The alphabet soup of chemicals to avoid in baby and toddler dinnerware
After spending so much time and effort ensuring our kids are eating healthy, it can be frustrating to find out the bowl, spoon or bottle they have been using to eat might contain something toxic.
DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, DNOP, PVC and BPA: what can this alphabet soup of chemicals have to do with feeding our babies? These chemicals can be found in plastic baby bottles, bowls, plates, baby spoons, teething toys, and more and can seep into food and drink from daily use. These harmful chemicals have been linked by researchers to varying health concerns ranging from asthma to cancers.
Toddler mealtime is challenging enough… But, well-designed, kids’ non-toxic dinnerware can simplify it. Remember, non-toxic is key!
Typically, kids’ dishes are plastic. It’s lightweight and shatterproof, unlike “grown-up” ceramic. But does plastic really make the best plates for kids?
Which Materials Should I Avoid?Children’s tableware is under constant assault. Hence why—as mentioned—glass and ceramic plates aren’t ideal. Breakable, sure, but cumbersome too.
We know plastic isn’t a great choice either. The truth is, most plastics inject hormone-disrupting chemicals into your body… BPA is one of them.
Along with BPA in plastic, here are some other troubling materials to avoid:
- BPS (found in BPA-free toddler plates)
- Lead & Cadmium
- PFAS (includes Teflon)
- Melamine (both melamine plastic & melamine bamboo)
Silicone Bowls – Why They Are the Safest for Children!
A silicone bowl, unlike plastic, glass, or metal, is the preferred choice for a baby-safe mealtime. They are non-toxic, hypoallergenic as well as stain and odour-resistant. They are becoming more and more popular because of the numerous benefits they bring when it comes to safety.
1. Food-grade silicone is BPA-free and non-toxic.
BPA, also known as bisphenol A, is a chemical mainly used in making plastics and resin. The probability of BPA seeping into food and beverage is high, and it can potentially harm the baby’s health.
Since silicone is neither plastic nor resin, it is the safest non-toxic choice for baby (and kids) dinnerware!
2. Silicone bowls are nearly indestructible!
Silicone is also popular among parents because of its durability. Babies tend to move around a lot and constantly knock things out of their way. A bowl made out of plastic or glass can easily be shattered if your baby accidentally knocks it off of the table. But silicone bowls are virtually impossible to break because of their flexible nature. There is no risk of your baby being injured by glass shards and sharp edges, thanks to silicone’s soft qualities.
3. Microwave, dishwasher and oven-safe!
Silicone bowls are made to resist heat and cold. You can warm up your baby’s food in the microwave without having to worry about releasing any unwanted chemicals and toxic by-products.
Here at Wild Indiana, we've got your back, Mama! We've thought all the details through so you don't have to, to make starting solids easy!
We have the best Suction Baby Bowls and baby mealtime essentials!
Our purposefully-designed award-winning SILICONE BOWL SET is perfect for a non-toxic choice for a no-mess mealtime:
- A suction capped bowl base - so you don't wear the food mama!
- A full Silicone spoon - That CLIPS-IN to the bowl! Perfect for travel or just ease of storage! (I know genius, right?)
- Shaped with purpose to help your little one learn to feed themselves.
- Rounded sides that help get all those last bits of food that you tirelessly prepared.
- Completely BPA-free, FDA-approved silicone.
- No 'take apart components' that can go mouldy - eww!
- Microwave and dishwasher safe - who has time for hand washing anyway?
Make mealtimes fun again with our Wild Silicone Baby Bowl that won Gold at the Clean + Conscious Awards 2021! 🏆