“I am so glad to see all the attention that this topic is getting lately! I have been reading about this for the past year and it hasn’t seemed to catch on to the masses until the last couple of months. Of course, I had used the Dr. Brown bottles, not knowing about the BPA issues. Once I became aware, I switched to the Born Free bottles. The bottles were great but we had issues with leaking with the Born Free sippy cups. We had similar issues with the Avent Magic cups, which are also BPA free (and affordable). So our new favorites are the Klean Kanteen and the Sigg cups. The Klean Kanteen are steel containers that actually use Avent sippy spouts. My boys LOVE them. I ordered them fromAmazon.com and you can also find them at Great Outdoor Provisions and REI, as well as www.kleankanteen.com.
For more ideas check out,Laptop lunch– These are great for eliminating waste and come in cute colors. The kids will love them because it fits together like a puzzle. Wrap N Mat is a great alternative to plastic baggies. Did you know that over 20,000,000 baggies are thrown away each day? The mats are lead free and some are made in the US. Again, remember that every little bit helps to make this earth a better place for our children and their children!!”
These posts have been very helpful. I’d be interested in some future posts about other potential health hazards to our kids..particularly in the way of food products (conventional vs. organic), use of microwaves, and other things about which I am sure I am unaware.
thanks for the followup! dumb question…so BPA is a chemical that is released that can be harmful when the bottle/cup is heated (in a micro or dishwasher). So that chemical hangs around and gets into what they are drinking? thanks again!
We use the SIGGS (even my 12 month old likes the sport top) and the laptop lunch box- we love them both! Great info
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I have a question about BPA free dishes. Is it okay to use things like correll that aren’t supposed to break easily for kids? They aren’t plastic right? Educate me!
I’ve gone back to this post since so much about BPA free bottles has been in the news…I bought a Foogo sippy cup but then realized that the top is still plastic. How do I know it is BPA free? NOTHING on the packaging indicates that.
Googlo Foogo and should bring you to http://www.thermos.comYou will find the following info. It says all products are BPA free.The vacuum-insulated stainless steel interior and exterior is non-reactive to all food and beverages•The soft drinking spout is made from “food contact safe” Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)•The valve plate and lid are made from polypropylene (PP#5)•All materials are FDA approved•All plastics used for Thermos Foogo products are BPA free
In response to the comment regarding Correll, it appears to be safe from what I have researched but if in doubt I always contact the company. Hopefully, you will find someone knowledgeable about the product and will answer your questions. I recently contacted Williams Sonoma about a product and they were unable to tell me if it was BPA free. Good luck. There are several new bamboo plates out there now that you may want to try!
I just wanted to add my comments here since I used this blog piece to find BPA free sippys for my twins and went with the Foogo to start. Let me just say, though I love the design they leak everywhere!! So now I’ll be trying another suggested brand listed here. Also, I stopped in Great Outdoor to try to find the Kleen Kanteen sippys & they do not carry them, just the larger thermos. Thank you so much for this info, I can’t tell you how valuable it is in my decision making process!