Glass Baby Bottles:
Keeping Your Baby Clear of Chemicals
Choosing to use glass baby bottles rather than plastic has quickly become en vogue. Not only does going glass help
you go green, a recent study in 2007 has shown it may protect your baby from diseases later on in life.
The study (performed by the Environment California Research Policy Center) found that several of the most popular
baby bottles (Avent, Dr. Brown's, Evenflo, Gerber, and Playtex) all leached Bisphenol A from the plastic into
the liquid inside.
Bisphenol A is considered a developmental, neural, and reproductive toxicant.
Side Note: If you want to see the study yourself,
you can view the entire 37-page study here.
It is a pdf document, so you'll need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader
(which is free) installed on your computer before viewing.
Top Glass Bottle Brands
WeeGo Glass Bottles
The WeeGo glass bottle
has a sleeve that prevents the glass from breaking when bumped around in the diaper bag (can
you even imagine that nightmare?) The sleeve is 100% nontoxic and can be washed while attached to the bottle
in the dishwasher with no fear of leaching.
The bottle sleeve design of WeeGo also provides an easy gripping-surface for your baby to use. (Those
glass bottles can be heavy and unwieldy for little palms to hold!)
Born Free Glass Bottles
The extremely popular Born Free Bottles are also availble in glass.
Unlike most bottles, these bottles fit nipples that have 5 flow
rates (as opposed to 4) that will satisfy babies as old as 18 months. A unique "Born Free Valve" helps make sucking easier than with conventional
nipples, helping to reduce colic and prevent ear infections.
These bottles were rated excellent by EiR visitor Mel. See her review here.
Dr. Brown's Glass Baby Bottles
Dr. Brown's glass bottles
feature the patented Dr. Brown's design that has been proven to help reduce fussing in colicky infants. The internal straw-like
vent system eliminates air bubbles via a vacuum system. This allows positive-pressure feeding with no air (like in breastfeeding).
The bottles won the American Baby Best of the Year (AMBY) award for 2004 (when originally introduced), and was a Gold Winner in the 2000 Medical Designs Excellence Awards (MDEA)
Evenflo Classic Clear Glass Nurser
If your infant seems to do best with the Evenflo family of bottles, they have recently introduce a new series of affordable glass baby bottles.
Evenflo also offers bottles with the custom Silikids silicone sleeve that offers a strong gripping surface, protects the glass, and is even transparent
so you can see the liquid measured inside. These are wonderfully practical bottles I highly recommend for any going-green mom.
The Downsides of Choosing a Glass Bottle
- Even the hardiest of glass can break! (and of course Murphy's Law dictates it would break in your diaper bag on a long flight.)
- Glass is heavier, so harder for baby to lift.
- Glass will cool faster than a plastic, making it difficult to maintain a steady temperature.
- Glass bottles are more expensive.
- You can put them in the dishwasher, but you'll still have to wash the nipples and lids by hand.
Safe Alternatives to Glass Bottles
If you're just a little wary of breakable glass, you still have some healthy BPA-free options.
First, you could choose to hand-wash all the nipples and use inserts to hold the liquid. Avent makes
a superb insert-bottle called the Tempo Natural Feeding Nurser
that may be worth the try. Of course, that means you'll have to purchase the inserts!
Second, you could purchase plastic bottles free of BPA chemicals. See reviews of these bottles in this article.
Whether you are going green, or simply going nostalgic, using glass baby bottles to feed your baby can be the answer you're
Avoid the leaking of hazardous chemicals into your baby's milk, formula, or juice: keep plenty of glass baby bottles on hand.
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