About Baby Glass Bottles
Why choose a glass baby bottle?
Glass feeding bottles were the first choice for feeding a baby before plastic bottles came into fashion. These soon enjoyed great popularity because of their break resistance and light weight and had soon replaced glass bottles. Glass is an absolutely safe material that is also extremely hygienic. When handled properly, it is even more durable than plastic and also impresses with its environmental friendliness.
What are the advantages of a glass bottle over a plastic bottle?
The most important advantage of glass is its better hygienic properties. These have to do with the hard and therefore very smooth surface of glass, in which no germs can settle. Unfortunately, plastic bottles tend to get small scratches, where bacteria feel very comfortable, and also to discolour. Tea in particular quickly leaves unsightly stains on the bottle. In addition, plastic bottles also take on the smell of the liquids that are stored in them. This does not happen with glass. That's why you can use the same bottle alternately for tea and pre-nutrition.
In addition, glass bottles are usually completely free of harmful substances, which is another reason why they are the healthiest choice for a child. A glass bottle is guaranteed not to contain the hormone-like substance bisphenol A (BPA), which has been shown to cause developmental disorders and chronic diseases such as diabetes. Therefore, glass is preferable from a health point of view.
Do glass bottles also have disadvantages compared to plastic?
A weighty disadvantage is, of course, their fragility. This is why they are at a clear disadvantage when a baby starts to hold its own bottle. Plastic bottles are also lighter and often more ergonomically shaped. They are therefore easier for parents to hold.
What should you look for when buying a glass bottle for an infant?
The bottle should definitely have a teat of the right size. Ideally, this should be made of silicone or another natural material such as rubber. Even a plastic teat can contain pathogenic substances. Ideally, the teat should have an anti-colic function that prevents the baby from swallowing air while feeding. Philips Avent is a pioneer in this field and has developed very good anti-colic teats.
Which is better for a baby: a glass or plastic bottle?
A newborn baby in particular benefits from a glass bottle, and this applies to the first months of life in general. During this time, sterility is particularly important, and the hygienic properties of glass are a great advantage. It is completely irrelevant whether a baby is fed with pre-milk powder or pumped breast milk.
Are glass bottles also suitable for infants?
We also stock drinking cups with handles and drinking straw bottles made of glass. These bottles are suitable for older babies from about six months and for toddlers. Parents often have a little respect for putting glass bottles or cups into their children's hands before they have reached a certain age. Yet handling glass is something that even very young toddlers can easily learn. If you show them exactly how to handle the glass bottle with care and also explain that you have to be somewhat careful with glass objects, accidents can be avoided relatively well. Nevertheless, a small child should not be left alone with a glass bottle, as the risk of injury is simply too high. It is also better not to give him the glass bottle if it can easily fall to the floor. In addition, it should not be left lying around while the child is playing, because in the heat of the moment something will fly through the air that is not really suitable for that purpose.
What do I have to keep in mind when cleaning glass bottles?
Glass is very heat-resistant, so glass baby bottles can be boiled without any problems. The same applies as for plastic bottles: After about three minutes, the material is germ-free. Once the baby is older, the bottles can also be washed in the dishwasher. By the way, only some glass bottles are suitable for sterilisation and heating in the microwave. You should check with the manufacturer beforehand.