Why You Should Sterilize Baby’s Things {+ WIN A Tommee Tippee Electric Sterilizer)

There is nothing quite like having a premature baby to show you the importance of sterilizing your little one’s bottles and other feeding equipment. My fellow NICU moms will vouch for the stringent hygiene routine you had to undergo each time you wanted to visit your baby, and as much as you don’t particularly enjoy it – the habit follows you home (just in case).

You do not have to be the mom of a premature baby to want the best for your child, or to be a little extra when it comes to keeping them safe. It is in every fibre of our being to want to protect these tiny little human beings from everything that can possibly harm them, but sometimes they need to be protected from what the eye cannot see.

A lot of people say that you will just know what to do when you have your baby, that it is like a light that suddenly switches on and it all comes naturally. That was not me… I had questions. A lot of questions. Are they sleeping too much or too little? Should I wake them for feeds or let them sleep? How often do I need to change their diaper? How much should they eat? Do I have to sterilize their bottles and my breast pump after every use?

Well if you have any of the following, the answer is always YES to the last question!

  • Unreliable or possibly contaminated water supply
  • Brand new bottles, pacifiers, etc.
  • a premature baby
  • a baby under 3 months of age
  • a baby with a weakened immune system

Whether you are using expressed breast milk or formula, sterilizing is an important part of keeping your little one safe and healthy. Sterilizing is a method of killing germs on the bottles and other feeding items to keep those potentially dangerous microbes out of your little one’s mouth and tummy. Harmful bacteria can develop in milk, so keeping things clean and sterile helps to give their tiny immune system time to develop.

Clean before sterilising…

It might sound odd but while sterilising kills bacteria, it doesn’t actually clean. This means it’s best to wash all bottles, teats, soothers, bottle tops and washable breast pump parts in hot water with dishwashing liquid first. Remember to give everything a final rinse under the cold tap before sterilising, just to get rid of any residue.

Different sterilization methods…

There are three ways to sterilize: by using a cold water sterilizing solution, by steam sterilizing or by boiling. I personally prefer steam sterilizers, like the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Steam Sterilizer. I find them easier to use, less time consuming and more reliable. Steam sterilisers use heat from steam to kill bacteria. They’re super-quick to use, but once you’ve taken the lid off the unit you’ll either need to use the items right away or re-sterilise. Alternatively, microwavable sterilisers are ideal for travelling and only take a few minutes. These are also great value for money – what’s not to love?

The thing is, when you search the internet for answers, you will get many conflicting ones. Some people may argue that it is not necessary to sterilize baby bottles every time before you use them – but why take risk? If it only takes an extra 5 minutes – why not rather be safe than sorry?

The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Sterilizer makes it so easy and fuss free. It can hold up to 5 bottles. The sterilized items stay sterile for a full 24 hours if the lid stays closed – so you can place your bottles etc. in the sterilizer at bedtime and use them in the morning. It is also a great, chemical free solution. I am not fond of the idea of dishwasher residue or submerging my baby’s bottles in a sterilizing solution. It works on a 5-minute cycle so it is also really quick, and easy as 1,2,3.

  1. Pour 80ml cold water into the base
  2. Load up to 5 bottles, nipples, tops, pacifiers, etc
  3. Switch on to start the 5 minute cycle.

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86 thoughts on “Why You Should Sterilize Baby’s Things {+ WIN A Tommee Tippee Electric Sterilizer)

    • Marlize says:

      Hygiene and Health go hand in hand. This electric sterilizer will help when my first grandchild is born.
      Love your products!

      • Lidia Ferreira says:

        Would love to make life easier for my niece with a 3 week old baby and a 2 year old toddler. This gadget would be everything!!! Sterilisation is of the utmost importance!!!

  1. Allison says:

    Sterilizing bottles is so important and it would be a dream to have this electric sterilizer especially with our newborn

    • Steph Smith says:

      I’m 6 weeks away from being a first time mom and I’m petrified for two main reasons.
      1. I’m selfish
      2. I’m lazy
      This device sounds so convenient and time saving 🍼

  2. Ronnae Elliott says:

    Yes it is very important to sterilize, my daughter is almost 26 months and I still sterilize her bottles and will continue to do so until she no longer uses a bottle.

  3. Dionne says:

    Having my 3rd c section tomorrow …. the last time i used a sterilizer was 8 years ago….. lets hope things havent changed too much 🙂

  4. Genevieve Ellis Cousens says:

    Sterilisation protects your baby from harmful bacteria and germs! Vital for the health of your baby, and it needs to be done 100%.

  5. Furzana says:

    Ofcourse sterilisation is essential, but doing it over and over is quite a pain! Atleast with nifty devices like this it’s a whole lot easier!!!

  6. Thefoxygeeksa says:

    Wow, I used a microwave sterilizer the last time.
    And this time round I don’t have a microwave, so this would be an amazing life saver.

  7. Fathima says:

    This sounds amazing. I just had my baby at 36 weeks she’s still very tiny as she came a full month before her due date. I feel like I have absolutely no time to enjoy her as I’m forever sorting out her bottles n dummies to make sure they ready for her next feeds. This would save me so much of time.

  8. Annelie says:

    What an amazing product as sterilization is an multiple everyday event Only used to microwave sterilization. This is so much more convenient and can travel with you when there is no microwave available.

  9. Annelie says:

    What an amazing product as sterilization is a multiple everyday event. This is so much more convenient than microwave sterilization and can travel with you when there is no microwave available.

  10. Vera says:

    Sterilizing bottles is so important and it would be a dream to have this electric sterilizer especially with my baby due June. Would love live to have this

  11. Leandra Krige says:

    I have a 2 and a half week old baby girl. She was born at 38 weeks and so tiny. We believe in cleaning and sterilizing everything for Harper. This Tommy Tippee steam sterilizer would be amazing and make life so much easier!!😍

  12. Lynette says:

    It is as important as feeding your baby!! A lot of people say you don’t need to sterilize after 1 year….I believe that you sterilize as long as you use bottles. These days there is such a lot of new germs.

  13. Aneesa says:

    I am a firm believer of sterilising and keeping those nasties at bay! Our precious little ones are so delicate and even though it’s a shlep to sterilise, its only for a short while as they grow so quickly.

  14. Chiara says:

    It is so important to sterilize bottles and pacifiers at all times. Babies Tummys are so sensitive and they need to have hygienic conditions at all times

  15. Christel says:

    I prefer to sterilise well beyond the recommended sterilising period recommended. Milk bacteria can be soooo harmful, I wouldn’t want my children getting sick of something 100% preventable..

  16. Liza says:

    I absolutely loved Tommee Tippee everything for my first little one. Unfortunately not a lot left since then. Second one due later this year, will be amazing to have a head start with this sterilizer!

  17. Kelli says:

    One needs to sterilise baby products as often as you need them. Always good to keep all babies toys clean and put of getting in contact with germs.

  18. Onica says:

    The baby sterilizer is amazing product after reading up on the benefitsit has I think it would be great for my 2 month old Son.

  19. Jamie Petersen says:

    Sterilisation is so SOOO important, with my 1st child i sterilised both bottles and dummies, I couldnt afford the electric Tommee Tippee steriliser but i used the microwave one. My second is due July 2019 and if i cant get the electric i will definitely use the microwave one! Its so important to eliminate as many germs as possible for our little ones

    • Mbali Sibiya says:

      Sterilising is very important to ensure that all bacteria or most are not on the babys feeding items. Eliminating bacteria reduces exposure to diseases and since babys immune system isnt as strong as ours, sterilising ensures that chances of baby getting sick are minimal. I will be going back to work soon and my baby girl will start feeding from a bottle. I will be needing this steriliser.

  20. Bianca says:

    Oh yeh very important to steri all baby products as my babys health is very important and what better way than with TT

  21. Tasneem Maganlal says:

    This post hits home for me. My 33 weeker was born exactly a week 6… He is currently in NICU and i’m expressing milk every 3 hours for him. This product is amazing and i believe its necessary for any mum that is bottle feeding.

  22. Astara Pheiffer says:

    I love that this amazing steriliser works so quickly and that bottles can remain sterilised inside of it for such a long time!

  23. Roxanne Clelland says:

    I found this article so informative!! Thank you 😁 Tommee Tippee products really are great and their customer service even better. It really is a tough decision on whether or not to go for electric or microwave. But I definitely think that electric is better.

  24. Menante says:

    Sterilisation is very important. There is no way of knowing what is in our tap water, and I think we don’t really want to know – too gross. This device is life changing!

  25. Pauline Hulley says:

    I’ve learnt alot just from this one blog! Thank you!! I’m 29 weeks pregnant with twins, and I know I’m going to need to take extra care when keeping their bottles etc sterilised! This would be a huge time saver and will definitely get alot of use!

  26. Rushdah khan says:

    Mother of a one month old. Sterilization is a must! Would love to have the convenience of the tommy tippee sterilization unit ❣️

  27. Toni says:

    Sterilizing is a must! There are sooo many germs for a newborn to pick when they are sooo little. My old microwave sterilizer doesn’t fit in my new microwave (too tall) so the tommee tippee electric sterilizer will be perfect when my baby comes in July.

  28. Michelle Mooka says:

    I am a soon to be new mom, have been on this whirlwind journey for a little under 6 months and nothing compares to my level of paranoia when coming to baby products, especially products relating to hygeine and feeding time. A product like this sort of eases my mind because I can trust it to safely clean my baby’s things and I can rest easy, and I mean an extra 5 minutes will surely go a long ass way for me, I feel like I will need all the extra 5 minutes the world can offer, honestly.

    Honestly, I’ve also never won anything in my life, so this will make for a great prize alongside winning an eternal contract with a tiny human person 🤗

  29. Simóne Human says:

    My guy is 4 months old and I religiously sterilize all his feeding paraphernalia after every use. I did it up to 1 year for my oldest boy. Plan to do the same with this one.

  30. Nicole says:

    Sterilizing is extremely important part of my everyday life as I have a 3 week old. I wash, rinse and sterilize after every feed even if it’s at 3 am, winning this would be a life saver.

  31. Anika Marais says:

    I will be a first time mom soon and winning this definitely make my routine easier…especially because sterilization is an absolute must to ensure your baby is safe from gross germs.

  32. Marelize van den Berg says:

    For sure. You need to ensure that baby remain safe, happy and healthy and this could be done by sterilizing.

  33. Zayboonisa says:

    Would really love to win this!
    I’m a new mum and I’m using all tommee tippee bottles and pacifiers so this would be perfect for me!❤️

  34. Quiann Barnard says:

    Sterilisation protects your baby from harmful bacteria and germs! Vital for the health of your baby, and it needs to be done 100%.

  35. Ania says:

    I believe 💯 to sterilize … there is so much going around with all the changes in our climate , it should be a huge must

  36. Lynique says:

    As a first time OCD mommy to be this is a dream come true , sterilization is of up most importance for a baby entering this world of germs . Also with being electronic ,you are allowed to focus on other things such as staring at your baby and taking pics lol .or maybe shutting your eyes for 5 minutes.

    Also what other mommy blogger is as cool with tatts and hard rock metal playlist,this is one original page for once that I’ve been following ,that’s giving me all the tips I’ll need.

  37. Inge says:

    Thank you for this! So informative. I’m 38weeks pregnant and trying to learn as much as possible before my baby girl arrives. A steam sterilizer like this seems like the best way to go!

  38. Steffy Naicker says:

    Definitely a must! Im having twins in September so a sterilizer will ensure that my premie babies are healthy and well taken care of!

  39. Sbrittan says:

    I’m due to give birth in 5 weeks with my first baby. There are so many things I can’t control, but making sure everything we use for him is properly sterilised would be amazing! I would love to win this!

  40. Cape Gail says:

    My son attends crèche and whilst there are so many benefits to him doing so it does mean that he is exposed to bugs and germs. With this in mind it’s important to take care when cleaning his bottles so that he can experience the full benefits of clean germ free breast milk. Tommee Tippee is one of my favourite brands and their products are award winning

  41. Ibtisaam says:

    Second baby in and I became even more of a clean freak. Hand sanitizers, sterilization of equipment etc. I guess its just in me.

  42. Raeesa Setar says:

    This sounds so amazing and easy to use! Would love this for my little one that’s due to pop out next month 💕

    • Raeesa Setar says:

      I think it’s very important to sterilize baby’s bottles. Also, I’m a clean freak so I’d never be able to go a day without this! I’m surprised I didn’t get one for my own things by now 😅

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