The Boob is of course the best, most-affordable, most-convenient, least toxic bottle around. However, the boob doesn't go everywhere the baby does and as much as we'd like to be there at every moment, sometimes Mom has other things to do or Dad simply wants to bond with the child. This is when a bottle comes in handy.
I hate to create yet ANOTHER thing for the new mom to think about, worry about and research, but it's important that we think about this issue, at least for a day or so, before purchasing your baby bottles.
Studies show that plastic, especially when warmed, can leak toxic chemicals into your food or drink. According to National Geographic's Green Guide, "Plastic plus hot plus fat is the worst combination. That's because most chemicals that leach from plastic are lipophilic (they love fat) and temperature speeds up the leaching process into the fat."
BPA specifically, have been linked to obesity, diabetes in children and even cancers and abnormal sexual development in animals.
Even microwave safe plastics do this. That term only refers to its ability to not melt or crack when microwaved. Unfortunately, despite the studies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate these labels and has not developed any standards for them.
As with enviromentally-friendly cloth diapers, our parents used glass bottles to feed us. But as soon as plastic became more available, they phased themselves out. Luckily glass bottles are gaining popularity again and they are more accessible, available through many retailers and made by large baby manufacturing companies like Evenflo, Avent and Dr. Brown's.
I personally personally like the ideas of glass bottles when feeding the newborn. That would be ideal in a perfect world, but once the newborns get old and learn to throw things, the glass bottles are a waste of money and a danger. My son had two awesome glass bottles and he's broken both of them.
We LOVE our green to grow bottles. They are expensive, but last such a long time and you can swap out the nipples as the baby grows and his food needs change. Ask for them on your registry, that way you won't have to think about the price. They make a wonderful gift. Thanks Solange, for ours :)
One thing I do recommend though is that you stick to the same brand/bottle type. For example, if you buy the Born Free baby bottles, try and buy only those, otherwise it gets a little difficult to remember which tops and nipples go with what. I'm always looking for ways to try and make life easier on myself - so I thought I'd pass on that tip.
Also, one thing that I do not like about the Born Free bottles is that they require these ventillation stoppers which are a MAJOR pain.
To learn even more on this issue watch the ABC News video:"Parents Concerned Over Potentially Toxic Baby Bottles"
Check out the National Geographic Green Guide for a list of the "safest" bottles on the market