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simply stay with the same rate as long as they are taking the bottle. Preparing Bottles How do I sterilize a bottle? One of the most important parts of bottle feeding is sterilization. Before the initial use, all parts of the bottle, including the bottle, nipple, cap, and nipple ring, should be sterilized. There are different ways to do this. The most popular way to sterilize bottles is to bring a pot of water to a boil and drop all of the pieces in, leaving them to boil for about ten minutes. There are also special sterilizing units, which can be used in the microwave or to steam clean bottles.
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An option that is more popular overseas is cold sterilization. In cold sterilization, all bottle parts go into a unit that holds a special sterilization liquid. Sometimes tablets are used; sometimes the liquid itself is chosen. The bottles are completely submerged, and can be left in the unit until they are needed. Generally, the process takes 30 minutes, with the liquid needing to be changed every 24 hours or so. The bottles must be rinsed thoroughly with cool, boiled water before they are assembled in order to remove the sterilization chemical. What kind of water should I use? Another consideration when preparing bottles is choosing the right kind of water. The most obvious choices are tap, well, boiled, or bottled water. If you have well water, it is very important to have it tested BEFORE using it to prepare your baby's formula. Some conditions in well water, such as high mineral levels (sodium or nitrates), can be very harmful to your child. Call your local health department to find out how to test your well water or to locate a company that will do it for you. You may also choose to use regular tap water, but it should also be tested first. Many communities have inferior water sources and some household pipes may be contaminated with dangerous residue. You can contact your city's water company for a detailed report on the condition of the town's water supply. When using tap water, it is important to remember to use water from the cold faucet and to let the water run for about two minutes to reduce the chances of lead pollution. Never use water from a water softening system, as it will contain high levels of sodium. If possible, isolate a line and bypass the system all together. Mineral waters are also very dangerous to your baby as they often contain high levels of mineral salts and bacteria. If you must use mineral water, make sure it is non-carbonated, low in salts, and boiled before use. Another popular option is to use bottled water, either from a home water cooler or jugs bought from the grocery store. These waters have been treated to remove dangerous minerals and bacteria and are safe to use in formula preparation. Some companies have special "nursery water", which often cost more than regular bottled water. There is no difference between nursery water and the other bottled waters, except for a higher price!
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