9 Safest Plastic & BPA Free Bottles and Sippy Cups

The best plastic free and bpa free baby bottles and sippy cups

I recently shared an Instagram photo of my youngest daughter and many commenters asked about the metal bottle she was using. I realized I’d never written about the type of bottles and cups I use in our home for our children.

Why Not Plastic?

We’ve used BPA and plastic free options for our children since they were born and I am especially careful when they are really young to avoid plastic. As I explained before, many plastics contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that can be especially harmful to pregnant women and children.

The most well-known chemical in plastic is bisphenol-a or BPA, which has estrogen mimicking properties in the body, but there are various other plastic based chemicals that can be just as harmful, so plastic products that are just labeled as BPA free are not necessarily safe. In fact, BPA free products may still contain more harmful chemicals like:

  • Phthalates– linked to immune system suppression and hormone problems (especially in boys and men)
  • BPS and BPF– bisphenol-S or bisphenol-F have similar (and possibly worse) hormone mimicking and disrupting properties and are often found in BPA free products
  • Polyvinylchloride– linked to cancer and birth defects

These plastic chemicals are also found in large amounts in ground water, most water supplies and even in the ice in the antarctic, indicating that plastic pollution is much more widespread than once though and potentially much more dangerous.

Plastic & BPA Free Bottles and Sippy Cups

Our whole family avoids plastics and we all use alternatives to plastic water bottles, but I am especially vigilant about plastic-free options for our babies and toddlers since they are most at risk from plastic chemical exposure.

I’ve researched dozens of alternatives to regular plastic baby bottles and sippy cups and found nine options that I am comfortable using with my own children (ranked in order starting with my favorite). For at least the first six months, our children nurse exclusively, so my preferences lean more toward sippy cups than bottles, but I’ve included the baby bottles we have used at times when I’ve pumped and they work wonderfully as well…

Pura

My favorite brand of sippy cups and the one that my little kids most often use. This bottle is stainless steel with a steel lid and silicone straw or nipple so it is completely plastic-free. It is the only completely plastic-free option I’ve found and it holds up quite well. I’ve put ours in the dishwasher without a problem. The only downside is that older children can eventually bite through the silicone nipples or sippy lids (though these are replaceable). We have several of these Pura bottles and we love them.

Born Free Glass Bottles

When we have used baby bottles, I’ve used these Born Free Glass Bottles with silicone nipples. My babies did well with them (after six months old) and I like that they are glass and easy to clean as well.

Lifefactory Glass Bottles

Lifefactory makes glass baby bottles and bottles for older kids or adults that are easy to clean and the silicone sleeve on the outside of the glass seems to reduce the risk of breakage if they drop. They are also easy to clean and can be put in the dishwasher. We have two of these (one baby bottle and one regular bottle) and have never had trouble with either one.

EcoVessel Sippy Cup

The EcoVessel is a favorite among my older kids because it is insulated and keeps drinks hot or cold for a long time. My one caution with the brand is not to put milk or juice in it, as there is a place in the lid that it can collect and it will get an off-smell from these. I stick to water in this cup. This one is also not dishwasher safe.

Klean Kanteen

My husband and I used Klean Kanteen bottles for years, and they also make stainless steel baby bottles and reusable bottles for older kids. We have the stainless steel bottles that are dishwasher safe and our older kids use them for sports and camping.

Green Sprouts Glass

This sippy cup is glass with a silicone spout and sipper but a plastic outer coating to protect the glass. In theory it is great, but my one complaint is that the top is difficult to get on and often leaks if not put on exactly correctly.

Avent Glass Bottles

Another great glass baby bottle option. We’ve used the Avent Glass Bottles with natural nipples for babies and even breastfed babies seem to take these bottles easily. They are dishwasher safe and easy to clean.

Organic Kidz Bottles

The cup my daughter was actually holding in the picture, but ironically not my favorite because it has a plastic lid. I had actually replaced the nipple with a silicone sippy lid in the one she was holding so no plastic came in contact with her drink. I do like that these are dishwasher safe and steel so they are unbreakable but don’t love the plastic in the lid, even if it doesn’t touch the liquid.

Safe Sporter Bottles

These bottles are dishwasher safe, easy to clean and stainless steel. My kids love them and we have a different color for each child. My only complaint is the small amount of plastic in the lid and I still prefer the Pura bottles for this reason.

Plastic Free At Home

When we are home, we use stainless steel drinking cups instead of bottles and these small dishwasher safe steel cups are my favorite.

What do your children drink out of? Ever tried any of these options? Which would you recommend?

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  1. Any thoughts on comotomo? The bottle and nipple is silicon. Not sure what the ring is.

    • We use both Comotomo bottles and Life Factory. Have both in both sizes. I love the Comotomo bottles. They are lightweight, easy to clean. I take these when we travel because handwashing is so much easier without a bottle brush, even the very simple venting system. They do sometimes leak a little bit – gotta make sure the nipple is situated correctly in the ring, and closed tightly enough, but not so tightly it is hard to get off (with the bendable material of the bottle, it can be hard to get a tight lid off, though the ring does include a little lip to push against). Unfortunately, the ring is plastic, for both of these bottles, as well as the rim for the Comotomo, so a little plastic actually touches the food (none on Life Factory). Also the travel caps on both are plastic.

  2. I have just come upon your website and have not gotten any work done today! We use Life Factory bottles with our 8 month old and have loved them. We used plastic sippy cups with our 3 yr old because I was unaware of all of the stainless steel options and we couldn’t afford them anyway…we still can’t, but I would like to make the transition as we’ve worked really hard to use very little plastic in the kitchen. Thanks for all your research!

  3. I don’t think there is such a thing as safe plastic when you read all the studies. We replaced all of it with glass and food grade stainless steel.

  4. I use the Life Factory bottle with the sippy top. It was only a few dollars for two sippy tops.

  5. Hi, Where do you get the water from to put in the bottles, i filter mine, but the filter is in a plastic container…

  6. Is there any concern with breast milk coming in contact with plastic breast pump parts? I haven’t heard of any alternative to plastic breast shields, valves, etc.

  7. What do you think of Foogo sippy cups? They have 3 versions that your baby graduates to.

  8. Any ideas about Dr. Brown bottles. I attempted the glass bottles but for whatever reason our baby didnt take to them.
    Also curious about your opinion on steel bottles and metals leeching? Would greatly appreciate your input on both.

  9. At home we use mason jars as drinking glasses. Our four kids use the 8oz jam jar size, including our two year old. They are virtually indestructible on our laminate flooring, even when hurled across the kitchen by a flailing toddler (maybe not if you have tile!)

  10. I am so glad you posted this article. I purchase a Basix Sippy Stainless Steel Cup for my daughter but she doesn’t seem very interested in drinking out if it. I think it is heavy for her, she seems very interested in lighter cups that my nephews have (which are plastic) she can easily pick them up to drink out of. I want her to be drinking water but it seems like a constant struggle mainly due to the cup I have. Do you have any suggestions for a fairly light safe sippy cup that is comparable to a plastic sippy cup?

  11. What about coffee mugs for commuting/travel? I can’t seem to find anything without plastic somewhere in the design.

  12. this makes me confuse to pick, because some bottles/sippy cups that made of safety materials are not always come with the right spout. choosing the right shape of the spout is also an important issue, here’s the link about it (please read the discussion below the article too) http://blog.asha.org/2014/01/09/step-away-from-the-sippy-cup/

    i’d go for either lifefactory/pura/thermos for the material, but philips avent and munchkin 360 degrees are likely recommended if you concern more with the spout system (unfortunately they both are made of bpa free plastic). still confuse what to buy but thanks for the info.

  13. Ok, so didn’t know all this about plastics. I have always tried to go BPA free, and am slowly trying to get rid of some of my non-stick cookware. So my main question is, what options should we use in school and work lunch boxes for food that isn’t gonna break? We do have some Thermos brand storage for hot foods, but how should I feel about those? Also, what are easiest transitions to make? I feel bad because we have plastic baby bottles because I was just looking for BPA free. What are the first steps we need to take?

    • It’s really up to you. Some people like to go after the smaller things that they can replace inexpensively first, and work up toward larger items as they go (works best if you are concerned about budget). Others think it is best to replace the most commonly used items first, and move on to infrequently used things later (helps the entire household equally). Or you could work on the items used by the most vulnerable members of your household, like your kids and replace those first (prioritizes some members of the household over others). I think if you choose a place to start and intentionally work from there, it will ease the transition, but where your starting point is will be based on your priorities.

  14. Hi wellness mama! Been reading a lot of your posts and transitioning into a better life style! So Thankyou! Main things I have been changing are starting with my new baby.. What will be better for him. And am looking for a good bottle and soon sipoy I suppose. They all look like good bottles.. If you had to pick one , which was your favorite? I want one that will work well but has no plastic or very few plastic. Same for sippy. Thanks for any help 🙂

  15. I bought a pura sippy cup for my son after reading this post! Thanks for the recommendation. Pricy, but it has been worth it as he has thrown and cracked some nicer plastic sippies! I’m hoping this will last a long time. Hopefully we can slowly replace all plastic!

  16. Second the question on Dr Brown’s glass bottles. FTM & these are on registry. Thank you.

    • Me too!! I got some but I’m curious if I should get the Avent or Life Factory now instead… Is there a difference?

  17. What do you recommend for smoothies for 2 1/2 year olds? I make their smoothies and they drink them on the way to school. Thanks!

  18. What do you think about the new bamboo wear cups and plates? I would love an educated opinion.

  19. Do you know about plastics that are in the containers for contact lenses. The lenses themselves are silicone but the containers that they come in and are stored in are obviously plastic.

  20. Great article!! I’m wondering what you use for your kids school lunches??

    • My kids are homeschooled, so we use normal dishware 🙂

  21. This is something I really want to do this year. We had gotten rid of the plastic but then my son was breaking a glass a day it seemed. We “upgraded” to Preserve BPA plastic cups with a different color for each child to cut down on the endless piles of cups in the sink. It worked, but the more I read about BPA free plastic being just as bad, I realize that we need to ditch it again. Any suggestions for at home drinkware that is color coded but still plastic free?

    • We use klean kanteens and squeasy bottles for the kids instead and they come in different colors.

  22. I have a question on the Safe Sippy 2 – it’s made by the same company as the Safe Sporter which is on your list – so I’m wondering if the safe Sippy 2 is also a safe and acceptable option?

  23. Hi there! I’m pregnant with my first and am so grateful for all these resources! Did you use any glass bottles for freezing breastmilk? Suggestions for glass bottles (made for silicone nipples) that can double as storage/freezing and use for feeding? Thanks!

  24. Hi! I’m nervous about switching to stainless steel straw cups because of heavy metals. How can we be sure the stainless steel is not leaching out metals? Thanks!

  25. We have the small Klean Kanteen bottle with the sippy cup lid and my son loves it, but I’m worried about the plastic. Has anyone found a non plastic lid that fits the KK?

  26. Thoughts on the new munchkin 360 cup?

  27. Do any of these work with breast pumps? Thanks! Also recently saw NUK has a glass bottle with a silicone nipple.

  28. Hello, do you know if the spill free wow cup is chemical and toxic free?