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Born Free Vented Glass Bottle (260ml) review

Our rating 
3.6 out of 5 star rating 3.6
User rating
£7.99 RRP
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In a nutshell

A high quality anti-colic bottle, it's durable as long as you don't drop it, but is bulky and hard to clean
Ease of use
2.0 out of 5 rating 2.0
Ease of cleaning
3.0 out of 5 rating 3.0
Effectiveness
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Design
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Durability
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Worth the money
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Pros: Anti-colic design, BPA-free, scratch resistant, glass makes it feel high quality
Cons: Big and bulky, not as cheap as some basic bottle on the market, many parts to clean and sterilise
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A glass anti-colic bottle, free from the dangers of BPA, the BornFree Vented Glass Bottle uses a venting system – as the plastic version does – to help reduce wind and colic.

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BornFree is an American company that offers a BPA-free range of baby bottles, cups and accessories. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a potentially dangerous chemical. It’s an oestrogen mimicker that’s used when making polycarbonate plastic bottles. According to research, BPA may cause developmental and neurological problems if it leaches from plastic. And this can occur through repeated washing and sterilising in hot water – basically everything you do to your baby’s bottles!

The BornFree Vented Glass Bottle, like the plastic version (BornFree BPA-Free Vented Plastic Bottle) contains a venting system, similar to that in Dr Brown’s bottles. It’s been linked to reduced colic and ear infections. This vent works by reducing the build-up of vacuum in the bottle. This also means a constant pressure is maintained, so as your baby progresses through the bottlefeed, he – in theory – isn’t made to work more for the milk.

What we love

The BornFree Vented Glass Bottle is reassuringly free from the usual suspects us parents are now often told to watch out for – BPA, PVC and Phthalates.

The anti-coli system did seem to make Jack, 9 months, burp less than when he feeds from his usual brand of bottle. While he’s too old for colic, I can imagine that if you had a newborn, this reduction in wind could mean less rocking and pacing to soothe wind or colic pain.

What to watch out for

To get the milk in, the value has to be out, so filling the bottle is tricky. Unless you wear rubber gloves for this, the sterilisation you’ve done is slightly wasted.

The bottle is also heavy and bulky. It’s not particularly cheap.

While we used the same speed (flow) teat as we do on Jack’s usual bottle, Jack seemed a little perplexed by the fact the milk came out faster than usual, and from only one hole. The result was loads of milk escaping down his chin. The teats are also very long – I am not sure whose nipple they’re modelled on! The long teats also meant Jack was tempted to use the bottle as a teething device.

When it comes to cleaning, the BornFree Vented Glass Bottle (260ml) isn’t easy to wash because of the component parts.

Who is the BornFree Vented Glass Bottle (260ml) best for?

Parents of windy babies after a scratch-resistant BPA-free alternative to plastic bottles.

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MadeForMums verdict

A good quality BPA-free bottle, with an anti-colic vent system does seem to reduce wind. The BornFree Vented Glass Bottle is durable, providing you don’t drop it. However, the bottle is bulky and difficult to clean. Also, the teats may not be for everyone.

Product Specifications

Product

Brand Born Free
Model Vented Glass Bottle (260ml)
Price £7.99
Available sizes
  • Bottles: 160ml, 260ml
  • Teats: Medium, fast and variable flow teats. Also 'Y cut' fast flow teats for thicker liquids

Features

Bottle type Narrow neck
Anti-colic Yes
Dishwasher safe Yes
Microwave safe Yes
Components Venting system, travel (non-spill) lid
Made from Glass, non-BPA
Features
  • Bpa free
  • Venting system to help to reduce colic symptoms

Accessories

Optional extras BornFree 'Twister' cleaning brushes for teats, caps and bottles; breast pump adaptor, handles