Now how do I break my sons love of his plastic sippy??
grapefruit / 4120 posts
pomelo / 5607 posts
I'm in the process of removing all plastic from our kitchen, and ultimately from our home as much as possible. Thankfully this will be done before LO arrives, so s/he'll never know any different.
honeydew / 7916 posts
...that green bottle was sitting next to me as I read it. You can imagine how I felt.
wonderful pear / 26210 posts
Have you tried to offer an open cup, at least at meals? You can get glass ones that crumble instead of shatter, if you're worried.
pear / 1723 posts
I've always tried to minimize the plastic, but with kids it just seems to accumulate. Will make a renewed effort now for sure. This scares the daylights out of me.
pomegranate / 3503 posts
Eek. The kids actually do pretty well with mugs. They're heavy enough that they can't easily toss around. I have still been packing their water to school in plastic bottles though.
honeydew / 7295 posts
@looch: I am actually planning to buy him one of those today. My biggest concern is when we are traveling and spills.
persimmon / 1167 posts
I've really been trying to clean up our plastic act up while even TTC. I also feel very fancy at work drinking out of glass. I bring in all sorts of glass things to drink out of. It is fun.
And it's almost like you can do anything with a mason jar.
@MrsMccarthy: Yes, and for travel, a Sigg or other metal water bottle.
pomegranate / 3983 posts
Guess I'm getting rid of all our plastics...
grapefruit / 4400 posts
So, is it totally horrible that I won't be changing my plastics-use habits at all?
@looch: oh metal! Good idea
cantaloupe / 6751 posts
Ugh! This is so upsetting.
We usually use glass, but moved to a home w/ all hardwood floors and LO dropped a glass and it shattered everywhere. Went back to bpa free cups... But idk what to do
Anyone have good alternatives for food storage?
We have some glass pyrex containers but they still have plastic lids. Maybe canning jars?
It looks like a lot of the metal bottles have silicone mouthpieces, it sounds like that is a step better than traditional plastic...or not?
pineapple / 12802 posts
@HabesBabe: As much as I would LOVE to be all "imma change eeeeeverything". I doubt we will either. It's a very expensive task. Not to mention other stuff. Like, those food pouches, they have plastic nozzles. Are you gonna let your kid eat out of those??? I might try to change a few things, but ultimately, I think we will go unchanged.
apricot / 469 posts
@HabesBabe: no..I kinda think it is impossible to eliminate all plastic. Plus I feel like there is always something new for us all to be afraid of so I won't be changing my life in response to the latest article.
pomegranate / 3314 posts
Oh, man. This is bad news.
blogger / nectarine / 2010 posts
@HabesBabe: I'm not changing anything.
GOLD / wonderful apricot / 22276 posts
@HabesBabe: I'm with you!
@.twist.: @Aimed: this is my rationale, too... 1) it's too expensive and a little unrealistic to replace everything plastic (I mean... I'm not going to buy a wooden toothbrush) in my home, and 2) something else will kill me, I'm sure.
honeydew / 7091 posts
@MerryC: I have some pyrex with glass lids, but they're not good for traveling with, and they definitely don't stack well in the fridge
Someone here needs to invent an awesome line of toddler plastic-free products and make a ton of money!
wonderful grape / 20453 posts
I'm not changing anything. Everything has something in it that isn't great for you. Stainless and glass have its drawbacks. More than one study has to come out for me to run out and change things
Some things I agree with that but BPA is really really bad. It's true there are tiny hits of plastic here and tere but something out babies cling to and use often should not be trusted with it. It's especially bad for little girls. It can lead to infertility. I would at least try to cut back if you can.
watermelon / 14206 posts
@HabesBabe: I'm not either.
GOLD / wonderful coconut / 33402 posts
@HabesBabe: I won't. I don't see I can. I use pyrex for storing leftovers as much as possible. I can't send anything glass to day care. So food containers, sippy cups, bottles, spoons, what else are you suppose to do? I am not giving my 12 month old a glass cup at home.
persimmon / 1085 posts
This really stinks! I have no idea what alternative to use in place of the plastic straw cups. J is only 17 months.
@MerryC: I use the same glass pyrex with the plastic lids. Would love to hear of other food storage alternatives, too!
pomelo / 5228 posts
@blackbird: Totally agree! These articles are written specifically to scare us. Reducing is good, but totally changing everything is a too much for me.
grapefruit / 4066 posts
@HabesBabe: nope, not horrible...same over here..
I read the article and although scary, the fact is we live in a world of plastic things and to try and get rid of every single piece of plastic and LO's exposure to plastic over her lifetime, is overwhelming and impossible. I wish they had specified what brand of bottles/sippy cups out of the 17 BPA-free contained estrogenic activity. They stated over a quarter came back positive for estrogenic activity, so I assumed 26%. That means 70 something% of the sippy cups didn't release anything.
I just feel like in today's world, there is so so much out there that could possibly be harmful, and scientists are always conducting research on things, so unless I want to have my LO grow up in a bubble- not a plastic one but a wooden one- then there are just some things I just need to let go of.
GOLD / watermelon / 14076 posts
Has anyone had success with any non-plastic and non-glass sippy cups or straw cups? Do these even exist?
M hasn't successfully taken one yet, so if I am going to get her started on one it might as well be now.
My mom is a breast cancer survivor and it doesn't run in her family; she's the first to ever have it. So this stuff really worries me. It's not realistic for me to eliminate all plastic from our home, but I'd like to make some changes.
@MrsMccarthy: OK, but how much exposure is too much and how much is considered "safe"? It's like saccharine can lead to cancer... you pretty much have to snort it or directly shoot it into your veins to get cancer. Tampons can lead to TSS, but I'd rather take that risk than use a bulky pad. Everytime I get in a car, I'm one step closer to dying, but I sure as hell don't walk everywhere. There's a balance, risk vs. reward. Would I pretty much have to melt all plastic containers and bathe in the goo to be infertile?
@NovBaby1112: hahahaha. wooden bubble.
pineapple / 12526 posts
It's going to take more than one article on a very biased website to change me, to be honest.
wonderful cherry / 21504 posts
Yeah, this is getting filed under things to keep in the back of my mind but to not freak out over. I try to limit our use of plastic in general, and will continue to do so, but I'm more concerned about her getting hurt with a glass cup than the limited use of plastic cups. When she has the hang of it, I'll probably try to use a metal bottle if we can, but I just can't go crazy over every thing.
(I type this as the sound machine is blasting white noise in her room while she naps. Another thing I have to worry about.)
Exactly! I don't think we can eliminate it completely but stubbornly saying you aren't going to change a damn thing seems a bit unwise to me. I feel like there is a happy medium we can all find. I am sure we won't be able to completely phase out all potentiallt bad things but the more natural it is the better. Plastics are full of chemicals and glass is processed in a much more natural way. I'm not sure about the shatter proof ones though. I would want to know how they are made shatterproof. If someone posted something about buckling your child in a carseat safely would you poo poo it and say they were 2trying to scare you and just keep doing things the same way because all cat accidents are bad in one way or another? I don't think so.
@loveisstrange: fair enough but he not research it instead of just throwing it out completely?
@Foodnerd81: lol. i changed our white noise today to ocean... that's all the safety i can handle for at least a month.
I think limiting the amount a plastic your baby has exposure to can only be a good thing. It doesn't mean quitting completely but maybe not making it the mainstay until there is better data out there. Plastics are full of chemicals. Sure they can say anything is bad for you but some things carry more weight than others.
admin / watermelon / 14210 posts
i do worry about things like this, but it's really difficult to know what we truly need to change because you can find information on pretty much everything being hazardous to your health.
i really wish there was a credible resource that navigated all this in a fair and balanced way.
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