Although conventional baby bottles are designed to mimic a mother's breast, if they could talk, most babies - like the World Health Organization - would probably tell you they are a pretty poor substitute for the real thing. Now a New York mom has designed a new type of baby bottle dubbed BARE that is claimed to better emulate a mother's breast in terms of shape, texture and movement, as well as providing the air-free storage and delivery of milk for your bundle of joy.
Frustrated with the performance of conventional feeding bottles when an inadequate milk supply forced her to supplement her breast feeding with a bottle after the birth of her first child, Priska Diaz set about designing a better baby bottle. Unlike conventional bottles that rely on air vents, gravity and nipples that are generally slimmer and more flexible than a mother's nipple, Diaz designed an air-free bottle to mimic a nursing mother's breast.
And unlike gravity-fed baby bottles, the BARE bottle allows infants to feed in any position and hold the bottle at any angle. Diaz says this better supports the development of self-feeding, proper posture and faster and more successful weaning. This is because the infant doesn't need to turn the bottle upside down, which can result in laying down when they move onto self-feeding and showering themselves with liquid when they eventually move onto drinking from cups.
Diaz has started a company, Bittylab, and plans to have BARE in major retailers in January 2012. She has also put the bottle on Kickstarter, where pre-orders can be placed for the first production batch at US$15 each to be delivered by December 2011, following lab and clinical trials and consumer testing.
UPDATE 27/12/2011: A pre-production prototype (which you can see in the video below) has now been produced, but the release of BARE air-free baby bottles has been delayed until summer 2012.
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