If you choose to use plastic baby bottles, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following precautions:
- Avoid clear plastic baby bottles or containers with the recycling number 7 and the letters “PC” imprinted on them.
- Look for bottles that are labeled “BPA-free.”
- Use bottles made of opaque plastic and have recycle symbols with the number 2 or 5 in them.
- Do not boil, microwave, or wash plastic bottles in the dishwasher as the heat may cause chemicals to leach.
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To avoid exposing your child to these chemicals, use high-grade stainless steel sippy cups with silicone sip spouts for cold liquids, and stainless steel or bamboo children’s utensils. Swap out disposable plastic ware for bamboo, and consider using your regular ceramic dishware for the kids, too.
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For toys made in the USA, Maple Landmark Toys meet these criteria. Etsy is also a good place to look for eco-friendly toys, such as Little Wooden Wonders and Smiling Tree Toys.
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Swap out plastic sandwich bags with reusable cloth bags that are made from BPA-, phthalate-, PVC- and lead-free nylon, and use a reusable lunch bag for school lunches. LunchSkins and ReUseit are a popular brands, or search Etsy for more reusable options.
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