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When I was pregnant with my twins, I didn’t expect that I would be bottle feeding them. I always thought I would nurse my babies and that it would be easy.
Boy was I wrong!
As it turns out, nursing TWO babies is really hard. Between tandem feeding and not having enough of a supply for two babies, it was just too much for me. So I decided to stick to bottle feeding.
As you can assume, twins + bottles = a crap load of washing bottles. Having twins means washing a crap load of just about everything.
Before I got into a good ‘routine’ with my twins, I was doing everything on a whim and that meant bottles were never clean when I really needed them.
By really needed them, I mean they’re both waking me up at 3 am screaming bloody murder because they’re starving and need food NOW.
After what seems like an eternity (but was just over a week) I threw a bottle routine into our lives and finally felt the tiniest bit of sanity.
Here is the Bottle Routine I use each and every day
Lets start off with what bottles I use.
I use Dr. Browns bottles for my twins. While my babies were in the NICU, Dr. Brown’s bottles are what the nurses used so I decided to just stick with those to limit problems once we went home.
I really enjoy using the bottles because they have never caused problems for my twins. They are made to limit infant air intake, which means less tummy problems (always a plus). The only downfall of the bottles is that each bottle takes five pieces to put together. But even though the bottles take a little longer to put together because of the pieces, I am always positive each part has been properly cleaned and there isn’t mold hiding anywhere.
Now how about how many bottles?
Just like anything else you’ll find with your babies, how much of something depends on how often you want to wash them. My twins eat about 8 times per day. So if I wanted to be able to just throw them in the dishwasher and never have to worry about them- I would need 32 bottles. 16 for one day, so I could wash the other set and switch back and forth.
I am sure there are mommas out there with that many bottles for their twins, but I don’t have that much storage space so I opted for 8 bottles that I wash twice per day. I wash once in the AM and once in the PM.
Okay now how I wash and store bottles!
From the beginning of the cycle- I just toss the bottles into the sink until it is time to wash. Like I said earlier, I wash my eight bottles twice a day.
Once I have ran out of bottles in the AM, I start by disassembling all of the bottles.
I should also say that before I start on bottles, I do whatever other dishes are in the sink with them.
I then run some hot water all over the sink to do a quick, far from perfect, rinse.
Next I plug the sink, squirt some Dawn dish soap over the bottles and fill the sink with hot water. Then I swirl a bottle brush around the bottle filled sink to get everything soapy.
At this point I let the bottles sit for five minutes or so. Longer if a baby wakes up or someone else needs my attention and I end up forgetting about them. This happens a lot.
Okay after the five(iiish) minutes, I drain the sink and using cool water, scrub any residue left, and rinse with cool water.
For drying, I separate the pieces into my DIY bottle storage rack.
I got the idea to use a shower head organizer from this post on Pinterest and I LOVE it. It fits all of my bottles disassembled great. I could fit twice as many bottles if I assembled them before storing them. But I love using it asa drying rack and storage rack.
How do you store your bottles? Leave a comment below of your innovative twin momma way of storing and washing your bottles.
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I use a plastic pocket shoe storage rack for my babies bottles. Dont I have to sterilize them? I am still EBF and havent started pumping yet (we have a 2 week old) so I’m still deciding on a bottle routine.
Good read, love the shower rack idea even though it doesnt work for us. 🙂
Oh that is a great idea also! Thank you for sharing!