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I am having the worst time trying to get my little boy to drink out of a bottle. I have been exclusively breast feeding him which I think is the best way to feed a young baby but I would like to go for a night out now and again and leave him with my parents so I am expressing and trying to get him to drink out of a bottle. It's tough going so a friend suggested as he is now nearly 4 months old why not just try him on a cup as you can use these from 4 months plus and then it cuts out having to use a bottle anyway.
After searching around for a bit I decided upon this Anabel Karmel non spill cup as I liked the handles on it and found it quite sturdy and thought it would be a good one to try. Anabel Karmel is known for her awesome baby cook books covering everything from weaning to toddler lunch boxes and so she has branched out rather successfully in my opinion into the accessories range and also puts her name to spoons, bowls and cups etc. Like I've said above I really like the handles on this cup. There are two handles, one on each side and they curve out a bit making it really quite easy to a baby to grab hold of each side. They also have a plastic easy grin feel to them so they are a bit nicer to hold in my opinion than say the regular Tommee Tippee cups that do not have any easy hold plastic on them.
The top has a nice thick spout to it which fits easily into my little boys mouth. It also has a nice thick hygienic cover to it which I also like. At this point when he is only 4 months old I have to hold the cup in his mouth but he is already showing signs of grabbing at the cup and wanting to hold it himself and keep it in the mouth himself so I think this cup will make it quite easy for him. According to the packaging that came with this cup has a natural non spill action which allows liquid to flow freely and requires no sucking. I have used cups in the past that require lots of sucking and I find them really hard to do so its no wonder my kids did not get on with cups like these as its so hard to get any liquid out. When you turn this cup upside down you can see the liquid coming out so you can tell that the valve is working. The valve is removable once your child gets a little bit older but we obviously still have ours in. The lid is easy to get off but does close quite securely so you can be quite confident that it will not come undone in your changing bag if you have it filled up with milk etc.
So, how is my little boy taking to it. Well, like I've said above he likes to try and hold it and it fits nicely in his mouth. He is drinking some milk from it so hopefully he will get used to it more and more and eventually be able to use it himself and we won't have to worry about using a bottle.
The cup also looks quite nice and stylish and something that you don't mind taking out with you. I purchased mine for £3.99 which I didn't think was too bad. It is dishwasher safe and also as I am still sterilising this was an important factor to me and yes, it can be sterilised in all regular sterilisers.
All in all a nice first cup.