During the first year of your baby’s life, they are at their most vulnerable to infections.
It is important to sterilise all parts of the feeding equipment prior to each use to protect them.
Before you sterilise, you should clean and rinse the used bottles and teats with a cleaning agent like Pigeon’s Liquid Cleanser.
Check teats carefully and throw out any which are split or cracked. Bacteria can stay in damaged surfaces and potentially survive the cleaning and sterilising process.
There are several methods you can use to sterilise your baby’s feeding equipment.
1. Electric - Steam Steriliser or Microwave
Pigeon does not recommend its bottles or teats be sterilised using UV sterilisation. Ultraviolet (UV) rays found in UV Sterilisers may accelerate the deterioration of silicone and plastic material and lead to the hardening of these materials which may cause cracks and tears on the products.
1a. Electric - Steam
Electric steam sterilisers are quick and efficient, taking 8 to 12 minutes, plus cooling time. Many steam sterilisers can hold up to six bottles at a time, and have a rack for smaller items such as teats and dummies at the top. Make sure bottles, teats and other equipment are placed with their openings face down.
1b. Electric - Microwave
Microwave sterilisers allow you to use your microwave to effectively sterilise baby bottles, teats and accessories. As with the electric steam steriliser, bottles and teats should be separated and facing down. Metallic products cannot be placed in a microwave steriliser.
To sterilise using boiling, fill a large pot with water and submerge everything. Make sure there are no trapped air bubbles inside the bottles and teats. Be careful not to crowd the pan as bottles will be damaged if they touch the sides of the pan. Bring the water to a boil and continue to boil for 5 minutes to complete sterilisation.
For chemical sterilisation, you will need to use a solution of water and a chemical made specifically for baby bottles, teats and accessories. Follow the directions provided by the manufacturer. Chemical sterilisation may fade the bottle markings over time.
You should sterilise your baby's feeding equipment for at least the first 12 months of their life.
Babies have little resistance to infection and sterilising helps to protect them.
Breast milk and infant formula are full of rich nutrients, and are ideal breeding grounds for micro organisms.
You should sterilise all feeding equipment after each use for at least the first year of your baby's life.
1. Put Pigeon Liquid Cleanser onto a washing brush or sponge
2. Clean the feeding bottles, teats and accessories
3. Rinse in running water
No, Pigeon Liquid Cleanser is a cleaning agent only. Use it to remove milk stains or dirt that can accumulate on baby bottles, teats, toys and accessories after use.
Sterilisation can only be achieved via electric (steam, microwave), boiling or chemical processes.