Monday, September 24th, 2007
Wee Go: A Shield for Glass Baby Bottles
Update: If you like the Wee Go bottles, check out Siliskin Protectors for glass baby bottles.
The time for glass baby bottles has come, again.
When parents buy plastic bottles, they have to navigate a maze of options from reasonable to expensive to avoid the health risks of bisphenol-A in polycarbonate plastic.
I was attracted to the safety of glassâ€”EvenFlo bottlesâ€”with our first baby. They are thick and breakage wasn’t a concern. Hey, our floor isn’t concrete. And glass freezes well (for moms going back-to-work) and they don’t get the dings and the wear ‘n’ tear that plastic does with extensive use.
But let’s be honest. Consumers are trained to think of glass as evil. Plastic replaced glass in most food product containers by the 1980s. Industry marketing trained us to think of plastic as safe and glass as a heavy, dangerous laceration hazard.
So I was happy and sad to hear about a new baby productâ€¦ Wee Go by Babylife. It’s a glass bottle sold in a protective silicone sleeve. I’m sad because people survived for quite a while just fine with regular glass bottles. I’m happy because Wee Go may serve as a segue, reconnecting people with glass as a safe, easily reused or recycled material. Maybe parents will eventually think, “I love glass, but why do I need this sleeve?”
The company states: “The bottle and the sleeve can be boiled or put in the dishwasher together. The silicone nipple should be hand-washed and is also latex-free and non-toxic. The plastic ring, plug and cap contain no polycarbonates and are food grade, FDA approved and recyclable.”
And, the pattern of holes in the sleeve provides a gripping surface for toddlers.
I’m leaning toward EvenFlo bottles for home use for sheer economics, but could see buying one or two Wee Go bottles for more rugged environments. And later, I’d relent and go for a small BPA-free plastic sippy cup, and then glass pimento drinking glasses and Kleen Kanteens.
What do you think? Are your eyes still glazed from the sticker shock?