Glass Baby Bottles vs. Plastic Baby Bottles
By Cherub Baby
Deciding on whether to buy glass baby bottles over the plastic ones can be tricky for lots of mums! Some mothers we have interviewed claim they are hesitant in buying glass baby bottles due to their fear of breaking glass baby bottles. Some also are not convinced that glass baby bottles are convenient as it is heavier than plastic. However, little do many mums know that glass baby bottles are now less prone to breaking with shockproof designs and silicone sleeves for additional protection. Here are eight primary reasons why you should start using glass baby bottles and ditch the plastic!
A reason why many drinks are still stored in glass containers is because plastic bottles tend to impart various flavours into liquids including breastmilk or infant formula especially when heated. Purity of taste is a major concern for many mums who only want the best for their babies. Glass baby bottles do not affect the taste of milk and preserves the natural flavour of infant milk formula or fresh milk expressed through breast pumps.
In 2012, the US FDA banned the use of bisphenol-A in the manufacture of baby bottles and sippy cups. There were concerns that the chemical in polycarbonate plastic could lead to certain cancers, changes in the brain and reproductive system, and early puberty. All baby bottles and sippy cups sold in the USA are now BPA-free. With recent discoveries of the dangers of a chemical BPA, people are changing back from plastic to tempered glass bottles. A small amount of BPA has been shown to damage hormonal systems in males and females, contributing to reproductive diseases and cancer. A recent study done by Environmental Defense found that more than 90 percent of plastic baby bottles leach BPA. The news was frightening enough for BPA to be banned in countries such as Canada.
Most mums fear glass baby bottles because of the drawback to glass baby bottles that they can be broken, especially by toddlers who’ve reached the hurling stage. Glass tends to be heavier and many mothers fear that children may not grip them well and the bottle may fall off and break. Glass also may get chipped over time and need replacing, but experts seem to agree that glass is best in terms of its food safety qualities. Glass bottles are still quite cheap Cherub Baby glass baby bottles only comes with a $14 tag price. Majority of glass bottles nowadays come I tempered glass while others have shock resistant composition giving the needed durability and making them very hard to break. Others also come with silicone sleeves for added protection and grip.
4. Healthy option.
By nature, glass is free of BPA — you don’t have to worry about different types of plastic and whether or not they’re safe. Glass is also easy to clean, and glass bottles can be easily sterilized in boiling water. If you want a non-toxic baby bottle, you can’t go wrong with glass. Worried about potential mishaps and breakage? Most of the plastic baby bottles on the market, however, are made with polycarbonate plastic which could leach an endocrine-disrupting chemical called bisphenol-A or BPA into your baby’s milk. BPA has stirred up a heap of controversy of late, but we’re proponents of the “better to be safe than sorry” school of thought.
Glass bottles are easily recycled compared to plastic baby bottles. It is also more energy efficient to process glass than plastic bottles. Among the eco-benefits is that a glass bottle can be recycled endlessly into other glass bottles without chemical processing compared to plastic. Once in the recycling bin, glass manufacturers can get it back to the consumer as another glass bottle in 30 days. Adding recycled glass to the mix means manufacturers’ furnaces can run at lower temperatures. And for every six tons of recycled glass used, the carbon dioxide emissions also drop by a ton. Glass infant bottles, for instance, are 40 percent lighter today than they were 20 years ago, which means it takes less fuel and produces fewer emissions to transport them.
Don’t want spoiled milk smell on your baby bottles? Then shift to glass baby bottles. Glass bottles are easily sterilized using conventional bottle warming equipment. Glass bottles are also easily cleaned by running them in soapy water or in the dishwasher without leaving the smell of milk clinging into the lining of the bottle ensuring that only freshly cleaned bottles are being used by your baby. Glass baby bottles also do not leach harmful substances and chemicals into the milk especially during heating and sterilizing.
Glass baby bottles are easily warmed compared to plastic baby bottles. Simply place the bottles in a standard and wide neck compatible electric or non-electric warmer and instantly serve your child warm and comforting milk. Markings on glass bottles also do not chip easily compared to those placed in plastic bottles. Most warmers also do not overheat glass baby bottles but just to be sure, use glass infant bottles that are made of tempered glass as they can fend off slips in the sink and will not break easily.
If you’re keen on breastfeeding your baby, then you’re probably well aware of all the vitamins and nutrients that can be found in breastmilk. What you might not know is that the oxidation of your milk can compromise its nutritive properties. Luckily, you can prevent oxidation by disabling air from mixing with your baby’s milk. Glass infant bottles are proven to be more effective in preventing milk from oxidation. Popular brands such as Cherub Baby glass baby bottles have been proven to prevent leaks and oxidation.
Where can I buy glass baby bottles?
Cherub Baby Australia’s range of glass baby bottles, sippy and straw cups are the perfect buy if you decide to go glass!
Their new model wide neck glass baby bottles now come with a patented silicone sleeve with built in shock absorbers that help to prevent breakage when dropped. In fact, their drop tests (from up to 8 meters or 3 storeys high, with no breakage) have them suspect they have the most drop resistant glass baby bottle known to planet Earth! The glass baby bottle is made from highest quality tempered thermal shock resistant borosilicate glass (commonly used in science labs) allowing bottles to transition safely from freezer to boiled water. The protective medical grade silicone sleeve not only provides super shock resistance; it changes colour if the liquid inside is too hot to serve to baby!
Even better - ALL parts are BPA, PVC, Phthalate and Polycarbonate free.
Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.