Works For Me Wednesday: Finding the Safest Glass and Plastic Bottles for a BPA-Free Baby

When my belly was bulging with baby, I imagined my newborn gulping breast milk from the clearest, most rigid plastic bottles that I chose, thinking that the ones that appeared closest to glass would certainly be the safest.  Months later as I read through the latest research, I was surprised to find out that my instincts were wrong. 

In fact, the rigid plastics used to make some baby bottles and almost all Nalgene bottles have the highest risks of leaching toxins.  (Nalgene will be pulling their BPA-laden bottles soon.)  On Friday, Canada’s health and environmental ministries announced that it will ban the use of bisphenol-a (BPA) in plastic products because of health concerns.  Read here for further details on Canada’s landmark decision. 

Since BPA actually mimics hormones, its use has been linked to possible neural and other health disorders.  The risk goes up if the plastic is repeatedly being exposed to very hot water.  Luckily we don’t have a dishwasher (never thought I would say that!) but we were repeatedly putting hot milk into the bottle and washing it in scalding water.   

After trying more flexible plastic bottles that are supposedly safer, I became concerned when they began to cloud.  Since clouding can be another indication of leaching, I finally switched to a Born Free glass bottle. 

Born Free Glass Baby BottlesIt took awhile for my son to adapt to the new nipple shape, but he now loves it.  The cost is a bit more than other options (around $16.00 each) and the manufacturer recommends replacing the nipple every three months. Since a two pack of nipples cost around $7.00 each, I have to admit that I haven’t been able to bring my frugal self to make the investment in regular replacements.  Roscoe just has a small bottle once a day before bed, so I think he’ll be fine.   (One side-note: Many people wean babies from bottles altogether at one year.  We’re still breastfeeding here and doing a bit of bottle feeding.)

There are, thankfully, far more plastic and glass options out there now than I ever realized that are all BPA, PVC, and Phthalate free. This link has a wonderful array of mainstream and niche brand bottles that are safe for baby with links to the companies’ websites.  Our favorite source for the latest on other non-toxic baby products such as sippy cups and pacifiers is The Soft Landing Blog

Ironically, now that I’ve finally figured out a solution to our bottle-feeding woes, I’m about to start weaning.  Knowing what I know now, I would have bought the glass bottles in the first place and avoided several unnecessary purchases. What BPA-free bottles do you use, where did you find them, and how do you like them?  Thanks for filling us in on the best bottles for green babies.  For more tips from Rocks in My Dryer’s Works for Me Wednesday blog carnival, click here


  1. Exdellent information. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  2. I used a combination of glass and the Mother’s Milk Mate bottles. Those are safer plastic. I avoided combining heat+plastic.

  3. I love the Soft Landing! LOVE! I’m having a contest for two BPA FREE sippy’s over at my blog. Great pointers and information. How cool you were on t.v. Congrats!!!

  4. Can I respectfully ask why breastfeeding was not an option for you? It’s the greenest option of the lot! No waste, very frugal and the perfect food for your baby.

    Mrs G x

  5. Mrs. Green, Joy did breastfeed her son for over twenty months! Most breastfeeding mothers do use bottles sometimes, whether for EBM or formula. Check out Joy’s post on the green benefits of extended breastfeeding here.

  6. Thanks for clearing that up Rebecca – *most* breastfeeding mothers use bottles sometimes? That’s something new I’ve learned today. Thank you for enlightening me 🙂

  7. Well, I guess I don’t know how many breastfeeding mothers use bottles. I just assumed that a working mother would be pumping and bottle feeding if she could not be around the child for several hours a day. I know I worked just part time in my baby’s first year and still had to pump every day so my baby could drink from a bottle during my absence.

  8. All this hysteria over BPA is a little over done. I read the report and must say that I am NOT going to throw out all of my nalgene bottles. There are so many more things out there that are more of a danger to us, I really don’t see this as an issue.

  9. It’s one thing to choose to use Nalgene bottles as an adult, but it’s another thing entirely to have your toddler or baby using them. With baby’s milk there is a good deal of heating and cooling, both for warming the milk and sterilizing. Since that’s when the BPA based plastic leaches toxins, it feels unsafe enough to me (a chronic cheapskate) to invest in glass bottles.

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