Plastic Baby Bottles – What You Should Know

Research has shown that babies may be drinking MILLIONS of microplastic particles a day! – 16 million plastic bits/1L. A study also found that infant poop contained 10X more microplastics than adults!


1. What are Microplastics?

Microplastics are tiny pieces of plastic that break off from a larger plastic as it degrades over time. Although the long-term consequences of ingesting these miniscule plastics are still unknown, there are harmful chemicals found in plastic that can leach into baby’s liquid when drinking from a plastic bottle or plastic sippy cup.

2. Plastic is Toxic for Baby

BPA (Bisphenol A) found in plastic has been banned in many countries due to its toxic nature. Since 2011, BPA-free plastic baby bottles have come on the market, but are not necessarily a safer option. In fact, “The scary new evidence on BPA-free plastics” shows that BPA alternatives used in plastic are just as bad and should also be avoided. Meaning, all plastic baby bottles can be toxic (BPA-free or not).

3. Consider Alternatives

Glass and stainless steel are the most popular alternatives for plastic baby bottles because they do not leach harmful chemicals into milk or formula. A new favourite is silicone baby bottles that claim to be safe, even though they contain PPSU (Polyphenylsulfone) which is a polyether plastic.

These alternatives can be more expensive for some people, so here is how you can reduce baby’s exposure to microplastics and the possible chemicals in a plastic baby bottle:

No HIGH Temperatures

Heat can cause plastic to give off more chemicals and microplastics, so avoid high-temperature situations. Hand wash your plastic baby bottle instead of using the dishwasher and don’t overheat them in the microwave.

Store Milk Smartly

Minimise plastic exposure by pouring your milk or formula into the baby bottle just before feeding time. Rather store the liquid in glass containers in the fridge or freezer until you are ready.

Do Not Shake

Shaking can cause more microplastics to flake off into baby’s liquid. If you need to mix up some formula, rather use a glass or stainless steel container before transferring it to a plastic baby bottle.

4. Don’t Forget the Teat

The teat or nipple of a baby bottle is just as important as the type of bottle used, especially because baby’s mouth is in direct contact with it. The best non-toxic nipples are those made of pure natural rubber from the Hevea tree. Silicone teats are also a good alternative, but stay away from synthetic rubber (latex) which can contain a number of concerning additives.

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[EcoElla & Friends is a plastic-free baby company that is creating awareness about non-toxic and eco-friendly alternatives for baby, to support green living and ensure a better future for our little ones]
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