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post #81 of 108
Someone gave me organic baby food in glass jars. I think it was Earth's Best by Gerber? So it's possible Gerber does sell their organic baby food in glass jars, and perhaps your local store could order it in. HTH

Anyway, I gave them away because, like you, I fed my baby homemade food and never needed the canned kind. My thought was that the canned food is vastly less nutritious than fresh food because the canned kind has been subjected to high heat, which destroys the heat-sensitive vitamins and all the digestive enzymes. But those things are still intact with fresh food.

I bought one of those baby mesh feeders and put a chunk of raw fruit or vegetable in there for him to chew on while we ate meals. Or I fork-fed him little bits off my plate. Now at 1 1/2 years, he loves everything we eat! I think it's because he's been eating my cooking all his life, and never developed a taste for store-bought baby foods
post #82 of 108
Baby mesh feeder? Sounds interesting. Where did you get it?
post #83 of 108
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Someone gave me organic baby food in glass jars. I think it was Earth's Best by Gerber? So it's possible Gerber does sell their organic baby food in glass jars, and perhaps your local store could order it in. HTH
Earth's Best is by Hain, not Gerber. They sell it at Babies R Us, and many regular grocery stores have it, too.

Mesh baby food feeders are made by Munchkin. You can get them at Target, Wal-Mart, etc. They are kind of a pain in the ass to clean, but I loved them.
post #84 of 108
Gerber does sell some organic baby food in glass jars. Just less variety. They have it around here at Stop and Shop and Target (and Walmart.) They all three also carry the Earth's Best brand too. HTH!
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post #86 of 108
I'm bummed ... the Santa Cruz Organic Apple Sauce that I buy for DD comes in a #7 plastic container! When I start finding things around the house that are in #7 plastic, I feel so betrayed! How can companies use these kind of toxic materials?
post #87 of 108
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I'm bummed ... the Santa Cruz Organic Apple Sauce that I buy for DD comes in a #7 plastic container! When I start finding things around the house that are in #7 plastic, I feel so betrayed! How can companies use these kind of toxic materials?
As World Kitchen told me when I called them about pyrex storage lids, "Our products satisfy FDA safety requirements" (or something to that effect). Now, that doesn't surprise me coming from your typical big company, but when a brand does it that claims to be organic...

Well, let's just say I think it demonstrates just how committed that company is to your well-being. It's not like this whole plastics thing is a big secret.
post #88 of 108
Someone in a PP noted that some Gerber baby bottles are recyclable plastic #5 -- well, the key word is "some", because I just checked out the Gerber bottles being sold at the local Wal-Mart : and their Gerbers are #7. I plan on checking Babies R Us very soon to see what they offer, but it sounds right now like MAM/Sassy, Gerber #5, and Evenflo glass are the best options available. Did I miss any?
post #89 of 108
What are #1 and #2 plastics considered? The pyrex storage containers with plastic lids....so far they have either a #1 or #2. Safe?
post #90 of 108
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Baby mesh feeder? Sounds interesting. Where did you get it?
I got ours here http://www.babysafefeeder.com/

It works great! The top and bottom screw together, which some people say is sturdier than the kind that snap together.
post #91 of 108
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What are #1 and #2 plastics considered? The pyrex storage containers with plastic lids....so far they have either a #1 or #2. Safe?
Refer back to page 1 of this thread -- Synchro246 posted a good summary of what the different numbers mean.

In my PP I noted that the company told me they were satisfying FDA safety rules and that their lids are type #7 -- are your Pyrex lids numbered 1 and 2? Could there be different varieties on the market? Or could the company not know what it's talking about? I haven't actually looked at them close-up yet, but they are probably what I'm going to get (or something very similar).
post #92 of 108
Someone gave me a great storage container tip - canning jars! (Was that in this thread? Mama brain...) I have a bunch of different sizes, and they work for almost everything I need to store.

I have the pyrex dishes with the covers, and I don't usually let the food touch the plastic. The only issue is that I don't run plastic through the dishwasher, so those lids have to be washed by hands while the containers go through.
post #93 of 108
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Does anyone know if the plastic in Foodsaver bags is dangerous?
Wondering this as well.
post #94 of 108
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Wondering this as well.
im thinking not safe b/c its soft plastic...
post #95 of 108
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im thinking not safe b/c its soft plastic...
But so are Ziploc bags, and I thought it was said in this thread that Ziplocs were ok as long as they weren't heated? The farmer I buy my free-range meat from packages the meat in FoodSaver bags and freezes them, and I hate to think that I'm getting "safe" meat in "unsafe" bags.
post #96 of 108
Regarding Pyrex I generally try to leave enough space that the lid doesn't touch the food - or if it will I put a layer of parchment paper on top of the food, and then the lid.

Canning jars are great for some things, but definitely don't work for everything (at least not for me!).

I've heard of wrapping meat in butcher paper and then plastic, so it is protected from freezer burn, but doesn't actually touch the plastic. I haven't tried this though.

I do the same with bread - wrap it in paper first, then put a freezer bag around it. I'd love to find a way to not use the plastic at all, but nothing has worked well for me yet.
post #97 of 108
I emailed Gerber a couple of days ago because my kids love the Gerber Graduate Color Changing sippy cups, which are plastic but do not have a recyclable number or symbol on them. : Here is their reply:

"Thank you for contacting Gerber Parents Resource Center.

The Gerber Fun Grips Color Change Spill-proof Cup is made of polypropylene. The lid is made of polyethylene. Valve is made of polypropylene w/silicone membrane."

Okay, so the body of the cup and the valve are #5, which makes me feel a little better. But the lid could be #1, #2, or #4. I'll reserve judgement on that one until I get more info.

Also, where do you get your "safer" baby bottles? I've scoured Wal-Mart, Target, and Babies R Us, and they either carry Avent, or else bottles that are labeled #7, or else they're not labeled at all -- actually most of them aren't labeled at all. I thought plastics had to have a recyclable number on them, but apparently the FDA has decided that too much information would be onerous on big business and too dangerous for us dumb masses. Do you get them on-line? Or am I missing a completely obvious source?
post #98 of 108
online. we have the klean kanteen sippy and the sigg bottles
post #99 of 108
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online. we have the klean kanteen sippy and the sigg bottles
Did you find a good deal someplace? Replacing all our sippies and baby bottles would involve a small fortune at regular retail prices -- say at mysigg.com. Reusablebags.com might offer a buck off for multiples, but that still adds up super fast.
post #100 of 108
i got mine through co-ops and on e-bay.
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