Christine Koh

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I'm Christine Koh, a music and brain neuroscientist turned multimedia creative. I'm the founder + editor of Boston Mamas, co-author of Minimalist Parenting, co-host of the Edit Your Life podcast, and creative director at Women Online. Drop me a line; I'd love to chat about how we can work together!

Baby Goods From Born Free

born-free.jpgToday, Judy (also of Talking Thirty) shares her thoughts on a suite of eco-friendly products from Born Free. Read on for Judy's review, as well as to learn how to win a Born Free gift set for yourself or a friend!

In light of environmental health concerns over the use of plastic baby bottles, and findings that even some BPA-free plastic can leach hormone-disrupting chemicals, I've been meaning to switch to glass bottles for a while now. Subsequently, I was pleased to have the opportunity to test out Born Free glass bottles and accessories for Boston Mamas. I opted to try three items from their collection.
1. Born Free's glass bottles are durable and survived what could have been an unpleasant encounter with my hardwood floors. They have a noticeably wide mouth, which made them easy to clean, and proved to be 100% leak-proof. The bottles come with a silicone sleeve that makes them easy to hold. Most importantly, they were well-received by my 9-month-old son, who isn't always so welcoming of new bottles, despite being a good eater. Because of the ActiveFlow Venting Technology, there were a lot of small parts to wash (5-6 per feeding), but I'm okay with that if it means reducing the amount of air my son ingests.

The BPA-free nipples are wide-based and very soft. My one piece of constructive feedback here is that I wish there was an intermediate flow level between levels 2 and 3. Level 2 was too slow and level 3 seemed a bit too rapid, even for an aggressive eater like my son.

2. I've been through several bottle brushes and haven't been happy with any of them so I was pleasantly surprised by how well the Tru-Clean Bottle Cleaning System works. The best part about it is the silicone nipple brush attached to the end of the handle. On other brushes that I've used, the nipple brushes have broken off, have rusted, were too small, or were too abrasive. None of these issues appear to be possible with the Tru-Clean's sturdy design. The only downside is that the sponge head is too large to fit into my bottles made by other brands.

3. Aesthetically-pleasing and BPA-free, the Calm N' Soothe Teethers have narrow handles for little fingers to hold onto and different textured patterns that make them interesting and stimulating to baby.

In short, I'd definitely recommend this suite of products to friends. In fact, I've already decided to stock up on some of these items to gift at baby showers that I'll be attending this spring!

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THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
Congrats to winner Alicia!
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Now, want to win a Born Free gift set for yourself or a friend? Here's how:

Rules*:

  • Hop on over to browse around Born Free then e-mail contests@bostonmamas.com with "Born Free" in the subject -- I'd love to hear about a product you'd be interested in trying from the collection.

  • US entrants welcome to enter.

  • One entry per person (please do not enter off multiple e-mail accounts).

  • Entry period closes at noon EST, Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

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    *One lucky winner (drawn randomly via Random.org) will receive this Born free gift set (valued at $65). The winner will be notified directly via e-mail and listed back at this post using first name only.


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