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How to Buy BPA-free Baby Bottles

There's growing concern that the bisphenol-A found in some polycarbonate plastic baby bottles can leach into a baby's milk or formula, exposing children to health risks. Learn how to spot BPA-free bottles.


  • Step 1: Look for green baby ware vendors who sell BPA-free bottles.
  • Step 2: Examine the nipples on your baby bottles. Silicone nipples, which are typically clear, are thought to be safe, while latex nipples may release toxins. Feed your baby with a clear conscience.
  • FACT: The first glass baby bottle was patented in 1841.
  • Step 3: Eliminate plastic entirely and choose glass baby bottles, which are totally BPA-free. Glass baby bottles cost about the same as plastic ones and can be purchased at retail stores or online.
  • TIP: Old plastic baby bottles that are cracked, scratched, and cloudy can easily leach BPA. Throw them out.
  • TIP: Don't wash plastic baby bottles in the dishwasher or in very hot water, as this can cause BPA to leach. Hand wash them in warm water.
  • Step 4: Choose bottles labeled with the letters PETE -- polyethylene number 1, or PP -- polypropylene number 5. These polycarbonate alternatives are BPA-free and made of a pliable plastic.
  • Step 5: Look at the recycle number on the bottom of your baby bottles. Avoid polycarbonate bottles labeled with the recycle number 7. Opt for bottles with recycle numbers 1, 2, 4, and 5.

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