How to sterilize baby bottles on holiday in Asia
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If you are traveling in Asia with babies or kids you will likely be somewhat concerned about the safety of the drinking water. This is understandable, but can be dealt with fairly easily.
For starters you can read about How to get safe drinking water in Asia for kids
Next you may be wondering
How can I sterilize Baby Bottles while traveling in Asia?
The easiest way to sterilise baby bottles (you can use this tip at home too!) is to use a microwave sterilising bag. It's baiscally just a heavy duty zip lock bag that you put a little water in the bottom of so it steams up and sterilises the contents of the bag.
When our daughter was 7 weeks old we took her to Thailand. We were staying in an apartment so we found it quite easy to sterilise her bottles in the microwave in the room using these bags. They are so convenient and much smaller and lighter than bringing the microwave steriliser from home. Medela states that they are a safe and reliable steam treatment that eliminates 99.9 % of common bacteria and germs. They are also BPA free.
Just be careful when you get them out of the microwave and you don't want to burn yourself or any little ones with the steam or hot water.
You can buy them in baby supply shops in Australia and also on amazon.
Now depending on where you decide to stay you might not have access to a microwave.
How do I sterilise baby bottles and breast pump accessories with no microwave?
We traveled to Vietnam with our baby when he was 14 weeks old. Our room didn't have a microwave or a stove, but we needed to sterilise and wash his bottles. Read more here about getting safe drinking water in Asia.
We used bottled water which we bought from a nearby store to wash and rinse our bottles. Then we used Milton's antibacterial sterilizing tablets in a plastic container filled with bottled water to sterilise our bottles.
We also used the sterilised water to soak drinking water bottles, dummies (pacifiers) etc with the Miltons tablets.
These instructions (Below) on how to use the tablets are taken from the Milton's website.
Immediately after use, separate components and rinse with cold water. Thoroughly wash items with warm water and detergent. Squeeze soapy water through teat holes, then rinse.
Add 2 Milton Tablets per 4 litres of clean cold water into the a plastic container. After squirting made-up solution through the teat holes, completely immerse all items, covering items with a china plate to eliminate air bubbles. Secure the container lid. We asked our hotel for a lid and China plate.
READY TO USE
After soaking items in made-up Milton solution for 15 minutes minimum, items are ready for use, or on demand. Wash hands before removing items. Shake off any excess solution and use immediately. The made-up solution should be renewed every 24 hours, after washing container in warm water and detergent.
We followed these steps while traveling with our kids and have so far avoided any illness with them in Asia.
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Comment below, have you traveled with a baby under 12 months in Asia? How did you find the experience?