We’re big fans of mamapreneurs here at Sassy Mama HQ, so when we heard that Singaporean mama Yvon Bock had invented a new baby bottle, we had to check it out for ourselves. This week marked the official launch of Hegen (literally German for “cherish”, but inspired by an idiom about Mother Nature and nurture, along with Germany’s reputation for efficient, functional engineering).
Sure enough, the Hegen bottle features some nifty design features that set it apart from other bottles on the market. Most notably there’s a one-handed Press to Close, Twist to Open (“PCTO”) lid that’s way more convenient for sealing up bottles on the go (or in the middle of the night when it’s easy to screw a lid on crookedly and thus get leaks – or at least that’s our experience!).
It’s also got a brilliant stackable design that allows for maximum storage efficiency in the fridge. This came about from Bock’s own frustrating experience storing breastmilk; during the launch she shared an incredible photo of more than 1,500 botles of milk she’d expressed and had to store in relatives’ fridges and freezers due to a lack of space in her own home!
There’s also an off-centre teat that’s meant to make feeding more relaxed and natural for baby to help eliminate colic. The wide bottle opening also makes it a snap to clean compared to other bottles we’ve used. The bottles are completely safe and free of Phthalates, PVC, BPA and EA
As a working mama of four, Bock said she was inspired to create the bottle to make working mamas’ lives easier and help keep them on their breastfeeding journey. Citing a statistic that only 21% of mums are able to sustain breastfeeding after two months (ostensibly due to the challenges of going back to work and dealing with pumping), she said she hopes Hegen can help grow those numbers. Of course, the bottle is just as handy for formula-fed babies, and the stackable containers are equally fab for storing solid foods once bubs gets a little older.
The Hegen bottle is currently available in Singapore exclusively at Motherswork, and word is they’ll soon be available at Takashimaya and on Amazon.com. Here’s to less mess, happily fed babies, and mamas supporting one another!