Thursday, April 17, 2008

It is disturbing to me

I am very disturbed by recent reports concerning the estrogen like ingredient Bisphenol A (BPA). A preliminary report from the National Toxicology Program says this common ingredient may cause harm to fetuses, babies, and children. Animal Tests ( and oh yes I am just thrilled about animal testing) shows the chemical effected developing fetuses and babies. Additionally, they think this COMMON ingredient might be linked to early puberty,a decline in semen quality in males, prostate and breast cancer, attention deficit disorders and other neurological disorders. This sounds like something I want to give Eliza. Order me up some BPA stat!

Of course the plastics people are saying it is perfectly safe. Just like the cigarette companies said smoking was perfectly safe too. I swear that companies are only out for profit. Do I smell future lawsuits? As I always say Trust Nobody!

I was also happy to read that some states - NEW JERSEY!- might ban products made with BPA. Sounds good to me. It will force plastic companies to alter their practices.

Unfortunately, I am pretty sure the Avent bottles I have been using contain BPA. Now I guess I will start seeking out BPA free sippy cups. Check out Green and Clean Mom for a chance to win two of these BPA free sippy cups. This post includes a great review this mom did on several different BPA free sippy cups. How awesome is that? She did the work for us.

For some tips to help avoid BPA exposure check out this article from

Also- Check out this amazing cheat sheet of safe bottles and sippy cups from Safe Mama. Her latest post is a staright to the point fact sheet on BPA. It includes information on how to check recycling codes to see if a product contains BPA.

BPA Free Bottle Products
Adiri Natural Nursers
Avent “Via” disposable bottles
BornFree - All bottles and cups BPA free *see note
EvenFlo: Glass bottles, Classic Tinted Polypropylene bottles
Playtex Opaque Soft Bottle, Playtex Drop in liners
Gerber: Gerber Clearview, Fashion Tints (also called “Plastic Pastels”), Gerber GentleFlow
Medela: All bottles
Sassy MAM bottles (UltiVent), Baby Food Nurser Kit
Green to Grow Bottles **see note
Sassy Baby Food Nurser Kit
ThinkBaby Bottles
Momo Glass Bottles
Nuby: Standard Neck Non-Drip Bottle, Wide-Neck Non-Drip Bottle, Wide-Neck Bottle with Handles and Non-Drip Nipple, Standard Neck Bottle with Handles and Non-Drip Nipple, 3-Stage Wide Neck Easy Grip Feeding System with Non-Drip Nipple.
Nuture Pure Glass bottles
Babisil Silbottles
Weego Glass Bottles
Siliskin Glass Bottles
Dr Brown’s: Glass Bottles (all vent system pieces BPA Free), Dr. Browns Polypropylene bottles (due in store’s April 15th)
Parent’s Choice Bottles (available at Walmart) - box is marked BPA Free

BPA Free Sippy Cups
Avent Magic Cups
Playtex: Coolster Tumbler, Insulator, Einstein Training Cup, Sipster, Create My Own, Quick Straw, Insulator Sport, Sip and Discover, First Sipster
Gerber: Sip & Smile Spill-proof Cup, Easy Grip Insulated Soft Straw Cup, Insulated Cool Cup, Fun Grips Color Change Spill-proof Cup, Grins & Giggles Spill-proof Cup (source)
BornFree sippy/drinking cups
Kleen Kanteen
Thermos Foogo Sippy Cups, and drinking bottle with straw
SIGG Toddler Water Bottles
Kid Basix The Safe Sippy
Boon Sippy
GrowPure Multi-Stage Feeder and Sippy Cup
iPlay Aqua Bottle
ThinkBaby Training Cup
Sassy Snack Time Infa-Trainer Cup
Munchkin: Cupsicle, Cupsicle Straw Cup, Big Kid Sippy Cup, Mighty Grip Flip Straw Cup, Mighty Grip Trainer Cup, licensed character Sports Bottles, Re-usable Straw Cups, Re-usable Spill-proof Cups
Nuby: No-Spill Sports Sipper, Insulated Soft Silicone Spout Cup, Soft Spout Easy Grip Cup, Gripper Cup with Soft Silicone Spout, 2-Handle Cup, Tinted Mega Sipper
The First Years: Take & Toss, Spill-proof Cup, Insulated Cup, Licensed character sippy cups, Insulated Spill-proof Cup, 2 Handled Cups

BPA Free Milk/Liquid Storage
Avent Via 8-oz. Nurser Kit
Avent Snack Cup / Formula Dispenser
Mother’s Milkmate Storage bottles
Medela Milk Storage bottles and breastpump accessories
Playtex Breastmilk storage kit
Lansinoh® Breastmilk Storage Bags
Lansinoh® Breastmilk Storage Bottles
Gerber Breastmilk Storage Bags
Dr. Brown’s Breastmilk Storage Bags
The First Years” Easy Pour Breastmilk Storage bags
BPA Free Baby Food / Food Storage
So Easy Fresh Baby Food Kit
Baby Cubes baby food storage system
Laptop Lunch System

*If you are currently using Dr. Browns polycarbonate bottles and would like to switch, the Dr. brown’s venting system (the internal pieces) are BPA Free and are made of polypropylene plastic. Also, they FIT and work with BornFree bottles which could be a little bit of a money saver.

** Safe Mama reader Melissa wrote in to let me know that Dr Browns bottle nipples fit with Green to Grow bottles. As we know once a baby is comfy with something it’s sometimes a pain to change so it’s good to know we don’t have to change everything if we don’t have to. Alicia of The Soft Landing did a more exhaustive report on what nipples fit what bottles. Read about it on her blog here.

Please reference Z Recommends for a detailed report on many of the above products. They have gone beyond to call, write and test all these products and have extensive information. I credit a large portion of this cheat sheet, to date, to them. I have fully appreciated their research and provide this cheat sheet as a quick reference for BPA free products for shopping purposes. Please visit their most recent BPA Report for complete details.


hannah said...

Hi...I found your blog through the growing green kiddos least that's what i think, it's hard to remember the chain! Anyhow...I've been using the Gerber GentleFlow and really like them. The Avent rings and nipples also fit, so if you have to make a switch you don't have to waste everything. Also the Gerber are much cheaper...I find them at the grocery store for about $6 for 3!

H.E.Eigler said...

Yes, BPA = BAD! Check out, they have lots of BPA free stuff.

I've been using thermobaby glass bottles and LOVE the variable flow nipples....they never leak!!

Andrea said...

I know! It's disturbing to me too...we also had Avent bottles...but they are gone now. Currently I'm using Nuby sippy cups which are bpa free and we love them. :) I wish they'd just ban the BPA stuff'd make life a lot easier!

Mommy Mechanics said...

Nice post, im glad this was brought to my attention because I really didn't know much about it and thank goodness we're not using any BPA bottles, but I will spread the word to friends that are. Thanks