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Born Free Wide Neck Review

Nice feeling, durable bottle, but only try if you are struggling to find an anti-colic bottle that *might* work for your baby.
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Price:   $10.00 List
Pros:  Durable, wide neck and nipple base
Cons:  Dripped, lots of parts to assemble
Manufacturer:   Born Free
By Lindsay Ellis ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 24, 2012
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SCORE
  • Nipple - 25% 8
  • Ease-of-cleaning - 20% 7
  • Leakage - 30% 8
  • Ease-of-use - 10% 7
  • Eco-health - 15% 7

The Skinny

Update — 2018
The Born Free Wide Neck bottle has been discontinued.

We liked the Born Free bottle for its durability and baby-friendly design. However, it's anti-colic vent system left us again with a lot of parts to wash, assemble and keep track of.


Our Analysis and Test Results

The Born Free bottle we tested is touted as another "anti-colic" bottle. It has a special two part vent system that is place on the rim before you put the cap and nipple on. We didn't notice any less gas in our tester, but as we mentioned in our Buying Advice article, all babies are different! So that leaves us again with the question: "Are all these parts worth it?" In this case, we feel, no. We'd pick a different short and sturdy bottle, like our Best Value award winner, the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature.

Likes


We like the wide mouth design of this bottle which makes filling and cleaning easy. Speaking of filling, this bottle gets an A+ for easy-to-read markings! It seems very durable and baby held onto it quite comfortably.

We also love that is BPA and PVC free. Born Free also encourages users to return the bottles for recycling when finished and we think that's great!

Dislikes


We found the extra parts from the anti-colic valve didn't really pull their weight in our test and we'd rather not spend our time washing and assembling them (a which goes up/on top/etc. learning curve).

Although we didn't have any trouble with leaking during feeding, it did drip quite a bit when inverted which was messy. We also noticed those great measures printed on the outside of the bottle began to rub off after just a few washes.

Conclusion


A decent bottle, sturdy with a wide mouth and nipple base, which we liked. The unique anti-colic vent may help some babies and is definitely simpler than Dr. Browns Standard BPA-free straw feature. We didn't like that it dripped so much when baby wasn't sucking, and for us, those extra parts just aren't worth it.


Lindsay Ellis