“ Brand: Anyway-Up / Type: Training Cups „
When my daughter was younger we experimented with a variety of different cups when she progressed with independent drinking from brands like Tommee Tippee, Nuby, Dr Brown's etc and one of the cups we had a bit more success with (although not the best) were these anyway up cups.
The anyway up cup is a handy little feature which supposedly does what the name suggests - hold this cup anyway up and it won't spill! Sounds amazing right? Just a shame for us it didn't really live up to it's name :(
The cup is a simple design, with no fussy assembly parts, just a lid and the cup base which clips together to stay in place. One problem we did find is that once the lid was on, it took quite a lot of elbow grease and strength to pull it apart again and so wasn't the easiest of jobs! The Anyway up cup features the original inbuilt leak-proof Haberman Valve, (named after its inventor Mandy Haberman who designed the valve for babies with impaired sucking ability) and is meant to mimic breastfeeding but I would definitely say that looking at it, it really just looks like a bit of plastic and I saw nothing that suggested this!
It is designed for children aged 6 months up, however personally I didn't introduce it to my daughter until she was 12 months + and we only used it for water and the occasional juice as prior she was drinking milk occasionally and still from a bottle. I felt that although the handles were easy to hold and an average 6-7month hold could hold this themselves with ease, the spout would be quite hard to suck from for a 6 month old, as quite a lot of mouth suction motion is required and so we wanted to ease her onto cups gradually.
My main gripe with this cup would be that it was not spill proof/leak proof in the slightest. Sure hold it upside down for a second and no water spilled out but leave it upside down for a minute or so and you will soon notice a wet patch spreading on the surface this cup was left. Not cool. My daughter likes to have water throughout the night, and when she was younger I would have left this cup with water beside her bed and if she fell back to sleep with the cup lying down on the bed, there would definitely be a nice wet patch for me in the morning!
Another downside is the hygiene with this cup. I don't know if it is me being paranoid but we cannot afford the luxury of (nor do we have space for in our 2 bed flat) a dishwasher so of course I wash everything by hand and somehow I constantly found mould would grow in the crevices of the lid, and also in the valve of this cup if she drank juice out of it, which would sometimes happen if we were out and about and I would pour juice into this cup for her to drink from. The valve part is embedded in the spout so is hard to reach when washing and even when I would use a bottle brush it couldn't quite get in there 100% so I found this quite frustrating. I like to think I know how to wash dishes after all these years but somehow it just didn't budge and I found myself buying this cup once the old cup went all gross lol.
Overall these cups are ok but could be better. They come in a variety of colours and cost around £3-£4 although back in my day I remember them being £1.99 or something! I'm yet to find a cup that is 100% leak and spill proof, but in terms of doing the job this one has it's pros and cons but it isn't the best.
The Anyway Up 2 Handled Cup is one of many childrens beakers that I have in my cupboard. It sells in various colours ( we have pink and green) and the prices start at £1.99.
The cup is a trainer cup and is designed for children 6 months and up. It is made from a solid, durable plastic and has 2 handles, one on either side so it is easy for children to get a good grip as the handles are quite chunky.
The lid clips on the top of the cup and is quite tricky to get on and off. There is a little tab by the spout which can be used to help take it off, but my children have been unable to open it up and they are very curious!
The best thing about this cup is that it doesn't leak. The drinking spout is made from plastic and is raised. Inside it is a valve that opens whn sucked and closes when it isn't. This means that even if the cup is tipped upside down or dropped no liquid comes out.
The cup does work well and it doesn't leak but I found that it was more suitable for toddlers rather than babies. You do need to suck quite strongly to get the liquid out and my son wasn't able to get any thing out which caused a lot of frustration! Once he was about 1 we tried it again and he was fine with it. Apart from that the cup has been great.
The cup holds 260 ml and is suitable for dishwasers and microwaves although the lid needs to be off when in the microwave to protect the rubber valve in the spout.
I would recommend this cup for any child who is keen to start using a "grown up " cup, the handles make it easy for the child to carry it around and the lid can be taken off when the child is ready to drink without the spout.
There are loads of baby cups on the market that brand themselves as "non spill" and incorporate a variety of methods of varying effectiveness, but for me, the anywayup cup is the original and most simple.
I have never used bottles, as my kids were breastfed, so when the time came for them to drink independently, I didn't have to worry about weaning them off bottles. The problem I had however, was finding a cup that they would take to, as they weren't used to the idea.
Luckily, they all took to the anyway up cup. I wonder if this is because the method used to extract the drink from the cup is somewhat similar to breastfeeding! The plastic cups have a special valve in the lid that allows fluid out, but only when the child sucks on the cup, so if the cup is tipped over it won't spill. this is also really handy when carrying the cup in your bag, because you know you won't get juice all over the inside of your bag.
The cups are lovely bright colours and you can buy extra lids seperately. You can get cups with or without handles.
I only had 2 problems with these cups:
Firstly, I found that the lids got quite "ikky" with use. The spouts got chewed and it was very hard to clean right inside the spout, so the back of the valve would get juicy gunk dried on it, which I imagine could harbour germs. I think this would be true with any training cup, though.
Secondly, I found that after a while, the lids would loosen slightly, and leaks would begin to form between the lid and the cup itself.
The solution to both problems was to buy spare lids for £2.99 from Asda, or any other supermarket or chemist, so it wasn't a big problem.
Now the kids are older, I have binned all the lids as they are no longer needed, and use the plastic cups as beakers, so they are still useful.
I tried other non spill cups, but found the more complex the design, the more difficult to clean, and the more places there were to harbour germs. Therefore, the simplicity of the anywayup cup for me, remains unbeaten.
any parent looking to buy a cup/beaker for their little one I highly recommend this one or for the slightly older toddler the 9oz without handles. same as Tommee Tippee sip-n-seal setting it apart from all other cups/beakers - Avent magic -leaks and the new Tommee Tippe Easiflow cup which has started to leak and my 15 month old has already managed to break off one of the handles. See my review of Easiflow. Anyway these don't leak and even my "precious little angel" cannot break the handles of these - got dents in door to prove it. Newer lids can be a bit hard to take off - my mum never could get it open so when the drink finished when she baby sat that was it - poor mite when thirsty for rest of nite :-) but I think that's a plus if Granma can't open it neither can my son - a result!! I'll say again best cup and whn the lids get all mucky or chewed down you can buy replacements at reasonable price £2.99 for pack of two as replacement & even mix & match them. I'm well pleased with mine.
No leaks or spills! Automatically seals between sips. No leaks or spills, and no fiddly spouts. Bright colours.