How to Find BPA-Free Baby Bottles
If your child drinks from bottles containing BPA, you need to recycle them and buy BPA-free bottles instead. If you are pregnant - even if you aren't planning to bottlefeed - you should buy a few safe bottles to have on hand for the new baby.
If you are wondering how to identify BPA in plastic baby bottles, just look at the bottles' recycling code. Polycarbonate plastic can be identified by it's recycling code, #7 (other plastics category), accompanied by the designation "PC". The letters "PC" can be present instead of the #7 symbol. If a food or beverage container has a #7 and/or a "PC" designation on the bottom it contains BPA. Containers labeled only #7 may be made of plastic other than polycarbonate.
Glass baby bottles are becoming popular again as a BPA-free alternative. For folks who want to steer clear of plastic products altogether, glass is a good choice. Several baby bottle brands are re-issuing glass bottles, including Evenflo and Dr. Brown's. Other available brands include BornFree and NuturePure. Glass bottles are easy to find as big-name retailers, such as Target, are re-stocking glass bottles again.
Plastics other than polycarbonate are now used to make baby bottles. PES plastic, the type used in plastic bottles from BornFree and Green to Grow, is a "safe, honey-colored plastic that is free of bisphenol-A," according to BornFree's website.
Polypropylene plastic is used in Medela's baby bottles and breastpump kits, as well as some bottle lines from Gerber. Polypropylene can be identified by the recycle code #5 and/or the symbol "PP" and is regarded as a safe, non-toxic plastic for food and beverage containers.
Think Baby offers a range of infant and child feeding products, including baby bottles, that are free of known toxins. The company vows that each product is free of bisphenol A, PVC, lead, phthalates, and nitrosamines.
Now that you know how to identify BPA in plastic baby bottles, you can avoid harmful plastic and buy safe baby bottles for your little one.