Please note that this section contains my personal notes from my readings on this topic.
Personally, I only use glass baby bottles (mostly, Evenflo glass bottles (convenient to buy and not too expensive) and a few Green to Grow glass baby bottles (more pricey)). Glass has been around a long time and I haven’t yet heard of anything potentially harmful with glass. I’m still not comfortable that safer plastic alternatives are much safer than traditional plastic — they are just different. They are still made of chemicals that we hasn’t been full studied. If you’re uncomfortable with glass, however, below are notes from The Toxic Sandbox (2007) by Libby McDonald (pages 90 – 91).
“Many baby bottles are made of polycarbonates that contain bisphenol A. Unfortunately, manufacturers are not required to label baby bottles. Just to be safe, toss out all the shiny baby bottles made with polycarbonate (go to www.thegreenguide.com for safer alternatives) and replace them with glass or opaque polyethelene bottles. If you cannot tell whether your bottles contain bisphenol A, call the manufacturer’s 800 number.
Safer plastic baby bottle alternatives (nonpolycarbonate products) include Evenflo (opaque or pastel), Gerber (colors), Rubbermaid Chuggables, Medela, bottles with disposable plastic inserts (Playtex Nurser, Playtex Drop-Ins), and baby bottle nipples made of silicone or contain no phthalates or other known chemical toxicants (they are light in color and safer).”