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Cleaning and sterilizing the feeding bottle of your baby is only half the battle.
A lot of parents often leave out the importance of the drying phase which also plays a critical role in securing that the feeding equipment is totally free from germs or bacteria.
What's even worse is that a lot of parents out there have been practicing the wrong way of drying their feeding bottles.
This comprehensive guide will show you tips in properly and safely drying feeding bottles of your precious little one as well as some important facts that every parent needs to know.
Is Drying Baby Bottles Important?
No matter how meticulous you are in keeping something clean, especially on your baby's feeding bottles and other tools, there will always be traces of germs or bacteria. In fact, you yourself is a rich source of bacteria along with everything inside your house.
Germs and bacteria easily thrive in the smallest droplets of water left inside your baby's feeding bottle and under warm temperature. In a matter of minutes, these bacterial cells can easily double when left unchecked.
The concept of safely drying the baby's feeding bottle is quite easier said than done. There can be various ways to dry out the droplets of water left inside the bottle after cleaning and sterilizing. However, not all methods are not advisable in keeping the bottles germ-free.
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What Is The Best Way To Dry Baby Bottles?
As mentioned earlier, it is not recommended to just leave the bottle with droplets of water leftovers from cleaning and sterilizing.
In some cases, parents resort to using a clean towel to wipe the bottle dry. Experts strongly disagree to this method as this can only increase the possibility of further contaminating the baby's feeding equipment.
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A safer method is through drip drying through the aid of a dish drying rack. However, the time needed for drip drying can also be a window of opportunity for bacteria to travel its way into the baby's feeding bottle. Besides, you'll also have to make sure that the rack itself is sanitized every now and then.
The most recommended method is to recommended method is to utilize a baby bottle drying rack. This rack is specially designed to conveniently accommodate a number of baby bottles, its parts, as well as baby feeding accessories while preventing water to stay in the bottle long enough to allow bacteria to penetrate and germinate.
This short video will give you a sneak peak on some of the most popular baby bottle drying racks:
What Should You Do After Drying Your Baby Bottle?
Right after drying the bottles and its components (lid and rubber nipple), assemble the feeding equipment.
Do this on a disinfected surface using sterile tongs. If tongs aren't around, you can simply assemble the feeding bottle with your bare hands. Just make sure that you wash your hands prior to the said task.
After the bottles have been successfully assembled, keep them inside a sterile container. If a bottle hasn't been used within the day (24hrs), it's best to re-sterilize prior to utilizing the said feeding equipment.
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