**EDIT: Please read my updated review on Mason Bottle**
While on my hunt for an affordable DIY glass baby bottle I came across this wonderful company Mason Bottle. They made products specifically to be used with mason jars, and they are made in the USA! They offer introductory kits to DIY it yourself (just use an old jar you already have), they also offer kits complete with jars, silicone bottles, sippy straws, and much more.
After using my DIY bottles for a little while to see how I liked them, I decided to give their products a try. I was gifted an introductory DIY kit to try out by my lovely Aunt. It came with a silicone sleeve to fit an 8oz (0.3 kg) jar, a slow flow nipple, and a cap to fit the jar (unfortunately I have misplaced that cap).
The sleeves were very nice they have cut out to see the milk level as well as measurements in ounces and milliliters. Sometimes the sleeves can slip down a bit so I prefer to use the jars that have measurements on them when traveling with these sleeves to make sure the water level is accurate for measuring or I will use a measuring cup when at home. This is only a big deal as I am formula feeding. When I was pumping being 100% accurate was not as crucial as long as it was around the correct amount of ounces she was drinking at the time. I love the aqua color, it happened to match Stella’s things perfectly! Having some other color choices would be nice, but honestly, I think it is a nice gender neutral color.
Mason Bottle also offers plastic rings and caps if you don’t like using the metal rings. Normal mason jar rings can sometimes rust and having plastic rings is a way to avoid that completely. It is really personal preference if using plastic rings bothers you or if you prefer to stick to the metal rings. It is a huge plus for me to have the cap attached because I can be terrible at setting down a cap and never seeing it again. Now I did have some issues with a few of these rings leaking. I contacted customer service and got a very timely response. I spoke with a very professional individual who was able to give me some solutions to my problem and I could not be happier!
The nipples are very sturdy and easy to clean. They offer several flows as well: Slow, Medium, Fast, and Flexible. They have ventilation, and we have never had issues with gas. Stella, unfortunately, had some issues at first latching due to them not being as flexible as some nipples. She has always had a tough time latching and was a very small baby. When reaching out to Mason Bottle I learned the also offered an Extra- Soft Infant nipple for babies with latching issues, and they were kind enough to send us out one to try. It was much more flexible than the regular slow flow nipple. She was able to latch perfectly! This level of customer care really blew me away. We are looking forward to trying out the other flows as she grows!
Mason Bottle also has products that take your mason bottles and let them grow with your baby. They make a Toddler Tumbler which is a silicone bottle and soft straw top. The straw top can be used with your jars to turn them into sippy cups. The smaller 4oz jars can also be repurposed for purees and snacks down the road too. Having products like this that can transition as your baby grows helps to reduce “baby clutter”. I can’t wait to try these out in the future.
Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about Mason Bottle. They offer quality products and great customer service. It is an affordable solution for anyone wanting to venture into using glass bottles on a budget.