When it comes to your baby’s basic need to eat, you want to be certain they are not eating or drinking contaminated food. There is a lot of press recently about the dangers of the plastic bottles containing Bisphenol-A (BPA) leaching hormone disrupters into bottle contents. These hormone disrupters would have the greatest impact on people with developing endocrine systems, namely: newborns, toddlers, and pregnant women. Here are some rules of thumb to follow:

Choose glass baby bottles and storage devices for your baby’s food.

  • Plastic baby bottles containing number 7 polycarbonate can contain the problematic Bispehnol-A (BPA).
  • Plastic containers made up of number 3 PVC have been shown to cause liver and reproductive problems in laboratory animals.
  • Avoid storing any of baby or mother’s food in polyethylene bags because they have also been shown to contaminate their contents with toxic chemicalsChoose clear silicone bottle nipples for your baby.
  • Avoid nipples made of number 3 PVC plastic because these have also been shown to cause liver and reproductive problems in lab animals due to the phthalates and adipates they leach
  • Avoid nipples made of rubber because they usually contain low levels of nitrosamines which have been linked with cancer in laboratory animals.
  • Silicone nipples tend to last longer than both plastic and rubber nipples.If choosing formula, be careful of BPA exposure in packaging
  • Most of the formula companies use BPA-based lining on the metal portions of their liquid formula cans and the packaging of powdered formulaWhile glass is not a practical option for sippy cups, choose stainless steel with BPA free plastics