Friday, May 23, 2008

BPA and the Zoo

So I'm sure many of you parents are aware of this whole BPA thing. It's not actually new...but it's new in the news! Do you follow? Anyway, I've been fully aware of it for a while, but yet I still let Hailey drink out of her Avent bottles (which we ALL know is made from polycarbonates... which we also ALL know is made with BPA... common knowledge). So, my whole theory was that if I didn't heat the bottle, everything would be ok - no chemicals would leach into her milk and therefore we would be fine! And I'm sure we could have all lived a long happy life if we followed that hypothesis (maybe our kids would have an extra arm or two...but no biggie right?) Well, here's the thing, Health Canada decided to put out a report that basically sent all bottle feeding moms into a full blown frenzy. But that's the sort of thing that happens when you find out you've just spent the last 10 months poisoning your child - right?? Common everyday kind of stuff around here. Anyway, I joke about it because that's what I do, but in all seriousness, I think they're right. It's better to be safe than sorry. I'm sure us BPA bottle feeding moms didn't really poison our kids, but why take the risk? Especially when you can return all your 'bad' bottles without a receipt and buy 'good' ones with that money! It's a good deal and I'll gladly go along with it (as long as you don't get me started on the ridiculous mark up of BPA free bottles. Come on... we've totally been taken advantage of!)

So last week...or the week before we returned all three of Hailey's bottles and bought some nice 'Born Free' bottles. She doesn't seem to care...and I'm happier then ever because I didn't even pay for her original bottles in the first place. It all worked out fine....except for the time when Hailey overheard me talking about it all:

Interpretation of her face: What? BPA in my bottles?? What kind of world is this?? What about this sippy cup here? Will this give me a third arm too?

Don't worry, I'm a good enough mom that I explained to her that things will be ok (and she can always sue us later if she feels it's necessary) and that her sippy cup is BPA free, I checked. She seemed somewhat satisfied with that answer.

On to better things. So last week we went to the zoo with Laura and her kids. And this time we finally got some pics of the kids together:

They loved it...can you tell?

Hailey says: Excuse me Heidi...but you're not supposed to lick the glass

And finally - me and the babe...Hailey's still a bit wary of me after the whole BPA thing. She'll come around eventually.

ETA: So...I just have to be clear here...I really am a good mom. In fact, Hailey has been using the Avent Tempo liners for quite some time (and they are supposedly safe) - and that's only when she is lucky enough to get a bottle. I was never really comfortable with her using the regular bottles. Oh and we never microwaved them either...I at least knew that much. Anyway, here's a link to some info on BPA and bottles:

A list of 'safe' bottles:

-we now use the bornfree ones and we have an adiri - although Hailey isn't a big fan of it. It's a cool concept though

And an in depth review of bottles in general:

Actually read that entire blog, there's some really great info on there. Anyway, this is just my take on things...make up your own minds.


Francis Family said...

So I never even heard of this BPA thing? What is it all about? maybe I should look into it before buying bottles, thank goodness I haven't bought any yet. I am hoping breastfeeding will work, but with twins you never know! I may have to supplement with it. Anyways Haley is still cute as ever!

Anonymous said...

It hurts to laugh, but I do it anyway, especially after seeing Hailey's expression when she overheard you talking about BPA. :D
That's what happens when you eavesdrop, Hailey -- someone takes pictures. :) :) :)

Hugs, Grandma

The Taylors said...

Oh man I have been so busy facebooking that i forgot to check blogs. Cute post! I love all your dialogs! Hailey is such a face puller!