Several studies have found BPA to be a hormone disruptor. Until better research is done to determine its safety, it makes sense to keep BPA-containing products away from little ones' mouths.
- Step 1: When in doubt, opt for organic materials or opaque colors instead of hard, clear plastic which is more likely to contain BPA and other harmful chemicals. You've taken a proactive step for your child's health.
- FACT: Children exposed to phthalate chemicals in the womb may be twice as likely to have behaviors associated with attention deficit disorders, according to a study.
- FACT: Pronunciation: phthalate (THAL-ate)
- Step 2: Look for a label or sign on new products that says the material contains no BPA, or bisphenol-A.
- TIP: Products made after 2008 are less likely to contain harmful BPA, while older products are more likely to contain and leach the chemical.
- TIP: Manufacturers are not currently required to say that their products contain BPA, but many new products are labeled as BPA-free and some internet blogs for parents list specific brands and products that are safer.
- Step 3: If you think the baby products in your house may contain BPA, recycle or get rid of them.
- Step 4: Do some consumer research on the internet to find out which brands and products are BPA-free.