Eco-Tip: Avoiding BPA in Baby Products

Sadly, the California legislature failed last month to pass a ban on the harmful chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in infant bottles, cups, and food containers.

Scientists are doing an extraordinary amount of research about BPA, and it can be hard to keep up with the latest news. Here’s a short summary from a pediatrician from Dartmouth Medical Center:

  • “Widespread human exposure” to BPA has been demonstrated; over 90% of us have BPA in our bodies.
  • “Animal studies have documented a variety of endocrine effects of this chemical” (endocrine effects are disruptions of normal hormone function, and can lead to birth defects and/or other reproductive problems)
  • “Recent studies involving humans are resulting in growing concerns,” including heart disease and diabetes
  • “Scientists hypothesize that the impact on children will be magnified”; in other words, health problems from BPA may be more likely if young children are exposed to the toxic chemical.

That’s a lot of health hazards.

Since we can’t yet rely on California  law to keep this harmful chemical out of baby products, we’re giving you some tips on how to avoid BPA in these products:

1. Baby Food and Formula: Avoid canned baby food and liquid formula in metal cans.  Almost all food cans are lined with an epoxy made from BPA. A quick, easy, and cheap way to avoid BPA, as well as giving your baby healthier food and supporting environmentally-friendly agriculture at the same time is to make your own baby food using organic fruits and vegetables.  Click here for our simple recipes.

2.  Bottles and Sippy Cups: BPA and BPS-containing plastic are commonly used to make clear plastic items like bottles and sippy cups. Avoid clear, hard plastic and opt for stainless steel and glass.

3. Your own water bottle: Your baby/toddler probably will occasionally drink water that’s been in your water bottle. For their health, and yours, look for stainless steel or glass bottles.  Natural materials are always best!