13 Reasons Why You Should Consider Glass Bottles

Posted by Niamh Kelly on

There is a vast range of baby bottles available on the market today, which can make choosing one a little daunting. Different brands, different shapes, different teats, there is a lot to consider. This blog post is to give you some more information on one that is usually overlooked... the glass bottle. 

BPA is an industrial chemical used to make certain plastics. Exposure to BPA is a concern as it is known to influence bodily processes such as growth, cell repair, fetal development, energy levels and reproduction. In 2011 the World Health Organisation published a report that stated BPA levels in breastfed babies were up to eight times lower than those in babies fed from plastic bottles. This led to a resurgence in popularity of glass baby bottles. Here we take a look at thirteen reasons why glass bottles are a good investment.

  1. No chemicals: Although you can find BPA-free plastic bottles, these will still usually contain many other harmful chemicals that can leach into milk. When heated, the chemicals in plastic can be transferred to the milk and enter the baby's system. Some of these chemicals have been associated with health risks such as hormonal imbalances, changes in the brain, early puberty and cancer. 

  2. Hygienic: Glass bottles can be sterilised properly, using higher temperatures and it wont effect the quality of the bottle.

  3. No clouding: Plastic bottles can become clouded over time and need to be replaced. Clouding can make it difficult to see if the bottle is actually clean or not. Glass bottles will never cloud and look as good as new after cleaning.

  4. Easier to clean: Small scratches will usually appear in plastic bottles over time. These crevices can harbour bacteria and are difficult to clean. Glass bottles are much less likely to become scratched and are easier to clean.

  5. No odours: Plastic bottles can absorb odours over time. This leaves the bottle smelling bad after a few months and can even effect the taste of the milk.

  6. Durable: Many people shy away from glass bottles as they fear they will break easily. Most glass bottles manufactured today are made from reinforced glass, are actually surprisingly sturdy and can withstand a drop on the floor. When cared for properly they will last a life time and can be reused for future babies.

  7. Less expensive: Glass bottles are priced similarly to plastic, however you will go through significantly more plastic bottles as they need to be regularly replaced.

  8. Better for the environment: We are all very aware of our need to reduce plastic waste to protect the planet for future generations. Unfortunately, many plastic bottles can't be recycled and will ultimately end up in landfill and our oceans. Glass is made entirely from natural materials and can be recycled indefinitely.

  9. Sustainability: A glass bottle will have a much smaller Carbon footprint over its lifetime compared to plastic. The production and recycling of glass is significantly less damaging to the environment then plastic.

  10. Preserves nutrients: Glass bottles prevent oxidation in breast milk and preserve all of the valuable nutrients.

  11. Thermal-shock resistant: Glass has the ability to withstand sudden changes in temperature. This is important when heating bottles directly from the fridge, or making up bottles direct from the dishwasher.

  12. Convenient: It is not recommended that you heat a plastic bottle in the microwave as it can warp the shape of the bottle and melt the plastic. Heating bottles with boiling water is time consuming and awkward. Glass bottles are perfectly safe to be heated in the microwave.

  13. Stylish: I personally love the retro look of a glass baby bottle. They are timeless, stylish and look great in today's modern homes.

Wild Child stocks Hevea Glass Baby Bottles in two sizes. Each comes in a two pack with natural rubber teat. Separate teat are also available in slow and medium flow.

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