The Easiest Way to Clean Baby Bottles According to Our Cleaning Expert
Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist, and New York Times bestselling author of My Boyfriend Is Boiling In My Purse … And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha About . Her flagship column, Ask a Pure Man, debuted in 2011. Here at Offspring, we’ve launched a new iteration of it, with a focus on parenting and all the mess it brings.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right bottle for your baby, but especially for new parents, ease of cleaning is a factor that can be easily overlooked … until you have a set of bottles that are very difficult to clean. … We’ve rounded up some of the best baby bottles that are easy to clean, including a range of materials and styles for babies with colic.
However, before we move on to choosing, here are a few general points to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the right bottles for your family and caring for them:
- Plastic and Glass Bottles: Glass bottles are sturdy, making them durable, and the bottles will not discolor over time or retain the sour milk smell like plastic bottles. However, they are heavy and can break if dropped. Glass bottles are also generally more expensive than plastic or silicone bottles. Plastic bottles, which are usually made from polypropylene, are lightweight and have little or no risk of shattering. However, they wear out faster than glass bottles.
- How to wash baby bottles: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends washing baby bottles after each feed using soap and hot water. Boiling is not necessary to safely clean bottles, according to WebMD , but the AAP notes that bottles should be allowed to dry completely to prevent the growth of bacteria that can multiply if leftover milk or water is left in the bottle.
- When to replace bottle or nipples: If the plastic baby bottle is cracked, leaking, discolored, or smells sour, it should be replaced. Glass bottles must be replaced if cracked or cracked. Replace nipples if they become discolored or show visible signs of wear or damage. You should also replace the nipples if milk comes out too quickly.
So here’s the choice:
Philips Avent anti-colic bottles are made up of only a few parts, making them easier to clean than other anti-colic bottles. In addition, the starter pack includes a bottle brush for use on nipples.
If you are using a Medela pump, be sure to consider purchasing compatible storage containers. They are designed so that you can pump milk directly into bottles, which means you can store milk in them and twist the nipple when you’re ready to use them as a bottle. And there are no internal parts to clean.
Comotomo bottles are made up of just three parts – the bottle itself, as well as the neck and nipples – plus, the wide-mouth design makes cleaning very easy without the need for a bottle brush! And because it is made of silicone, it can be washed in the dishwasher or boiled.
Users note that these bottles are not only easy to clean, they are also compatible with the Medela pump and cost less than the Medela brand. They also receive high marks for durability and can withstand many washes without visible wear and tear.
These curved bottles are large in width with minimal parts and are easier to clean than narrower ones. Mixture feeders also note that the wide mouth makes filling the bottles easier without creating a lot of clutter.
If you are looking for a glass baby bottle, these Evenflo bottles are a great choice. Like all our picks, ease of cleaning comes down to a three-piece design. Like many bottles, they are dishwasher safe, but unlike plastic bottles, there is no potential risk that using certain plastics in the dishwasher (or microwave) could be harmful to children .
The design of this bottle prevents the effect of vacuum, which can cause gas, regurgitation and colic, and also prevents leaks. And because the silicone is flexible, the reservoir can be swiveled inward for easy cleaning without the use of special nipple brushes.