Q&A: Which baby bottles are the safest?
I'm concerned about BPA and other plastics. What kinds of bottles should I buy?
You’re not alone in your concerns! Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that mimics the hormone estrogen, has been in commercial use since the 1950s and was found in everything from plastic eyewear to baby bottles. Concerns were raised when studies began to link BPA with developmental problems in young children, reproductive troubles in women, and other diseases.
The good news is the baby industry reacted quickly once these issues were brought to national attention. Stores such as Babies ‘R Us® and Target® banned the sale of bottles and infant cups containing BPA, and manufacturers followed suit, ridding their products of the chemical.
Now, finding BPA-free bottles is easy. We love that glass bottles have made a comeback and that they’re BPA-, phthalate-, and PVC-free. Lifefactory™ is a brand that introduced cute silicone sleeves for their glass bottles that prevent breakage and messy mishaps. They also make beverage bottles for mom and dad so the whole family can be color-coordinated and eco-friendly, all at the same time. We’re also fans of BornFree® bottles, a company that was in the forefront of changing the chemicals used in making bottles safe for Baby. And, last but not least, we love Green to Grow® bottles, whose cute designs and green philosophy makes for a happy and hip baby.
So while you’re right to be concerned about BPA and your baby, it’s easier than ever to find products free of harmful chemicals. We say, be sure to check the labels and you can check your concerns at the door.