Safety of Baby Bottles

May 12, 2008 10:18:29 AM PDT
There's a new concern about the type of plastic used in many baby bottles... and how they could affect the health of a baby.First of all, what exactly is BPA?

BPA is a chemical component that helps make plastic items like baby bottles and water bottles hard and shatter-proof. It's also used to line products like canned food and soda cans. BPA acts as an environmental estrogen and can disrupt hormone functioning, especially in young children. It gets ingested because it can leach into liquid over a period of time - especially if you heat the item.

So how can a parent avoid BPA?

The first place to start is any product that holds food for your family or will go into your child's mouth. The easiest swap in your kitchen is to stop using so much disposable plastic for storing food and go back to the glass we all grew up with. As for canned foods, try and go for fresh or frozen instead. And for canned baby formula - powdered is considered a better choice than liquid because of the easier contamination.

The only way to truly tell is if the product is labeled "BPA-free" or to call the manufacturer's customer service and ask.

The easiest non-BPA bottles to spot are glass. Glass bottles have a breakage risk , but no BPA. Evenflo and Dr. Brown's make glass bottles. Dr. Brown's has a venting system which helps with surpressing colic.

What about plastic bottles? Are the cloudy ones BPA free?

Generally, right now, the BPA-free bottles are cloudier and less attractive looking, but companies are improving. Here was have some BPA-free bottles that you can find at local stores like Right Start, Target and of course, online.

There are new companies whose first products were BPA-free like Born Free and Green to Grow, but many of the old-school bottles we grew up with, that are easier to find and cheaper, are BPA-free as well. All of the softer Evenflo and Gerber bottles are BPA-free.

What about the bottles with the plastic liners like Avent and Playtex?

All of Avent's bottles have BPA, as well as almost all of Playtex's, including their Ventaire bottles. If you want to avoid BPA, you should avoid Avent and Playtex.

Should we be concerned about the pacifiers?

Some pacifiers have BPA and some don't and it's inconsistent even within the same company.

The ones that are BPA-free according to the manufacturers are:

What about toddler cups and plates?

Same as with pacifiers, it's a mixed bag. The good news is that toddlers are far less picky about the cup they'll drink from than babies and their bottles, so as long as it doesn't leak, a BPA-free sippy cup is good. I brought of few of my favorite BPA-free sippy cups.

Final Tip?

None of the major manufacturers' tableware or utensils currently have BPA in them, but I will still look for quality.

Try not to buy baby products at the Dollar Store. Buy $1 socks, but not $1 bottles.

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