Tuesday, April 22, 2008


I know I keep talking about plastics, but as more articles/research surface, it is becoming more apparent that we really need to safeguard our little ones.

In the interest of clarity, I'll skip all the jargon regarding why the plastic is bad and what it can do to your child, just know this:

--If you have a bottle, sippy cup or other reusable plastic with the recycling number 2 or 7...throw it out. Even avoid buying anything packaged with this type of plastic as we do not know how it has been treated before it got to you.

-- It is actually okay to freeze bottled waters. Freezing actually retards the release of chemicals. Ignore the Internet urban buzz.

--When microwaving, remove food from all pastic containers (even the little soup cups, chef boyardee, and like products).

--Gerber's clearview bottles are BPA-free; a three pack costs $3 at Target. Buy them or glass bottles.

--Reduce can food usage....try to buy fresh foods or stemables in the bag.

--Look for recycling codes 1, 4, and 5 as they are considered safe plastics.

--Do not heat bottles and sippy cups, do not wash them in the dishwasher with harsh detergents, or put hot liquids in them. (I'm throwing all mine out and starting over).

--Even avoid "microwave-safe" packaged lunches or kid cuisines....or just warm the food in a glass container.

Source: The Washington Post, Tuesday Health Section

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