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Alicia Voorhies

You've put together a great plan for parents caught in the crossfire of the heated debate over Bisphenol-a. I appreciate your intelligent, no-nonsense presentation of the questions weighing on all of our minds. The simple and convincing argument gives concerned parents the information they need to make informed decisions.

Driana Pearlman

Does anyone know if the Nubby sippy cup is BPA free? It does not have a recycle code on the bottom that I can find.

Amy Durham

Yes, Nuby sippy cups are BPA free. They are made from #5 polypropylene plastic.

SA

I would love it if the great people at BB would put together a list of the brands and types of sippy cups/straw cups that are safe. Thanks

Heather Sine, MD

These recommendations aren’t helpful. They ignore the best science on the subject and they spread needless fear.

Plastic baby bottles are safe. Study upon study has shown this. Governments and independent scientists around the world agree that there is nothing to be concerned with here. Just weeks ago the FDA sent a letter to Fit Pregnancy stating plastic baby bottles are safe.

Josh

This sounds ridiculous. The exposure amount must be less 1 part per billionth.

If you throw out your bottles than you ought to also put your children in Cement / Lead casings to protect them from electromagnetic radiation.

LC Collado

Where do I find the "recycling label" on the bottle?

Jen

I have seen many websites after doing a search on google. The amount of things out there with BPA is alarming - canned foods, water cooler bottles, nalgene bottles, pesticides, our water mains. It's crazy! I can't believe I never knew about the risk of BPA and it's so overwhelming to think we can't avoid it completely. I feel like I'm going to become this weirdo conspiracy theorist asking waiters at restaurants if they used canned vegetables or going on strike at work - requesting that glass water cooler bottles be used instead of the universal plastic. Thanks for the warning and the awakening.

Katherine

This is helpful, but the advice on sippy cups seems incomplete. If you're going to purge all #7's, add #3 and #6 to that list b/c those are unsafe, too. (All my sippy cups were #3!). Fortunately, there are lots of safe sippys and water bottles labeled #2, #4, and #5 - the safe plastics.

Felicia

I have about 200.00 in Dr. Brown Bottles and Sippy cups. I cleaned them and put them in a box, so what do you guys recommend about having the company take responsiblity? Shouldn't there be some consquence for them to face?

Hope

What about the avent pacifiers? Are they safe? If not which type should I get for my baby?

KathyR

You lost me with your unfounded and snarky comments about the JPMA's recommendations. The overused phrase "with all due respect" really means "I have no respect for you."

John

I'm disappointed to see publications I enjoy and respect adding to the alarmism and hysteria over BPA.

Considering the trust that thousands (at least!) parents have put in you by buying your books, you should be embarrassed to issue such a warning based on a mere two words in a single report, when you should be talking to a wider variety of experts and making a serious, reasoned analysis based on a wide variety of sources.

Sarah

What about the Avent sippie cups? They seem to fit the Avent nipples/bottle tops.

Anne

Does anyone know if the Dr. Brown's nipple fits on any safe type of bottle? I don't know if my son will take another type of nipple but if I could continue to use the Dr. Brown's nipple with a safe bottle, that would be great. Anyone know?

NJ

So #7 on the recycling label is bad. #2, #4 , #5 do not contain BPA. Someone said get rid of #3 & #6 containers as well. What about #1? That is on my water bottle that I am drinking right now. Do I let my child drink from water bottles? I have heard that you should not store water bottles for lengthy periods of time or store them in warm areas... Where do I find more info?

For those who criticize the "hysteria", I just would like to ask, if you are parents, why NOT choose to be cautious??? I do not qualify caution as hysteria.

Erin

Dr. Brown's totally blew me off when I emailed them to complain. They had the nerve to send me a link to a study done by the plastics industry. What?? The plastics industry says that their product is safe?? I am shocked, shocked I say. I'm not done with them yet.

BAB

Yes, the Dr. Brown's nipples fit the Gerber Clear View bottles. We just tried them. One question: are the Dr. B nipples safe to use after they have been used with the Dr. B bottles? I understand that they are likely BPA-free since they are made of silicone. However, is there a risk that as the BPA leached from the bottles it somehow attached to the nipples and permanently contaminated the nipples? Thanks.

Kym

Here is a site that I found helpful. It lists most manufacturers and their bottles - what is BPA free and what is not. Might help... http://zrecs.blogspot.com/2007/07/z-report-bisphenol-in-polycarbonate.html

Ashley

For those who have already invested a lot in Avent bottles (and extra lids, nipples, pump adaptors...) a cost effective solution seems to be replacing the bottle part with the Avent sippy cups, which from what I've read seem to be BPA free. The sippy cup and bottle parts all work together so by buying new sippy cups you get the lids you'll need down teh road and safe cup parts to use now with all the parts you have already invested in.

Julie

I was under the impression that as long as the plastic was not hard and clear, it was BPA free. Has anyone checked into soother safety? My child uses MAM soothers, which some of them are opaque, and according to the customer service rep, the shield and knobs are made of polycarbonate. How am I to make an informed decision when none of the products I purchase have any indication what they are made of? I am frustrated that the companies I contact usually avoid answering my product inquiries by saying that all the plastics they use are safe, and provide links to sites that are promoting the use of plastic....hmmm, I wonder who is behind those sites. I must say that Sassy was great with actually answering my questions, makes you feel like they are aware of their client base, and listen to them.

Sarah

I TOO HAVE BEEN RECENTLY READING ALL THE LINKS/CONCERNS/JOURNALS ON THIS BPA ISSUE IN BOTTLES AND SIPPY CUPS.. IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT PROBLEMS WITH THESE AND VARIOUS TOYS CURRENTLY ON THE MARKET I HAVE TO WONDER ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO POST MESSAGES SAYING THIS IS ALARMISM AND UNFOUNDED. I UNDERSTAND THAT ALTHOUGH I WON'T BE ABLE TO SHIELD MY CHILDREN FROM EVERYTHING IN THIS WORLD I THINK I CAN CHOOSE TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS NOW WITH TOYS/CUPS/BOTTLES BASED ON TWO LITTLE WORDS OR ONE STUDY... JUST THINK HOW YOU WOULD FEEL IGNORING THIS AND FINDING OUT A FEW YEARS FROM NOW HOW TRUE IT ALL IS!! LOOK AT HOW MANY DRUGS WERE SUPPOSEDLY SAFE AND AREN'T? LOOK AT HOW WE HAVE SUPPOSED STRICT APPROVAL LAWS AND NOW HOW MANY RECALLS HAVE BEEN ISSUED? I THREW OUT ALL OF IT AND WENT WITH SOME BORNFREE BOTTLES/CUPS... AFTERALL THERE IS NO PRICE ON MY CHILD'S HEALTH AND SAFETY!

Ashley

These are findings that are, in fact, supported by the scientific community. Please do not be swayed by reports from front groups with official-sounding names like American Chemistry Council (front-group for the plastics industry). Any time you see a comment or reaction from someone who seems unduly enraged by your decision to use BPA-free bottles, who uses keywords like "scaremongering" and "hysteria", you know you've got someone with an interest in seeing you continue to use BPA bottles. Exercising the Precautionary Principle is an individual right and a choice, and no one should be under attack for choosing to adhere to this principle for the good of their own children. People with an interest in keeping this toxic products on the market should be ashamed of themselves for denigrating the efforts of people, like the authors of BABY BARGAINS, who want to keep even potentially harmful chemicals out of the mouths, and bodies, of babes.

Paul

In November 2007, the Dept. of Health and Human Services convened an expert panel who reported on their concerns with BPA. They have "some concern for neural and behavioral effects" in infant children through ingestion of BPA through bottles, breast milk, or the environment (e.g., water).

You can read a summary of their conclusions here (also with a link to the actual report):

http://rukimonster.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-dangerous-is-bpa-for-babies.html

justine

What about Medela brand bottles? I can't find a number on them.

Sandra

When are these company's going to realize that they are hurting more than their bottom line by not being proactive about the materials they use! The dangers of BPA have been known for over half of a century and still they are present in 95% of plastic baby bottles. We made the decision to go with glass bottles for our children, for a number of reasons. Chiefly because they are (unlike plastic) impermeable. Took a bit of searching to find a good supplier (in Canada) but http://www.justbabybottles.com does a great job.

Amy

Does anyone know if the Avent Via breastmilk storage containers are BPA free? Which containers are best for storing and re-heating breastmilk? I'm conisidering using the Avent drop in liners that are BPA free, but am still uncertain how to pump-store-heat safely.

Amy

Does anyone know if the Avent Via breastmilk storage containers are BPA free? Which containers are best for storing and re-heating breastmilk? I'm conisidering using the Avent drop in liners that are BPA free, but am still uncertain how to pump-store-heat safely.

kat

I FOUND this list of BPA-FREE bottles and sippy cups.

there is also a great handout here on each of the 7 types of plastics and their safety. Yes AVOID 3, 6 and 7. And it is the small amounts of BPA that are harmful -- BPA is a synthetic female hormone and since hormones are released in small amounts, this is what makes BPA so dangerous.

http://amomsblog.wordpress.com/2007/11/06/harmful-plastics-polycarbonate-with-bisphenol-a/

kat

Amy, I know that medela bottles are BPA free

Lindsay

I have heard that the Avent Magic Sippy cup is BPA free and you can use the bottle rings and nipples with it to convert it into a bottles. Just an FYI to all the Avent users.

david

Thanks for the great article. There’s a lot of helpful information in there. I just wanted to let you and others know about a new product I came across. They are called Bevibags. They are completely BPA free. They are disposable drink bags, that you fill yourself. It enables you to fill the bag with whatever you want, instead of having to buy prefilled juice boxes. I can now mix water with whatever juice I want to give my kids and not have to worry about them getting all that sugar from store bought juice boxes. The best part is that they are disposable. No washing, no cleaning. Just use it and throw them away. I found them at www.bevibags.com

MomOf3

Here's the thing-usually it takes the government WAAAY too long to step in and show the real dangers of things we use. Given the fact that it COULD be a problem, do you really think that it's NOT worth it to give your children the best possible start? I'd rather not take that chance with my kids. They trust us to make well informed decisions for them as they grow up, and I'm going to do just that. Doctors used to also recommend changing cigarette brands to cut down on coughing-based on what the government deemed a "safe solution" Are we going to do that now? NO. So why wait for the government to step in? Why not be adult enough to make a decision that doesn't rely on the government??

Carol

If you can't find a number on the bottle, it would help if you can call their customer service to ask. I have several containers that's got BPA content in them. I just don't heat them and I guess that should be fine. BPA sips out only when it is exposed to heat.

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