Here’s a spooky article – actually it’s the transcript of a PBS News Hour report on the chemical bisphenol A (or BPA), which is used in many common plastic products including baby bottles and sippy cups. Depending on which scientist you’re listening to it’s either harmless or quite possibly carcinogenic. While they’re debating the point, it makes me want to switch to glass and ceramic everything. This Breast Cancer Fund web site has more information about BPA and how to avoid it..
Which brings me to my question of the day: Will someone please tell me how to wean Will from his sippy cup? I know they’re useful for sending off to preschool and sure they prevent spills, but I’d love to abandon the things all the same. Instead we over-rely on them to get Will to consume liquids – which he’s sort of finnicky about doing anyway. His glass of orange juice in the morning, and his glass of milk at lunch or dinner sit undrunk. Hand him a glass of water anytime, and he’ll turn up his nose. The only thing that sometimes gets him drinking from glasses is his newly acquired abilitity to blow bubbles in his drink as he sips it down (so I’m not even trying to stop that sligthly obnoxious habit for now).
I tried buying a stainless steel water bottle for him and he thought it was cool for an afternoon, then decided he didn’t want to ever use it again. I’m debating whether to force a thirst strike with the kid and just withdraw all plastic drink-holding containers until he either caves or collapses from dehydration. And all this BPA talk is just another nudge in that ruthless direction.