You’ve probably heard of the chemical known as Bisphenol A, which lurks in various water bottles and beverage can liners and other products we regularly put in or near our food-holes. There doesn’t seem to be conclusive proof that this stuff is bad for us, but there’s certainly some worrying information out there.
To be honest, I haven’t spent a whole lot of time stressing over this issue because, I don’t know, I’ve got a finite amount of headspace to devote to the various subjects that freak me right the hell OUT. But I have started thinking about it lately, as I re-evaluated the bottles I’ve been using with my newborn. I used plastic bottles with Riley — I’d never even heard of BPA at that point — and I just figured I’d use the same ones with Dylan, but after warming a bottle for the fiftieth time the other day it occurred to me that I could make a fairly simple consumer choice to eliminate one more kid-related worry. Specifically, the nagging question of whether or not I was POISONING MY BABY with his bottle.
As I consider some of the plastics we use on a regular basis in our house, I’m thinking it wouldn’t hurt to upgrade to a safer alternative. Especially for the things we run through the dishwasher over and over, etc. Here are some of the kid-friendly, non-BPA products I’ve been looking at:
Dr. Brown’s Baby Bottles. I’ve been using these with Dylan and I think they’re great. There’s something kind of nice about the way a glass baby bottle feels, it somehow makes the experience of having half-digested milk horked down my shirt less unpleasant. Well, not really, but hey — glass bottles! Heat them all you want! Even the internal plastic vent system thingie is BPA free.
Sigg Kids Reusable Bottles. My friend recommends these aluminum, epoxy-coated bottles for toddlers and having seen them firsthand they do seem pretty cool. They look like the sort of hip water bottle most of my fellow Seattlelites carry everywhere they go, in case there’s a last-minute excursion to the top of Mt. Rainier or something. They’re lightweight, come in a plethora of designs, and have a leak-proof top.
Corelle Livingware. Corelle supposedly makes dinnerware that “can’t be broken or chipped”, made from three layers of glass laminated for strength. I bet if you throw it against the floor hard enough you could break it, but assuming your kid puts it through normal wear and tear, these are some pretty alternatives to standard plastic kidsware.
Those are just a few items that have caught my eye, there are some useful (and far more comprehensive) lists of BPA free kids’ products out there.
So tell me, has the controversy over Bisphenol A — or other environmental toxin concerns — motivated you to make any changes to items you give your kids?