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There is lots of debate regarding microwaving plastics, even if they are BPA-free.

Curious if there is a definitive risk of using a microwave sterilizer (steriliser) (such as the Avent) vs. using an electric steam sterilizer (also made by Avent) with BPA-free bottles.

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This may be more suited for skeptics.stackexchange.com . Anyway microwaves only heat the water so the risk is the same in both cases imho. –  w00t Sep 24 '12 at 20:38
    
What is the concern about microwaving plastics, when it's not BPA? –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Sep 28 '12 at 14:08
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I don't think there's enough research in the matter to make a judgement, studies on these types of things take years, and often contradict each other. I'd be on the safe side and use an electric steam sterilizer as I don't know the answer. there's other good reasons for using an electric one:

  • They are nearly silent, and microwaves are noisy
  • They are a bit more efficient than microwaves. Microwaves are an expensive way to boil water, which is all that sterilization is about really
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the issue with bottles containing BPA is not the method of heating, it is the fact that any heating results in the leaching of Bisphenol-A into the baby's milk.

Using a BPA-free bottle means that any form of heating is safe (as long as the temperature is tested thoroughly!). Check out www.vupbaby.co.uk for a wide range of BPA-free bottles and PVC-free toys.

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Welcome to the site, Nikki! You are allowed to link to your own products but you must disclose your affiliation. See more in our FAQ. –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Sep 28 '12 at 14:06
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