5 Tips for Sterilising your Baby Bottles

3 min
By Baby Village on 01 October 2021

Bringing your baby home and watching them grow are some of the most enjoyable moments of early parenthood. From their first smile to seeing them crawl, it’s a fantastic time for new parents. However one key aspect of early parenthood is ensuring the safety & health of your little one which is where sterilising your Bub’s baby bottles & feeding equipment is especially important. It can be challenging to know how to do this and what the right way to sterilise is, which is why we have created this guide with top tips & product recommendations to help you find the right method for you & your baby. 


5 Tips for Sterilising your Baby Bottles

  1. Separate all parts of the bottle first

  2. Ensure that you wash your bottle with warm soapy water 

  3. Place clean bottles and feeding equipment in the steriliser & turn on 

  4. Store all sterilised bottles / feeding essentials in a clean lidded container in the fridge. Alternatively if your steriliser has a storage function you can keep your bottles there. 

  5. Sterilise all equipment again if you haven’t used it within 24 hours. 


Why is Sterilising your Baby Bottle important? 

Sterilising your baby’s feeding equipment is very important as bacteria and germs are often present in a lot of their everyday essentials such as breast milk. To keep your baby safe and in a clean environment, sterilising their feeding equipment is essential for new parents. It is important to sterilise until they are at least 12 months old and have a stronger immune system that is able to fight normal everyday bacteria. 


What is the difference between UV & Steam Sterilisers? 

There are many options that you can purchase to help you in the sterilisation process ranging from the original Milton tablets all the way to Steam based & UV light sterilisers. The sterilising method that parents are most familiar with is steam sterilisation as it uses steam to heat a piece of plastic to the point where bacteria cannot survive and to a higher temperature than water is able to reach. 

However a recent addition to the market are the UV light sterilisers using UV to eliminate all germs. This is a fantastic new addition for parents because as opposed to steam it is able to kill microorganisms and viruses not just bacteria. One of the other key benefits of using UV light to sterilise is that there is no heat or water, so nothing that can degrade the product over time. It also allows you to not only sterilise baby products but anything going forward from soft toys & teethers all the way to masks, your iPhone & more! 

UV Sterilisers

If you are looking for a product that will solely allow you to sterilise for baby and is at a cheaper price point, then a steam steriliser is a great option for you & Bub. However if you want to sterilise everything and anything and are happy to spend slightly more for something that will last a lifetime, then we highly recommend purchasing one of our fantastic UV light sterilisers. 


What are our Best UV Sterilisers? 

59S UV Light Sterilisers

59S Multi Purpose UV Sterilisation Cabinet 

The 59S UV Sterilisation Cabinet is a fantastic choice for parents looking for a way to sterilise not only their baby bottles but also their everyday items. With a 99.9% sterilisation rate and a timing of only 3 minutes, it’s an obvious choice for parents looking for an easy & effective option. 

RRP Price $278.99

Time to Sterilise: 3 minutes

59S Multi-Purpose UV Sterilisation Cabinet
Tommee Tippee UV Steriliser & Dryer

Tommee Tippee UV Steriliser & Dryer 

This UV Steriliser is a fantastic option for parents who want flexibility when it comes to the way they sterilise their baby bottles & everyday essentials. With over four different functions that allow you to sterilise only, dry only, sterilise & dry and store your bottles in a sterile environment it’s a fantastic all-rounder.  

RRP Price $299.99

Time to Sterilise: 60 minutes

59S UV Sterilisation Bag 

If you’re looking for an easy way to sterilise on-the-go then the 59S UV Sterilisation Bag is the perfect choice for you. With the UV lit interior, with this bag you can achieve a 99.9% disinfection rate within 59 Seconds with just one click. Perfect for when you’re out enjoying the sunshine or running errands. 

RRP Price $119.99

Time to Sterilise: 59 seconds 

What are our Top Steam Sterilisers? 

Tommee Tippee Steam Sterilisers

Tommee Tippee Steam Steri Dryer

If you are looking for a steam steriliser then the Tommee Tippee Steam Steri Dryer is one of the best on the market. It uses the all-natural cleaning power of steam to kill 99.9% of harmful germs and household bacteria without harsh chemicals and leaves no nasty residue. Not only does it kill germs & bacteria but it is also tested against Coronavirus (tested to EN 16777) and Influenza H1N1. 

RRP Price $189.99

Time to Sterilise: 40 minutes

Tommee Tippee Steam Steri Dryer
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Steriliser

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Steriliser 

A fantastic option for parents looking for easy and fast steam sterilisation. With the Tommee Tippee Steri-Steam Electric Steriliser you can sanitize up to 6 bottles in just 5 minutes flat. It has enough space to hold a wide range of feeding bottles and other baby accessories making it a great sterilisation option for protecting your baby's tiny tummy from harmful bacteria.

RRP Price $149.99

Time to Sterilise: 5 minutes


Philips Avent 4-in-1 Electric Steam Steriliser and Dryer 

This steam sterliser & dryer is perfect for helping you be prepared for baby's next feed in 40 minutes. Using jets of filtered air to dry bottles before turning off, this steriliser is quick and hygienic, killing 99.9% of germs for peace of mind at every feed.

RRP Price $229.99

Time to Sterilise: 40 minutes

Philips Avent 4-in-1 Electric Steam Steriliser & Dryer
Philips Avent Express Microwave Steriliser

Philips Avent Express Microwave Steriliser 

This microwave steriliser allows you the fastest sterilising experience with a lightweight and compact design, which makes it ideal for sterilising feeding bottles in and out of the home. It’s great for sterilising bottles on the go and is more compact than other sterilisers if you are looking for ease of use. 

RRP Price $69.99

Time to Sterilise: 2 minutes

~ ~ ~

Overall we know that sterilising your baby bottles & feeding equipment is an essential part of parenthood within the first 12 months of Bub’s life so it’s important to know what to do & how to do it. With these Top Tips & steriliser recommendations we hope that you are able to find the perfect steriliser for your family, however if you’re still unsure feel free to pop into or call our store to chat to one of our friendly staff as they are all mums too and have fantastic advice to give.


With love, BVx

Post a comment

Your email is required, but will not be published
Please enter your name
Please enter your email
Please enter your comment

Post a comment

Your email is required, but will not be published
Please enter your name
Please enter your email
Please enter your comment