Babies and infants are fragile, and as a parent/caregiver, you are responsible for protecting them from harm, particularly disease-causing microorganisms. Baby feeding materials like bottles and breast pump accessories are among the culprits where germs hide.
When cleaning baby feeding products and accessories with soap and warm water removes dirt and food residue, it does not eradicate germs. Therefore, sterilizing baby feeding items are necessary because it is a bonus protective layer.
Fortunately, ubiquitous technology has permeated the baby care industry, availing dedicated sterilizers to consumers. So, below is an overview of the Papablic sterilizer, including how to use it to keep your baby safe.
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What Is Bottle and Baby Accessory Sterilizer?
Newborns and infants are delicate creatures with various underdeveloped organs and body functions, including immunity. According to one healthcare publication, unborn babies receive antibodies from their birthmothers via the placenta during the last trimester of pregnancy. Additionally, they continue receiving antibodies from breast milk for the first few months as an infant.
The kind of immunity passed from a mother to an unborn infant is passive immunity. Passive immunity’s primary advantage is that it kicks in immediately, unlike active immunity, which triggers the body to generate antibodies after a pathogenic attack.
However, passive immunity wears off within a few weeks or months of birth. Moreover, breastfeeding is not an option for all mothers due to events like adoption, flat nipples, and low milk production. Additionally, life commitments may hinder exclusive breastfeeding for mothers; one survey report established that only 41% of employed mothers receive paid maternity leave.
Even so, a child’s immune system only fully develops when they turn seven or eight. Consequently, they risk exposure to harmful germs and bacteria and their environment, including the microorganisms on feeding bottles, breast pump accessories, teething toys, and pacifiers.
As stated above, sterilization is a bonus protective layer against germs, ensuring no harmful microorganisms remain on surfaces. Therefore, the Center For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) recommends sterilizing a newborn or infant’s feeding items and accessories at least once daily. Bottle sterilization is crucial when handling preemies (babies born at least three weeks before their due date) and babies diagnosed with immunocompromised diseases.
Traditional bottle sterilization methods include boiling the feeding items and toys while submerged in hot water for at least ten minutes with the lid covered. Alternatively, you can use a bleach solution featuring a spoonful of bleach per half-gallon of water. Soak the feeding bottle and its parts and accessories in the solution.
Third, you can sterilize a baby’s feeding bottle using cold water. Cold water sterilization entails dissolving sterilizer tablets in cold water and soaking the bay’s feeding bottles and accessories submerged in the solution. However, you can also use a bottle warmer, a dedicated appliance for sterilizing baby feeding items.
Benefits of Using The Papablic Bottle Sterilizer
While traditional feeding bottle sterilization techniques are effective, they have several disadvantages. Below is an overview of the setbacks associated with such methods.
First, while boiling baby feeding bottles, accessories, and toys kills germs, it may lead to BPA (bisphenol A) exposure over time. BPA is a synthetic chemical compound used during industrial plastic resin production. The compound is odorless, colorless, and soluble and leaches into a plastic container’s contents when the container constantly undergoes heat exposure.
According to one government advisory notice, newborn and infant exposure to BPA increases the risk of the abnormal nervous system, thyroid function, and brain development. Therefore, the boiling sterilization method is only 100% safe while using BPA-free baby bottles, breast pump parts, and toys.
On the other hand, while approved by health services, bleach, and cold-water sterilization methods use chemicals as their active ingredients. Therefore, they require intense rinsing to rid them of any chemical residue.
Moreover, repeatedly purchasing tablets for cold sterilization is expensive. Therefore, a dedicated sterilization appliance like the Papablic sterilizer is the most effective way to protect your baby from harmful microorganisms without raising exposure to harmful chemical substances.
Papablic Sterilizer Overview
Dedicated sterilizers utilize steam or UV technology to kill microorganisms. Below is an overview of each technology.
The Steam Sterilizer is a dedicated bottle sterilizer appliance that uses saturated steam generated from high pressure to kill harmful microorganisms on the bottle’s surface. According to the CDC’s guidelines on steam sterilization, steam sterilizers destroy harmful pathogens by utilizing the thermal energy from the steam to coagulate and denature the pathogen’s structural proteins and enzymes. Essentially, the coagulation and denaturation cause irreversible cell damage, causing the microorganism’s death.
The Papablic sterilizer uses the stealing and drying technology and has the following advantages:
- It is a non-toxic/ chemical-free sterilization device, giving a piece of mind while saving you time on intensive rinsing
- It destroys up to 99.9% of germs and other microorganisms on the sterilized items
- It is less labor-intensive because it features the sterilization and drying function, saving time on the entire process.
- The appliance’s drying function helps avoid transmitting germs onto the sterilized baby items via drying apparatus like kitchen towels.
UV Sterilization Appliances
UV sterilizers feature mirrors that focus UV rays on the baby bottles and appliances being sterilized to kill pathogens. Moreover, they feature a drying function and utilize hot air to dry the sterilized items.
However, unlike the steam jets in a steam sterilizer dryer like the Papablic sterilizer, UV rays may not get to every crevice of the baby item requiring sterilization.
How To Use A Papablic Sterilizer Dryer
A Papablic Sterilizer is an easy-use device, and you can use it as follows to sterilize your baby’s items.
- First, fill the device’s heating plate with 100 ml of distilled water to generate steam; distilled water prevents plaque build-up.
- Second, place the items requiring sterilization into the appliance’s tall basket and accessory tray. The tall basket has six prongs to hold six bottles, and the accessory tray is removable, allowing you only to clean what you need.
- Third, turn the control dial to the desired setting (sterilize and dry or sterilize and extra-dry) and wait as directed.
The items should remain sterilized for up to 12 hours if left in the Papablic sterilizer. Also, the Papablic sterilizer includes a non-transferable lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.
The Papalic baby bottle and accessory sterilizer dryer provide a safe, convenient, and 99.9% effective way to keep your newborn or infant safe from germs. Therefore, it is a worthwhile investment for your baby’s health and well-being.