Hello, People, I hope all are doing great. Take care of yourself and your kids as monsoon bring lots of viral and infections with it along with rains.
Today I choose to write about baby cutlery. Even before I become a Mother I was always attracted to cute and attractive baby cutlery such as spoons, sipper cups, bowls, tiffin boxes etc. I was thrilled to start solids to my baby so that I can buy all these cute things and went on a shopping spree too.
Little did I know that all these important pieces of utensils that I am going to use to feed my baby are not safe as they look? Most of this cutlery is made of materials like plastic, melamine, silicon. I will take you on a short information tour about the materials that go into the making of this cutlery.
Plastics have been part of our daily life from a very long time. Unfortunately, it does not mean that it is safe or responsible. Plastic is made of polycarbonate which contains BPA.
What is BPA?
BPA stands for bis phenol A. It’s an industrial chemical that can be used to make certain plastics. Poly carbonate plastics are used in making containers that store food, beverages like water bottles. According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), BPA is safe at the current levels of human exposure.
However, based on some other evidence – largely from animal studies – the FDA issued a warning against the potential negative effects of BPA. Now, some researchers claim that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Prolonged exposure to BPA has ill effects on the working functions of the brain, behaviour & prostate gland of fetuses, kids and infants.
What is Melamine?
Melamine is hard plastic. It was designed in such a way that it can stand the rigid use of everyday life.That is the reason why most restaurants these days have replaced their porcelain cutlery with melamine. While melamine does not migrate from tableware to food, it could happen under abnormal conditions. The migration of melamine under normal conditions is much lower than the acceptable level specified by FDA. Though melamine is labelled safe it again comes with the limitation that the food that goes into this cutlery should not be heated more than 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Melamine contamination could put a person at the risk of conditions such as kidney stones and kidney failure.
Harmful effects of these materials
All these materials listed above carry cancer causing elements with them in more or fewer quantities. Also, these materials are not biodegradable. They leave footprints on the surface of earth’s crust which takes million years to decompose. Plastic pollution is toxic to human.
What prevention measures you can take?
There are many ways that we can stop this pollution. There are solutions available in the market like glass, stainless steel, porcelain and wooden cutlery which is a new entrant in the market. Though glass and porcelain are almost no as an option stainless steel and wooden utensils are the best to be put to use. They last long, high temperature does not affect these materials in any way and most important they are absolutely environment-friendly.
My Personal Experience
I have an 11-month-old baby boy who has never used any bottle to be fed milk. He drinks water from spoon and bowl no sipper cup put to use here. Yes, we used our share of temperature controlled silicon spoons and melamine bowls to wean off but moved to stainless steel in no time. I want to tell all Mothers that you can survive without using all these stuff because I did and give your baby a safe and environmentally friendly World to live in!