Sites like babycenter.com recommend that new parents purchase as many as 12 baby bottles for their newborn. Like many soon-to-be parents, when Laura and Sebastian (Seba) Belmar were planning for their baby's arrival, they worried about the toxic chemicals found in plastic baby bottles. Unfortunately, baby bottles marked BPA-free often contain substitutes that may be even more toxic for our health! The safest material to heat and freeze milk in is glass, but glass baby bottles are relatively expensive. The Belmars found themselves wishing they could convert their many jelly jars into baby bottles -- and the idea for the Mason Bottle was born.
The solution is both clever and very simple: a baby bottle nipple that's set directly into a Mason jar and attaches with the same ring used to hold the Mason jar lid on. Because glass jars are temperature-resistant, breast milk can be safely stored in the fridge or the freezer without having to transfer it, further reducing waste and eliminating exposure to plastics. The nipple can even be inverted into the jar for sterile transport, which is another clever and unique element of the design. The result is a non-toxic, affordable and highly mobile baby bottle solution, perfect for traveling families with young kids.
The Mason jar nipples are made from medical-grade silicone and include a dual-valve ventilation system to help prevent gas and colic. The nipples come in three flow options based on the baby's age. A two-pack of Mason jar nipples retails for $9.99. The company also sells complete bottles including the jars for $12.99, as well as non-slip silicone sleeves and caps to reduce breakage and spills. All of the pieces are easy to disassemble and they clean beautifully in the dishwasher -- a feature seasoned parents will particularly appreciate.
The team rolled out the Mason Bottle on Kickstarter in November 2015, and raised almost $30,000 from more than 600 backers. Today, they've announced their public launch, noting that that their products are currently available for sale in boutiques, on their website, and on Amazon. They are manufacturing the products under the family-owned company name "KINETIKA" and note on their website that more eco-friendly and budget-friendly products are in the pipeline. Maybe the Mason Sippy Cup is next?