5 bottle-feeding safety tips
Posted on February 18 2016
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Tip #1: Everyone says
Keep those bottles clean!
Every parent would agree—this advice feels like common sense. But in the middle of a sleepless night, a tired Mom or Dad or caregiver might feel the temptation to reuse whatever’s handy… Don’t give in! Dirty bottles can make your baby sick.
Expert sources including parents.com also agree on how to clean bottles. Prior to first use, sterilize. (Although WebMD says that step is only necessary in rare circumstances these days.) After that, taking apart all components and washing in hot soapy water or the dishwasher’s top rack is the usual method.
p.s. Wash your hands before bottle feeding, just like you would before handling food or cooking someone a meal.
Tip #2: Parents.com says
Don’t forget to clean the nipple.
Silicon nipples are dishwasher-safe and generally allergy-free.
Many bottle brushes include a separate tool or a built-in part for scrubbing out bottle nipples.
Tip #3: The FDA says
Keep your hands clean too.
Wash your hands before bottle feeding, just like you would before handling food or cooking someone a meal.
Like clean bottles, clean hands are pretty obvious. But it’s surprising how busy-ness can make people forgetful. Baby-care advice from the Food and Drug Administration mentions a research study that found 41% of mothers with newborns didn’t wash their hands after touching the family pet, and 32% didn’t wash after changing a diaper.
Tip #4: Ask Dr. Sears says
Don’t let baby fall asleep with a feeding bottle.
In addition to the choking hazard, this is also about protecting their sensitive teeth from decay that can be caused by juice, which has a lot of sugar, but also by formula or milk, which have a little natural sugar.
Tip #5: The Women’s and Children’s Health Network says
Keep the formula temperature no higher than your body temperature.
Here’s a little surprise: Most websites won’t specify a correct or maximum temperature for formula.
The age-old method for testing bottle temperature is to put a drop or two of the formula on the inside of your wrist, to see if it feels “a little warm or a little cool”. Translation: Body temperature (around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 37 degree Celsius) is comfortable and safe for your baby.
If that’s your style, be sure your wrist is clean before testing!
Personally, we always thought that putting the formula into a hot water bath also seemed like asking for trouble. (For this very reason, Moozi automatically warms formula water to exactly body temperature, with safety sensors to help prevent overheating.)
One thing everyone agrees on: Never, ever, ever microwave a bottle of forumula. Microwaves heat unevenly, creating hot spots that can burn the baby even though the formula you tested felt fine.