We’ve been receiving a lot of questions here at Safe Mama. And while we’re committed to helping you as much as we can, we are afterall, a couple of moms with families to take care of too. We’d love to answer the same questions over and over and over again… on second thought, no we don’t.
We’re working on making this site as comprehensive as possible, however, in order to make it work for you, you’re going to have to do your part as a parent and read through some of it. Only you can make the decisions on what’s best for your children. So without further ado, it’s the FAQ.
1. Can you check to see if my bottle and is on the list, or can you find out and let me know?
No, but you can. The BPA Free Bottle and Sippy Cup Cheat Sheet is located here. And if it isn’t on the list, we encourage you to call the manufacturer and ask. We’d like to tell you that we have super powers and have secret ways of getting this information. But the truth is, we get our info the same way you would… by calling to ask.
2. What exactly is Bisphenol-A? Is it the same as BPA?
3. Do bottle nipples have BPA?
In short, no. All the information we have on bottle nipples can be found here.
4. What about my baby’s favorite teething ring or pacifier?
You’re in luck there too. We have our BPA Free Teether and Pacifier Cheat Sheet located here. It’s not completely comprehensive, but it does list a variety of products known to be BPA Free. If the item you’re looking for isn’t on that list, we don’t know if it’s BPA Free yet.
5. I have a bottle not on your BPA Free Cheat Sheet? Does that mean it’s not safe?
As we’ve said in our cheat sheet: DO NOT BE ALARMED. It does NOT mean that it’s not safe. The list we have is of products that do not contain BPA. If the product you’re looking for isn’t on the list it means it either contains BPA, or we just don’t have enough information at this time. However, that should not stop you from calling the manufacturer and asking. Better to call and get a piece of mind, instead of wondering. If you do happen to find out more info, contact us with the information. We’re always happy to add any findings to the list, as it helps out others.
6. What do I do with my old BPA bottles? Can I get my money back?
Because of recent developments in Canada regarding the safety of Bisphenol, some stores were taking some brands of bottles back. Right now, there are very few if any baby bottles in stores still made of polycarbonate plastic. Since this issue came up a few years ago, stores are no longer accepting returns. My advice is to recycle or pitch old bottles and invest in a few new ones. You can contact your local recycling facility about recycling #7 plastics.
7. Can I use my [insert bottle brand here] nipples with my new bottles?
You’re in luck. One of our favorite sites, The Soft Landing, did a breakdown of which bottles fit which nipples. This might help you save a little bit of cash, now that you’ve dumped all of your old bottles into a giant recycling bin in your driveway.
8. I called the manufacturer of a product and they told me #7 is just a recycle number and it’s safe. Is that true?
That’s not entirely true. The #7 recycling code was set up as a “catch all” recycling code. Basically any plastic that is made with a mix of different types of plastics (say #2 and #5 for example) are required to be labeled as a #7. But since that code is a catch all for all mixes, it could still be polycarbonate plastic containing BPA. When calling the individual manufacturer, ask them exactly what numbers are used in their plastic containers and then you can cross reference it with our BPA crash course here, which has the recycling codes to avoid.
9. I just found out that the organic skin care line I’m using on my baby has parabens and phthalates in them. Isn’t there anything out there that’s safe anymore?
You have a baby, you think you’re doing the right thing, and someone comes and tells you that you may as well slather liquid cancer on them. Don’t fret. We’ve compiled a list of products that are free of parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates (SLS’s) 1,4 dioxanes, propylene glycol & other PEG’s. On top of that, we’ve cross referenced it (when possible) with the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Safety Database. The database scores on a 0-10. 0 being the best type of product and a 10 being the worst. You can check out our Skin Care Cheat Sheet Here. Hopefully this should help you to make a more informed decision. That said, you should always read the labels of any product before you buy it.
10. I can’t find the brand of the bottle I’m using and it doesn’t have a recycling code on it, what should I do?
You are not alone. Unfortunately, there are some non-brand bottles out there. There is no law stating companies have to identify what plastic they use. Our motto is: when in doubt throw it out (or recycle it!). There are some BPA free bottles that won’t break the bank.
11. I sent an email through the contact form. Why haven’t I received a response yet?
See above regarding two lone mom’s with families. We try to answer all responses in a timely manner, but if your question is one that is easily answered by searching through our archives, please forgive us if it’s not on top of the burning SafeMama To Do List. Our time is better spent finding out information for you than copying links into an email.
12. What about [insert any plastic product on the market here]? Does it have BPA?
While we try to keep on top of what products do an don’t have Bisphenol-a in them, we don’t have a giant database with every plastic item on the planet neatly cataloged by material. We wish we did!
Chances are, if you’ve dug around the site and it’s not been mentioned once, then we’re just don’t know yet… or we’re up to our elbows in poop and haven’t cleaned up enough to post the information. We hope you’ll help us out by calling the manufacturer of the item in question and finding out!
13. I would like to buy BPA Free bottles from you. Where are you located? Can I get a free sample?
We’d love to help, but we don’t have any retail online or off at this time. We do utilize a nice feature of Amazon.com that allows you to shop for products we recommend through this site. The transaction goes through Amazon.com and we get a couple nickels from the sale at no additional cost to you. If you’d like to support this site please visit the Safe Mama Shop or visit our friends at The Soft Landing.
14. Can you tell me if [insert medicine here] is safe? I want to use it on my baby, but I’m not sure if I should.
Let me guess, you’ve bought a product, and aren’t sure if you should give it to your baby. So you’ve hit up Dr. Google and ended up here somehow. While we do our best to maintain credibility in doing our homework and making sure the information you have is accurate, WE ARE NOT DOCTORS. We will never dispense medical advice. Always consult with your pediatrician or primary care doctor when in need of medical advice. We could get our collective hineys in trouble if we did that sort of thing.
15. I bought these bottles [insert brand name here] in 2005 and they’re on your BPA Free bottle list. Have they always been BPA Free or did the company change the materials? Help?
Some bottles have always been BPA Free (purely by accident) and some have changed their materials since BPA came into the spotlight. Our lists are of products that are BPA/PVC/Phthalate free NOW. If you have a brand that you purchased several years ago the only way to be sure is to a) Call the manufacturer and ask them and/or b) Recycle them and purchase new ones.