Avoiding BPA

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Avoiding BPA

Are you? I am not even sure where it is....Is it in water bottles? Is it in ALL plastics. Is it just hype?

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I'm not sure if its all hype or not but I'll avoid it anyway. With DS I got all his bottles like a month before the BPA free ones came out. BRU was great about letting me exchange them all since I hadn't opened them yet. Most of the stuff out today for infants and toddlers is labeled BPA free so its easy to get around it.

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Everything for babies and toddlers is BPA free most of the time anyway. The drinking cups I just bought for myself are BPA free too. If I notice there is a BPA free and then another that doesn't say if it is or not next to it I will choose the BPA free one. Other than that I just buy and assume all is fine (not the best but oh well).

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Oh yes, but I've attempted to avoid endocrine disruptors much longer than this pregnancy. We haven't completely banned plastics from the house or anything, but we do aim to use glass containers when we're reheating food, stainless steel for our water bottles and lunch containers, and that sort of thing. I'm quite certain that nearly all baby products are BPA-free these days so we'll just deal with it how we need to when it comes to small containers for solid foods. I know we can't avoid all cheap, lead-ridden Chinese plastics, but they will also be on our radar.

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Yep, avoiding BPA, sulfates, parabens, processed foods etc. did before and will continue to do so!

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BPA is not legal to sell in my city!

From what Iv'e read, it's good to stay away, especially for women/girls (hormone issues).

Honestly though, I have no idea if it's hype or not?

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I've made the switch from plastic to glass last Black Friday (Found a great deal on glass storage)

I will be buying glass baby bottles if I need them. I switched because of me having whacky hormones i didn't want to add to it, in case it wasn't type and to be honest I really like glass better. It doesn't get weird like plastic does and its easier to clean in my opinion etc. I also love the ease of cooking in it, freezing in it and left overs in it lol.

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We made the switch to glass storage containers for food last spring. A few plastic ones have found their way into our collection...we don't buy them, but people have given us food in them. I'm okay with storing food in them but we don't reheat in them. I bought a BPA free water bottle, and DH has a stainless steel one. And I agree, most baby stuff is BPA free...so I don't think about it too much there.

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"sugspop" wrote:

Yep, avoiding BPA, sulfates, parabens, processed foods etc. did before and will continue to do so!

Same here!

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I've never done any research on it, but I know the bottles that I used on my last three babies was before all of the "hype" about BPA, and the bottles that I have for Trystan are BPA free, so I'm not worrying about it!

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We use mostly glass for food storage and never reheat anything in plastic. I still use a plastic water bottle but it is BPA free and I try to buy BPA free whenever possible. All of our baby stuff is BPA free too.

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My understanding is that as long as you don't heat the plastic the BPA (if there is any) won't leach into any food or water.

They just did a report on a Canadian news program saying that a new study has shown that BPA may be just as harmful for pregnant women - harmful to the child - as having baby products with BPA. They noticed behavioral differences in children whose mothers had high levels of BPA even after they were about 3 years old. I guess they'll be studying more.

Also, in Canada BPA is already illegal for any baby products. I don't know if there's any law about it in the U.S.

We get Canadian channels here.

Another place that it is common to find BPA is in canned food. They use it to line the interior. So avoiding canned foods would be helpful, too.

Personally, I'm passively avoiding it. Not heating things in plastic, but not going too far out of my way.

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I read that report too, it was interesting! It freaked me out a bit to read that BPA in pregnancy significantly affects girl babies more than the boys.

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