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Dr. Brown's Glass and Polypropylene Bottles

Dr. Brown's Introduces Glass and Polypropylene Bottles

Like strollers, cribs, and nearly everything else baby–related, I was stumped when I had to buy bottles for my baby. Unaware of which brand or style to purchase, I went on the advice of fellow mothers and bought a supply of Dr. Brown's.

My friends said that the patented internal-vent system incorporated in the Dr. Brown's Natural Flow bottle helped their babies avoid gas, indigestion, and, in some cases, colic. I was sold. My only problem was that the bottles were only available in plastic, which is a serious downer for mothers like myself trying to avoid it.

But alas, Dr. Brown's has boarded the glass-bottle train. In December, the manufacturer began selling its genius bottle in glass form ($13 for two 3.5-ounce bottles). And late next month, the brand will be introducing its newest line of polypropylene baby bottles.

Which do you prefer: plastic, polypropylene, or glass bottles?

snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
my mother in law said there is a problem with soothers' plastic too, does anyone know about that?
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
thanks for the info abq mama.. i wonder if it is only a problem when the plastic bottles are microwaved?
abqmama abqmama 9 years
The whole scare behind the plastic bottles are the chemicles like BPA. Basically it is an estrogen-like chemical used to make plastic but it is actually one of the last things we want to expose our children too. It can speed up puberty and add to weight gain, and may cause changes that can lead to breast and prostate cancer. Other studies have shown that is may cause brain damage, abnormal organ development, and hyperactivity. I think it is better to be safe than sorry so I have switched to glass bottles, which are very inexpensive. The Gerber nursers are 3 for $5 or so. I also have a couple of Born Free bottles for going out. If you are worried about the glass bottles breaking, you can get sleeves for them to help protect them if dropped. I have several different kinds, some silicone and even a knit one.
fsquaash fsquaash 9 years
I don't know of any kids who have suffered "Plastic Bottle Syndrome". Is it possible we will look back on this no-plastic phase in a few years and think the dangers were a bit overblown? There are real dangers out there for children--car accidents, swimming pool accidents, real diseases. Maybe they should get more of our focus.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
When heated, five of the most popular brands of polycarbonate -- the clear, shatterproof plastic used in baby bottles -- leached bisphenol A at levels that have been found to cause harm in laboratory animals, Environment California found in a 2007 study. Polypropylene is a safer plastic. For information on possible risks and alternatives to plastics for children: Environment California report: EWG report on bisphenol A: What you can do Environmental health advocates offer the following tips for minimizing children's exposure to bisphenol A and phthalates : -- Avoid bottles and other food containers made of clear, hard polycarbonate plastic (made from bisphenol A), which may be labeled #7 or PC on the underside. Also avoid polyvinyl chloride (PVC), labeled #3, which can contain phthalates. -- Choose plastic food containers, bottles and cups made of #1, #2 and #4 (polyethylene) and softer, opaque #5 (polypropylene) plastics, glass or stainless steel. -- Avoid canned foods, including baby formula, which may contain bisphenol A in their lining. -- Avoid foods wrapped in plastic. -- Do not microwave children's food in plastic or polystyrene. -- Do not put plastics in the dishwasher, and dispose of any plastic containers or dishware that look scratched or hazy. -- Do not let children put plastic toys in their mouths. -- Choose wooden toys or look for products labeled "PVC-free," though most children's products are not labeled. Soft plastic toys such as teethers, dolls and bath books may be made of PVC. -- Call manufacturers to find out whether products contain bisphenol A or phthalates. Source: Environment California, Environmental Working Group
bluecat1972 bluecat1972 9 years
We still use plastic Avent bottles for our daughter. However we do use a glass measuring cup to heat the formula, a bit more work but it is cheaper than replacing all our bottles for glass ones.
mrtruman mrtruman 9 years
no need to go with dangerous glass bottles...born free makes plastic ones that don't leech chemicals. right now born free is the only brand that does so, but hopefully more companies will follow suit.
Akpril Akpril 9 years
I agree. I want to know more about why some moms are avoiding plastic.
katedavis katedavis 9 years
I'm equally as clueless as Ericka and CJaneTyp. Educate us please!
CJaneTyp CJaneTyp 9 years
Plastic is bad because of the chemicals possibly leaching out. Not a problem with glass. Not sure what polypropylene is?
Ericka Ericka 9 years
I don't know! What's the difference?
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