BPA-Free Takes Hollywood

09/14/2007 at 10:38 AM ET

Born_freeIt’s no wonder that Hollywood is starting to use Born Free bottles, they’ve snapped up every other better-for-you, green product in recent years.

Add Tori Spelling to the list. Her son Liam McDermott has been spotted on Tori & Dean: Inn Love sipping from Born Free‘s bisphenol-A (AKA BPA) free bottles. Born Free bottles are not made from the harmful polycarbonate and therefore do not leach the emitted toxins into the milk/formula over time.  They also have a line of glass bottles (as does Evenflo). Jason Priestley and his wife Naomi were photographed feeding their daughter Ava with a Medela bottle, which is BPA-free, as are all of the parts of the Medela pumps.

Playtex_babySuri Cruise has been spotted with the Playtex Premium Premium Nurser. While the Playtex bottle is made from polycarbonate, the liner holding the liquid is made of polyethylene (PET) and therefore is relatively safe from BPA.   

AdiriAnother bottle that lacks BPA (and polycarbonate plastic) is Adiri’s Natural Nurser. Born Free is available at Whole Foods, Babies R Us, CVS.com, and many natural food stores.  Most sippy cups are not made from clear polycarbonate are therefore safe.

For a great review of BPA-free toddler cups and which bottles are ok and which aren’t, visit Z Recommends and the Green Guide.

And of course, breastmilk straight from the source contains no BPA!

Recycle_3Recycle_6Recycle_7You can determine which plastics contain bisphenol-A by checking the recycling code on the bottom. Avoid #3 (polyvinyl chloride) and #6 (polystyrene) for food and liquid storage, and it’s not a bad idea to avoid #7 (which includes polycarbonate but other plastics) as well.  Not all plastic is labeled so if it’s made of clear, rigid plastic, it’s probably made of polycarbonate.  Products made of polypropylene are easy to identify because the BPA-free plastic is slightly cloudy and more flexible than polycarbonate.

PolycarbonateBisphenol-A (molecule pictured right) has been shown to stimulate estrogen receptors which causeseffects similar to estrogen in the body.  In men, this may causelowered sperm count and infertile sperm.It should be noted that most major bottle makers stand behind their products and it has been proven that the amount of BPA that’s leached is below the recommended daily intake limit. Additionally, the studies that have been done have only focused on animals and results do not always correlate to humans. However, it is recommended by doctors that we avoid BPA – just in case.  And because there are choices, why not make the safest one?

For more tips on avoiding BPA, click Continue Reading.

Have you made a change in the bottle or cups you use since learning about BPA?

Plastic safety tips

  • Avoid bottles and otherfood containers made of clear, hard polycarbonate plastic (made frombisphenol A), which may be labeled #7 or PC on the underside. Alsoavoid polyvinyl chloride (PVC), labeled #3, which can containphthalates.

  • 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 suchas teethers, dolls and bath books may be made of PVC.

  • Call manufacturers to find out whether products contain bisphenol A or phthalates.

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Stephanie on

I switched to Born Free from Avent for peace of mind. My son does not get bottles all that often (still nursing at 6 months), but it’s nice to know that when he does the bottles are safe.

dina on

I switched from Dr. Brown to Born Free ones. I also love the Medela ones. I couldn’t believe that companies would make bottles composed of BPA – i had no idea. As a parent that expresses breastmilk and feed her baby with a bottle, i feel MUCH better knowing the bottle isn’t harmful.

Marie on

I’m so happy to see this issue is getting more and more talked-about so the public gets made aware of it.

Personally, my son (14 months) has been breastfed (and still is!) but when I went back to work at 8wks, I had to find bottles for him. I wasn’t aware of the plastic issue at that time and used Evenflo and Medela since they could interchange with my pump. I threw out the Evenflos and used only Medela at about 6 months old. Now, sippy cups I’ve found the Born-Free which is GREAT because the nubby is soft enough to gum on but stiff enough to not leak terribly unless shaken up and down roughly while upside down. I think Playtex also has a #5 plastic sippy, though the nubby is hard plastic and for more advanced use with a heavier flow.

Also, beware of what your foods are packaged in! You’d be surprised how many food items are packaged in #3 and #7. Everything and every study I’ve read has said that #7 is the worst.

Maria on

I switched to Born Free bottles when I first hears about the BPA in all major brands of bottles. I could not of been happier by the switch. My son had less gas, spit up less because of the insert that you place on the top.

They have banned all major bottles in San Fransisco that have BPA in them. They are pricey- but make the switch! It also raises your own awareness about the plastics that you use daily. My son is now using the trainer cups- I love them. Born Free is dishwasher safe and I am so happy that I switched and heard about this problem.

meghan on

we changed our baby registry to born free from dr. brown’s… also – only that particular bottle from adiri is free of BPA – just in case anyone is interested…

Nicole on

I also switched to Born Free from Dr. Browns when I heard about the BPA in the plastic. However, I found that my daughter was more gassy from the Born Free, which I didn’t understand because they are supposed to reduce gas. I also bought the sippy cup, but it leaks so much that my daughter is soaked by the end of the meal. So we are now on the Playtex Nursers, which seem to be working, and are back using the Playtex First Sipsters for a sippy cup because I was told that that particular sippy cup is BPA free.

meghan on

i have read that the born free sippy cups are TERRIBLE. not sure what we’ll do when we get to that point.

Irene on

A great alternative to the traditional sippy cup is made by Kleen Kanteen. The website is: http://www.kleankanteen.com/2products/klean-kanteen-12oz.html

Stainless steel is a safe alternative to plastic, albeit a little heavier. We’ve used it with my daughter with no problems. The Avent sippy spouts work well in these.

Another alternative to BPA free bottles, are glass nursers, which are surprisingly sturdy and hard to break. They are heavy, but not unmanageable. My daughter has had no problems and we’ve never had a break. She was exclusively breastfed (drank from a bottle when I pumped), however, so I can see it might be a pain for formula fed babies. You can find the glass nursers from Evenflo on Amazon.com

Jenn on

I just got Born Free sippy cups at a baby shower last weekend. I looked into it and we’re tossing all our bottles from DD (3.5yo) and getting Born Free bottles for EBM for the new babe.

Melissa on

I switched all my daughter’s (14 months) sippy cups and although she has only breastfed (and still does!) she takes the breastmilk in a Medela bottle on the 2 days a week that I work. I also have switched all our water bottles, including the 5 gal. water cooler bottles. Not worth the risk.

alicia_Kaelin on

I have always used Dr. Brown’s baby bottles. They’re the only ones that worked with my children who were both gassy and colicky. I switched to Born Free because all of the issues I had heard about. They were so expensive, didn’t work and melted in the microwave. I was very upset and called Dr. Browns. They told me that to give parents choices, they will have glass available in November and polypropylene in the spring. AND, they’re half the price!

Lisa on

has anyone heard of or used Green to Grow or Think Baby bottles? thoughts?

Kelly on

If you are a busy parent on the go like I am (Mother of two boys 17-months & 3 1/2 years) your kids are probably always snacking, and therefor spilling in the car. I know a GREAT new product called the Munchie Mug that is a BPA-free and FDA-Compliant no spill snack cup for toddlers. It is made in California…not China. Yay! It goes in the dishwasher when dirty and if you have leftover snacks you can put the extra lid on it and put it in your cupboard to keep you snacks fresh until next time which helps eliminate snack waste. Both my sons love it, but you can only buy it on the Munchie Mug website. It is worth every penny and every parent will thank me for telling them about it, and so will the backseat of their cars as well as their couches and carpets. It really does what it says and makes “one less mess”. Check the Munchie Mug out!!

Edie on

We have been using the Safe Sippy and my son loves it. It’s stainless steel with a great insulating outer sleeve. We had tried another metal cup, Sigg I think, but this one is just better designed. And no paint!

Josh on

Try the Munchie Mug, BPA free and BY FAR the Best product availabe!!!!! 100% MADE in the USA