MAM dummies come in a variety of sizes, shapes and designs and we’ve rated them as the best dummies in our roundup. One of the main reasons why we rated them as the best is due to the ease of sterilising them.
As with sterilising MAM bottles, the brand’s dummies can also be sterilised using multiple methods. However, the method that we recommend to sterilise MAM dummies is to place them in the microwave as shown below.
How To Sterilise MAM Dummies In The Microwave
Sterilising MAM dummies in the microwave is the recommended method and it’s made far easier thanks to the brand’s carry box that the dummies are sold with. Therefore, to make use of the box for sterilisation, follow the below steps.
1. Wash The Dummies & Box
To begin to sterilise MAM dummies, you’ll want to first wash them. The best way of doing this is to fill up your sink with warm soapy water and allow them to soak for a few minutes. Afterwards, submerge your hands in the water and use your fingers to clean all the “nooks and crannies” of the dummy. As well as washing the dummies, you’ll also want to give the box a quick wash as this needs to be clean to be used for sterilisation.
2. Rinse The Dummies & Box With Tap Water
After washing the dummies and the box in warm soapy water, you’ll want to rinse them with tap water (as shown in the image). This is primarily because you don’t want any soap to be present during sterilisation.
It’s important to note that you may find that water is inside the dummy’s teat but this is to be expected.
It happens because the MAM dummy design has ventilation holes, which is where the water enters the teat. However, if you give the dummy a shake, it should clear the majority of water inside of the teat.
3. Fill The Box With Water
The next stage is to fill the carry box with 25ml of tap water, which is marked out on the box.
After you have measured out the water in the box, place the dummies in the box and shut the lid.
To make it easier to fill the box with such a small amount of water, run the tap so only a trickle of water comes out (as shown in the image). You must try to keep to the 25ml water level because too much or too little water may result in improper sterilisation of the dummies.
4. Place In The Microwave
Carefully carry the box over to your microwave and set the timer to 3 minutes. Alternatively, if you want to sterilise multiple MAM dummies, you can do so but you must increase the timer to the following times:
- 2 dummies in 1 box = 3 minutes
- 4 dummies in 2 boxes = 7 minutes
- 6 dummies in 3 boxes = 9 minutes
It’s important to note that we would recommend putting the dummy near the edge of the microwave’s turntable and not directly in the centre. This is to ensure that the microwave’s heat distributes evenly.
During the microwave cycle, if you notice that all the water has evaporated, stop the microwave as soon as possible. This is to avoid any damage occurring to the dummies or the box because they can melt from the heat.
5. Remove From The Microwave & Shake
After the microwave has finished, you’ll want to open the microwave’s door and allow them to cool for 5 minutes.
After the cooling period, use a kitchen towel to remove them from the microwave because the box will still be hot.
To ensure that any excess water and condensation are removed, we recommend giving them a shake over the sink (as shown in the image).
After the MAM dummies have been sterilised, they’ll remain sterile for up to 48 hours with the lid shut.
How To Sterilise MAM Dummies Without The Box
If you have lost or can’t find your MAM dummy box, you can still sterilise the dummies without it. The recommended methods as stated by MAM include:
- Boiling the dummy in hot water for 5 minutes
- Using a sterilising tablet or liquid (we sometimes put the dummies in the same sterile water solution (via Milton tablets) as the MAM bottles when travelling i.e. on holiday)
- Using a microwave steriliser container or vaporiser
Cleaning Before First Use
As you probably already know, you should thoroughly clean any dummy that you give your baby before its first use. With regards to MAM dummies, it’s recommended that you boil the dummy in hot water for up to 5 minutes.
Regardless of the MAM dummies that you buy, all MAM dummies can be sterilised using the methods discussed in this article. However, if you feel that you need further information, feel free to get in touch and we will try to help out where possible. Alternatively, you can contact the MAM brand directly for a response from the manufacturer.