Thursday, August 31st, 2006
Klean Kanteen Sippy: Because Hormone Disruption isn’t Cool
Updated: Since writing this article I’ve purchased two Klean Kanteens. Read my observations about these water bottles.
Klean Kanteen Sippy is a 12 oz stainless steel bottle with a sippy adapter "made from safe, non-leaching polypropylene plastic."
It doesn’t contain Bisphenol-A, a chemical thought to disrupt hormones. Bisphenol-A is commonly found in plastic sippy cups, many other baby products and a hoard of other things that we use every day.
If you have a plastic sippy cup, look for labeling on the cup or packaging (revisit the store you bought it from) and check for the plastic number type. In my web searches I turned up #5 PP, #2HDPE and #4 LDPE as safer forms of plastic. The Kanteen sippy adapter is #5PP.
Am I worried about chemicals leaching from my plastic sippy cups? Absolutely. After a year’s use, our sippy cup lids have plenty of teeth marks and the cups take some wear and tear from detergent in the dishwasher every day.
You might balk at the cost, about $16 for the bottle and one sippy spout. But when a child outgrows the sippy cup, you can turn it into a regular water bottle by buying a stainless steel flat cap or sports drinking cap. And if you have more than one kid, this is a durable cup that should stand up to use by multiple toddlers.
[See previously: glass toddler drinking glasses]
[Link credit: Kanteen news via ilovemybaby.org]