Bret Michael’s Rock of Love may not be on the air anymore, but there’s still plenty of other poisons in the world to worry about. If you thought your concerns about BPA (Bisphenol-A) were addressed by companies who label their products “BPA-Free”, word on Medical Study Street is that even “BPA-free” plastics can toy with your kid’s hormones in unhealthy ways.
So you can either wade through all the research being done about whether plastics cause cancer, brain, liver and lung damage by delivering a not-recommended-daily-allowance of phthalate, PVC (polyvinyl chloride), and other petrochemicals to your kid. Or you can skip the worry and grab some completely non-plastic alternatives:
Pura Kiki 5oz Infant Bottle
Get a baby bottle for all the ages and stages. Go with either a full-sized container, or one of these 5oz shorties for tiny hands. Everything is made from bacteria/corrosion-averse #304 stainless steel (waaay better than #303) and all have interchangeable silicone tops. Switch it up from infant nipple, to toddler sippy straw, to spilling all over them (maybe you missed a step).
Pura Kiki® 5oz infant bottle ($14)
Natursutten Baby Bottles
You know what they say about people who live in brutalist concrete homes. They don’t buy glass bottles. But these aren’t quite as fragile as they look. They’re temperature-shock-resistant to extreme cold or heat, and contain zero-BPA, phthalates, polycarbonates, or PVC (because they’re glass). Natursutten also promises to deliver an even flow to prevent colic/gas, thanks to their double-valve Italian rubber nipples (although, to be fair, Madonna did it first).
Natursutten Glass Baby Bottles (2-pack $30)
There’s no reason that these placemats shouldn’t be made for adults as well. Not only are these all-in-one plates/bowls 100 percent silicone, they’re also dishwasher-safe, hypo-allergenic, and don’t harbor bacteria (no cracks or crevices). The best feature: They suction to hard surfaces, which makes them damn near impossible to knock over. Your baby just wrote “Challenge accepted” in Cheerios.
Biobu Dinner Set
It’s not plastic. And it’s not wood. The Biobu is actually made from food-grade melamine and biodegradable bamboo fiber. That means these bowls are more durable than glass or ceramic, but less durable than wrought iron. So, until your child is ready to eat off of the heirloom china, these are a workable substitute. Just keep them on the top rack of the dishwasher, avoid using them in the microwave, and don’t feed them after midnight.
Biobu Dinner Set (25 €, or about $28)
Thinkbaby Complete Feeding Set
This brightly colored set includes a bento box, soup bowl, baby bowl and kids cup that are all made from medical-grade stainless steel (but not recommended for transporting organs). Each item is also wrapped in polypropylene, which has a high-resistance to solvents, doesn’t leach chemicals into food, and doesn’t negatively affect the flavor of your child’s meal. Your cooking does that. Hiyooo!
Thinkbaby Complete Feeding Set ($40)
Trebimbi Puppet Utensil Set
The “puppet” set comes with a bowl, mug, and eggcup, as well as a stainless-steel (and kid-friendly) knife, fork, and spoon. It’s all made using polypropylene (as mentioned above: Safe!). Plus the trio of items snap together like paper dolls for minimal lose-ability. If you’re the type of parent that doesn’t let your kid play with their food, at least let them play with their cutlery. Aww … your son named the knife “Stabby.”
Trebimbi Puppet Utensil Set (30 €,or about $33.50)
Zoku Pop Molds
Summer is almost here, so it’s the right time to bust out silicone ice pop molds. Zoku makes ones that are easy to peel and give your kid a 3 oz ovular popsicle — no banging against the counter required. The drip-guard sticks will make things less messy (in theory). Will your children will stop running after the ice cream truck at night? That depends. Can this thing make Astropops?
Zoku Round Pop Molds ($20)
To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set
These utensils are already packed up to go in a Velcro cloth case, and are great for smaller hands (either your toddler’s or Trump’s). They’re also made of bamboo, which as we all know is the a durable, reusable, water-resistant miracle wood. That means this fork/spoon/knife set won’t stain or absorb flavors that could potentially make your child lose their shit.
To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set ($12)