Our top 3 non-toxic drink bottles for your child
You made sure that your baby’s bottles were free from nasties, but have you given much thought to what your child’s drinking vessel is made from? Here’s what to avoid and three of the best bottles on the market…
When I was pregnant with my first child, I spent hours researching non-toxic baby products (if only The Tot had existed back then!) I wanted to make sure that every item my baby wore, drank from and played with was free from pesticides and toxic chemicals.
But as my baby turned into a toddler, I started to let my standards slip. I realized with horror one day that most of her feeding and drinking products were made from plastic and that I’d forgotten to check the labels to make sure they were non-toxic. I took one look at her beat-up plastic water bottle and threw it away.
Then, I did some research to refresh my memory and here’s what I found:
- Plastic: When choosing a plastic water bottle, make sure that it doesn’t contain any BPA, PVC or phthalates. These chemicals interfere with our hormones and can have a range of serious health effects including reproductive abnormalities, infertility, birth defects, behavioral issues in children, asthma, heart disease, stroke and cancer. The more words listed after “free from” on the label, the better!
- Stainless steel: This durable material is completely non-toxic and really durable. This is the best way to go when choosing water bottles for your child and yourself.
- Silicone: Many water bottles come with silicone spouts or straws. Silicone is a man-made polymer that won’t leach or off-gas hazardous chemicals.
The best non-toxic bottles for your toddler
Every product sold on The Tot is subjected to testing to ensure that it’s safe and non-toxic. These three bottles are the cream of the crop.
Pura is the only 100% plastic-free bottle brand on the market. The bottle itself is crafted from antibacterial #304 stainless steel while the straw is made from 100% medical-grade silicone. Rest easy knowing that your child won’t be exposed to any unhealthy toxins.
This innovative sippy cup by ThinkBaby features an extra-soft, medical-grade silicone straw with a cross-cut opening that prevents spills. The plastic cup is free from BPA, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, PET and biologically harmful chemicals.
Re-Play’s colorful sippy cups are made from recycled milk jugs, so they’re kind to the planet as well as your child’s health. They’re BPA, PVC and phthalate-free, and the silicone valve is easy to clean.