A Great Mommy Tip: Cold Water Sterilization

How’s your rainy Wednesday, everyone? I always enjoy this kind of weather because it really feels good to cuddle up with my little Noa. Anyway, I was supposed to include this topic in my previous blog entry called, “On Being an Army Wife and Mom but I think this deserves a separate blog post.

To refresh your memory, my daughter and I went to visit my husband in military deployment over a week ago. Since Noa and I are into “mix-feeding” now (combination of breast milk and cow’s milk a.k.a. canned formula), the feeding part of our travel was still almost a breeze.

Mommies, I have always been a believer and an advocate of breastfeeding. But I also believe that formula milk is not at all evil. I exclusively breastfed Noa for 9 months and yes, my daughter is also taking formula at the same time now, as for the brand, please just send me an e-mail because I don’t really endorse giving formula milk. Breast is still undoubtedly the best! πŸ™‚

Discreet Public Breastfeeding in Eastwood City Mall

Anyway, that is the back story for this post. Just imagine my daughter is 70% direct breastfeeding until now and at night time when I couldn’t come to her because of my online job, we give her the formula. I still have some other reasons for choosing mix-feeding today but maybe I would try to explain this in my future posts. And now for the real story:

Simple Equation: Canned Milk + Feeding Bottles = Sterilization. Yes, I brought 3 wide-neck feeding bottles in our Mindanao trip.

And so you might be thinking, how in the world were I be able to sterilize her bottles in the absence of an electronic sterilizer, gas stove, microwave oven + sterilizer and at the same time we are always on the go? Two words: COLD WATER STERILIZATION.

This method is also being used by parents in the US and Europe. I just don’t know if this is also popular in the Philippines. But as a first-time mom, this method sounds intimidating at first but it’s really easy.
For cold water sterilization, you would need the following:

  • Sterilizing Solution (Chicco sells one in liquid form or in Mothercare, tablet form)
  • Bottle Brush
  • Bucket / Container (for submerging)
  • Clean Tap Water

These are the steps that I practically followed according to BabyCenter:

  • To cold water sterilize your baby’s bottle-feeding equipment, you can use a non-toxic solution, dissolved in cold water. It also comes in tablet form. The solution kills bacteria very effectively. You’ll need to change the solution every 24 hours.
  • You can buy special sterilizing units for cold water sterilizing Or you can use a clean bucket or plastic container with a lid. If you use a bucket or container, use something, such as a heavy plate, to keep the bottles and other equipment completely under the solution. You need to check that there are no air bubbles left in the bottles, and keep everything submerged for at least 30 minutes to sterilize everything.
  • Take out bottles and teats only when you need to use them. Give each item a shake as you take it out, or rinse off the fluid with cool, boiled water, if you prefer. However, your baby won’t come to any harm by feeding from bottles and teats that are taken straight from the sterilizing solution.

Noa’s Feeding Bottles undergoing Cold Water Sterilization

As you can see, I’ve submerged Noa’s feeding bottles together with its rings, caps and teats in this simple Tupperware container. Of course, you need to clean the container thoroughly before using it. Don’t also forget the star of the show, the sterilizing solution! For this cold water sterilization I’ve conducted, I used the Chicco Sterilizing Solution. πŸ™‚

You can also use this method for longer international flights. But since our flight only lasted for 1.5 hours, I was able to practice this when we arrived at our temporary home. I think you would also need a bottle brush just to make sure that you clean the feeding bottles and teats thoroughly.

The Chicco Disinfectant Solution is also great for sterilizing toys, soothers, cutlery, teething rings, and other metal or plastic objects, which come into contact with our children. Don’t forget to pre-rinse the items before submerging them to remove excess formula milk on the bottles. In case you still want to be extra sure, you can bring a small packet of your baby bottle wash. I did that since it was my first-time to try this method of sterilization.

The amount of solution to be put on the running tap water depends on the water level in your bucket or container. As for me, I used 1 liter of water for sterilizing Noa’s feeding bottles. Don’t worry because there is a very brief and detailed guide on the label on how much sterilizing solution should be put in the clean tap water.

After submerging this for 30 minutes, I took them out from the bucket or container and rinsed them with hot water (this is just me, you can skip it and rinse it with cool drinking water if you want). And voila, the bottles are ready to use! πŸ™‚

My Team Cold Water Sterilization in Mindanao

This method worked for us. It’s safe to say that this method worked well on Noa. For 1 week, this was my way of sterilizing her feeding bottles and I’m happy to say that she did not get sick or developed LBM.

I’d also like to include this paragraph that I read from BabyCenter that is really informative:

How long should I continue sterilizing?

“Continue to sterilize your baby’s bottle feeding equipment for at least his first year. You may think sterilizing is rather pointless when your baby is putting all sorts of things in his mouth. However, your baby’s immune system is still developing and it’s easy for him to pick up infections during his first years. The bugs that stick to milk curds in partly cleaned bottles can be particularly nasty.

By the time your baby is one year old he’ll have started to produce his own antibodies and be more resistant to harmful germs. However, it’s a good idea to carry on sterilizing bottles, dummies and teats until your baby stops using them.”

I think this method is not only good for travelling but also for everyday use, most especially in terms of sterilizing our children’s toys. I’ve read from the Chicco Sterilizing packaging that “normal deterging operations are not sufficient to ensure the complete elimination of dangerous and pathogenous germs” from the surfaces of our kids’s stuff. Do you agree with this?

As moms, it really pays to be informed and explore other safe possibilities to make our journey to motherhood easier. Have you tried this kind of method? Feel free to share your insights in the comment box.

Oooppssie. Don’t leave yet. I still have something for all of you! I won’t let this day pass without letting you try this. I have some goodies to giveaway! Yipee!! πŸ™‚

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  1. Rachel Anne Del Rosario says:

    My great mom tips:
    Follow your instincts when it comes to your kid’s safety and health. Make sure medicines and first aid kit are available at home just in case emergency happens. Always guide and show their love to them, regularly say I LOVE YOU, it’s the most important tip for a mother/ parent that sometimes we ought to forget.

    Rachel Anne Del Rosario
    San Jose, Antique

  2. gayle sy says:

    Alway have all the baby medicines in the house ready, especially paracetamols, and for stomach infections sometime you won’t have the time to buy especially in emergency cases
    name: Abigail Sy
    location: Malabon City
    e-mail address: abigail(dot)sy(at)chartisphils(dot)com

  3. ruru says:

    My great mommy tip to share is that we as a mom we should need much time for kids,we should look forward sa mga products na safe para sa kanila and let us not forget to give time also with ourself para always stay pretty mom not losyang…


  4. April Manuel says:

    To avoid your kids to be picky-eaters, mommies may delay giving chocolates or candies early on. It will also help if we can make it a habit to eat together with our kids and give them the same food served in our table to familiarize them with the different tastes of food. πŸ™‚

    April F. Manuel
    Quezon City

  5. julie christie tan says:

    One mommy tip I can share is to practice what you preach. If you want to teach your child about respect, show respect to your husband, house helper, etc. To teach him about love, shower him with your time and affection, as well as how he sees you relate to your husband with love. If your rule at home is no watching t.v but then he sees you watching t.v. yourself then your rule will always be broken. Consistency is the key.

    Julie Christie Tan
    Marikina City

  6. Badet Siazon says:

    Another mommy tip I can share is that aside from the sterilizing solution, I bought an Avent Tempo bottle and liners, this way I just need to wash the teats and caps and sterilize in hot water. Just the small ones. Perfect for travelling coz I only need to bring the liners and some teats.

  7. Adventures on Planet Mom says:

    krystyna quimpo
    pasay city

    Read. keep yourself informed. if you’re dead set about breastfeeding, read and learn about it. before you purchase products for your baby, get to know the pros and cons about it. it’s important to know that you have made a sound decision at the end of the day.

  8. Analiza batao-ey says:

    another nice read from one of my fave bloggers. For me, Being extra careful in choosing products for my baby has always been the first consideration. I recommend using hypoallergenic products and organic food for the first year. This gives me the feeling of being “kampante” that my baby is safe. I also practice what was stated in one comment, rinsing milk bottle right after use to avoid milk curdling

  9. Analiza batao-ey says:

    another nice read from one of my fave bloggers. For me, Being extra careful in choosing products for my baby has always been the first consideration. I recommend using hypoallergenic products and organic food for the first year. This gives me the feeling of being “kampante” that my baby is safe. I also practice what was stated in one comment, rinsing milk bottle right after use to avoid milk curdling

  10. Cheddy says:

    Stick to the basics. First-time moms tend to be impulsive when buying stuff for the baby. I plead guilty to this. It is when the unused clothes, toys and toiletries started piling up that I stopped my hoarding. So to avoid spending money on items that you won’t be using eventually, think twice before purchasing it.

    Cheddy Rose A. Araneta
    Bacoor, Cavite

  11. mrs.kulas_ays@yahoo.com says:

    A lot of people ask me also why I still sterilize my son’s bottles wherein fact he’s already eating and drinking from different restaurants. I always tell them bacterial growth in milk bottle is always faster (esp. if it’s not properly cleaned and it’s not sterilized). In connection with bottle cleaning, my own mommy tip is “always rinse your baby’s milk bottle with water right away to avoid milk curdling.”

    Aileen C. Cabrera
    Las Pinas City

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