Ditch the Plastic Baby Bottles for Glass Baby Bottles
Babies do 3 things: Eat Sleep and Poop. Naturally the container that they drink from should be a top priority. We want to make sure to protect baby from as many toxins as possible while they are growing and developing the fastest. Which is why you should consider switching to glass baby bottles!
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Glass Baby Bottles are Toxin Free
1. Glass is Truly BPA Free
Back in 2012 the FDA banned the use of BPA in plastic baby bottles. BPA is a synthetic compound used in many plastics and one of the main concerns especially in baby bottles is that BPA is a hormone disruptor.
WebMD – Glass vs Plastic Baby Bottles
2. Side effects of Endocrine Disruptors
Side Effects of Hormone Disruption Include
- Reproductive problems
- Birth defects
- Developmental disorders
- Childhood asthma
Studies show the dangers of BPA as an endocrine disruptor. Babies are still developing their organs we don’t want to expose them to a chemical that can reprogram their cells. Changes to development can have lifetime effects.
The fact is that glass does not contain any endocrine disruptors.
3. Plastic Baby Bottles can Leach Chemicals
Unfortunately BPA was replaced with alternative synthetic compounds like BPS. There is still controversy about these replacement compounds being safer than BPA.
When plastic is heated small amounts particles and chemicals get transferred to the milk or contents of the bottle. Glass does not leach and therefore it is the safest alternative to plastic baby bottles.
Why I’m not Using Plastic Containers for Food
By nature, glass is free of BPA so you don’t need to worry about different types of plastic and whether or not they’re safe.
Philips Avent Natural Glass Baby Bottle
Glass Baby Bottle Reviews
“Functionally, it was fine, but at some point I realized that after milk was heated (daycare was heating it by placing the bottles in a crockpot water bath, I heated it at home by putting the bottle in a bowl of boiled water), even the BPA free plastic bottles gave off a weird smell.”
“Thinking back, when I used plastic bottles, they had a different tint, and had scratches after being used for a short while. And after heating them in a sterilizing bag, they released weird smells. You don’t have to worry about any of that with a glass bottle. No scratches, no weird tints, no odor. Glass is the safest for food storage, that’s true for adults and babies! Don’t wait for scientists to find out years later that some other chemical is just as bad as BPA.“
“We switched all of our Tupperware at home to pyrex some years ago, so it suddenly dawned on my that my baby was using bottles multiple times a day, much more frequently than we were using Tupperware, so why would I not use glass bottles for my baby? From that point on, I switched to these glasses bottles and never looked back”
Glass Lasts Longer than Plastic
4. Plastic Breaks Down
High heat can cause plastic to degrade faster than normal. Many people like to put baby bottles through the dishwasher to sanitize them, but the high heat can cause degradation even if you can visibly see it.
Glass baby bottles can go in the dishwasher without worry.
NUK Simply Natural Glass Bottles, 4 Oz, 3 Pack
5. Glass Baby Bottles can be Passed Down to Siblings
Glass bottles can be passed down to siblings and reused for a much longer period of time than plastic baby bottle.
6. Some models upgrade to Sippie Cups
Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottle 9oz and 2 Transitioning Sippy Caps
Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature 3 in 1 Convertible Glass Baby Bottles
Glass Baby Bottles are Easy to Take Care of
7. They Don’t Smell
8. No Scratches, Weird Tints or Odors
9. Glass is Easier to Warm
Glass Baby Bottle Reviews
“After using Dr Brown’s plastic options bottles for 7 months, I was so happy to get these glass ones. SO much easier to clean I wish I had gotten these sooner.”
“This bottle is easy to clean and our daughter loves it! We love it too! The only thing that would make it better is the silicone sleeve included.”
“Glass bottles make warming up milk much faster. Easy to clean the glass“
“Literally love these! We try to avoid plastic as much as possible, and these bottles are great. They warm up super fast too, which is awesome.”
Glass Baby Bottles are Sturdy
10. Heavy Duty Glass
Most Baby Bottles are made from pharmacy-grade borosilicate glass. They are thermal shock resistant, and easy to wash and sterilize by hand or in the dishwasher.
My experience is that glass bottles are sturdy. I had no chipping or cracking, even though I have sleep-drunkenly hit mine on the tile counter multiple times.
11. Silicone Sleeves are an option
Speaking from experience I used glass baby bottles for a pretty long time before I dropped one at an odd angle and it broke. I dropped them many times before without any issues.
Most glass baby bottles are made with tempered glass while others have shock resistant composition making them very hard to break. Others come with silicone sleeves for added protection and grip.
Dr. Brown’s Options+ Glass Wide-Neck Bottle with Silicone Sleeve
Glass Baby Bottle Reviews
“The glass is sturdy and feels very well made. It doesn’t feel like it will easily chip or crack. Its very solid. The new bottle design is much more natural”
“Finally, it is glass so it can shatter. I have not broken one of these bottles, but I try to be careful, using them over carpet, etc. I have on occasion dropped them on wood floors and have not broken them.”
“I’ve dropped them and haven’t broke one yet. Definitely recommend
“ love it, easy to wash and clean, doesn’t smell over time like the plastic ones.”
“Danger: glass bottle broke after accidental drop and glass pieces went everywhere! Pretty scary. If you are going to buy this. Might as well get the protection cover.”
12. Glass Baby Bottles are Stylish
Today there are plenty of styles and lots of colors to choose from compared to when I was buying glass baby bottles years ago. No need to forgo style for function and safety!
Simba Crystal Romance Wide Neck Borosilicate Glass Feeding Bottle
Lifefactory Glass baby bottle set
Before I was even aware of the dangers of BPA I knew I wanted to avoid plastic baby bottles. The problem was that baby bottle shopping can be very overwhelming for new parents. At the store there were literally 10 different bottle brands to choose from, all slightly different. On top of that I was paranoid about nipple confusion and I did not want to take the chance of not being able to breastfeed.
We picked Tommy Tippy as our first bottle brand because I felt nipple confusion was less likely with the shape of the nipple. But they were plastic. As soon as I went back to work I switched to Evenflo glass bottles. I was lucky enough to find them at target. Unfortunately they don’t carry them anymore, but you can find them on Amazon.
Evenflo Feeding Glass Premium Proflo Vented Plus Bottles
A Summary of Glass Baby Bottles
Glass Baby Bottles are
- Toxin Free
- No BPA
- No Endocrine Disruptors which can cause future health issues.
- No Leaching of chemicals
- Last Longer than Plastic
- Doesn’t degrade overtime becoming scratched, yellowed, smelly etc.
- Can be passed to Siblings
- Can be upgraded to Sippie Cups
- Easy to use
- Glass bottles warm easier than plastic
- Can go in the Dishwasher without worry of degrdation
- Made from Heavy duty pharmacy-grade borosilicate glass.
- Silicone sleeves are available
- There are lots of styles and options.
Choose glass baby bottles over plastic. It’s an easy switch with huge gain.
Give yourself peace of mind when it comes to toxins and baby.