Did you live under power lines as a kid?

by statia on November 14, 2007

All of this talk about toy recalls, (anyone want to know where I can score some aqua dots? I could use some sleep), lead paint, toxic plastic. It’s enough to drive me insane. Or if that wasn’t already the case, at the very minimum, drive me to drink (more).

After reading countless articles on phthalates and bisphenol-a, we’ve abruptly stopped using our Dr. Brown’s bottles and switched to the Playtex drop ins system. I thought for sure the Mini would riot this change, as any change in bottle type tends to be met with a feeding strike. Especially this late in the game, But thankfully, he’s embraced the new system. Quite frankly, I’m happy to be rid of the Dr. Brown’s as they were a huge pain in the ass, and I was constantly replacing pieces as they either got lost or stopped working. Who knows how much damage has been done. I mean, we don’t have that much longer on bottles hopefully, but any little bit helps.

This whole thing is completely overwhelming and makes me want to wrap my son in organic bubble wrap forever and ever.

I’m not the only one who’s completely obsessed with making sure their child stays safe. One of my best friends did all the legwork putting together information in one central location. Had I had this a week ago, life would have been easier. That said, I’m still on the hunt for sippy cups. So this is still valuable information for me and everyone else who’s losing sleep over whether or they’ve done irreparable harm to their kids in the name of plastic.

Stupid plastic.

{ 6 comments }

martha November 14, 2007 at 9:54 am

Shoot, I just read a good description of metal sippy cups the other day… I’ll try to find it again to let you know.

Tuesday November 14, 2007 at 1:44 pm

I have some bottle and sippy cup options on one of my blogs if you are interested.

http://www.parentingourchildren.com

Shanna November 15, 2007 at 1:03 pm

We’ve been happy with the Born Free trainer cups so far. (Soon I am planning to buy and swap in the hard spouts.) Z Recs did a review of some BPA-free cups, too: http://zrecs.blogspot.com/2007/05/sippy-cup-showdown-safer-bpa-free-sippy.html

Shanna November 15, 2007 at 1:17 pm

And, dammit, I just read that my son’s pacifiers (MAM) have polycarbonate shields. We’ll start weaning him off of those this weekend.

Motel Manager November 15, 2007 at 3:10 pm

We grew up in the days before safety.

For bottles, we use Evenflo Classics – ie, glass ones. I actually love them – they feel so hefty and nice! They also clean well in the dishwasher. The downside is that they’re pretty heavy, so not good for travel or for young babies to learn to hold.

Motel Manager November 15, 2007 at 3:11 pm

Also, when I heard about the Aqua Dots, I had the exact same thought – mmmm, sleep.

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