You're very careful about what you feed your kids, but those bottles you're using to feed them with may not be that great for their health or the health of the planet. Plastic bottles can scratch with frequent use, thereby increasing the chances of chemical leaching and bacterial contamination. In addition, breast milk stored in plastic bottles may lose a large amount of its antibodies as well as a lot of its fat content. Freezing and warming plastic bottles also promotes leaching of phthalates and adipates (especially in bottles made from #3 plastic), which are linked to reproductive harm. This leaching of toxic chemicals also takes place in soil and groundwater when the bottles are disposed of in landfills. And even if your plastic baby bottles didn't pose any health risks for your children, they're still derived from petroleum, which is a nonrenewable resource.
Baby bottles made from tempered glass are the best option. The glass doesn't leach chemicals and it can be sanitized with boiling or by running it through the dishwasher. If you still prefer to use plastic bottles, look for nonleaching, easily recyclable varieties such as polyethylene #2, #4, of #5 (look for the recycling symbol on the bottom).
SAFER BABY BOTTLES FOR YOUR HUNGRY KIDS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
- ThinkBaby: Free of Bisphenol-A (BPA, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, PET, and other biologically and environmentally harmful chemicals, this eco-friendly bottle is made from recyclable, nonleaching materials. What makes the ThinkBaby an even greater choice for eco-conscious parents is the Sippy Cup Conversion Kit that enables the bottle to be used as a trainer cup when your children graduate to water and juice.
- Born Free Eco Classic: These baby bottles are made of a BPA-free, recyclable plastic called polyamide (PA), which doesn't leach like traditional baby bottles.
- Dr. Brown's: Dr. Brown's offers BPA-free borosilicate glass and BPA-free polypropylene bottles that are tested and quality controlled beyond government regulations. They contain no PVC, lead, or phthalates and feature an internal vent system that helps maintain vitamins and reduces colic, spit-up, and gas.
- Green to Grow: Free of phthalates, bisphenol A, PVC, and lead, these PES plastic bottles come in 100 percent recycled packaging. The Green to Grow company also works with the Bottles to Babies program that enables parents to donate their gently used baby bottles to new moms in need.