Plastic or glass? That is the question for many new parents choosing a baby bottle. Glass is easier to clean and can be heated without having to worry about chemicals leaching into the milk — the science behind that claim may be questionable, but there is no doubt that it is seen as a concern among consumers.
Plastic, on the other hand, won’t break and is lighter. A hybrid bottle developed by Chicco solves that dilemma by bonding a thin layer of unbreakable glass to an outer layer of plastic. The ChiccoDuo Hybrid has reaped numerous awards since it was launched in April 2021. This week it was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 Best Inventions of 2021.
Another place you’d expect to find polypropylene is in baby feeding bottles. We generally assume that bottles made from this plastic are rigid and stable when they’re sterilised with hot water and shaken while preparing formula. But in new research, we’ve shown that baby formula preparation with polypropylene bottles exposes infants around the world to an average of one million microplastic particles per day.
However, BPS may not be safer than BPA. Two recent studies have found that BPS is as hormonally active as BPA and, like BPA, it interferes with the endocrine (hormone) system in ways that may produce harmful effects, such as obesity, cancer and neurological disorders. In a paper published last month, we showed that both of these endocrine-disrupting chemicals alter normal development of the reproductive system.
While giving up plastics may seem daunting, in truth there are wonderful and reasonably priced alternatives for nearly every plastic kid product on the market (and I hope that after reading this some of the entrepreneurs out there will be inspired to make even more). Glass, metal and wood have been used for thousands of years and have the added benefits of quality and longevity.
Confused about which baby bottle is the best? You aren't alone. We considered over 30 popular baby bottles and purchased 9 contenders for our side-by-side review. Our review can help you choose the best bottle for just about every baby need.
Buying baby bottles can be a much more difficult task than it seems. There are so many choices! With the different materials, shapes, and sizes, how are you supposed to know which is best?
There’s no single best baby bottle, and finding the right one for your baby can take trial and error and a lot of patience. After 30 hours of research, including interviewing bottle-feeding specialists and pediatricians and testing 17 bottles, we’ve concluded that the Lansinoh mOmma Bottle is the bottle we’d try first.
Today, there are bottles with venting systems and glass bottles and dishwasher-safe bottles and futuristic-looking bottles and bottles that you can pump into and more. And there are marketing messages that are telling you that this is the bottle that you need.
Bottle propping is a dangerous practice that goes back years. But it is now receiving increased attention as society tries to sell a “solution” for everything.
Researchers say Black infants may be more at risk while about 80% of homes had detectable levels of lead in tap water.
Plastics are everywhere and so is BPA. Is it a real environmental hazard or just another scare?
How did people look after their children in the Stone Age? It turns out that prehistoric parents may not have been so different to modern mums and dads. Clay vessels that have been found in Germany could have been used to supplement breast milk and wean children more than 5,000 years ago.
With all the concerns around chemicals in plastics, it’s natural to wonder if anything from a plastic baby bottle might leech into your baby’s milk. Thankfully, baby bottles are regulated and the FDA prohibits BPA in plastic baby bottles. Even so, it’s impossible to fully know the effects of every single compound in plastics.
Expect more of the same while waiting for the results of the FDA's ongoing research review. And in the meantime, why not switch to glass bottles for infant feeding (or breast feed for that matter)?
Are commonly used plastics and medicines harming human health?
A hybrid design that bonds a micro-thin layer of glass to an outer layer of plastic makes Time magazine’s list of the best inventions of the year.