Regular dishwashing soap vs Natural baby bottle cleanser
In all of my checklists when preparing for a baby, a bottle cleanser wasn't even on it. You have the big ticket items and when it comes to nitty gritty, it's easy to miss when you don't anticipate certain things. When I was pregnant, I just assumed I would breastfeed, pop the baby on the boob and that's it.
We didn't anticipate bottle-feeding, and wasn't prepared. The questions I wished I asked my pregnant self: If I can breastfeed, will I mix direct latch and bottle-feeding? If I can't breastfeed, what do we need to prepare formula feeds? What items do we need?
Items you need for bottle-feeding
5 baby bottles
1 baby bottle brush
1 steriliser (steam, UV or other kinds that suit your preference)
1 drying rack for bottles
1 container to store the sterilised clean baby bottles
1 breast pump (if expressing, you can choose to use manual or electric breast pump)
Can I just use my dishwashing soap to wash bottles?
The difference is the exclusion of nasties coming into contact with your baby's bottles and accessories. It's a safer alternative to dishwashing soap which contains harsh ingredients that's best avoided (associated with skin irritants, endocrine disruptors, eczema and allergic reactions).
But the soap will be rinsed off anyway. So what's the problem?
That's a valid point. But this doesn't mean it's the best choice for your baby. You can still take the “safe not sorry” route.
If a bottle is not washed properly, chemicals from the dishwashing soap could leach onto it and when heated with milk, these chemicals could contaminate the bottle.
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