How to clean a baby bottle

To properly clean a baby bottle, follow these steps:

1. Disassemble: Take apart all the components of the baby bottle, including the nipple, collar, and any other removable parts.

2. Rinse: Rinse the bottle and its components with cold or lukewarm water immediately after each use to remove milk or formula residue.

3. Wash: Use a bottle brush and mild dish soap to clean all parts thoroughly. Pay extra attention to the nipple and any crevices.

4. Rinse Again: After washing, rinse all parts thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.

5. Sterilize (optional): You can sterilize the bottles by boiling them in water for 5-10 minutes or using a steam sterilizer. This step is particularly important for newborns but becomes less crucial as babies grow.

6. Air Dry: Allow all parts to air dry on a clean, dry surface or a bottle drying rack. Avoid using a cloth or paper towel to dry the inside of the bottle, as it could leave fibers behind.

7. Assemble: Once everything is completely dry, reassemble the baby bottle, making sure all parts fit snugly.

Wash your hands before handling the bottles and to follow any manufacturer's guidelines for cleaning and sterilizing. Regular cleaning and proper maintenance will help ensure your baby's bottles are safe and hygienic to use.