One thing seems almost obvious - the material from which the bottle was made. Many parents gently chooses a plastic bottle, thinking that other options are not good enough ... or they don't exist. In the meantime, more and more often to the question - which bottle for a baby will be the best, to the surprise of many environments, glass. Yes, just the same, which was available as the only one a dozen or so years ago, later almost disappeared from the market, and now more and more parents are coming back to it. What does it outweigh the plastic bottle in addition to the price?
Security. Are plastic bottles a good choice?
Supporters of glass bottles for children argue that this solution is definitely better, although much more expensive. First of all, because plastic bottles contain harmful substances. It is not even famous Bisphenol A (is to be responsible for the increased risk of obesity, neurological and immunological disorders and increase the risk of cancer development (read more), because this controversial substance is not in almost every bottle available today.
The problem is that bottles with a BPA Free label are in the composition other harmful acting substances in the plastics category such as BPS and BPF. According to Carl Baum, MD, professor of pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine and director of the Children's Environmental Toxicology Center, some plasticizers can be even more dangerous to our children than BPA. Unfortunately, that's not all.
The latest research results indicate that plastic packaging can emit harmful substances directly into the food, otherwise - the child can swallow them with milk. This ingredient at an early stage of child's development swallowed along with food can lead to changes in the brain and internal organs.
Adverse changes and release of toxic substances is expected to occur during subjecting plastic packaging to high temperatures - scalding, washing in the dishwasher. They can also have a negative effect on the plastic structure UV rays.
The problem is also micro-damages, scratches of plastic, which occur after a while. In addition, during use, the plastic loses its color - the walls of the bottle become lighter or darker - depending on what type of liquid is poured into the bottle most often.
What baby bottle? Maybe glass?
Baby bottle made of plastic is light, handy and cheaper. It can be easily operated and given to the child without additional gadgets, when it is ready, the plastic bottle does not need any covers. It also usually has thinner walls than a glass bottle. In addition, the plastic bottle is also less durable than a glass bottle - it must be replaced more often. If scratches or discoloration appear - discard it immediately. The plastic bottle is also not an ecological product, it breaks down in nature for a long time.
The glass bottle weighs more, using it, we must take into account the risk of breakage and face a higher price. In addition, the glass bottle is less handy due to the slippery, smooth structure.
According to her supporters, the advantages of glass bottles are to compensate for the disadvantages. First of all, it counts safety and hygiene.
- is a natural resource well known
- does not become matted or scratched,
- there are no cracks or fissures on the surface of the glass bottles,
- the glass surface is easier to keep clean,
- is hygienic, no bacteria accumulate on it.
So what is the perfect baby bottle?
It is worth knowing the pros and cons of each option and make the most right decision for yourself and your child. It will often be necessary to try several bottles from different manufacturers before we find the most appropriate one.