With a new baby in the house come a lot of changes especially for the mothers. Changes in your bodies, disrupted sleep patterns even changes around the house, you can no longer leave stuff laying around the house as the baby will soon be putting everything in its mouth or else non-discriminately destroying your prized possessions. With a new baby also comes a serious of choices you had probably never even thought of before. Disposable diapers or cloth nappies? Hire a nanny or handle everything yourself? Will the baby sleep in your room or should you start painting a nursery? And so on, you are essentially changing your entire lifestyle. Many of these choices may be made for you depending on your culture or traditions and many more are decided by your mother or mother in-law.
One such choice is a glass bottle versus the plastic bottle for feeding the baby (even if you breast feed you will still need a bottle around). Back in the days of our grandparents the only option was breast feeding (still the best option for mother how can) or using a glass bottle. A glass bottle was heavy and although 100%. It prevented the baby from holding the bottle on its own (once it grew up enough). Another predictable problem with glass is that it breaks. Imagine dropping a glass bottle during a midnight feeding, it’s dark and there is shattered glass everywhere. The 1960’s saw an alternative to the traditional glass bottle emerge, plastic bottles. The plastic has light, very sturdy (difficult to break) and easy to clean and handle, plastic generally very light so it can be carried around very easily in your baby bag. This has made plastic bottle the go to option for mothers everywhere.
Recently however, studies have shown that a chemical in plastic, Bisphenol A is potentially hazardous to health. Bisphenol A (BPA) has been linked to certain types of cancers, changes in the brain and reproductive system and early puberty. For this reason the United States Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the use of plastic containing BPA for food containers and baby bottles. So how do you know if the baby bottle you have just brought or have been handed down by your mother or mother in-law is BPA free? Well you don’t have to be a chemist. You just have to check the bottle for the labels.
If it says BPA free, it is safe to use. Alternatively there are also numbers inside the recycle symbol printed on the bottom of the plastic bottle. Symbols with the number 1, 2, 4 and 5 are save to use but if the printed symbol contains the number 7 then please don’t use it as it probably contains BPA.
It should be kept in mind that whichever choice you make, be it glass or plastic, you have to make sure to maintain the appropriate hygiene standard to protect our precious little bundles of joy as protecting our precious one in one the most amazing thing one can do.
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