Safe Baby Bottles

Updated on March 16, 2008
R.C. asks from Saint Paul, MN
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Hi- I was trying to read the responses to BPA in baby bottles, but that post was removed (not sure why). I have heard about plastic bottles releasing toxic chemicals at high heat- is that BPA? There is a lot of conflicting information out there so if anyone is any kind of authority on this please respond. Is there a safe/natural bottle available and is any manufacturer producing BPA free bottles? Has anyone used glass bottles?

Thanks in advance for any info.

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answers from Madison on

Hi R. :)

Definitely check out! They have bottles as well as other feeding gear for babies which are all chemical free and safe. I have ordered many things from that website and my orders always arrive quickly and in great condition :)



answers from Minneapolis on

Medela bottles are all BPA free, as well as Born Free. However, the Medela bottles only hold 5 oz and the Born Free bottles are pretty pricey so I decided to use Evenflo glass bottles and really like them. I found them on for a good price.

I figure it's better to be safe than sorry! I think that they're not even allowed to sell any baby bottles containing BPA in California.



answers from Minneapolis on

I am trained as a biochemist and have been following this research for about six years. The information is just now hitting public resources. The research is VERY mixed. One study will show one thing and the next will show the opposite. BPA is the building block of polycarbonate plastics. It has a structure similar to estrogen. I would not call it toxic; however, the most concerning conclusions from things I've read indicate that it could increase chances for infertility later on. Any non-polycarbonate bottle is fine - glass or the cheaper plastic ones (ones that you can squeeze with your hands). Polycarbonate is the hard plastic like in Avent bottles or the popular Nalgene bottles adults use. It's not really a risk for adults (at least not that I have seen), but the concern is in developing children. I have a six month old and am debating these issues myself because 90%+ of the bottles on the market are polycarbonate including all the wider ones with bigger nipples. I'm thinking of trying to wean her directly onto a sippy, but I'm not sure that will work. I used Avent with my older two. I don't think this is an issue to panic about, but it is concerning, and there's not really a need for polycarbonate to be used in baby bottles.



answers from Minneapolis on

Thank you! I asked the first question and then 5 minutes later I recieved and email saying my post had been deleted... I'm not sure why. Anyways here's my first post and an additional web address I got. What bottles out there are safe for our babies?? It tells us the bad ones...

Here's is the email I got from my SIL...
Baby Bottle Study Spurs State Legislation
> A new study finds that the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) leaches from
> plastic baby bottles as they age. BPA is a hormone disrupting chemical
> that is commonly found it baby bottles and sippy cups. The majority of
> baby bottles on the market are made with BPA, which is linked to obesity,
> diabetes, thyroid disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer and other
> illnesses - even at low doses. The good news is safer products exist and
> are already on the market today.
> There are currently no safety standards regulating BPA in the U.S. In
> Minnesota, IATP and the Healthy Legacy coalition are working to pass
> legislation to require a phase out of BPA and phthalates (another
> hormone-disrupting chemical) from products geared toward children ages
> three and under.



answers from Minneapolis on

Hi there,
I had been using the Avent bottles since my little one was born, and I loved them! I was always washing them on the top rack of my dishwasher, b/c the instructions from Avent clearly say "top dishwasher rack safe". I also was heating them up with my bottle warmer. So, I was horrified to see the recent reports on BPA. There's nothing I can do about my past use, but I have switched to the EvenFlo glass bottles. EvenFlo also makes BPA free plastic bottles and both are readily available at Babies R Us, and they're cheap! I think 3 for 6.99 or something close to that. The bottles come w/ latex nipples, but my little guy prefers the silicone, and they are available at both Target and BAbies R Us. They're also cheap. The only think that I don't like about the glass bottles is that the top is much narrower, which makes preparing an 8 oz bottle a little difficult. But, overall, I really do like the glass bottles a lot.

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