So, what’s all the hype about using BPA free bottles and baby products? It seems like we’re constantly being bombarded with the latest and greatest baby product on the market or the latest health concern so how do you know what’s right? When it comes to my baby girl, I do my research and always take the position of “better safe than sorry…”
Especially when it comes to chemicals. Let me say first that I am a big breastfeeding advocate. However, sometimes mommy just needs a break so the bottle is a must! In choosing the best baby bottles, I am BPA free all the way. Discover Magazine published a really great, science-based article on BPA and plastic last year.
A lot of moms I’ve talked to seem to think this BPA Free push is just another fad to sell us more expensive products, but I truly believe that we’re harming our kids with all of the chemicals they’re exposed to. I try to minimize the number of chemicals Zoë is exposed to – no matter what the cost.
So, I endorse using BPA free bottles and baby products. Even though you can go with glass bottles and be sure you’re safe, a lot of people just aren’t comfortable giving their baby a glass bottle. I am a little clumsy myself, so using plastic just works better with my lifestyle.
The two most commonly recognized BPA free plastic baby bottles are Dr. Brown’s and BornFree. I prefer BornFree. Dr. Brown’s BPA free baby bottles have so many parts to keep track of, that it’s just not worth the time to me (although there are many moms that swear by them).
BornFree BPA free baby bottles have a venting system to help reduce gas and colic, but use fewer parts than Dr. Brown’s. Plus, they’re the only bottles my breastfed baby would drink out of (we tried the Medela bottles that came with my Medela Pump in Style since they are BPA free also, but she wouldn’t take them). BornFree has a great gift set with a variety of their bottles to try out.
Another plus? You can switch the BornFree bottle nipples out to trainer cup (sippy cup) tops so you’re saving money and space in our overflowing landfills.
But I’d like to hear what you think… Do you agree that BPA is a dangerous chemical our babies shouldn’t be exposed to? Or, do you think it’s just another fad they’re trying to scare us with?