Many parents wonder if it’s better to use plastic rather than glass bottles. In making this choice, we must first consider the safety of the baby.
On the one hand practicality, on the other durability, and the doubt of which bottle to choose. I hope to help you by showing below the main advantages and disadvantages of plastic and glass baby bottles.
What is in favor of plastic bottles?
Unlike glass, plastic hardly breaks, so we have no accidents with plastic bottles. The material is very light, easy to handle and transport. There is a wide variety in the trade and can be found in many stores very easily.
What's against plastic bottles?
Some plastic bottles contain bisphenol-A (BPA), which is a chemical used in the manufacture of some plastics to make them harder and more resistant. These plastics are present in various utensils of our daily life such as appliances, computers, CDs, DVDs and in baby bottles and cups.
Studies have detected small amounts of BPA in foods and liquids packaged in these containers and found that BPA release is greatest when the containers are heavily worn, scratched or when hot food or liquids are placed inside them.
The problem for babies is that BPA is a substance that can act negatively on the endocrinological (hormonal) system. Some studies have associated BPA with the development of early puberty, late puberty, diabetes, obesity, atypical social behaviors in children, heart problems, and even breast and prostate cancer.
The plastic bottle also accumulates bacteria, picks up the smell and taste of any food placed inside it, and your disposal is harmful to the environment.
When buying a bottle, it is always wise to check the product packaging for information on the presence of BPA. Look for products that have the information: “BPA-FREE” or “NO BPA”. In specialty stores, there are already several options of plastic bottles without BPA.
What is in favor of glass bottles?
Glass bottles do not contain BPA, are stronger and more durable than plastic bottles, resist scratches and generally retain less waste.
What's against glass bottles?
The biggest factor against glass bottles is the risk of accidents as they can break and cut both children and adults, but today there is a greater variety of glass bottles in stores. Inserted in a silicone case that protects you and your baby from burns and offers additional protection against breakage. They’re made of a lightweight, thinner glass. They also feature an ergonomically shaped bottle that makes it easier to hold.
So, what to choose?
When opting for plastic bottles, look for those that do not contain BPA. Discard those that are very worn or scratched. Very old or scratched bottles allow the growth of microorganisms that are harmful to the baby's health.
When choosing glass bottles, always choose the bottles with silicone around, avoiding accidents. Do not leave the bottles within reach of children and be very careful in handling.
Find our Sunveno Baby Glass Bottles here. They're designed to prevent leakage while feeding and to reduce colic/cramps in your baby.
Whichever glass or plastic bottle you choose, hygiene and sterilization care are essential!