Family

Is a BPA-free bottle really safe?

BPA-free doesn't always mean exactly what you think

Are you trying to get your baby to take a bottle? We know the struggle. And, while we don't want to make the process any more difficult, we have some tips for using healthier and safer baby bottles for your little one.

First off, we know plastic baby bottle are convenient and cheap. You can buy them everywhere, they don't weigh a lot, and when baby throws them (because they will) you don't have to worry about them breaking or making a huge amount of noise. And, pretty much all of them have a sticker now saying BPA-free. That has to be good, right?


Well, yes and no. Being BPA free is great. BPA has been shown to be associated with disrupted hormone activity (leading to things later in life like breast cancer, reduced sperm production, and weight gain) and ADHD. But, since 2012 using BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups has been banned by the U.S. FDA. So, why is this a thing we are even talking about?

While BPA isn't in baby bottles any more, it is often replaced with very similar chemicals with different acronyms (like BPS and BPF) in order to make the plastic hard and clear. These chemicals are being shown to have similar health effects to BPA. So just because a bottle says BPA free, does not mean it's free from harmful chemicals. So tricky, eh?

BPA, and its replacements cause these health problems by leaching into things that it touches. So, when milk is in the bottle, some of the chemicals from the bottle start to seep into the milk. Then, when your baby drinks the milk, they are also drinking those chemicals. BPA, and its replacements, are much better at seeping into food or milk when the container is heated up or when what's inside the container is fatty or acidic. Because babies often drink warm, fatty milk, it's the perfect storm for absorbing those chemicals.

So, to help you navigate this whole baby bottle situation, we have some tips.

  1. If your baby is having a hard time taking a bottle, try all the nipples and brands and don't sweat the plastic. First and foremost, for your sanity and your baby's happiness, find one that works for your baby. After they are comfortable with a bottle, then try switching to a stainless steel or glass bottle.
  2. Some brands of nipples are interchangeable, so you can try to put your child's prefered nipples on a stainless steel or glass bottle. There are even sites where you can look up nipple and bottle compatibility.
  3. Ask other parents if you can try their stainless steel or glass bottles for a day or two before you buy one. Or, if you are willing to commit, check out our roundup too.
  4. If you're sticking with plastic bottles, heat up the milk in a separate glass or stainless steel container in the bottle warmer or under hot water, then transfer to the plastic bottle for feeding.
  5. Also, if you're going to stick with plastic, try to go with #2 or #5, or plastic that is cloudy in color because they are less likely to contain BPA and its replacements.
  6. Throw away scratched and old plastic bottles. Plastic with scratches is more likely to leach chemicals into the milk because there is more surface area and the integrity of the plastic is ruined. Because of this, it's probably not a good idea to use hand me down bottles. Sorry!
  7. Other things that can cause higher rates of leaching are UV light (like from the sun) and moist hot environments. So, do your best to keep baby bottles from sitting out in the sun, and try to wash your bottles by hand (or in the dishwasher if they say they are dishwasher safe) instead of using a UV light.
  8. As a last ditch effort, if you have friends or family living in Europe, ask them about popular glass and stainless steel baby bottles because different brands and kinds are available there. You may be able to order them online or maybe you have a very nice friend or family member who would be willing to ship them or bring them when they visit.

Best of luck!

Tired of changing and throwing away tampons or pads every month? Want a zero-waste alternative for your period? Heard of menstrual cups and period underwear, but not sure which one to pick? Well, look no further! We rounded up the 10 best-reviewed non-toxic menstrual cups and organic period underwear options for you to try out. All of the menstrual cups are made of a flexible medical-grade silicone that collect fluid instead of absorbing it. The period underwear options we found are made with organic cotton, and can be washed.

Keep Reading Show Less
Want more news like this?
Sign up to receive our email newsletter and never miss an update!
By submitting above, you agree to our privacy policy.
/ SOCIAL
Family

Environmental Factors May Have a Bigger Impact on Fertility than You Think

Breaking Down the Science and Ways to Limit Harmful Exposures

Trying to get pregnant should be an exciting time of planning for the next stage of your life, not one full of doctors visits, constant testing, and worrying about body temperatures. But, if you and your partner are struggling with infertility, you are not alone. According to the CDC about 12% of women have impaired fecundity, which is another way of saying that they are having difficulty getting or staying pregnant (1) [there are no statistics on infertility in men, but there is science showing that overall sperm count is decreasing(14)]. And, the science is clear, environmental factors definitely impact reproductive health - for both men and women. Some of the biggest impacts come from air pollution, pesticides, and endocrine disrupting chemicals (2), which are in all sorts of products and affect the way hormones interact with your body.

Keep Reading Show Less
Roundups

9 Stainless Steel & Glass Tumblers

For iced coffee, iced tea, and smoothies on the go

Getting iced coffee in a plastic cup with a plastic straw is a lot harder to do after watching that video of a plastic straw being removed from a turtle's nose. Plus there is also that pesky condensation that creates a pool of water at the bottle of your cupholder or on your desk. So we found the 9 best reviewed stainless steel and glass tumblers, so that you can have your iced beverages in style this summer. Many of the brands have different sizes ranging from 20oz to 30oz and variety of colors. We prefer stainless steel or glass because many of the acrylic or plastic tumblers may have chemicals similar to BPA. We also link to some stainless steel straws because not all of these tumblers come with straws. And if you're like us, drinking iced coffee through a straw is just synonymous with summer.

Keep Reading Show Less
Life

Easy Ways To Keep Your Car Smelling Fresh Without the Synthetic Scents

Cause Traditional Car Air Fresheners Are No Good For Your Health

Those little tree-shaped air fresheners dangling from a rear-view mirror or air vent clip-ons may feel festive, but most car air fresheners can be bad for your health. They seem so innocent, so how is that possible you might ask?

One of the biggest issues with these products is the mystery behind what goes into them. Believe it or not, It's actually hard to be 100% certain about what chemicals are in air fresheners. There's a ton of secrecy into what actually goes into a fragrance product because companies can claim their ingredients are trade secrets. We definitely can't say a product is safe if we don't even know what is used to make it.

However, we do know that most air fresheners are made up of a ton of synthetic fragrances. There are literally thousands of chemicals manufacturers can choose from when making a product with synthetic fragrance. And a lot of these chemicals are known to have negative impacts on our health. (1)

On top of that, fragrance in air fresheners usually contain both phthalates and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) (2). Although these chemicals can make scents powerful, they can also be allergens that cause coughing, headaches, and runny noses (2). Phthalates are also hormone disruptors and VOCs can be carcinogens. We definitely don't want to be constantly breathing in those chemicals, no matter how good they might smell!

The amount of space inside your car is also a reason we don't like traditional car air fresheners. A smaller space = more concentrated exposure, and since you probably have your windows closed 90% of the time, a car is one of the worst places to keep a strongly-scented product.

Luckily, there are easy, nontoxic ways to make your car smell fresh! You can keep a container filled with baking soda or a baking soda freezer pack hidden somewhere. Baking soda is a completely natural way to eliminate odors and a box is only a couple of dollars! Using scents from natural sources are also a great way to add a little freshness to your car. You can put a few drops of an essential oil onto a clothespin or another wooden item and leave it somewhere in your car (3). When the smell goes away, just replenish with a few more drops of oil! If you prefer something a little more contained, we also love putting satchels of lavender or rose petals around our car.

But perhaps the easiest way to get rid of a bad smell is to simply roll your windows down! Maybe rolling down the windows will help make your commute a little more relaxing too.

References:

  1. https://www.nrdc.org/media/2007/070919
  2. https://kellybroganmd.com/is-your-uber-air-freshener-making-you-sick/
  3. https://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/how-to-make-3-naturally-scented-air-fresheners-for-cars/
Roundups

12 Best Non-Toxic Diaper Creams

Our top recommendations for your baby's bottom that parents love

Updated for 2019!

We get it- you're busy but you also want the best for your baby. But who has the time to sit down and do hours of research on the best diaper creams for your baby's bottom? That's why we're here! We have nothing butt (get it?) amazing products for our non-toxic diaper cream roundup. These 12 products are free from irritants like fragrances and use soothing ingredients to keep diaper rash at bay. Some options have non-nano zinc oxide to protect the skin, and some work more as an ointment to prevent redness. Looking for an organic diaper balm? We've got those too. As always, we thoroughly researched consumer reviews to ensure you're getting a stellar product that actually works and that parents love.

Keep Reading Show Less
Home

10 Places to Buy PVC-free Wall Decals

Why it's worth considering before your next redecorating project

Wall decals are the perfect decorating solution for nurseries, kids rooms, renters, dorm dwellers, or basically anyone who is a commitment-phobe. There are endless designs that can add just the pop you need, and they are easy to remove for when you want to change it up. But most wall decals are made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), otherwise known as vinyl. These vinyl stickers have added phthalates which make the plastic stickers super thin and flexible, yet durable enough so they don't rip easily. Phthalates have endocrine disrupting properties that can wreak havoc on your hormones and have been linked to a variety of health issues like cancers, infertility, preterm birth, impaired brain development, and asthma and allergies. Basically, not good stuff. Plus, the manufacturing process of PVC is really bad for the environment and communities where it's manufactured (1) and there's no way to recycle it. Eek. Not good all around.

So next time you're shopping for a wall decal, check the 'details' section on the product page. A decal that says vinyl or doesn't specify anything is probably one you want to avoid. Thankfully, there are plenty of sites that make PVC-free options that still get high marks from designers. We pulled together our top 10 favorites sites down below.

  1. Chocovenyl
  2. Eco Wall Decals
  3. Koko Kids
  4. Love Mae
  5. Oopsy Daisy
  6. Petit Collage
  7. Pop and Lolli
  8. Sunny Decals
  9. Tiny Me
  10. Wall Dressed Up


References:

  1. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/vinyl-chloride.pdf
Family

5 Tips for Healthy Kid-Friendly Meals (cause the struggle is real!)

Dreading dinner time every night? We're here to help.

Let's face it, getting a child to eat, no less a picky eater, might actually be the most daunting task in the world. Whether you've been on the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches only train for the past week or past month and just want your child to add something green or leafy to their palate, we've got you covered. We've put together some overall suggestions to incorporate into meal-prep that are not only more kid-friendly, but will also help you avoid processed foods that might be less healthy or have added toxic chemicals.

Keep Reading Show Less
Want more news like this?
Sign up to receive our email newsletter and never miss an update!
By submitting above, you agree to our privacy policy.
/ SOCIAL