BPA and Baby Bottles... Is it a Big Deal?
Unless you have a chemistry degree, you may not be familiar with Bisphenol A (BPA) or what harm it can cause to humans. As a matter of fact, this information has only developed in the last decade and is still under much debate. So here is our quick guide on all things BPA to help you make an informed choice when purchasing bottles for your baby.
What is BPA?
BPA or Bisphenol A is a man-made synthetic compound that is used to make certain plastics and epoxies. BPA-based plastic is clear and tough, which makes it ideal for use in a variety of consumer goods such as water bottles, CDs and sports equipment.
How can BPA Harmful?
In the last few years there has been growing concern that this plastic could be harmful to humans and in particular, children and babies. This is thought to be due to the fact that high-exposure to BPA has been linked to disrupted hormone levels and can contribute to the development of disorders such as obesity, asthma and certain types of cancer.
Currently, the Australian and New Zealand Food and Safety Authority do not see any significant risk associated with BPA products as long as the manufacturer’s instructions are followed completely.
They also claim that most scientific evidence currently available indicates that BPA in plastics does not present a risk to human health and as a result, there currently is no mandatory standard or ban for consumer products containing BPA.
However, other countries such as Turkey, France, Canada and Malaysia have taken a different stance, banning BPA in the manufacturing of baby bottles and goods.
The Australian Government has instead instigated a voluntary phase-out of baby products containing BPA and most manufacturers and retailers have jumped on board.
So what does this mean for parents with young children?
So what does all this mean? It means that you can make your own choice. Low levels of exposure to BPA has not been found to cause significant health problems in humans but it is a synthetic compound that has been linked to serious diseases so you need to decide what makes you feel safe.
As a parent, you should do whatever makes you most comfortable so if you’d rather be safe than sorry, going for BPA-free bottles is a great option for both you and your little one.
At Baby Mode we offer a large range of BPA-free bottles, dummies and sippy cups to ensure you can buy with confidence and peace of mind.
Keep your little ones as safe as possible with BPA Free products.