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Baby food hygiene

Baby food hygiene


Your baby’s immature digestive system is particularly vulnerable to bacteria, so it’s important to keep germs out of the kitchen when you’re preparing weaning food.

 

Tips

-Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food for your baby.

-Keep a separate chopping board for preparing meat to avoid contaminating non-meat foods.
-Wipe surfaces before and after cooking, using an antibacterial cleaner.
-Ensure that the food you prepare for your baby is within its use by or best before date.
-Check that meat and eggs are cooked thoroughly before giving them to your baby.
-Wash tea towels and dishcloths frequently, and don’t use the cloth or sponge you use for washing up to wipe spills from the floor.

Sterilising

If you're cooking or serving food that doesn't contain breast milk  or formula milk, then there's no need to sterilise the utensils or equipment. But make sure that everything is washed thoroughly with hot, soapy water, and either left to air dry or dried with a clean tea towel or kitchen paper.
Any equipment or bowls and spoons that have been in contact with breast or formula milk do need sterilising.
 
Feeding bottles, teats and breast pump components should also be sterilised until your baby is 12 months old.