I have been known to be a little bit of a worrier when it comes to what goes into my kids’ bodies. So when I heard that plastic baby bottles may pose a risk for my newborn, I wanted to learn more.
The issue is with BPA (bisphenal A) which is a chemical used in most plastic bottles, food and beverage cans. If you do enough research on line, you will find that some believe BPA is released when bottles are heated. Some researchers are concerned that BPA may be linked to childhood obesity and earlier sexual development in girls.
Although there is no conclusive evidence that BPA is harmful and no baby bottles have been recalled, I went ahead and purchased Born Free bottles which are made without BPA. And I have to say that I love them. I used Avent bottles when my 3-year-old was a baby. And they were great, except for the leaking (which of course always seemed to happen in the middle of the night, or when my husband was feeding her). Born Free nipples are similar to Avent, so my 5-month-old didn’t skip a beat when I switched on her. The bottles are easier to hold and have a special inner valve that prevents leaking and an air vent that is supposed to help reduce colic and inner ear infections. I even tried out my Avent nipples with the Born Free bottles, and they fit. So I am hoping that I won’t have to buy additional Born Free 3- and 4-sized nipples.
The downside is that these bottles are very expensive, $19.99 for two 9-ounce bottles on amazon.com. And I had to order medium flow nipples, 2 for 9.99. I’m pretty sure you can find these at Babies R Us too. I highly recommend them if you want or need to invest in new bottles, but I couldn’t stomach replacing my entire drawer of baby bottles, so I just added these into the mix.
What eco-friendly bottles do you use?