I never boil them either except for before the first time I use them.<br><br>
If you want to sanitize them, Medela makes microwave bags that you put the bottle parts and some water in and nuke for 1-3 min and the steam cleans them.<br><br>
I know there is a lot of controversy about microwaves so don't flame me. I was just adding an alternative to boiling.
I like those Medela steam bags. Avent makes a microwave steamer that works really well with their pump and bottles as well. But boiling them really isn't necessary for a healthy, full term infant as long as they get clean in hot enough water in the dishwasher.
Depends on your water. I tried putting bottles in the dishwasher when we lived in Phoenix and they came out filmy and gross. The water was wicked soft where we were, even showering was a challenge. I prefer to handwash them still, even though the water here is fine.
I'd sterilize if I had a premmie or sick babe, but I don't so we're all about the dishwasher! The only "issue" we've had is that (plastic) the bottles turned a bit orange after washing w/ spagetti dishes, but since they didn't smell like spagetti, I figure there's nothing wrong w/ orange tinged bottles! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
Orange bottles. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'm most likely going to just handwash then. I don't know why I'm sp paranoid about bottles. I only have the one for occasional use like car trips when we can't easily pull over. It has never been used - I just got it and the pump out since we're planning on going on a trip sometime in the near future.<br><br>
Thanks for the answers ladies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
I had a microwave sterilzer. It fit my breast pump parts and bottle parts. I was a little obcessed but after they came out of the dishwasher I steam sterilzed them. DS3 didnt have a sick visit until he was 18monthts old
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Dishwasher 100% from the minute I opened them. It sterilizes them, saves time, gets them clean.</div>
Not to be pedantic, but it depends on how hot your dishwasher gets whether it actually sterilizes or not. We keep our hot water heater fairly low, so I suspect our dishwasher would not actually sterilize.