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Green to Grow — Frequently Asked Questions

Should I sterilize my Green to Grow baby bottles and nipples?
Yes. Wash and sterilize Green to Grow baby bottles and nipples before first use. Bottles and nipples can be sterilized by either placing them in boiling water for 2 to 5 minutes, or by using countertop or microwaveable sterilizing machine and following manufacturer’s instructions. After sterilizing, wash bottles and nipples in hot, soapy water (or run them through dishwasher) before every use. Bottles and nipples can transmit bacteria if not properly cleaned.

Can Green to Grow baby bottles and nipples be boiled?
Yes. All bottle and nipple parts are designed to withstand sterilization by placing them in boiling water for 2 – 5 minutes. Please be careful that pieces do not rest on bottom or sides of metal container as they may melt.

Are Green to Grow baby bottles and nipples dishwasher safe?
Yes. All parts of Green to Grow bottles and nipples are dishwasher-safe. Place bottles on the top rack when using dishwasher. Secure smaller pieces so they do not fall to the bottom. Run dishwasher as you would normally.

How do I clean and maintain Green to Grow baby bottles and nipples?

  1. Wash all bottles and nipples with a mild soap. Avoid antibacterial soaps and harsh cleaners that can cause plastic to become brittle.
  2. Wash nipples using sponge or nipple brush, but do not push nipple brush through hole in nipple.
  3. Replace nipples every two to three months.

Do all Green to Grow baby bottles come with nipples?
Yes. Our baby bottles come with a Beginner (slow flow, 0-3 months) nipple.

What stage nipple is usually included with new bottles?
Beginner (slow flow, 0-3 months).

What type of plastic are Green to Grow bottles made from?
Our baby bottles are made from PES plastic, which gives them a natural golden color. They are free of the potentially harmful chemicals used in polycarbonate plastic (PC), from which most baby bottles are made. Recent studies indicate that PC bottles leach bisphenol A into liquids, which may be harmful to babies and children.

Do Green to Grow baby bottles contain bisphenol A?
No. Our baby bottles are free of bisphenol A and phthalates.

Do Green to Grow baby bottles contain lead-based paints?
No. Our baby bottles have been independently tested in the U.S.A. and have been found to be free of lead-based paints.

How do I know Green to Grow baby bottles are free of bisphenol  AND phthalates?
Green to Grow is committed to ensuring the consistent safety of each of our products. To this end, we have our bottles spot tested for bisphenol A, phthalates, and lead-based paints at a U.S. laboratory.

What are Green to Grow nipples made from?
Our nipples are made from a transparent, medical grade silicone that is heat-resistant, non-toxic, and odorless. And our nipples are free of nitrosamines, a potentially harmful contaminant found in many rubber nipples that has been found to migrate into liquids.

Where can I learn more about bisphenol A, phthalates, and the potential risks of using polycarbonate (PC) plastic baby bottles?
For reliable, up-to-date information about bisphenol A and polycarbonate plastic baby bottles, refer to the bisphenol A controversy at the Learn section of our web site.

What kind of plastic are the connecting ring and bottle lid made from?
The ring that attaches the silicone nipple to the bottle and the bottle lid are made from polypropylene (PP), a BPA-free plastic.

Do Green to Grow products contain PVC?
No. Green to Grow products do not—and never will—contain any polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

I noticed Green to Grow bottles are made in Taiwan. How do I know that your contractors adhere to human rights and labor rights laws?
This is an important question everyone should be asking about products produced overseas. Green to Grow takes this question seriously and has articulated a commitment to social responsibility. Our commitment governs all relations with national and international contractors and sub-contractors.

How do I prevent nipple collapse?
Nipple collapse is a problem that occurs when air circulation is cut off inside the bottle and baby continues to suck, thus causing the nipple to collapse into the bottle. We have found this is mostly an issue with babies who are transitioning from a vented nipple/system such as Avent, Dr. Brown’s (with the anti-colic insert), and Born Free. Babies can develop a very strong sucking pattern based on their primary experience with bottle feeding. A small percentage of babies have a hard time moving from one nipple to another, or from a vented nipple to an unvented nipple.

To decrease the possibility of nipple collapse, please follow the suggestions below. If none of these work, you may want to consider trying the Gerber NUK nipples in either our regular neck or wide neck bottles, since they are vented and can alleviate the problem of nipple collapse in some cases.

Tips to avoid nipple collapse:
  1. Do not over-tighten the ring that attaches the nipple to the bottle. This is the #1 cause of nipple collapse. The ring should be tight enough so that is doesn’t leak or fall off, but not so tight that it cuts off all air circulation.
  2. If nipple collapses into the bottle, loosen the ring, lift it to let air into the bottle, and pull out the nipple. When reattaching the ring, do not over-tighten it. Lack of air circulation can cause nipple to collapse into the bottle.

Questions and answers in this document have been taken from http://www.greentogrow.com/faqs.aspx. Visit the Green to Grow website for more information on their products or services.