The great debate of purchasing baby bottles can be a bit confusing as you pick out bottles for your newborn. Many years ago, the only baby bottles available for purchases were glass bottles. However, glass obviously has its downside. Glass bottles are quite breakable and are rather heavy. When dealing with a child, these two can make for a disastrous combination. When the plastic alternative came on the market, it gained popularity rather quickly, but plastic bottles are now being called into question when it comes to how healthy this option is.
Plastic or Glass
The debate today really focuses on whether or not it is healthy and safe to use plastic bottles with babies. Reports have linked plastic baby bottles to harmful changes for babies that are still developing. Many parents today are returning to glass bottles in lieu of the potential dangers that plastic bottles pose.
Glass has its obvious negatives. When handling the bottle with the baby, it is pretty easy to drop one on the floor and end up spending the night cleaning glass from the floor. However, glass bottles are sturdy enough and don’t contain the same kind of chemicals that plastic has been known to have.
While plastic bottles are lighter, stronger and unbreakable, they have been known to contain certain questionable chemicals. The FDA banned using Bisphenol A in manufacturing Sippy cups and baby bottles. The chemical inside polycarbonate plastic has a link to certain cancers, changes within the reproductive and brain system as well as early puberty. Nowadays, however, all baby Sippy cups and bottles are free of BPA.
Best Practices for Plastic
While the FDA has banned BPA, some parents are still concerned about whether or not it is safe to feed with plastic bottles. Before 2009, it was common to use BPA in hard plastics. The ban by the FDA was ultimately caused by the realization that chemicals leak out of these plastics when they are constantly reheated or cleaned inside the dishwasher.
While BPA has been banned in products for babies and newborns, it hasn’t actually been proven as unsafe. There really isn’t a clear answer on whether or not plastic is dangerous. If you choose to use plastic bottles, there are a few ways to best use them.
First, when cleaning these bottles, avoid using excessively hot water. Additionally, if you need to heat up the formula, try to do so in a glass container and then poor the formula into the plastic bottle. Many people that are concerned about chemicals leaking into these bottles do so because microwaving plastic is often an unsafe practice. Also, when using plastic bottles, try to store them in a place that is not overly exposed to sunlight. Any excessive heat is really not beneficial for plastic products and this should be considered as you prepare your baby’s food.