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How to Clean, Sanitize, and Store Infant Feeding Items

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HOW TO CLEAN, SANITIZE, AND STORE INFANT FEEDING ITEMS

CLEAN INFANT ITEMS BY HAND

1. Wash hands.
2. Rinse. Rinse bottle parts and any other feeding items by holding them under running water. Do not set them in the sink.
3. Wash feeding items.
-Place all items in a clean basin or container used only to clean infant feeding items. Do not wash directly in the sink because it may contain germs that could contaminate these items.
-Fill wash basin with hot water and add soap.
-Scrub items using a clean brush that is used only to clean infant feeding items.
-Squeeze water through nipple holes to be sure they get clean.
4. Rinse again.
5. Allow to air-dry.
-Do not use a dish towel to rub or pat items dry because doing so may transfer germs to the items.
6. Clean wash basin and bottle brush. Rinse the wash basins and brush well and allow them to air-dry after each use. Wash them every few days, either in a dishwasher with hot water and a heated drying cycle (if they are dishwasher-safe), or by hand with soap and warm water. If your baby is less than 3 months old, was born prematurely, or has a weakened immune system due to illness (such as HIV) or medical treatment (such as chemotherapy for cancer), wash basin and bottle brush after every use.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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