BPA in teethers and pacifiers July 12 2017, 0 Comments
What is going in your babies mouth?
Plastic or synthetic teethers, dummies and pacifiers often contain BPA. This is an uncomfortable fact for most parents. All 59/59 teethers bought online in a 2016 study by the Washington post contained BPA despite being labelled as NOT containing this dangerous endocrine disruptor.
Are teethers and pacifiers regulated?
The majority of baby product manufacturers offer BPA-free pacifiers and teethers, even though U.S. and E.U. authorities still insist that the safe level of daily BPA exposure is higher than the levels of BPA found in pacifiers and teethers. You can purchase most of them from Babyearth.com, buybuybaby.com, thetot.com and Amazon.com but none of these sites or platforms perform third party verification of the brands or manufacturers claims. Toys R Us, Babies R Us and other similar retailers request paperwork but also do not independently verify all of their products as safe and endocrine disruptor free.
Why is it important to have BPA free teethers or alternatives?
Endocrine disruptors have been shown by the WHO and UN to cause many types of health issues including infertility, cancers and behavioral issues. They are most dangerous to young and pregnant people where cells are developing. Your child could be exposed to endocrine disruptors through sucking on a toy or teether containing these substances. They would do this for longer periods of time than with other objects they come into contact with and so present a greater risk.
How can I protect my baby from Endocrine Disruptors?
We suggest avoiding any synthetic or plastic teethers where possible in preference for natural materials such as wood or letting your child use their hands or yours. Seek out brands that prove with transparency that they are the real deal and care about safety! Like Twoodie :), but actually there are more and more companies such as Yoli and Otis that make very natural products in an ethical way and via Social Media can demonstrate their bona fides.
We've written an entire report on Endocrine Disruptors and our wholistic suggestions for living without them around your baby and home. Check it out or send us your thoughts, we are always seeking to learn and educate ourselves better so we can share this info with the world: firstname.lastname@example.org