It’s rare that we ever make the correct decision the first time, but when it comes to choosing baby bottles, I can say with certainty that we did. When I was expecting my first child, Born Free bottles were recommended by a few friends who’d been around the block before me and we had such success with them before so we’re using them again for baby #2.
The company was started by concerned parents, the first of its kind to design a line of BPA and PVC-free products. I was recently made aware that Born Free was acquired by a leading company in baby products called Summer Infant and was concerned that the products I’d come to trust had changed. From what I’ve seen, they’ve improved upon an already great product line with the Natural Feeding Gift Set.
I received a gift set for my baby shower years ago, and the new Natural Feeding Gift Set is much nicer because it includes a few more items mom and dad need, other than the bottles. This set includes 3 of each bottle size, the 5-ounce and the 9-ounce, a formula dispenser, cleaning brushes, and three extra fast flow nipples. The design of the bottles themselves seems to be relatively unchanged which is fine by me.
The vent system is probably my favorite feature as it is designed to give baby more control over the flow while reducing the amount of air they intake. Because of the way the system is designed, it takes a bit of work to take apart the system for cleaning but I feel the extra step is worth it when your baby is happy and gas-free.
My second favorite feature is the design of the bottle itself; it’s very easy for baby to hold and Emma started holding her own bottle at between 3 and 4 months. I remember that being quite life-changing when she started feeding herself!
It’s also very helpful to have the fluid ounce markers imprinted right on the side of the bottle to help with measuring formula and determining how much formula or breast milk the baby had.
The bottles and all of its parts can be safely sterlized and washed in the dishwasher. While I mostly cleaned the bottles in the dishwasher, there were times when I could have used brushes like the ones in the new gift set.
I’m excited to hear that a sterilizing system specifically designed for Born Free bottles will be hitting store shelves this summer. This was the only thing missing from the line that I’ve been waiting for, but until then bottles and parts can be sterilized in boiling water on the stove. I’d also like to see Born Free come out with specially-designed dishwasher baskets.
How much? The set sells for about $65 from what I’ve seen online. Since Emma’s old nipples and vents yellowed in storage, I just bought a few extra boxes of the classic bottles the other day since it was about the same price to replace the parts and I was able to find complete bottles on sale.
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