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Glass Baby Bottles vs. Plastic Baby Bottles

Over 30 years ago, parents had limited chooses in baby bottles. Back then, bottles were made of glass heavy and breakable. Now, parents can buy plastic baby bottles that are light and shatter proof. As a mother and consumer, I research all products before making a purchase. Baby items are no different.  Unfortunately, baby bottles are a popular baby shower gift for future mothers. Can accepting plastic bottles from an excited friend harm your unborn child? Plastic baby bottles have left parents asking the questions.  Is bottle feeding with plastic bottles safe? Are glass bottles safer than plastic bottles? What baby bottle should I use for my child? Within this article, I hope to answer these questions clearly.

Are plastic baby bottles safe?

This question has plagued mother’s mind, since discovering plastic baby bottles content a chemical
called BPA. BPA is short for Bisphenol-A. The chemical found in many plastic items, everything from
the compact disc to the trash can liners. In 2007, Environment California released a report, showing
when five popular brands of plastic baby bottles are heated, they leaked high levels of bisphenol-A during bottle feeding. In another study, low levels of bisphenol-A were linked to changes in the brain and reproductive system in lab rats. The changes in lab rats, led to increase the risk of cancer, early puberty, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. However, government officials do not believe the amount of BPA found in plastic baby bottles is dangerous. FDA stated based on ongoing research the amount of BPA found in baby bottles is too low to harm your baby. Officials may not consider bisphenol-A in plastic baby bottles dangerous, but it is something to think about when you receive a pack of baby bottles from a friend.

Are glass baby bottles safer than plastic bottles?

Imagine waking up to the screams of your newborn, stumbling into the kitchen to reach for a glass
bottle. You reach for the glass bottle and accidently drop it. Now, you have a kitchen floor full of glass
and a hungry baby. Glass baby bottles are heavy and easy to break. Since the invention of the plastic
bottle, they have become obsolete. Glass baby bottles are a hard find, but they do not content any BPA.
With glass baby bottles, the danger lies with shattering it and cutting yourself on the glass. Plastic baby bottles are shatter proof, but contain BPA. BPA is under review in plastic baby bottles. Researchers are examining if BPA levels in baby bottles are harmful.

What baby bottle should I use for my child?

In a certain respect, mothers need to weigh their options. Glass baby bottles do not content BPA
and are less harmful to your child. However, they are easily broken and heavy. In addition, glass
baby bottles are harder to find and more expensive than plastic bottles. Plastic baby bottles contain
bisphenol-A (BPA) a chemical known for changing development of the brain and reproductive system.
Researchers have not determined if the levels of BPA released during bottle feeding are dangerous. However, plastic baby bottles are shatter proof and lighter than glass baby bottles.


Whatever you choose, whether a glass or plastic bottle, Mother's 3rd Arm firmly and safely holds either one. In fact, if you decided to go with a glass baby bottle or glass Sippy or other cup, the Mother's 3rd Arm would be able to hold them for your child better than they themselves could hold. This means that the chances of them dropping or otherwise breaking the glass bottle would be less likely. 

So in the end, if you prefer to avoid potential toxins which are part of plastic bottles, but are afraid of them breaking and cutting your child, a viable alternative is to get the Mother's 3rd Arm to reduce that worry.


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