A teat should last two to three months.Causes of wear and tear include:• when baby starts to feed more vigorously and has begun teething;• variations in temperature;• chemical sterilisation;• vigorous use of a bottle brush.To prolong the life of teats, you can:• use the proper teat-rinse bottle brush for gentle cleaning, without using too much force around the openings;• avoid prolonged exposure of the teats to air and sunlight;• store teats in a drawer or a box when they are thoroughly dry.
What are bisphenol A and phthalates?
Bisphenol ABisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound found in polycarbonates. It has been used for many years to make plastic objects such as bottles, the inside of drinks cans, and babies’ bottles.Polycarbonate has always been used for babies’ bottles because of its transparency and heat-resistance.Several studies have shown that BPA is an endocrine disruptor which can cause hormonal and genetic disorders. As a precaution, France stopped the marketing, import and export of baby bottles containing BPA from July 2010.From June 2011, European law will also ban the sale of baby bottles containing BPA across Europe. (Directive no. 2011/8/EU).PhthalatesPhthalates are chemical substances used to make PVC material more flexible. Some phthalates are now classified as CMRs (carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic chemicals) and have not been used in toys and childcare articles. since 2007 (Directive No. 2005/84/EC and Regulation EC No. 552/2009).