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As a new mom of two, I strive to keep both of my kids as safe and healthy as possible. For my toddler, that means keeping him from climbing the walls. For my infant, that means making sure her formula and bottles are clean and safe.
Shortly after my daughter was born, I found out I would need to supplement my feedings with formula, due to low breast milk supply. My pediatrician recommended using bottled water, because we live on a well.
After researching various options, I was thankful to find Gerber® Pure® Water gallon jugs, specifically purified for babies. They were easy to find at my local Walmart and can even be ordered online. Using Gerber® Pure® Water helps give me peace of mind, because I know my baby’s formula is being made with pure, simple, and safe water. You can learn more about Gerber® Pure® Water on the Gerber website.
In addition to ensuring my formula is mixed with safe water, I also like to make sure my bottles are washed safely. This simple but effective bottle washing routine helps keep my bottles germ free and my baby healthy.
3 Simple Tips for Clean and Easy Bottle Washing
As a mom, I am busy 24/7. With feedings, changings, house chores, and corralling my toddler, I don’t always have time to wash every bottle right after using it. Unfortunately when formula is left sitting in a bottle for longer than 2 hours, bacteria can start to grow. Pre-rinsing bottles before putting them into the wash basin can help lessen the risk of bacteria growth between feeding and washing. Pre-rinsing can also prevent the stinky smell of souring formula.
Keep Things Separate
Foodborne illness-causing bacteria are commonly found in sinks and are impossible to see with the naked eye. Per the CDC (Center for Disease Control), using a separate basin to wash bottles can help reduce the risk of cross contamination with these types of germs. But, there’s no need to spend a lot of money buying a fancy wash basin. A large stainless steel mixing bowl or plastic container make excellent and affordable choices.
Use a Drying Rack
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends allowing bottles to air dry, to avoid the risk of germs being transferred from drying towels. There are many luxury drying racks available for purchase, but an inexpensive wire cooling rack works just as well for a fraction of the price. For more information on safe practices for bottle washing, please view the CDC’s Bottle Washing Recommendations.