As a new parent, you want to ensure that your baby's feeding utensils are clean and safe. One of the most popular options for feeding bowls is silicone suction plates. These bowls are durable, non-toxic, and easy to clean. But can they be steam sterilized? In this article, we'll explore the benefits of silicone suction plates, how to properly clean them, and whether or not they can be steam sterilized.
What Are Baby Silicone Plates?
Silicone suction plates are a popular choice for baby feeding utensils because they are made of food-grade silicone, which is safe for babies to use. These plates come in various colors, sizes, and designs, making them fun and attractive for babies to use during mealtimes.
Insert a small episode here. We often talk about food-grade silicone, so what exactly is food-grade silicone?
Food-grade silicone products are made of high-quality food-grade silicone raw materials and platinum catalyst system, and are manufactured by a unique extrusion process. They have excellent flexibility, kink resistance and deformation resistance, and have high tear strength. Compared with the silicone products of the traditional double-two-fourth vulcanization process, KEAN's silicone products have high transparency, odorless, non-toxic, high transparency, high temperature resistance, low temperature resistance, long life, and will not become hard, discolored, yellow, or yellow after long-term use. Frosting and other advantages. Food-grade silicone products have good physical and mechanical properties, high tear strength, and low adhesion to proteins. They can be used to transport various foods, beverages and various liquids, and are widely used in food-grade equipment and instruments in various industries.
Ordinary silica gel is a highly active adsorption material, which is an amorphous substance, and its chemical formula is mSiO2·nH2O. Insoluble in water and any solvent, non-toxic and tasteless, stable in chemical properties, and does not react with any substance except strong alkali and hydrofluoric acid. Various types of silica gel form different microporous structures due to their different manufacturing methods. The chemical composition and physical structure of silica gel determine that it has many characteristics that other similar materials cannot replace: high adsorption performance, good thermal stability, stable chemical properties, and high mechanical strength.
In terms of application fields, ordinary silicone materials are often used in some accessories in machinery, electronics, automobiles, and agricultural industries, while food-grade silicone products can achieve higher purity, environmental protection effects, and performance improvements in various aspects. Therefore, food-grade silicone products Silicone products are more powerful and have a better texture. At present, it is mainly used for silicone products, candy molds, food cake molds, household appliances (keyboard silicone keys), silicone ice trays, silicone pacifiers, silicone suction bowls, silicone shovels, silicone fresh-keeping covers, silicone gloves, silicone insulation pads, etc. wait.
From the point of view of cost, the cost and price of ordinary silicone products are relatively low, the product quality is medium, and there will be whitening phenomenon when stretching, and the tearing effect is common. High, no whitening phenomenon, the longer the service life, the wider the application field, the higher the purity of the raw material density, and the price is relatively expensive.
In terms of characteristics, hygienic and food-grade silica gel are non-toxic, odorless and colorless products with good texture and no harm to the human body. However, it is difficult for ordinary industrial silica gel products to achieve these effects. Ordinary industrial silica gel products are generally It has a pungent smell and is rough!
In terms of hand feeling, food-grade silicone has good toughness and elasticity, is not easy to deform due to external force, and feels relatively smooth, while industrial silicone products are easy to deform and feel relatively rough.
Benefits of Baby Silicone Plates
There are several benefits to using silicone suction plates for your baby. Firstly, they are durable and can withstand high temperatures. This means that they can be used in the dishwasher, microwave, and even freezer without any damage. Secondly, they are non-toxic and do not contain any harmful chemicals that could leach into your baby's food. Thirdly, they are flexible and easy to clean, which makes them perfect for busy parents who don't have a lot of time to spare.
How to Properly Clean Baby Silicone Plates
To ensure that your baby silicone plates remain clean and safe for use, it's important to follow these simple steps:
- Wash the plates in warm soapy water before first use.
- After each use, rinse the plate with warm water to remove any food residue.
- Use a soft sponge or cloth to gently scrub the plate.
- You can also use a mild detergent and warm water to clean the plate.
- Rinse the plate thoroughly with warm water after cleaning.
- Allow the plate to air dry before storing it away.
- Can Baby Silicone Bowls Be Steam Sterilized?
After following the above steps to clean and sanitize your baby silicone plates, you may wonder if you can also steam sterilize them. The answer is yes, you can steam sterilize baby silicone bowls, but only if they are labeled as "sterilizable."
To steam sterilize baby silicone bowls, follow these simple steps:
- Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the bowl entirely.
- Place the bowl in a steamer basket or on a heat-resistant surface.
- Heat the water until it reaches boiling point.
- Cover the pot and let it steam for about 10 minutes.
- Carefully remove the bowl from the steamer basket or surface.
- Allow the bowl to cool completely before using it again.
Baby silicone bowls are an excellent choice for feeding utensils because they are durable, non-toxic, and easy to clean. They can be washed in warm soapy water, and some can even be steam sterilized. By following the proper cleaning and sterilization methods, you can ensure that your baby's feeding utensils remain clean and safe for use.