Monday, March 15, 2010

Green Living Baby, The Bottle Conundrum

The public outcry over BPA, Bisphenol A, leaching into baby bottles got parents thinking. Green living doesn’t need to be a top priority to see the value in investing in glass baby bottles. Wee Go has created safe glass bottles with a protective plastic layer that will keep your bottle from breaking. The outer layer still lets you see and measure the amount of liquid in the bottle, making it convenient and safe. BPA caused such a scare due to its detrimental effect on humans, and in particular babies. Human’s most vulnerable state of development is during infancy.

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences rates BPA as having “some concern for its impact on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and children”. BPA enters the bloodstream typically through food containers that have been exposed to heat. A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention tested over 2500 individuals six and older, with 93% of the population containing measurable levels of BPA.

BPA can be found in plastic and canned food containers. Glass, ceramic, and stainless steel are the recommended BPA-free options. Aluminum, originally touted as BPA free, has actually been found to contain BPA and leach metals into food and drink after being exposed to heat. Due to the delicate nature of infants, glass bottles are the way to go.

The downside is that glass bottles are heavier for both the parents and the baby, and they can break. Relative to the developmental damage posed by BPA, these are more inconveniences than threats. The Wee Go bottle has been highlighted in trend-setting and parenting magazines over the past years, and parents have given the bottles excellent reviews.

When profiling bottle options for your baby, disregard BPA-free statements since many have recently been proven false. Selecting glass bottles that are easily replaceable in the case that it does break will help not only your green living regime, but also protect your baby’s health.

You may also want to review your own food containers, aluminum, canned food containers, water bottles, plastic food containers, and films have all demonstrated traces of BPA. Green living enthusiasts that may be measuring their chemical body burden may want to invest solely in paper, glass, and stainless steel food containers. The threat of BPA is greatest for infants, but adults should be equally aware, as their sources for exposure are quite high.

Protecting your baby’s feeding cycle and your own can keep you both healthy and chemical free. Green living takes dedication and keeping up on the facts. Health authorities like the NIH, NIEHS, and the CDC can help keep your head on straight with all of the health scares swirling around. Wee Go and other glass products can help protect you and your family’s future.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wee Go

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