BornFree Newborn Gift Pack & Microwave Sterilizer: BPA Free, Baby Approved
BornFree™ is a company that is becoming very popular for its their Bisphenol-A (BPA) free bottles and sippy cups. Bisphenol-A, a chemical compound found in many plastic bottles, may cause developmental and neurological problems if it leaches into the liquids inside the bottle. BornFree bottles are 100% BPA-free and tough enough to withstand frequent washings and sterilizations without scratching or degrading. Click here to read the Z Report on BPA and bottles and sippy cups and click here to read our Bronwyn’s recent post on this very subject.
BornFree company president Ron Vigdor was kind enough to send me several bottles and their Microwave Sterilizer to test out. The bottles have 5 basic parts — the nipple, ring, inner valve and air vent, and the BPA- free / Phthalate-free bottle (in a honey color). I found the bottles (and I have tried MANY) to be one of the best — not too many air bubbles and I loved the ergonomic grip. Baby Allegra also took to the bottle immediately. The inner valve is designed to prevent hard sucking, and side leaks. The air vent is supposed to keep a low level of vacuum that helps reduce colic symptoms like gas, spit up, as well as lowering the risk of middle ear infections.
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I found that the inner valve and air vent helped my baby from getting gassy and spitting up. Was it difficult making sure the parts were all together? No, because I used to use another popular bottle system with the same number of parts and dealt with it easily. The vent fit right into the bottle — you kind of have to pry it out when you wash the bottles. After all the bottle parts are clean and you put the bottle together, if you want to add EBM or formula, it glides over inner valve/ air vent to pour neatly into the bottle (I loved that). I recommend keeping the bottles ready in the fridge — because in the middle of the night, who can remember how to put anything together? The bottle did not leak fluid at all, another plus!
A good microwave bottle sterilizer is important to me. Sterilizing on the stove in a pot didn’t work; I burned parts of Ben’s bottles when he was an infant. I was using another company’s microwave sterilizer, but it didn’t hold up that well. Plus, with all the information about BPA and plastics, I really didn’t want to keep using it, but I needed a sterilizer. I loved BornFree’s sterilizer because you didn’t have to click the top and bottle part of the sterilizer shut. There are 3 parts. Add water, put the top part on and microwave for 4 minutes (although time may vary according to your microwave’s power). It was still done in half the time of my previous sterilizer.
I was curious about how the company started, so I spoke to company president, Ron Vigdor, via email and he told me.
My brother Dan and I, and a friend, Gil Lemel, were partners
in a e-commerce venture for the last few years. We were looking
for a new challenge when we were approached with the idea of
bringing BPA-Free baby bottles to a mass market. We were all
fathers (currently with 8 children total and one on the way) so
we were concerned about our children’s health and safety when
we heard about the potentially dangerous effects of BPA-infused
Over the course of two years, we expanded our business (it started
in my home) to one with distribution in Whole Foods, Babies R US,
and other brick and mortar stores, as well as online retailers across
Celebrity fans of the BornFree bottles are Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, as well as Nicole Richie and Joel Madden. Liev Schrieber was also recently spotted feeding baby Alexander "Sasha" Pete with a BornFree bottle.
Final Verdict: Good bottle system, Add in the fact that it’s BPA free and my baby took to it easily, makes me a happy mommy. I look forward to seeing what else BornFree will come up with in the future.