As more and more literature is proving BPA toxic to infants and children, more and more parents are stuck wondering how to protect their children from the ubiquitous chemical. Concern has turned to outrage as parents are becoming educated on the subject of BPA and its effects on vulnerable infants, babies, and children. Media interest, public concern and government involvement surrounds the BPA debate, thus forcing the companies to take notice.
According to the sources below, BPA-free infant formula, baby bottles and sippy cups are available (although we have not done independent research to support these claims at this time). We also include tips we have seen on how to avoid the potentially toxic chemical.
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BPA-free Bottles and Sippy Cups
BPA-free Infant Formula
Z Recommends Z Report on BPA: Infant Formulas
- Breast feeding your baby is the safest choice
- Liquid formulas sold in plastic (non-BPA) jugs, look for recycle codes 1, 2, 4 or 5
- “Ready-to-feed” (RTF) formula in quart-size plastic containers by Similac; and single-serving powder packets by Enfamil and Similac appear to be okay.
- Toxic Nation: Alternatives- BPA-Free Bottles
If you must use a polycarbonate baby bottle, which we do not recommend, limit its exposure to heat by not microwaving, boiling, washing it with hot water or filling it with hot liquid. Instead, heat the liquid outside of the bottle and transfer it back to the bottle after it has cooled down enough to drink.
Throw out and replace old and scratched polycarbonate baby bottles and sippy cups.
The Z Report recommends if you are unsure about a product you can send a cell phone text message to the company.
- While in the grocery store TEXT: “zrecs” plus a company name and/or a product category to 69866. You’ll get a text back (or occasionally two) providing the BPA status of products by that company and/or in that category. Current categories are bottles, sippys, pacifiers, and tableware.
- Requirements: Every request sent to this service requires the first word to be “zrecs” to access their BPA database, and must be sent to the number 69866.
- Reduce the use of canned foods.
- A safer choice for containers that will hold hot food or liquids are glass, stainless steel or porcelain.
Remember: With your food, use 4, 5, 1 and 2. All the rest aren’t good for you
Smart Plastics Guide: Healthier Food Uses of Plastics:
The Z Report on BPA In Children’s Feeding Products, Third Edition
Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Infant Formula and Baby Bottles: Guide to Baby-Safe Bottles & Formula
Science Daily: Chemical In Plastic Bottles Raises Some Concern, According To New Report