March 24, 2020

not plastic baby bottles, alternative to plastics

Are you considering using plastic-free baby bottles? Many parents are switching to safe non-plastic alternatives. Here we will discuss the best not plastic baby bottles options.

First lets go over the basics.

Reasons for choosing not plastic baby bottles include:

  • Health concerns with BPA and other chemicals that can leach from the plastic baby bottle into your babies food.  
  • Also alternative to plastic are better option for the environment.
  • Ease of heating tempered glass or medical grade silicone compared to possibly melting the plastic bottles​.

Alternatives to Plastic Baby Bottles.

Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of each option. 

Glass Baby Bottles:

Pros: Glass bottles wont leak toxins into your babies food, and tempered glass can be warmed easily. 

Cons: Glass is heavy, and if you find a glass baby bottle that is not heavy it may be because it is not tempered glass and could break easily. 

Stainless Steel Baby Bottles:

Pros: This is a lightweight alternative to plastic baby bottles. Look for stainless steel bottles made from 18/8 stainless steel. Preferably double walled  (insulated) to keep liquids cold or warm. 

Cons: Sometimes the taste of steel is apparent and while you can use stainless steel bottles for breast milk and formula sometimes there is a strange aftertaste if the bottles are not thoroughly scrubbed before using them for other liquids like water. 

Silicone Baby Bottles: 

Pros: Super lightweight yet durable. Have a good feel that babies and toddlers tend to enjoy. Silicone is a non-toxic polymer made of silica (sand). 

Cons: It used to be silicone bottles where hard to find. Now there seems to be plenty of options.  Consider only going with reputable companies the 3rd party test their bottles for quality and safety standards.


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Top 4 Not Plastic Baby Bottles

  • Boon Nursh Silicone Pouch Baby Bottles: Boon just recently came out with these super neat bottles.  The Boon baby bottle focuses on air free feeding, so perfect for keeping gas and colic to a minimum.  As with other silicone baby bottles these are lightweight and dishwasher safe.
  • Comotomo Silicone Baby BottlesThis baby bottle also made our Top 5 Best Baby Bottles list and for a good reason.  It is easy to pour formula or breast milk into, its lightweight, dishwasher safe and babies tend to LOVE this bottle!  Silicone is composed primarily of silica (sand) and is categorized as a rubber. Here is a link to an article from Life Without Plastic to learn more.    If you are a Spectra pumping mom here is a article we wrote about how to pump right from your breast pump into your Comotomo baby bottles.​
  • Olababy Gentle Baby Bottle While this bottle is very similar to the Comotomo, some parents prefer this bottle because of the off-centered nipple and feel that mimics a natural breast more than the Comotomo.  Honestly, this just really depends on what your baby prefers.  As with the two silicone bottles listed above, this bottle is super lightweight, easy to use and clean.
  • Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottles:  Lifefactory still remains our top choice for glass baby bottles.  These bottles come with the silicone sleeve already attached, so there is no need to remove it.  These bottles are also safe to pump right into, freeze and heat in warm water.

Further Topics of Interest:

    Best Baby Bottles of 2020  (yes, several of the bottles in this article are listed here as well, like Comotomo which we just can't say enough about) My Plastic Free Life, this is a link to Beth Terry's website that contains useful information on transitioning away from plastics.
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