Trouble brewing over novelty beer baby bottle


They may be pint-sized, but babies and beer are definitely not meant to mix. And yet a baby bottle maker is courting a slab of controversy by doing just that.

Fred and Friends is about to release a baby bottle made to look like a stubbie. “Double takes are guaranteed when Junior is chugging his favourite beverage from Fred’s Chill, Baby Li’L Lager baby bottle,” says a blurb on the maker’s website.

The 300ml bottles are BPA-free and phthalate-free with a food-grade silicone nipple, and will sell for $US12. “Crack open a smile as Junior knocks back his favourite formula,” the ad says.


Not surprisingly, the bottle – due on the market in April 2015 – has drawn a mixture of bemusement, amusement, criticism and scorn across the world.

We usually like to feature products we love, but just couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw this bottle. We hate to be party poopers, but it seems more inappropriate than amusing – especially when you consider concerns about how parents’ drinking and exposure to alcohol can influence children’s drinking habits later in life.

recalled dummies

Fred and Friends makes a variety of novelty baby items, though three of its dummies (above) have recently been recalled because of safety fears.

We’ve shown you plenty of fun Fred finds before that don’t make us cringe, like their hilarious Ninjabread Men, the Dinner Winner plate, the cool XYZ blocks and the Funny Side Up egg mould that’s a real hoot. But the Chill, Baby bottle disguised as a stubby is something else entirely.

We’ve also reviewed many great baby bottles that are fun but also stylish. Now there’s something we can all drink to!

What do you think? Funny or inappropriate? Tell us below.

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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