Born Free Bottles and Feeding Cups

Boots are now stocking a new range of Baby feeding equipment from Born Free, a brand which is new to me but which is apparently the most popular brand of baby feeding equipment in America. Just hitting the UK, I was interested to see why these products were so popular worldwide and there are a host of reasons why this brand is a good one.

Firstly, the full range of products is free from Bisphenol-A, Phthalates and PVC. Now, I hadn’t previously heard of the first two chemicals and I have no idea whether they are present in the bottles we currently use, but research suggests that they can be damaging to your child’s health and development. I wouldn’t go out and buy a whole new set of bottles for my children now as I have plenty of bottles and this would seem wasteful, however if I were buying for my first baby I would definitely look for a brand that was free from anything potentially harmful and the Born Free range seems like a good one with a host of other features that make the bottles work for baby and mother.

These bottles have a nice shape which is comfortable to hold and easy to grip by older babies who like to feed themselves and all the parts, from handles to vacuum valves are interchangeable with the cups and other bottles. The full range is also dishwasher safe which is a must for a busy parent. However, the information I found most interesting was that Born Free has developed a unique venting system which reduces colic and middle ear infections by reducing vacuum build up. My daughter suffered from colic and I know that anything that might help to alleviate this is worth a try.

So on paper the range sounds great but are they practical? Boots sent me a 9oz bottle and a 9oz drinking cup to try out and the bottles in particular do the job. They are good quality, easy to fit together and do not leak, so with all the features offered there is no reason not to choose this brand.

Garden Girl and Garden Boy both loved the drinking cup and there have been many arguments over who gets to use it so it is certainly a hit with the little ones. Garden Boy definitely drinks more when he is using it and I like that it is Free Flow. Garden Boy does tip it upside down to create a rainshower on his plate but I feel he is learning to drink rather than suck. I am not entirely convinced by the teether friendly spout however. It has been designed to be chewed and as a result it obviously has the right texture for using as a teether as Garden Boy will eagerly chew away on the spout, which he does not do with his other drinking cups. I’m not sure that encouraging him to chew his drinking cup is entirely the right route to go down, especially at meal times when it seems to distract him from actually chewing his food. The cup for me also seemed to have too many parts and was needlessly complicated to put together. Having said that, the similarities with a bottle would make it an ideal intermediate beaker if your toddler was being particularly stubborn about giving up the bottle.

All in all, I would definitely recommend the bottles but I am not sure I would buy one of the cups, although I can see how the design could be useful for some children and my two would miss it if I took it away.