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Cleaning soothers, teats and baby bottles

Your baby’s immune system isn’t working at 100% yet. This makes your baby more vulnerable to infections than you. Hygiene is therefore very important for your baby. We’d like to explain the best ways to clean your baby bottles, pacifiers and bottle teats.A little help.

Watch this video for a short explanation about cleaning pacifiers, bottle teats and baby bottles. Below the video, you’ll find a more elaborate explanation.

How to clean baby products?

Before first-time use, we recommend sterilizing or boiling pacifiers, bottle teats and baby bottles. This will ensure that all bacteria are killed.

For the times to follow, there are various methods:

Cleaning with hot water and detergent

Rinse the bottle, teat and other parts with cold water first. This is necessary as proteins harden at 40°C, making them more difficult to clean. After this, you can clean the products under the tap with hot water and detergent.

Cleaning in the dishwasher

Rinse the bottle, teat and other parts with cold water first to prevent the proteins from hardening. Then place the products in the top rack of the dishwasher and select a program of maximum 55°C.

Cleaning in the sterilizer

Difrax has a microwave sterilizer and a sterilizing egg. The microwave sterilizer fits four baby bottles, various pacifiers/bottle teats and even parts of the breast pump. The sterilizer egg has room for two pacifiers. Both sterilizers work in a similar way: fill with water up to the mark, set the microwave to 800 Watts and switch it on for three minutes.

You also mustn’t forget to clean the larger baby products in your home. You can do this in the following way:

  • Use a clean cloth and hot soapy water to wipe down larger baby products, like kitchen utensils and the highchair/baby chair.
  • Then clean all the items that your baby puts in its mouth, like toys and their teething ring.

According to new guidelines, after the first use, it is no longer necessary to boil products. This doesn’t apply to premature babies, children with health problems and children with thrush. In these cases, sterilization or boiling is still recommended.

Cleaning pacifiers, bottle teats and baby bottles:

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