Glass infant bottles were once the only option for parents. Glass, on the other hand, was both heavy and easily broken. As a result, when lighter, shatter-proof plastic bottles became available, the glass bottle became nearly obsolete.
Recent findings that a form of plastic used in baby bottles may induce possibly dangerous alterations in developing newborns have parents thinking if the old-fashioned glass wasn’t such a horrible idea after all. Hybrids that combine the best of both worlds are now accessible.
Here’s some background on infant bottles, as well as some suggestions for selecting and using bottles safely and successfully.
Concerns About Baby Bottles
The issue with glass bottles is self-evident: drop one on the floor during a late-night feeding, and you’ll have a room full of shattered glass to clean up. Glass is also bulky and weighty. Glass bottles, on the other hand, are strong and don’t contain any chemicals that could contaminate the baby’s formula.
Baby bottle Malaysia made of plastic is light, sturdy, and unbreakable. Bisphenol A was banned in the manufacture of infant bottles and sippy cups by the FDA in 2012. Certain malignancies, alterations in the brain and reproductive system, and early puberty have all been linked to the chemical in polycarbonate plastic. In the United States, all baby bottles and sippy cups are now BPA-free.
The FDA backed a food additive amendment in 2013 that prohibited the use of bisphenol A-based epoxy resins in the lining of formula cans. As manufacturers had already stopped using BPA in certain products, the decision was largely welcomed.
Hybrid bottles, which have a glass liner inside to prevent chemicals from getting into touch with the baby’s formula and plastic outside to keep them from shattering, have lately become available.
Choosing a Bottle for Your Infant
Plastic, plastic with disposable liners, plastic with glass liners, and all-glass bottles is the four basic varieties of baby bottles.
Because of the BPA prohibition, you can shop for new plastic baby bottles with confidence, knowing they are devoid of potentially hazardous chemicals. Check the recycling symbol on the bottom of old plastic bottles, such as those handed to you by family members. The symbol #7, or the label PC (polycarbonate), indicates that the bottle contains BPA. #5 bottles are made of polypropylene, while bottles with the symbols #1, #2, or #4 are made of polyethene. Because neither type of bottle contains BPA, both can be used safely.
BPA-free disposable bottle liners are also standard (look for the words “BPA-free” on the label). They are, however, more expensive than bottles alone because they must be changed after each meal.
Some plastic bottles contain a glass lining on the inside to keep toxins out of the baby’s formula, while the plastic on the outside safeguards them from shattering.
If you’re interested in trying glass bottles but are worried about them breaking, some firms provide silicone sleeves that fit over the bottle and protect it.
Taking Care of Your Baby’s Bottle
Here are some pointers on how to take care of your child’s baby bottle:
- Plastic bottles should never be used to store breast milk or formula. Just before your baby is ready to feed, pour it into the bottle. Anything leftover should be thrown away.
- When cleaning polycarbonate bottles, avoid using hot water or aggressive cleaners, as this might accelerate the breakdown of the plastic. Use a light cleanser and warm water instead.
- Any glass bottles with cracks or chips should be replaced.