On January 15, 2010 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that bisphenol-A (BPA) does affect human development and they are working to take the chemical out of infant formula cans and baby bottles. Meanwhile, Canada has banned all plastics containing BPA from their markets. For now, the FDA encourages Americans to limit exposure to plastics that contain BPA. To see how to reduce exposure to BPA click here.
I work as a nanny. Since my employer is expecting a newborn any day now, I spent hours searching the World Wide Web last week trying to determine if the baby bottles they have already purchased are BPA-free. It was extremely difficult to understand the manufacturer’s long-winded customer service statements.
The jargon is so confusing that I have come to the conclusion that BPA-free plastic products will advertise that fact. If the plastic product does not say it is BPA-free, assume it is not BPA-free. In fact many of the stores I visited last week, (my local Shop Rite, Costco, Wal-Mart, and Target), already have displays of BPA-free baby bottles, sippy cups, and water bottles because it is a good market now. Some newspapers report that glass baby bottles are on back order since so many people are ordering the BPA-free glass since the report by the FDA.
The FDA also says it is working to require BPA manufacturers to report how much of the chemical they are producing and where it is being used so that it can more easily regulate the chemical. That should help consumers like us in the future.
Below is my list of BPA-free baby bottles I found on the Internet in the past week. If you know of others please feel free to share the brand names with us.
Tomorrow we will start to review the BPA-free baby bottles and ask nannies, au pairs, and parents to share why they like, or do not like, the baby bottles they have used.
Be the Best Nanny Newsletter List of BPA-Free Baby Bottles:
1. Adiri Natural Nurser
2. Avent VIA System
3. Babylife Glass Nurser (WeeGo)
4. Born Free Bisphenol-A Free
5. Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow
6. Evenflo Classic Glass Nurser
7. Green to Grow Baby Bottle
8. MAM by Sassy
10. Playtex Drop-Ins Premium Nurser
11. The First Years Breastflow
If you care for an infant, are you using BPA-free baby bottles? What do you like, or not like, about the baby bottles listed above?