, may still need sterilised goat’s milk formula. To ensure parents are fully prepared for every eventuality, we have created an overview of feeding and sterilising equipment parents may need for their toddler.
Parents can use baby bottles and/or beakers to give their toddler goat’s milk formula. However, choosing the right set of baby bottles is not always easy, because there are many types of baby bottles on the market these days. Below, you can find an overview of baby bottles, with their respective pros and cons, which can be used to feed your toddler goat’s milk formula.
Basic baby bottles are still a popular choice for most parents, since these bottles work perfectly with conventional warmers, sterilisers and carriers. Basic bottles are affordable and widely available as well; this makes sure that parents can acquire a quick replacement set if needed.
Of course, the basic baby bottle does have one disadvantage. Air bubbles are more likely to appear in goat’s milk formula when a basic baby bottle is used; this mainly occurs during the feeding process and has everything to do with the general design of the bottle.
Anti-colic bottles are best used for toddlers who experience colic from their goat’s formula when basic bottles are used. An anti-colic bottle is specifically designed to reduce the amount of air taken in during a feeding, so investing in this type of bottle when your baby is prone to be gassy after a goat’s formula feed will be a smart investment.
There are some downsides connected to anti-colic bottles though, because these bottles can be more expensive than regular baby bottles. In addition to that, it can be more difficult to remove all the goat’s formula from an anti-colic bottle, since they can be harder to clean.
A steriliser bottle is usually obtained by parents for convenience, since these bottles are easy and quick to sterilise. However, these bottles can become quite hot, so parents must take extra care when handling a steriliser bottle during their goat’s formula preparation.
Disposable bottles are already sterilised, so all that a parent needs to do is add some goat’s formula to the bottle. However, these types of bottles are less environmentally-friendly and can become more expensive than any other baby bottle option on the market.
Glass feeding bottles are made from toughened glass and contain less chemicals than plastic baby bottles on the market. Glass bottles tend to be more durable than plastic bottles as well, which could save parents some money in the long run.
Even though the basic price of glass feeding bottles is higher than the price of regular baby bottles, glass bottles may be better for your wallet in the end, since you may not have to replace them at all. However, glass bottles are considerably heavier than plastic bottles and are not as widely available.
There are numerous ways to kill bacteria on and in feeding equipment; this includes sterilising methods such as boiling, steam sterilising, cold-water sterilising and microwave sterilising. Read on to learn more about each method, and to find the one that suits you the best.
To sterilise feeding equipment via boiling, you need to submerge all feeding equipment in boiling water for at least ten minutes. Once sterilised, bottles remain sterile for a period of three hours, providing if the saucepan has been covered by a sterile lid.
One of the biggest benefits of boiling is its affordability, but there are quite a few downsides as well. Firstly, limescale is more likely to appear on your baby bottles when you use the boiling method. In addition to that, bottle feeding equipment tends to get damaged quicker when sterilising occurs via boiling.
Cold water sterilising is executed by purchasing a special non-toxic sterilising solution. The solution is added to a deep container. Naturally, the container needs to be deep enough for all the feeding equipment to be fully submerged.
Sterilising with a cold-water sterilising solution is convenient and affordable. It is also an excellent option for parents who travel a lot as well, since it is easier to drag around heavy sterilising equipment. However, there are some negatives connected to cold water sterilising. Sterilising with a cold-water solution takes at least thirty minutes and the solution may leave an unpleasant smell, affecting the smell and taste of the formula.
An electric steam steriliser is often the preferred sterilising equipment of parents, since sterilising with this method only takes ten minutes, and the fact that parents can sterilise ten bottles at one time. Steam sterilisers can also be used to sterilise breast pumps and all kinds of accessories.
Like other sterilising methods, there are some negatives for electric sterilising as well. Firstly, electric sterilising equipment can be more expensive to obtain. An electric steam steriliser is also harder to transport, so it is not the ideal method for parents who are always on the go.
Sterilising feeding equipment with the microwave is affordable and simple. In some cases, a microwave can also be used to sterilise breast pumps and accessories, depending on the model of the microwave. Of course, most microwaves cannot hold as many bottles as the average steam steriliser and bottles may become extremely hot, which means extra care should be taken during sterilisation.
Parents often need a good combination of bottles, beakers, teats and sterilising equipment for formula preparation. Of course, the equipment you need will depend on the age of the child. However, some toddlers may still require their feeding equipment to be sterilised before use, so always speak to a health professional when in doubt.