Plastic vs. Glass Baby Bottles:BPA (Bisphenol-A) was abandoned by manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups after a public outcry. There have recently been some reports stating “BPA-free” plastic may contain even more harmful chemicals than BPA, such as BPS (bisphenol-S). (See the article from Time magazine here and the Washington Post article here.) Why take the risk? Glass is a much more natural material (made from superheated sand, soda ash and limestone), and there is no concern or worry about unknown chemicals when it comes to feeding your baby. And, unlike plastic, they do not break down when you sterilize them, which makes them very sustainable and especially helpful for possible baby #2 (… or more).
Glass bottles tend to be a little pricier than plastic, but the lowest-cost option are the Evenflo glass bottles.
Why we love Evenflo glass baby bottles:
- Evenflo is a trusted, affordable brand that’s been around for decades.
- The glass bottles feature a nice easy-to-hold wavy design.
- Tempered glass bottle for easy sanitizing, recycling, and sustainability.
- Silicone nipple with Micro Air Vents™ helps prevent nipple collapse (we’ve never had any collapsing issues).
- Super easy to clean. Each bottle has only 4 parts (compared to many fancy ones that typically have 6+).
- Includes everything you need: bottle, nipple ring, nipple and cap.
- Dishwasher-safe on the top rack.
- Perfect for breastmilk: fits on Medela and Ameda pumps without adapters.
- These 4 oz. glass baby bottles are by far the best value at under $12 for a 6-pack.
We’ve heard a lot of moms say their babies won’t take certain nipples, and they end up buying many kinds with hefty price tags. From our experience, babies only know what you give them. They are so adaptable and unless they have a medical condition, they will learn to take the bottle no matter the brand. We suggest the 4 oz. size: it will be enough milk for one feeding and won’t be as heavy as the bigger bottles. Here are a few more tips on using glass:
- To sterilize: place bottles in a large pan and fill with boiling water and dish soap. Let soak for 5 minutes, rinse thoroughly and dry on bottle rack.
- When traveling: slip a burp cloth in between the bottles in case the cooler they’re in slips out of your hands (whoops, we’ve learned from experience).
- For freezing: These glass baby bottles freeze very well. Just leave a little room at the top for milk expansion. Freeze as soon as possible after pumping. Breast milk will keep up to six months in the freezer, and should be used 24 hours after defrosting. We don’t like to freeze the nipples and use these Dr. Brown’s bottle caps instead (note: these are a better deal than the Evenflo caps but still fit).
- For labeling: these reusable write-on labels will last the entire time you use bottles; they’re simply the best.
Do you have any other tips for using glass baby bottles? Let us know in the comments below.