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Is Plastic Safe For Your Baby?

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Mother makes it sure to provide the best nutrition to her baby to protect him from all the infections and diseases. But have you ever thought the utensils you are using to feed your child are safe or not?
You know about the material of the utensils that your baby must use, especially plastic. Most of the mothers choose plastic bottles and cups for their little one because,

  • They are cheap and durable
  • They will not break easily as the glass cup and bottle as the little one always has a tendency to throw and drop them.
  • They are incredibly light for the little one to hold
  • They are easy to store
  • They are easy to clean
Are Plastics Bottles And Cups Safe For Your Baby

Are Plastics Bottles And Cups Safe For Your Baby

However, is it safe for your little one? If not, why? Are there healthier alternatives for plastic? You are o9n the right page, continue reading, and this article will help you to know more about this topic.

Is Plastic Safe For Your Baby?

No mother would have thought that shatterproof, unbreakable, and light and easy plastic bottles and equipment could be harmful to their baby. Plastic bottles contain the two most toxic substances known as Bisphenol A (BPA), a substance used in the production of a hard, transparent plastic called polycarbonate, and phthalates,  plasticizers used in plastics to make them soft and durable.
These chemicals can leach out of the bottle or container into the liquid or food stored in it. When your little one eats or drinks the food and beverages stored in the plastic c ontainers, he or she, even in a small amount, will ingest these chemicals. Exposure to these chemicals can bring about several health issues in the long run as it hampers the body’s endocrine system.
Knowing the ill effects of BPA, it was banned in baby products. However, still, many companies use it in their products. Many of the researchers also concluded that even products that are marked BPA free are not 100% free from it and contains some amount of BPA in it. Therefore it is advisable to rely on some alternatives like glass and steel when it comes to the health of the child.

How Does BPA Get Into My Baby’s Food?

The amount of BPA seep into food and beverages depends on the duration it is stored in the container being overheated in the dishwasher or microwave, and the temperature of the liquid or food stored in it. In short, the discharge of BPA increases with temperature.

How Does BPA Affect My Baby?

BPA is very harmful to the growth and development of babies. It also showed that BPA was a reason for obesity, cancer, diabetes. Even a report was carried out in ‘The Times of India’ that showed the hazardous effects of using plastic bottles for your child.

  • BPA’s are proved to disrupt the hormonal balances, causing variable problems in the body. Other than that, plastic contains carcinogens that give rise to cancer.
  • You may not see a sudden effect of BPA on your child as studies show that BPA accumulates in the body and causes fertility problems, low sperm count in males, hyperactivity, and many more problems.
  • Several kinds of research were done on animals that showed it caused a negative impact on brain development, immune system, and reproductive system.

How Can I Save My Baby From Plastics?

How Can I Save My Baby From Plastics

How Can I Save My Baby From Plastics

After knowing all these harmful effects of BPA and plastic on your child, you must be searching for some effective ways to protect your child from all these bad effects. Here is the list of measures you can take to save your child from plastics:

1. Get Your Facts Right:

Before buying anything for your baby, it is very important to get your facts rights and gather some knowledge about baby products. Before buying a bottle for your baby, turn it upside down, you will see some kind of numeric symbol on it. All of the numeric symbols signifies the quality of plastics. Plastic utensils, showing the symbol of 1, 3, 6, and 7, are not made for storing foods and beverages, so avoid them using for storage purposes. They contain a good amount of BPA that disrupts the endocrine gland. So, ensure to check the bottom of containers before adding them to your shopping cart.

2. Shop Smart:

Shopping smart is the key to save your child from plastic. Ensure to buy the bottles made up of polyethylene or polypropylene. Their main property is that they are merely colored and opaque rather than being clear. Your child’s health is priceless, so avoid buying his stuff from cheap sales. They have high leaching property as cheap plastics get worn easily.

3. Avoid Storing These Foods:

Food substances that are high in fat content, oily or greasy or are acidic in nature, highly interact with the chemicals leached out from plastics. Also, make sure to cool down the foods to room temperature before storing them in plastic containers. You can use glass containers rather than using plastic ones for storage purposes.

4. Hand Wash:

Hand washing is the best technique to wash plastic made utensils. Washing them with harsh detergents or washing them in dishwashers can enhance their property of chemicals leaching.

5. Keep It Away From Direct Sunlight:

As already explained above, heat increases the discharge of BPA, which leeches into the food and beverages stored in it. Therefore, stack bottles/containers in a cool place away from direct sunlight.

6. Ditch Plastic Wraps:

Avoid using the cling plastic wraps to store food and to heat up it in the microwave. When the food comes in direct contact with plastic, it leaches out the chemicals in the food, making it toxic for consumption. Foods like meats and cheese are more prone to absorb these kinds of toxic chemicals. You can use other alternates like ceramic plates, wax paper, and paper towels for this purpose.

7. Explore Alternatives:

Using an alternative for plastic bottles is the best method to save your baby from plastic. You can use steel or glass containers instead of those plastic made containers. These are easily available in the market, durable, and safe to use.
Some Final Words  
Prevention is far better than cure. By opting for all these preventive measures, you can help your child in building a healthy future. Prefer feeding your child with a spoon or make him have milk in glass rather than using plastic bottles. If you want to use them, then ensure that they are of good quality and BPA free. Other alternate like steel and glass bottles are far better than plastic made utensils. Prefer smart buying as your child’s safety is in your hands.

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