Let’s talk about something you may not have realized you should be doing: Cleaning your sippy cup drying rack! The place where you let your baby or toddler’s cups, sippy cups, reusable pouches, and bottles dry everyday can quickly build up mold, food bits, and other nasty stuff…so while it may look clean from the outside, it might be totally gross on the inside! This is a simple thing you can do regularly to keep your toddler healthy.
While it likely doesn’t harbor as many germs as a kitchen sponge or towel, it’s still likely accumulating the ickies. If you have one that’s dishwasher safe, put it through a cycle at least once a month. If you need to hand wash it, remember to do it often enough that you’re not entirely disgusted when you do it. (For me this is every two weeks if I can remember.) I’m not sure why this particular kitchen item is so difficult to remember to tend to, but I promise that you will feel so much better once you know this is clean!
Also: Whenever possible, make sure to wash your hands before handling their cups. And keep your phone out of the kitchen during meal prep and clean up since the surface of the phone likely has all sorts of germs on it that can transfer to the kids cups. I know that it’s not 100% possible to keep your toddler healthy, especially not with daycare/playdate/toddler germs in and out of the house, but at least these are simple steps you can do to improve the situation.
Because what’s the point of sanitizing all of those bottles and keeping the sippy cups clean if they are going to sit on a yucky surface?
P.S. This is probably also a good time to replace your bottle brush if you haven’t recently!