Though we haven’t been parading it about too much on Engearment, we did add a mini-gearhead, Danjo, to the crew back in August. That opens up an entirely new category of gear, with its own set of research requirements. With all the recent bad news about plastics – specifically BPA – one of the first things we did was seek out some plastic-free alternatives to traditional baby gear. We’ve already been fans of Klean Kanteen for a while. Turns out they make an entire series of Kid Kanteens – from 5oz newborn bottles to sippy cups. The best part of the Kid Kanteen baby bottles? No plastic ever touches the liquid inside.
We’re not going to get into whether or not plastics are a health issue. There are plenty of other people much more qualified to discuss it. If you’re curious, start with the National Institutes of Health website and let your Google-fu work its magic from there. We just generally avoid plastics in the first place if it’s possible and we wanted the same for Danjo.
Kid Kanteen baby bottles are made from 100% 18/8 stainless steel. The nipples are med-grade silicone. While the ring that holds the nipple is plastic, it merely seals the nipple to the rim of the bottle and never touches the liquid inside. To be fair, there are other stainless baby bottles out there that have absolutely no plastic. We didn’t feel that having plastic involved was an issue, so long as it never touches the milk.
Kid Kanteen comes in 5oz and 9oz sizes and they offer slow-, medium-, and fast-flow nipples. The nipples feature dual vents to allow air in as your nugget drinks. Does it prevent colic like they say? Who knows how the mysterious colic works. But, we did notice less burping compared to non-vented nipples that we hacked to work on the Kid Kanteen. (You can ask why we did that…it’s a long story.)
So, Kid Kanteens get a thumbs up from us, but that makes no difference if kids won’t drink out of them. Fortunately, Danjo gave them a thumbs up as well. He’s been drinking out of them for most of the five months he’s been alive.