Category Archives: Baby Product Safety



Benefits of Using Tempered Glass Containers

Tempered Glass is simply glass that has been strengthened during the manufacturing stage.  There are several advantages to using tempered glass and it should be the only glass used in safety applications and applications that require a lot of temperature changes (such as freezing and heating). Tempered glass is 4-5 times stronger than regular glass.  When you accidently drop tempered glass on your hard wood floor the chances of it breaking are extremely less than that of regular glass! Non tempered glass is not designed to withstand sudden and drastic temperature changes. When non-tempered glass is frozen it has a large probability of breaking off into microscopic shards and entering your food.  When you heat non-tempered glass there are micro air bubbles and as they get hotter they will expand to the point where they blow up (trust me!).  Because tempered glass has been treated to withstand heating there are no micro air bubbles that are allow it to blow up.  With ALL glass, tempered or not, it is still susceptible to thermal cooling shock.  One example of thermal cooling shock is when a hot container is thrown in a bowl of cold water, it will break! One of the reasons that tempered glass is used in many safety applications (such as windshields) is that it breaks in a specific pattern that is less harmful than that of other types of glass.  When tempered glass breaks it breaks into small, circular pebble type pieces instead of breaking into shards and splinters that have sharp edges. Tempered Glass also lasts longer.  Continued use will not wear it down to a point where it becomes more fragile.  It can go from the freezer to the microwave to the dishwasher six times a day and still obtain its strength.  When non-tempered glass is used in such applications it is even more susceptible to breakage. While tempered glass is superior to regular glass for food storage it is also superior to all other food packaging materials such as plastic, stainless steel, Styrofoam, and cardboard due to its recycling qualities as well as chemical compositions. Over the short course of business we have had many people ask us why we didn’t simply buy commercial baby food in glass jars and then reuse those jars.  It is extremely important to note that commercial baby food jars are not tempered and therefore are not microwave or freezer safe! In order to tell if your glass is tempered you should check the original packaging.  Companies will specify if it is safe for the microwave and/or freezer.  If you do not have the original packaging it is best to contact the company directly.  Wean Green ensures you that our containers are tempered glass and with proper care will be a valuable tool in your kitchen!

Acid Added to Baby Food?

Yep, acid in baby food contributes to acid reflux in babies. Find out more in this Inhabitots article: http://www.inhabitots.com/2010/04/27/acid-added-to-baby-food-jars-contributes-to-infant-acid-reflux-issues/

SEM-The Next BPA?

We all know that BPA is not the only chemical that we must worry about contaminating our weaner’s foods.  Reports are saying that there are up to 40 chemicals that are leaching into our foods from packaging that may have harmful effects on our health.  Here is an example of just one more.  Semicarbazide aka SEM is yet another cancer causing chemical that can be found sneaking its way into baby food.  Check out this article from BBC to find out more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3194284.stm

KISS Your Kids!

I was doing some research on the benefits of snuggling our weaners when I stumbled across this.  They provide you with a downloadable kit to store your weaners pictures and information so that if you ever need to get their information to the authorities and media you don’t have to waste valuable time searching for recent photos and racking your panicked brain trying to remember little identifiers your weaner has, like a scar above their right eye. I have already downloaded mine and created the files for both my weaners. I have their fingertips on file as well but this system is instantaneous when you would need it the most! My heart breaks for anyone who has ever been in this situation. To read more go to KISS Kids Identification Safety Software!

Commercial Baby Food Containers Can Contain BPA too!

As I read about all the baby products and food items that contain BPA I am just more reassured that making my own baby food is the best way to go! It turns out even the glass commercial baby food jars can contain BPA (normally in the lids). The Globe and Mail article: The Soft Landing Blog

Reducing BPA Exposure: The FDA Finally Concerned | Dr Greene.com

We know that it is nearly impossible to ensure our weaners are not exposed to any BPA but we can reduce their exposure! Check out Dr. Greene’s article via Reducing BPA Exposure: The FDA Finally Concerned | Dr Greene.com.

Canada Bans BPA from Baby Bottles

Banning BPA from baby bottles is a large step in the right direction!  What is the right direction? To get rid of BPA from all baby products. For those of you who have ignored the countless BPA messages lately, BPA is a chemical that messes with the estrogen levels in our bodies.  While anything that is going to alter our hormones is probably not such a good thing, they have proven that babies are the most affected by this chemical.  The hormone altering chemical has been associated with various cancers and health problems. Baby’s main sensory stimulation seems to come from their mouths, so when they pop that plastic toy in their mouth for hours of entertainment how sure are we that BPA is not still leaching into their tiny little systems.  Unfortunately, the test results are still not clear and without good solid proof we are not going to see another ban.  The good news is that the Canadian government has allocated an additional $1.7 million to research these effects over the next three years. Wouldn’t it be great to have regulation to ban hormone altering chemicals from not only the baby products but from all products that have the potential to enter our systems? Read more about Canada’s BPA ban on Health Canada’s web site.