There’s an ongoing debate on whether BPA or Bisphenol-A, a chemical used to make hard, clear plastics, is dangerous to human health. Since baby bottles are usually made of hard clear plastics, I decided that I don’t want to risk Maru’s health and invested on BPA-free bottles when he was just a few months old.
But a year ago, BPA-free bottles were hard to come by in the Philippines. Buti na lang there are many enterprising Pinoys selling imported stuff on Ebay.ph and Multiply. I went gaga over bottle-shopping online and bought Avent, Sassy Mam, and Gerber Gentle Flows. (At that time, BPA-free Avents were not yet available here; I haven’t seen any store selling those Sassy Mams and Gerbers though.)
BPA-free Avents are now available at department stores. But it’s still cheaper to buy online since a single 9-0z bottle sells at about P1,000 at the mall. OA di ba? Parang hindi 3rd world country ang Pinas. Ang advantage lang, mas matibay siya from all the other BPA-free bottles. Inaapakan kasi siya ni Maru lagi at inihahagis and so far, his Avents show no signs of breaking.
The Gerber Gentle Flow bottles, on the other hand, are clear copycats of Avent, except that they come in cute colors and are way cheaper. I replaced the Gerber teats with Avent teats since the Gerber teats leak. If you’re buying Avent teats in bulk, go to Ebay.ph. Way cheaper (only P260) as compared to the P375 per pack of two at the mall.
I like the Sassy Mam bottle because it’s so cute, except that it’s harder to clean. Its bottom can be unscrewed and has an anti-colic valve for less bubbles. Honestly, I don’t know if all the anti-colic features of these bottles work.
Then there’s really good news. Maru and I dropped by SM San Lazaro earlier and saw these.
Sesame Street BPA-free bottles for only P130! At cute pa.
I checked the entire baby bottle section of SM San Lazaro and noticed that Apruva and Barney have also come out with BPA-free bottles. Hurrah! Apruva sells a pack of three for only about P130. Now nobody has to starve to buy BPA-free. Apruva also came out with BPA-free training cups.
I’ll probably get my 6-month old niece some Apruva to start her with BPA-free bottles. I think everyone should go BPA-free. Our children’s health is way too important to take risks.
Now on to Maru, we saw this humongous Mickey Mouse stuffed toy at the toy section. I thought he’d get scared but when he saw Mickey, his eyes lit up and hugged Mickey.
He really likes Mickey Mouse, as in he always recognizes him on wall posters, clothes, etc. He has a small Mickey Mouse puppet at home which he loves very much. So when I took the stuffed toy away (because it costs P1,999!), he cried. Sorry Maru.