In recent years, silicone has grown in popularity as a safe alternative to plastic.

Among the many silicone products to flood the market, silicone baby bottles are perhaps the newest and most inventive. As parents who take seriously the job of keeping our children safe we ask,

 

What are the benefits of using silicone bottles?

Is silicone really as safe as they say?

Are all silicone baby bottles made the same? 

 

Food Grade Silicone and Medical Grade Silicone are non-toxic.

While your baby’s breast milk or formula should not be exposed to a temperature higher than body temperature, or about 98F, her bottles will be exposed to other high-temperature conditions such as boiling, sterilizing, washing in the dishwasher, or warming milk in a bottle warmer.

It’s worth noting that some studies indicate that exposing silicone to temperatures above 300F or storing high-fat foods in them for a long period of time can release siloxanes, which can be toxic to the reproductive and endocrine systems. 

For comparison:

  • Boiling water is 212F. 
  • Bottle sterilizers heat water to about 212F in order to create the steam that kills bacteria.
  • The average temperature of dishwasher water is 102F.

To avoid the release of siloxanes, make sure to wash silicone bottles often and thoroughly with dish soap that is free of oils and fragrances.

Likewise, avoid extreme heat conditions.

It is equally important to choose silicone baby bottles that are made of 100% food-grade or medical-grade silicone.

 

Silicone feels softer and elastic

One other important advantage of silicone baby bottles is that they tend to feel more natural to babies because of how soft and malleable they are in baby’s hands.

They are able to be gripped, squeezed, and held in a way that hard materials like plastic, glass, and stainless steel do not allow.

In such, they are ideal for breastfed babies who are accustomed to the feel of mom’s breast and skin!

 

Are silicone baby bottles safe?

Unlike plastic, silicone is naturally free from chemicals like BPA (and its equally toxic substitutes), phthalates, and other chemical substances that rank highly toxic on the EWG’s website. 

A silicone baby bottle has the advantage of being toxin-free while also being easy and comfortable to use.

 

Source: All Natural Mothering – Jennifer Hite