6 Essential Baby Products That Don't Have Plastic In Them

Glass Baby Bottles

glass bottles

It took me four kids before I realized that glass baby bottles even existed. And yes, I realize that they used to be the only option available, but we can also be assured that these glass bottles are a little more sturdy than our grandmother's version were too. I have now owned glass baby bottles for more than two years and I totally prefer them to plastic bottles. I've dropped them, kids have tossed them, and I've forgotten about them for months, only to find them again and let me tell you what -- they clean up way more easily than their plastic peers. 

Glass bottles: 1

Plastic bottles: 0. 

Oh, and if you're wondering, they worked on my Medela breast pump just fine too!

Evenflo Glass Bottles, $18

Glass Sippy Cup

Training cups are an essential baby product and every single one I've ever owned as a mom has been plastic. But in an effort to reduce the plastic that my family is exposed to, I looked up a non-plastic version for my baby and finally settled on this sippy cup. It has a really cool design because the inside -- what the liquid actually touches -- is made of glass, but then the glass is encased in a non-breakable plastic outer shell to protect the cup. It's the best of both worlds!

Green Sprouts Glass Sip & Straw Cup, $17 

Bamboo Bowl

You need two things in a baby bowl: something that won't spill and will stay put. This bowl has both of those things, hold the plastic. The bowl is made of bamboo with a flexible suction base that will stick to the table or the high chair tray and the spoon has a soft, BPA-free tip as well. 

Avancy Baby Bamboo Suction Bowl, $20 

Wooden High Chair

This high chair might be the coolest thing ever, because not only is made of non-toxic beechwood, but it actually converts into a full-on normal chair that can be used by your child all the way through adulthood. The website states that the high chair doesn't contain any harmful substances, such as BPA, Phthalate, and PVC. But the high chair does feature a removable plastic tray. 

Beyond Junior Y Baby High Chair, $189

Natural Diapers

If you're looking for the convenience of disposable diapers, but want a more eco-friendly option, these diapers might be for you. Although Jessica Alba's company made headlines recently for claims that her sunscreen didn't work, her diaper line is still going strong. 

Instead of petroleum-based absorption materials like traditional diapers, Alba's diapers are made up of plant-based products, so the risk of chemical exposure is lowered. The ingredient list for these diapers are: Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF) Wood Pulp (From Certified Sustainably Managed Forests, No Optical Brighteners), Absorbent Bio-Core (Wheat/Corn Polymer Blended With Sodium Polyacrylate), Plant-Based PLA (Inner and Outer Layers), Safe Adhesives (Seams and Joints), Polymer Spandex and Polyolefin (Leg/Waist System), Polyurethane (Waist Padding), Ink (Made Without Lead and Heavy Metals In Printed Backsheet), Citrus Extract and Liquid Chlorophyll (Natural Acting Odor Blockers In Bio-Core)

Honest Diapers, $14

Cloth Breast Pads

Maybe this isn't a baby product per se, but it's still an important essential if you're a breastfeeding mom. I personally had problems with mastitis that was made worse by plastic breast pads -- the plastic kind of traps everything in there and doesn't allow air to breathe, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. So, a cloth breast pad is still absorbent, with a day and night option and bonus -- they are washable and reusable, so you'll save money in the long run. 

Bamboes Washable Nursing Pads, $24

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