Aug 1, 2011

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Bottle Tops

bottlesShortly after my daughter stopped drinking from bottles, the news about BPA and other chemicals leaching from plastic came out. As I turned over her bottles to look at the symbol on the bottom, I was alarmed to find they were marked with #7, a sign that they were one of the more dangerous types of plastic– known to leach dangerous chemicals into the liquid inside. After moving through stages of anger and disbelief, I decided to go a different route when my next child was born.

I decided to use glass bottles (something Michael Pollan had written reverberated in my head about sticking to foods that your grandmother ate– because they were time-tested and likely more “natural” than “new” foods full of genetic modifications and chemicals. My grandmother used glass baby bottles, so why not?). LifeFactory makes great glass bottles that have a few other advantages: a silicone sleeve over the glass that prevents the bottles from breaking if dropped, provides a grippy surface for baby’s little hands, and also adds a chic burst of color to all those bottles. And they come in 4 oz. and 9 oz. sizes.

So far (10 months and counting), we’ve never had a bottle break (despite a number of drops) and are nothing but thrilled with these beautiful bottles. They are a little bit pricey (but that was a price I was willing to pay after the #7 debacle) and slightly heavier than plastic bottles, but they are non-toxic, lovely, can be put in the dishwasher, and are about as hip as baby bottles can get. They can be purchased (along with the brand’s sippy cups and adult water bottles) here. Bottles up!

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