Updated February 2019
Watch the full video review of our favorite Glass & Stainless Steel Baby Bottles and Food Storage containers here.
I get lots of emails asking about glass, stainless steel, and other “non-plastic” bottles and food storage, so I consulted my good friend and eco-foodie, Heather Reed, owner of Monkey Bars, to shed some light for us.
You see, there’s a question about whether plastics are leaching chemicals that mimic estrogen into what we consume. Even BPA-free plastics have been called into question. Due to recently published studies on the link between plastics and early puberty in girls, we’re bringing you our take on plastic-free food and drink storage.
These alternatives are more expensive than throw-away Tupperware and such, but they’re not going to melt in the dishwasher. Or give you cancer… or early boobs 😉
Making the switch is a good investment, despite your mother’s attempt to talk you out of it. Politely tell her that exposure to certain toxins is a cumulative effect. The whole “well you guys turned out alright” argument that we always hear actually doesn’t apply here because we won’t know what damage has been done until we look at our grandchildren, so let’s give them a fair chance by doing our best.
Heather and I have curated a collection of our faves. Enjoy!
1. Lifefactory Glass Baby Bottles ~ $16
Any glass bottle will do, but Sausalito based Lifefactory does a great job with these silicone-wrapped bottles for the whole family. We’ve highlighted the 4oz and 9oz bottles in our video because they can grow with baby into toddlerhood (and beyond, if you’re lucky). The silicone sleeve stays ON in the dishwasher and bottles are both microwave and freezer-safe. They also attach to most pumps, giving mom the ability to pump, store, and serve all with one bottle.
2. Kid Basix Stainless Steel Sippy Cup ~ $15
What’s unique about this cup, is that it can easily convert from a sippy to a straw sippy. Great for travel with a no-spill valve and holds 11 oz.
3. The Kupp’ Eco Cup 6oz ~ $17
With silicone wrapping that doubles as a handle, the “Kupp” is a great transition from sippy to regular cup. It teaches littles how to drink from a glass safely and responsibly. With five color options to choose from, you may find yourself using these as well. And don’t worry…we’re way ahead of ya. No judgment here.
– Dishwasher safe (no need to remove silicone)
– Made in the USA
4. Kid Kanteen ~ $17
Parents rave about this stainless sippy. Spill-proof, dishwasher safe, and fits in cup holders easily, this sippy has it all. It’s made of safe, durable, high quality materials and is BPA, lead and phthalate free.
5. Green Sprouts Glass Sip & Straw ~ $13
This sippy is the best of all worlds; the glass insert does not leach chemicals, the plastic shell protects the glass from breaking, it can covert from a spout to a straw as your child grows, it comes with a travel lid and is dishwasher safe. PVC and BPA free.
6. Lifefactory Beverage Glasses (4-pack) ~ $39
Because moms like wine, that’s why.
With its silicone-wrapped, stemless design, your monsters can’t grab the stem of your wine glass, break it, throw it, and otherwise ruin your moment of peace.
Lucky enough to have access to outdoor space? These glasses are great for your patio, hot tub, etc, as the silicone provides a non-skid bonus. Oh, and kids? Older toddlers will love having a go at “mommy’s juice glass”… Just be sure it’s full of water. Not booze. Because, awkward.
7. Zoli GULP Ceramic Tumbler (2-pack) ~ $25
Another alternative to glass is ceramic. Perfectly shaped for tiny hands — and great if you need to make tea for your little one’s yucky tummy. Or hot chocolate!
Dishwasher and microwave safe. Each holds up to 9 oz. *UPDATE: since filming, ZoLi has release a lighter weight, less rugged companion called the SWIRL, boasting double-walled glass and bigger capacity. Also sold in a 2-pack.
8. Zoli DASH Straw Bottle (12-oz) ~ $27
This vacuum insulated stainless bottle has a straw, but functions as a no-spill bottle when closed. Integrated (but easy to use) locking system prevents accidental opening in your grade schooler’s backpack.
As a general rule, straw cups suck to wash, but as these go, the DASH is winning. To clean the cup, you can remove the entire top and attached straw.
The smaller capacity makes this bottle perfect for little hands to hold while the flip-open top keeps the straw clean during sandbox adventures. The powder coated finish brings even more to the mix, adding texture and additional grip. Bonus? Cool looking + rad new colors!
Just like its buddy, the DASH, you can remove the entire top and attached straw to clean the bottle.
1. Wean Green Glass Containers ~ $17
If you’re making your own baby food (no pressure), you want to store it in glass and/or silicone in the freezer. Wean Green is a favorite for storing, freezing and serving baby’s first purees. Glass is freezer safe, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, tempered, leak proof, and comes in four cute colors. Various sizes available, and you guessed it! Great for your lunch as well.
Kids Konserve’s mini stainless steel containers make snack-packing easy. Lighter than glass and ideal for dry goods like nuts, berries, etc. Lids are leak resistant, but not leak proof, so it’s best to save these guys for your non-liquid goodies. *Original design had sharp edges, but not anymore.
The DINE food jar is for your preschooler (and up) who can serve themselves at lunch time & deep enough to satiate a ravenous 3rd grader when filled to the top with delicious mac ‘n cheese on a cold day. Can’t microwave these, obviously, but they’re designed to keep food hot (or cold) for up to six hours. ADORBZ new colors recently added!
1. BEABA Silicone Spoons (set of 4) ~ $19
These 1st stage silicone spoons are designed to be kind to baby’s gums while learning to eat first foods. They are hygienic, BPA, lead and phthalate free.
2. OXO Tot Training Fork and Spoon ~ $18
This fork and spoon set is perfect for when your tot is ready to feed themselves. The handles are soft and have a non slip grip. They won’t roll off the tray table or slide around on plates and are BPA, phthalate and PVC free.
3. Spuni Spoons ~ $17
The Spuni spoons are the only ones whose shape lends itself to ergonomically work with baby’s suckling reflexes. Its design comes from extensive research on starting solids and the transition from breast/bottle feeding. Custom made in the USA and perfect for four months and up.
Peace out from Meg & Heather and happy snacking!