With the possible hazards of several types of plastic making it onto the Today Show twice this week (see here and here), many Americans are probably thinking about how to get bad plastic out of their lives and the lives of their children.
Of course, one special concern for parents is baby bottles since the food babies eat might come into direct contact with them.
Fortunately, the IATP provides the following information in their publication on safer baby bottles.
Clear, shiny plastic baby bottles, unless the manufacturer says they’re not polycarbonate. This includes clear, plastic bottles made by Avent, Dr. Brown’s, Evenflo (clear), First Years, Gerber, Munchkin, Nuby, Playskool, Playtex Vent Aire and Second Nature.
Bottles made of glass or opaque less-shiny or pastel colored plastic (polyethylene, polypropylene or polyamide).
Safer Baby Bottles
• Adiri Natural Nurser (1-888-768-4459)
• BornFree (1-877-WWW-BORN)
• Evenflo glass, colored or opaque plastic bottles (1-800-356-BABY)
• Gerber colored or opaque plastic bottles ( 1-800-4-GERBER)
• Green to Grow (1-877-GRN2GRO)
• MAM/Sassy/Ultivent Baby Food Nurser Kit (1-616-243-0767)
• Medela (1-800-TELL-YOU)
• Mother’s Milkmate (1-800-499-3506)
• Playtex Nurser, Drop-ins
• Think Baby (1-877-446-1616)
• Wee Go Bottle
Glass baby bottles are made from thick, durable glass that is very shatter resistant. To be extra safe, you may want to invest in silicone sheaths that wrap around the glass to prevent breakage if dropped. Visit www.silikids.com. Also, you could try slipping a snug-fitting sock around the bottle or just use glass for infants and switch to safer plastic for older babies.
• Smart Plastics Guide
• Guide to Baby-Safe Bottles and Formula