Tuesday, April 22, 2008

More scary, bad toxins...

This weekend, I noticed a friend using glass bottles to feed her baby. My brother's fiance has purchased an aluminum water bottle. It is really time to toss our sippy cups and beloved Nalgenes? If the New York Times says so, perhaps the BPA concerns have moved past crunchy extremism...

11 comments:

AWOL Mommy said...
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B-Mama said...

Extremely disturbing news, I must say! This provides yet another reason why breast is better than bottle!

My mom and sister have been freaked out about plastics in microwaves for years, at which time I scoffed at them after being reassured that all was fine by two different chemists. Though I try not to, I will no longer be risking our lives through plastic... Mary Alice, once we get to VA, I'm going to follow your lead with the purchase of glass Pyrex bowls!!

AWOL Mommy said...

Funny timing ... My mom just sent the whole family these and they are really wonderful. Come to think of it, whenever I encounter Europeans on a backpacking trip they always seem to carry their water in metal containers. Perhaps the prevalence of this PBA junk in the U.S. is yet another extension of our unhealthy addiction to petro-products.

Right Said Red said...

Thank you awol mommy for your suggestion as to an alternative sippy cup/ water bottle. Does anyone else out there have alternative suggestions? I want to know what you all love and hate about other options.

Finally, after reading the article, I'm a little confused as to exactly what plastic products are unsafe. I know the ones with a #7 on the bottom are bad, but what about other plastic sippy cups, how do we know?

Hillary said...

this looks to be a very thorough website: http://zrecs.blogspot.com/2008/02/z-report-on-bpa-in-infant-care-products.html

Kat said...

I'm struck by how expensive the non-plastic alternatives are, which leads me to think...It's really unfair that many people just don't have the luxury of buying these alternative products for their children. Hopefully, baby care companies will jump on board and create healthy, safe, and AFFORDABLE products for parents in the near future, but I'm not sure I believe that it will happen anytime soon!

B-Mama said...

I guess I need to toss all of my Avent bottles and pacifiers! Ahh!! This is going to be an expensive venture, indeed... Thankfully, our Gerber sippy cups are aok.

Right Said Red said...

Hillary,

Thanks for sending that website along. It is very helpful.

I'm thinking of investing in some non-plastic cups/sippies any suggestions?

Hillary said...

Hi Red,
I'm in the same boat... just beginning the search for safe sippys. I did read that some companies are selling stainless steel cups but that they are actually lined with the same plastic as what we are trying to avoid.

texas mommy said...

While we are at it..I'm also totally freaked out by the new florescent light bulbs. Yes, more energy efficient, but the procedures for cleaning up after them are similiar to how one treats nuclear waste. It can cost over $2000 to clean up one broken bulb. Be extra careful with kiddos and if you're pregnant! I only use them up high (Like fan or overhead lights) and not in anything the kids could knock down. By the way, you can't dispose of the lightbulbs in the trash because they are considered toxic waste.

Courtney said...

Born-Free makes bottles and training cups for babies and toddlers that are BPA-free. You can purchase them at Whole Foods. One Training Cup is $10 I believe. We have used the bottles and they have worked out great! I am not sure how "leak-proof" the training cups are...just as a side note.