Born Free ™ (BF) came into our lives at just the right time. When a family friend learned about my plans to breastfeed and pump, she sent me information about baby bottles and Bisphenol-A (BPA). To ease my new-mother-nerves she also provided me with a short list of manufacturers that made plastic baby bottles without BPA.
I ordered the Born Free ™ Newborn Bottle Starter Set, which came with three 5 oz. bottles, a 9 oz. bottle and one trainer cup. At first, I was intimidated by all of the pieces that go into one bottle. However, clear images and instructions were included and after the first assembly, it was easy to use.
In addition to the cap, nipple and collar, the bottles and sippy cups have a two-piece venting system to help with free flow of the milk. This is designed to mimic the flow of breast milk and is probably the reason my daughter never had any issues taking the bottle when I was out.
Another advantage of the air vent system is it replaces the vacuum force in conventional bottles. This prevents the baby from having to suck hard, which causes middle ear infections. I can attest that we never had any ear infections, gas or colic issues with these bottles during the first twelve months.
The trainer cup, for 6 – 12 month olds, is designed with the same venting system as the baby bottles. The cup can be used with or without the handles.
One word of caution: don’t be deceived by the narrow openings of the trainer cup spout. If you leave the cap off, liquid will leak on the floor or all over the contents of your diaper bag.
- The company made BPA-free bottles before it was government mandated.
- The bottle is made of a honey-colored Polyamide plastic and the parts for the bottle and cup are interchangeable.
- The products are free of BPA, Phthalates and Polvinyl Chloride.
- The venting system promotes easy flow of liquid.
- The bottles are easy to clean.
- The products are durable.
- BF bottles are more expensive than other BPA-free bottles
These baby bottles and cups are worth the peace of mind they offer. The newborn starter set is all we needed for the first 12 months. My daughter took to them the first time she used them and will soon graduate to the Drinking Cups. I recommend all of the Born Free ™ products and plan to use them for future children.
Parents who want to avoid plastics all together, might also check them out because they now making glass bottles.