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Glass vs. Plastic Baby Bottles - Which is Best?
Sadie Prise
Glass vs. Plastic Baby Bottles - Which is Best?

If you are going to be introducing a new baby into your life soon then be prepared to start making way more decisions than you ever have before. Becoming a parent brings great joy but also great responsibility. It is up to you and your partner to decide what is best for your baby. Even before baby comes you will need to start making decisions on your birth plan and what items you will need to prepare for baby’s homecoming. Check out our latest post for some helpful tips on the not-so-obvious things to do before baby arrives. It’s a lot to take in and it all happens so fast (unless you are in your third trimester – then time seems to stand still!) Thankfully, there are SO many resources available for new parents, including us – we are here to help!

Here are some of the top reasons parents choose glass bottles over plastic bottles:

  • Safe – no chemical leaking
  • Durable
  • Recyclable

Glass Does Not Leak Chemicals Like Plastic

Historically, plastics have been known to leak harmful chemicals when used to eat or drink. Do we really want to be exposing our babies to potentially harmful chemicals? Yikes! Around 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restricted the use of BPA in plastics but that is just one of many chemicals used in the production of plastics.

By now you have probably heard the term BPA but do you know what it is and what it can do? BPA, or bisphenol A, is an estrogen-like chemical used in the manufacturing of plastic bottles and food packaging. According to an article from the NY Times, a study of over 2,000 people found that over 90% had traces of BPA in urine, breast milk, blood of pregnant women and in umbilical cord blood. The article also talks about the very serious side effects which can impact the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.

The only safety risk that glass bottles pose is the fact that they could shatter when dropped but that’s how Wawita Baby Products was founded! Check out our story of how we got started here. The Wawita glass bottles are shatter resistant so if they are dropped they won’t break into a bunch of pieces. No parent wants to worry about glass shards all over the ground where their baby crawls and plays! Follow us on Instagram to see a video of us dropping our glass bottles to prove they don't shatter into pieces!

Glass is More Durable Than Plastic

Another great reason to go for glass is durability. Plastic easily gets worn after simple use and cleaning. After a few rounds through the microwave or dishwasher, they are pretty much done for. Glass bottles will last a long time and can withstand the things that plastic can’t.

“Durable” to some parents may lead you to think that the Wawita glass bottle is heavy but fortunately, that is not the case. These glass bottles are actually light weight and have a nice gripping texture on the outside so baby can hold it. Of course, you should always be supervising the feedings but usually around 5 months baby is grabbing at everything and wants to be independent!

Glass is More Recyclable Than Plastic

Glass can be recycled over and over whereas plastic cannot be and loses quality after each time it is recycled. According to an article by Mother Nature Network

When glass is recycled it gets turned into more glass. It can be recycled over and over and never lose its integrity. Plastic bottles, however, are not recycled into plastic bottles. The plastic loses its integrity and needs to be turned into something different such as plastic lumber or carpet padding. Because of this, some people say that plastic isn’t truly recycled; it’s downcycled

Why Parents Choose Plastic 

With all these great reasons to go for glass, you may be wondering why anyone would pick plastic bottles. If you are already an advocate for glass and you send your little one to a daycare center, you may be disappointed to hear that most daycare centers do not allow glass bottles as they are considered a safety hazard if they are dropped. We were thrilled to recently learn that one of the largest daycare providers within the United States actually approved the Wawita glass bottle as there is no safety risk of sharp pieces if broken.

We were so happy to hear this news because who wants to have different types and brands of bottles when you can exclusively use one brand that you love!? We were also so happy to hear that the daycare staff loved the Wawita bottles as well! They said they had been a care provider for many years and had never seen a bottle like ours. They were also impressed by the color changing feature that warns when the liquid is too hot for baby. They were mostly thrilled to say goodbye to the leaky, cheap plastic bottles that were replaced by the Wawita bottles. 

It's Your Decision

We try not to tell parents they have to do things a certain way because every family is unique and what works best for them may not work out for someone else. We are, of course, a bit biased on this topic since we are big advocates for glass bottles! Whatever route you decide to take, we hope we helped answer a few questions and educate you on the topic. The fact that you are reading these types of informative articles shows that you care about the safety your little one which is really all that matters! 

*Bonus Tip*

If you already own plastic baby bottles but are now considering switching over to glass, keep your plastic baby bottles and turn them into sensory bottles by adding dry rice! Babies love exploring new sounds - and this sound is mellow enough so that mom and dad won't go crazy! :)

If you would like to know more about this topic or have any questions, please comment or reach out to us through our Contact page or social media platforms. Thank you for reading. Don’t forget to subscribe to us if you would like to receive updates on new blog posts, new product and special discounts!

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