- Glass bottles are naturally chemical and toxin free
Glass is made without using harmful chemicals (like BPA) that could leach into your baby’s milk. (Don’t worry all Tommee Tippee bottles – glass or plastic, are BPA Free).
- Stain and odour resistant
Unlike plastic, glass doesn’t stain or pick up odours and flavours from its environment, so you can be sure your baby is getting the great taste of your breast milk or formula and nothing else.
- Long lasting and recyclable
Glass baby bottles are popular with eco-conscious parents because glass is made from naturally abundant materials and it can be reused and recycled many times. One set of glass baby bottles can last for years through more than one child’s feeding journey, you’ll just need to change teats regularly.
When you’re done with your glass baby bottles they are 100% recyclable, with glass recycling much more easily accessible than plastic recycling.
- Durable and easy to clean
Glass baby bottles pick up fewer scratches than plastic bottles so it’s easier to see when they are dirty. Glass can also withstand high temperatures, so you can wash glass baby bottles in hot water and sterilise them by boiling or other high heat sterilisation methods like steam sterilisers.
Unlike some plastic bottles, glass baby bottles won’t become misshapen when heated.
Glass baby bottle disadvantages
- Glass bottles are heavier than plastic
Glass bottles can add to the weight of all that baby stuff you carry around with you. Plus the weight of a glass bottle can make it difficult for your baby to hold as they grow.
Sure, individually a glass bottle is likely to cost more than a plastic one, but if you think about the cost per use, and how long they last, it may be worth making the extra investment.
Plastic baby bottle disadvantages
- Plastic bottles contain chemicals
In the past, plastic bottles often contained a chemical compound called BPA which could have potentially harmful effects on babies. Although these days nearly all plastic baby bottles are BPA-free, Tommee Tippee is 100% BPA free.
- Plastic can absorb odours and become stained
Over time, plastic can absorb odours, so baby’s milk may develop a taint from things like cleaning products or other items you wash alongside your baby bottles (Bolognese sauce flavoured milk anyone?).
- Plastic bottles are more difficult to clean
Plastic baby bottles can’t withstand super high temperatures for cleaning and sterilising, and they may become misshapen and damaged over time. Small scratches on plastic bottles can also attract bacteria and odours.
- Plastic isn’t always fantastic
Over recent years we’ve all become more aware of the problem of plastic waste. Once it’s outlived its use, it can take 450 years or more for a typical plastic water bottle to decompose, and even if it can be recycled, plastic often ends up in landfill.
What to look for when buying glass baby bottles
If you want to use glass bottles to feed your baby, then look for quality and choose a brand you can trust.
- Consider the weight of the bottle and what kind of glass it’s made from
- What does the manufacturer say about breakability?
- How well does your glass baby bottle withstand hot and cold temperatures?
- Does your glass bottle come in different sizes to suit baby’s need for larger feeds as they grow?
- Is your glass baby bottle shaped to be comfortable in your hand?
- Does it have any non-slip features?