When it comes to feeding our children, plastic is everywhere. It’s durable, lightweight, easy to clean and can be thrown out when worn. But are they safe?
According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, certain types of plastic bottles contain bisphenol A (BPA), a dangerous toxin that’s linked to a myriad of health conditions. It plays a role in endocrine disruption (including early puberty), diabetes, obesity, hyperactivity, and even cancer.
BPA is found in most hard (polycarbonate) plastics. It leaches out of the plastic slowly over time. While BPA doesn’t pose a huge risk to adults, it can affect the still-developing systems of our little ones by contaminating your child’s milk or formula. While it’s true that you can’t entirely eliminate BPA from your child’s environment, you can reduce it wherever possible.
Phthalates are another concern. Phthalates are “plasticizers” that are used to make plastics flexible during manufacturing. They make it so we can mold plastics into any shape without losing their durability. Like BPA, phthalates causes endocrine (hormone) disruption and are carcinogenic to animals (like us).
While these are the most common toxins in baby bottles, they certainly aren’t the only ones. Even bottles marked BPA-free can be unsafe. Plastic safety studies show that most plastics, from food wrappers to sippy cups, can release harmful chemicals that disrupt a baby’s developing system.
Does your baby’s bottle contain hormone disrupting chemicals?
BPA was banned by the FDA in 2012, however the real question is “does my baby’s plastic bottle contain hormone disrupting chemicals?” There is scary new evidence surfacing on BPA free plastics. Many scientists suggest the BPA replacements share the same potentially harmful qualities as BPA.
How can you limit your baby’s exposure?
Your best solution is to skip plastic all together. This is especially important for products that your baby will put near his or her mouth; fill with something that will be ingested, or products that will spend a lot of time in contact with your baby’s skin. If you use a plastic bottle, never put it in the microwave or dishwasher, as this breaks down the plastic and triggers the chemicals to seep more easily.
Opt for glass baby bottles so the plastic never touches your baby’s milk or formula. We developed the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottle to protect children from this dangerous toxin. The glass insert on the inside keeps your child’s milk free of harmful chemicals and the recyclable translucent plastic sleeve guards against breakage. The ability to buy additional glass inserts ads convenience and affordability and reduces the carbon footprint in the environment because you use less plastic. Now that’s eco-friendly!
Mom Christine Barlow is the inventor of 5 Phases eco-friendly and non-toxic baby bottles, the safest and healthiest way to bottle feed your baby. Her inspiration in creating an alternative to traditional feeding bottles came after the birth of her 1lb 7oz micro-preemie baby. Having a compromised child, she became aware how environmental factors were affecting our children. With all the concerns of plastics and infants being the most vulnerable, she felt there was a need for more options for parents who wanted to use glass. She knew she had to act – and the 5 Phases Hybrid Glass Baby Bottles were born.
5 Phases is dedicated to helping families achieve a healthier and organic lifestyle. Starting with baby, they develop products keeping both the environment and health of your family in mind. And when it comes to your baby nothing else will do – Christine knows, she’s a mom too!
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