If you decided on giving your toddler goat’s milk formula, you will need to know everything about sterilising feeding equipment. To learn more about sterilising feeding equipment for goat’s milk formula, please read the information found below.
Before you start sterilising feeding equipment, it is essential to clean of any remaining goat’s milk formula in or on the bottle after a feeding. Therefore, wash the bottles and teats in some clean soapy water and make sure no goat’s milk formula remains to avoid digestion problems.
To ensure no goat formula remains inside the bottle, remove the goat formula from the inside of the bottle by using a bottle brush. Once all the goat formula is removed, allow the bottles and teats to air-dry.
Boiling is a sterilising method that has been used for many years in Australia and the rest of the world. During this sterilising method, the temperature is raised high enough to kill any bacteria that are left on bottles and teats after general cleaning.
To sterilise bottle-feeding equipment before a goat formula feed, place all the bottles, teats, caps and any utensils in a dedicated saucepan. Then, add enough water to ensure all the equipment is fully covered. Once all feeding equipment for the goat formula feed is covered, please make sure no air bubbles are left.
Once all the equipment has been added to the saucepan, and when there are no air bubbles left, bring the water to the boil and leave the equipment to boil for at least five minutes. Then, turn off the stove and let the water cool down so you can safely remove feeding equipment from the saucepan.
When you have removed the feeding equipment from the saucepan, it is best to use it immediately to avoid bacteria entering the bottles and teats again. However, if you do need to wait before using it, place the bottle-feeding equipment in a clean container and store it in the refrigerator.
Bottle-feeding equipment can also be sterilised with chemical sterilisers, which may come in the form of tablets and liquids. These chemical sterilisers are diluted with water before the bottle-feeding equipment is submerged in it.
Before adding the bottle-feeding equipment to the liquid, please make sure the bottles, teats and caps are cleaned as described earlier. Also, make sure to follow all the guidelines provided by the manufacturer of the chemical solution.
Once you have prepared the chemical solution, add the bottle-feeding equipment to the solution and make sure they are completely submerged. Then, leave the equipment in the solution as recommended by the manufacturer. Once the equipment is sterilised, you can leave the equipment in the chemical solution until you need it.
Before you use the sterilised bottle-feeding equipment, please allow the bottles to drain fully. However, do not rinse the equipment with any water, since this will cause bacteria pile-up on the bottle-feeding equipment again.
Parents should change the sterilising solution every 24 hours. The sterilising container should also be cleaned with warm soapy water before adding more sterilising solution to the container.
Bottle-feeding equipment can also be sterilised with steam, so parents can also use an electric steriliser or a microwave to sterilise their bottle-feeding equipment. The steam sterilising method works like the boiling method, since high temperatures are used to kill bacteria.
Before you use a steam sterilising method, make sure that all bottles, teats, caps and utensils are properly cleaned. Also, make sure that the bottle-feeding equipment is facing down in the steriliser and that all the equipment is fully submerged. Once the feeding equipment is fully sterilised, make sure to leave the feeding equipment in the steriliser until you need it.
An electric steriliser can be obtained from most baby stores, as this kind of steriliser is quite popular and convenient. Of course, an electric steriliser can be somewhat of an investment, so it is certainly worth putting one on your baby list.
No matter which sterilising method you use for bottle-feeding equipment, it is important to keep your own safety and the safety of your children in mind. Make sure not leave hot liquids unattended and keep it out of reach of children. Also, consider that steam could cause serious burns or scalds.
To ensure nobody gets burned from the sterilising process, it is a good idea to have a dedicated area for the sterilising process. Always make sure the sterilising equipment is placed high up, so children cannot get to it that easily. If you are working with the boiling method, always make sure you turn off any source of heat before you leave the room.
Each sterilising method has its own advantages and disadvantages, so being familiar with these advantages and disadvantages can help you to choose the best and most convenient sterilising method.
The boiling method tends to be the most affordable short-term but can cost you more down the line considering boiling damages the bottles and teats a lot quicker. However, the boiling method also tends to be easier than other sterilising methods, since there are not any special instructions to consider.
When you use the boiling method, always remember to have a dedicated pot for sterilising. Never use a pot that you use for cooking, as this may leave all kinds of bacteria when you sterilise the equipment in question. A dedicated pot solely for sterilising is always best.
Chemical sterilising methods are a good option for parents who like convenience, since the only thing required with this sterilising method is adding a special solution to a container every 24 hours. However, the downside to chemical sterilising methods is that they are usually more expensive than boiling or steam sterilising methods.
Lastly, the steam sterilising method does provide a good middle-way. Steam sterilising is most affordable long-term, but still is more time consuming than chemical sterilising. Steam sterilising does require you to invest in an electrical steriliser, or a microwave if you do not own one yet.
In short, the sterilising method you choose will depend on two denominators: convenience and budget. Whichever factor is more important, it will determine the sterilising method you end up with.
Sterilising your bottle-feeding equipment is easier than you think, but it does take some getting used to. Fortunately, there are many tips on sterilising bottle-feeding equipment online. So, if you do not know which sterilising method to use to sterilise your bottle-feeding equipment, be sure to read up on some of the experiences of other parents.
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