A few decades ago, all baby bottles were made of glass. Unfortunately, glass is heavy, costly to produce and breakable. When manufacturing processes began favoring plastics, the glass baby bottle was basically forgotten.
The biggest downside to using certain types of plastics, especially for our children, is Bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that’s used in certain plastics as well as in a variety of consumer goods. It can seep from the containers into the substances inside, especially once heated.
Low levels of BPA have been linked to changes in the brain, endocrine (hormone) system, and reproductive systems. These changes may contribute to several different types of cancers, endometriosis, and early puberty. Obviously this is not something we want anywhere near the developing bodies of our children.
In fact, it’s recommended that we never store breast milk or formula in a plastic bottle. To avoid leeching, we should pour the milk into the bottle just before serving and throw out the excess.
Fortunately the FDA banned the use of BPA in the manufacturing of baby bottles in 2012. Problem solved, right? Unfortunately no. BPA-free products can still contain other Bisphenols of equal toxicity. In my opinion, it’s best to avoid plastic all together.
So that leaves us with glass. Glass baby bottles are sturdy and strong. Most importantly, they do not contain any of the harmful substances we want to keep out of our children’s bodies.
Glass is made without the use of petroleum, which means you can be sure you’ve purchased a truly eco-friendly product. It’s non-absorbent when heated, so it doesn’t draw out the nutrients from baby’s breast milk or formula. Glass is easy to use, clean and sanitize. It’s also recyclable.
All this means that glass is perfectly safe to drink from.
The biggest downside to glass is their breakability. It’s not uncommon for exhausted parents to drop a bottle in the middle of the night or for a child to toss their bottle across the room. Broken glass isn’t something you can leave until morning. Even our best cleaning efforts are bound to leave a little piece behind. It’s a scary thought when you consider how often kids find something on the ground and put it in their mouth!
Our one-of-a-kind Hybrid Glass Baby Bottle combines the best of both worlds. The glass insert ensures that your baby’s meal is protected from the dangerous plastic. The outer plastic sleeve (which never contacts your baby’s food) protects the glass insert from possible breaks and collects the contents of the glass if a break occurs. It’s a far safer alternative for glass bottle users.
Written by Christine Barlow, Inventor of 5 Phases Eco-Friendly Baby Bottle System
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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