Along with the pastel-hued mobile over the eco-friendly crib and matching organic bedding, the room was filled with hidden BPA dangers!
On Pinterest there’s a quote attributed to A.A. Milne’s famous character Winnie the Pooh that says, “To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.” It’s true. And to the uneducated, BPA-laden plastic is just another baby bottle or teething ring.
However there are a lot of hidden dangers to letting children handle plastics that contain BPA. Sure it might seem economical to hand down bottles and toys from one child to the next, but the money you save now could cost your child’s health on down the road.
The Big Deal about BPA
BPA stands for Bisphenol A, a compound used to make certain plastics and resins. However it’s also used to make things like sales receipts, industrial items, or CDs and DVDs. So is it safe to use in food and beverage containers? Absolutely not!
BPA has the potential to lead to negative health effects because it disrupts our endocrine system. This could lead to health problems such as:
- Learning disabilities
- ADD and ADHD
- Deformed limbs
- Cancer (various types)
- Hormonal imbalances
It’s a sad truth that the younger a human is then the more likely they are to be affected by BPA. That’s why BPA dangers are higher in things that you’d find in a baby’s nursery. But BPA can also be passed from mother to fetus during pregnancy as well.
Eliminating the Problem
While scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (www.niehs.nih.gov) are still researching just how bad the effects are, here are some suggestions they have for reducing BPA in every area of your home.
- NO MICROWAVING – Repeated use at high temperatures breaks down plastics, which releases BPA into the edible or drinkable contents. This is one reason why you should never, ever microwave plastic food or drink containers, including baby bottles.
- JUST SAY NO TO #7 – The number on the bottom of your plastics explains what materials were used to create it. However #7 is the “everything else” label, which means there’s a chance that the item carries BPA dangers.
- HAND WASH – The water in your family’s dishwasher gets very hot, and the chemicals used to clean your dishes are harsh. Over time plastics begin to break down, much like multiple uses inside the microwave.
- GO ORGANIC – Use items with organic materials (like cotton baby toys and glass baby bottles) whenever possible. And when it comes to food – buy fresh to eliminate various types of plastic and metal containers. It’s just healthier.
And finally, look for BPA-Free on the label. The bottom line is that if your plastic products contain BPA, then they also carry BPA dangers that could affect the health of everyone in your family.
Welcome New Baby with a BPA-Free Gift!
I have no plans to add a new baby to my family anytime soon, but that doesn’t stop me from caring about the health of tomorrow’s Generation-Next. One way you can contribute is by educating new moms in your social circles when you give them a BPA-free gift.
One tried and true gift that you can give them is the BornFree Gift Set. It includes 3 small bottles, 1 larger bottle, a trainer cup, bottle accessories, and extra nipples. The advanced design is safe, and medically acknowledged to reduce inner ear infections.
Every new mom who has received this gift from my family just loves it. The babies drink easier and the new moms sleep easier knowing that their new little bundle of joy is safe from ingesting trace amounts of BPA through the bottle.
Whether you’re looking for ways to eliminate BPA from your child’s nursery or just need a heartfelt gift for an expectant mother, you cannot go wrong with the BornFree Gift Set. Because babies and children are at the highest risk for BPA dangers, time is of the essence. Click here to learn how to get yours now.