Everyone has heard about the possibly unsafe chemicals found in baby bottles, namely bisphenol A. As a first-time mother, I try not to freak out about too many things, but this is one news story that really made me feel sick to my stomach. Instead of trying to find a plastic BPA-free bottle, I figured I'd rather be safe than sorry, so I went with what I thought was the easy route and bought glass bottles. I wasn't alone - about the same time I purchased TJ's glass bottles, they were selling out. TJ seemed to like the glass bottle, I loved feeling he was safe (at least until the scientists come up with some other new discovery, like how organic milk is actually bad for babies or something), plus the bottle had a cool retro-look. What isn't so cool is traveling with a glass bottle. I worried about just shoving it in my diaper bag (what happens if the glass cracks or breaks), or giving it to TJ on a plane (what if he decides to chuck his bottle against the back of the tray table while demanding an Elmo DVD)? Fortunately, here are two possible solutions:
- Babylife sells the wee-go bottle. This glass bottle comes with a plastic protective cover (don't worry, Babylife assures this plastic is non-toxic) that helps protect the bottle from breakage and bumping into other items in the diaper bag. Choose from a variety of colors (like "sky" or "ocean," or as TJ says, "ba-leeuw"). At $18 a pop, the bottles are pricey, but probably worth it to avoid glass shards in your diaper bag.
- Silikids sells a similar product called a Siliskin Baby Bottle. A translucent silicone sleeve encases a glass bottle so that it is easier for the child to grab and hold, and avoids slippage. The Siliskin bottle is a little cheaper ($12 for an 8 oz. bottle), and also comes in several colors.
Don't let the travel factor hold you back from purchasing a glass bottle. These products should help you avoid accidents (at least the bottle-breaking kind). Another benefit - your child's bottle will be easily identifiable at any playdates.