Recent reports suggest that the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in the plastics used to make many types of baby bottles could cause behavioral changes in babies or contribute to early onset of puberty in girls. Further study is needed on the exact effects of BPA in humans, but many parents are switching to BPA-free bottles just to be on the safe side. If you'd like to switch, too, the bottles listed below do not contain BPA. If you know of another great, commonly available BPA-free baby bottle, please email me so I can add it to the list.
Born Free makes two types of BPA-free baby bottles. They have a BPA-free plastic variety with a built-in air vent that is said to reduce the chance of colic. The BPA-free plastic bottles come in 5-oz and 9-oz sizes. Born Free also makes traditional glass baby bottles, which are seeing a renewed popularity in recent years. Their glass bottles also have an air vent in them and come in 5-oz and 9-oz sizes.
Medela makes some of the most popular breastmilk storage and feeding bottles, and has always made their bottles without BPA. If you're pumping breastmilk for your baby, it's really easy to pump directly into these Medela bottles and store the milk in them until it's time to feed baby, which can also be done from the same bottle. It's a great all-in-one solution for breastfeeding moms who need to pump and store milk for their babies.
ThinkBaby bottles come in 5-oz and 9-oz sizes and are not only free of BPA, the company also says their bottles don't have lead, phthalates or nitrosamines. The silicone nipples that go with these bottles have a wider base, so they might be easier for babies who switch between bottle and breast. The nipples also have a venting system built in to reduce gassiness.
Glass bottles don't contain BPA, but parents are sometimes hesitant to try them because some can break easily. The Wee*Go bottle from BabyLife answered that concern by putting a rubbery sleeve around the outside of the bottle to protect the glass and give baby an easy surface to hold on to. The result is a traditional glass bottle with a very cool modern look. The sleeves come in several colors. The entire bottle assembly is free of BPA, phthalates, PVC and polycarbonates. The bottle and sleeve can go into the dishwasher together for easy cleaning. The cap and ring should be hand washed, though.
Dr. Brown's Natural Flow baby bottles are well-known for their unique internal vent that eliminates negative pressure and helps reduce the chance that baby will suffer ear infections or colic. Though the polycarbonate version of Dr. Brown's bottles came under fire last year after the initial reports over BPA in baby bottles, the company also makes a glass bottle that gives you the same venting system without the concern over BPA. They come in 3.5-oz and 7-oz sizes.
Evenflo's Classic Glass Nurser bottles look a lot like the ones you may have seen in your own childhood. These are no-frills bottles that are easy to find in many stores and come at a pretty low price. Latex nipples usually come with the Classic Glass Nursers, but Evenflo does make silicone nipples to fit this bottle style, so a switch is easy if you or your baby prefer silicone bottle nipples.
Gerber has a few bottle lines that are made from polypropylene, which does not contain BPA. The Clear View and Fashion Tints bottles are really inexpensive and are available in plenty of stores. These bottles come in 5-oz and 9-oz sizes. Both silicone and latex nipples are available for these lines.