I bought this cup in blue when my son was around 6 months old, it cost £3.49 from Asda about 18 months ago and it holds up to 200ml of fluid. The cup is designed for babies from 6 months and seeks to help them start the move from a bottle to a cup. The cup is BPA free, comes in a variety of colours and is made up of several interconnected pieces. The main part of the cup is a plastic cup that is slimmer at the bottom than the top, the cup overall is quite stumpy and is also designed for little hands to grasp it easily. There is also a separate handle, screw top flip top lid, and flexible spout.
All the pieces can be put in the dishwasher and there is a handy measuring scale on the side to help you keep track of how much your little one is drinking. The spout if flexible and is designed to help your baby transition from teat/breast to a cup spout. The lid with the flip top helps to protect the spout from getting dirty when not in use.
Overall my son got on well with this cup, he enjoyed holding the cup with his hands and then later I introduced the handles he was good at using them. The flow of the liquid was quite fast, as my son was only using a two whole bottle teat at the time which had a slower flow and it took him a few attempts to get used to tipping the cup slower.
From my point of view the cup has not so good, it leaked when in my bag or left on its side, the separate handles were difficult to line up properly to allow them to be central to the spout and the spout was very difficult to clean, I ended up switching to a different cup after a few months.
Overall I would say this is an average product, it looks nice and my son enjoyed using it, but overall it just did not live up to expectations and there are better cups on the market that do not leak and are easier to clean.
This review also appears on Ciao! Under the same username.
- Why I Bought -
I bought an Avent Magic cup before my son was even born when there was a baby event at Boots as I wanted to have most of our feeding equipment from the Avent range. It was one of the many I tried when encouraging my son to drink water from a cup before I finally settled on a Tommee Tippee cup. However, we returned to the Magic Cup when my son started to have milk in a cup.
- The Magic Cup -
The cup is made from transparent plastic which is BPA free. As with most baby cups there are a few pieces that fit together. The cup itself has a measuring scale in millimetres and fluid ounces. Over the neck of the bottle you can place the plastic handles but this is optional. Then the lid screws onto the bottle. There is a spout attached through the middle of this and underneath the spout there is a transparent rubber valve which again is optional. Finally there is a plastic lid which covers the spout. The cups come in many different colours with different pictures on them. The first Magic Cup I purchased holds 150mls. The actual cup is white but it is still see-through. It has pictures of a bunny with a big orange and of an orange tree. The screw on lid and handles are turquoise while the spout lid is clear. The spout is made of a quite firm rubber which is white in colour. The second Magic Cup I bought holds 200mls is blue in colour but you can still see into the cup. The cup displays the Avent brand name and has a picture of a rabbit and a cow. The spout for this cup is green in colour and is made from hard plastic. The designs are attractive and the cups appear to be practical and easy to use.
- First Attempt -
When I first tried to get my son to drink water from the 150ml cup he was around six months old. I found that he had trouble sucking out the water. I tried on many occasions but he just couldn't get the hand of it. Otherwise I liked the cup. It was easy for my son to hold and he was able to grab onto the handles and tip it back a little. I also liked that it was non-spill as it didn't matter how much my son threw the cup around, nothing came out. However, as he wasn't actually getting any water to drink either I decided the cup was rather useless. We eventually found a free flow Tommee Tippee cup which suited us much better, although free flow does seem to mean everything gets wet.
- Second Attempt -
When my son was one I decided I would only breastfeed morning and night so my son needed to have formula or cow's milk for his 2pm feed. I decided I wanted to use separate cups for water and milk so that he would know what he is getting. I did some online research as well as talking to other mothers and discovered that it is actually recommended that babies and toddlers drink from a free flow cup. This is because it decreases the chances of problems with the teeth and speech which can be associated with sucking a spout that has a valve attached and isn't free flow. These are the same issues that come with sucking on a bottle past the age of 12 months. So this was good news for our Tommee Tippee cup for water but I still needed to find another cup that was free flow for milk. Then I read that most cups with valves can be free flow if you remove the valve. This is probably obvious to most people but it hadn't occurred to me! So I tried my son with the 150ml Magic Cup for his 2pm milk. I would say it took him a few days to get used to it, although that was probably to do with having milk in a cup generally rather than this specific cup as he was used to breastfeeding. He got the hang of it though and so I bought the 200ml Magic Cup too and these are what he has his milk from during the day.
- Using the Cup -
My son finds it easy to hold the cup by holding onto the handles. He can lift the cup enough to drink his milk and he finds it easy to suck on both the rubber and plastic spouts that our bottles have. Now that the valves are removed the milk flows easily and he has no problems drinking. So I would say the most important aspects are covered. However, there are a few problems associated with not having the valve. As I said before, free flow seems to mean everything gets wet. To eliminate mess I make sure my son is wearing a bib when he has his milk and that I sit with him so that if he gets over excited and tries to throw or shake his cup I take it off him. I don't mind free flow so much with the water cup as water is easily cleaned up but I don't like spilt milk everywhere. The other issue without the valve is that the lid won't stop the milk leaking out if the cup is turned on its side or upside down. This isn't such a big problem at home but if you were to take the cup out somewhere with milk in it then you could easily end up with spilt milk. I tend to keep the valve in if we are taking the cup out somewhere and then remove it just before my son needs his milk. This is a bit of a nuisance though as you then risk losing the valve. I think these inconveniences are just something I have to put up with as my son finds it much easier to drink free flow and apparently this is better for him.
- Cleaning the Cup -
These cups are dishwasher and microwave steriliser safe. It is important to completely take the cup apart before cleaning it to ensure that all milk residue is thoroughly removed. This is very easy to do and I usually wash them by hand with a bottle brush. As my son is over 12 months he no longer needs everything sterilised but I do sometimes do this anyway and they fit perfectly in our Avent steriliser. Our cups still look good after about three months of use, however we only use one beaker a day so they don't get as much use as they might with other people.
- Price and Availability -
In Boots they sell the 150ml cup for around £4.00 and the 200ml cup for around £4.50. Amazon seem to have fairly similar prices. I think these prices are reasonable, not the cheapest available but then you are paying for quality and a trusted brand.
- Would I Recommend? -
I find it hard to recommend cups as I think it is a very personal choice and one particular cup won't suit everyone. All I can say is that overall I think this is a good cup. It is well designed, easy to use, easy to clean, it is BPA free, looks nice and my son likes to drink from it. The only negatives are that as we like to use the cup without the valve so it is free flow it does cause spillages and can be tricky to take out and about. I can put up with these issues as my son likes it.
As my daughter fast approaches the year mark, we thought we would start to get her used to a cup for her milk and gradually move away from a bottle. We didn't want to start this at night when she was tired, so we thought we would give it a go in the morning, when she usually has a small amount of formula when she wakes up. This however has proved to be more difficult than we expected despite her taking to the cup for juice without any difficulty.
Since my daughter was born I have exclusively used Avent bottles and I liked to fact that as baby grows the equipment is interchangeable, so starting my daughter on this Avent magic cup was a natural step in transition away from the bottle. There are two magic cups, one for 6 months plus, and one for 12 months plus. Since my daughter is almost at the 12 month mark, I bought this one, and it cost me just under £5 on amazon. These cups come in different colours but I opted for the pink one for my daughter.
These cups store up to 260 ml of milk, and I like the fact that at the back of the cup there is a measuring scale so you know how much milk baby has drank out of the cup. I also find it useful when making up the cup with formula. I also like the fact that this cup is BPA free.
This cup comes with trainer handles to encourage baby to hold the cup in their hands and be able to drink themselves. My daughter is now very confident at drinking from a cup, holding it properly and tipping it when it starts to get to the bottom, however that is only when it is juice in her Tommee Tippee cup. The trainer handles on this cup are easy for baby to hold and manipulate.
There is also a soft spout which is meant to help with the transition from bottle teat. All these parts come apart so they can be washed easily ( they are dishwasher friendly as well!) and fit together easily. They trainer handles can be put on a bottle, and the lid of the Avent bottle will fit the cup, so there is some sort of interchangeability with the parts of Avent products as they suggest.
I automatically assumed my daughter would take to this cup easily given how much she liked her Avent bottles, but it just didn't happen. I tried her using this cup for a week with her milk in it and although on the first day she did take a token sip, every day after that she wouldn't even put the spout up to her mouth. Initially I thought it would just take time, but in the meantime, I bought another different brand of cup and tried her and she started to drink a little bit of milk, and it is now used every morning, so this makes me think that she rejected the cup rather than the milk!
All in all, I have no problem with this cup and I think they are well designed and easy to use but this cup just didn't work for my daughter, and she just didn't take to it like I expected.
I bought Hannah and Jess an avent magic cup each from tesco for £3.00 each as they were on offer, my friend raved about avent magic cups.
The recommended age for the avent magic cup is 12 months plus.
The cups come in a variety of colours but i choose the yellow cups with pink lid and handles.
The cups look magical with avent brand log surrounded by little stars.
The cups come with handles that are detachable but i left them on both cups so the girls would get used to holding them.
The lid screws on and off, there is a small spout with three holes on it, the spout is also valves so the juice only comes out when sucked rather than poured, it took the girls a while to get used to this as any other cup just tipped up and juice come out.
Avent magic cups don't leak or spill thank goodness i have had it will leaking cups.
These are easy to clean ,dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and can be sterilised.
I find the magic cups the best for taking in the car due to them not leaking and the girls often drop their cups after falling asleep so least they don't flood the floor.
All in i think the avent magic cups are ok, i don't see any magic but look nice, easy to hold and my girls managed after they got used to the cup.
After the chewing disaster with the Tommee Tippee Easiflow cups (see my reviews) I had to hunt out a new beaker for my daughter. I came across the Avent Magic Cups and thought they would be the best way to go as when I had the Avent baby bottles and the Avent Steam Steriliser both were successful purchases.
Firstly, the Magic cups are available in a selection of colours. I purchased my daughter a pink one as she loved pink even at a young age but you can get them in pink, blue, orange, yellow and green as well. I think there may have been a red one too. It comes in two different sizes relating to the stage of development your child is at; the smaller of the two has a softer, squidgy spout and the bigger one has a harder spout.
The beaker is a bit of a puzzle when you first get it out to use it. Firstly when you remove the lid, you will see that the handles are actually connected to a circular piece of plastic which screws on to the beaker, a bit like a teat does on a bottle. There is the main bit which you fill with drink. You put the handles on to the main body of the beaker but before you put the lid back on you need to sort out the spout. The spout is a complicated little thing as it is in three parts. You have the spout, a valve which covers the hole and then the lid. I didn't work out that there was a valve for a little while and it seemed to me that even when I positioned it correctly, not a lot of drink was coming out so I just took the valve out completely. The valve is there to prevent the spills but I would rather my little girl spill it than not get a lot to drink.
I did notice that when I tried drinking from the beaker that the drink felt colder once it was filtering through the spout. It was very strange. It was so cold it actually hurt my teeth. My daughter didn't seem to notice though and always glugged her drink down. She didn't have to suck like babies are supposed to because I took the valve out but if you leave the valve in your baby will have to suck to get the drink out.
It is easy to clean but I did leave the spout to soak in boiling water as sometimes after washing you could still smell whatever drink had been in it in the spout.
My daughter did chew the spout again and little bits do eventually flake off. I think I just had a chewer! LOL!
I would recommend it but definitely keep on eye out for chewing!
My son did not get on well at all with sippy cups, so we must have tried about 10 different kinds! We found this one to be a great transition cup, as you can take the spout out and use a normal bottle teat in it's place. As we were using the nuby bottle to cup transition teat anyway, we popped that one in. We found this was a brill way to let him drink from what for all effects and purposes appeared to any onlooking competitive mums (you know the kind!) like a cup with handles, but stilll gave him the security of the teat he was used to.
He didn't 'get' the spout which was supplied with the cup, but this is probably not due to a defect in the cup itself, just he prefers straws. It is great that you can move them from the soft one to the hard one without having to buy a whole new cup, something which irritates me about other cups when all you need to replace is the spout.
The other fab thing about this cup is the fact that the handles rotate round, so there is never a 'wrong' way to hold it. However, the lid was a bit flimsy and was sometimes hard to put on, especially over bottle teats.
All in all, I think this is a really adaptable cup which can be used at many different stages. I would definately use it again at the difficult bottle to cup transition stage.
Having been told by my health visitor that my boys needed to be slowly weaned onto cups I decided to shop around in Boots, one of my favourite stores.
I browsed through all the different colours, brands and styles of beakers. They had used a beaker before meant for babies aged 6months plus, but they just tipped them upside down and their drink spilt everywhere. So I was trying to find one which was supposedly a non-spill beaker.
I came across a pack of two Avent non-spill magic cups. They caught my eye really as I noticed my friends son was drinking from one days before and they were in a pack of two, so perfect for me as I had two babies. It was roughly £6.99 for the 2 cups together, which I thought was a brilliant price, especially for Avent as it seems such a popular and expensive brand. These particular cups are specifically for children aged 12months plus.
The Avent cups came in many different colours but I purchased one bright yellow and another bright blue. On the front it clearly has the word Avent in blue writing, so no mistaking what brand they are. The lids screw off for you to pour the drink inside, and the cups come with handles which are optional. You can however use these handles on wideneck bottles if you are trying to get your child to hold onto his/her own bottles. These cups I also find easy to clean, they are simple to take apart just by unscrewing the lid and taking the sucker out the way you would with a teat from a bottle and then placing it back in and screwing the lid back on. By doing this you allow the cup to have a thorough clean. There is a see through plastic lid on top of the sucker itself, which keeps it clean and protected.
As for the sucker, yes it is a non spill one, which means that your child has to actually suck from the sucker to get his/her drink out. The suckers on these beakers are very similar to what we drink out of when we drink from non spill sports bottles, we have to suck them to get our drink out the way a child does with these beakers. Hence the higher age range for them.
I am so far very impressed with these cups, my boys are now 16months and still use them, it took them maybe a week or so to get used to actually sucking from them as the beakers they had before the drink just poured - everywhere! But now they drink with ease, and beakers are apparently better for them and their teeth than drinking from a bottle all the time.
They havn't used the handles I personally feel these confused them more, they had already grasped how to hold a bottle on their own, so to hold the beaker on their own was just the same probably.
You can also buy these beakers in supermarkets, again in many bright colours. They are definitely worth the money in my opinion. You can also try your child with them before they are 12months if you feel they are ready for one.
I have to say Im a big fan of these cups, although not many other people I know get on with them.
With my first we tried to get him on a beaker from 6mths as recommended, but wasnt interested, we tried loads of different beakers and in the end a couple of months later he finally took to this one and never looked back. At first we did have to hold it, as they can be quite heavy when filled and the handles are quite thick, but he was soon off and drinking on his own.
They come in a variety of colours and 2 different sizes. The smallers ones have a soft spout to introduce them to beakers the biggers have a harder spout for older babies. They come in a range of colours.
There is several parts to the beaker all need to be intact for it to work. There is the main drinking bit to fill, which then has the handles to go over it, with the lid to screw in place. before putting the lid on you need to add the spout which comes in 3 parts, the actual spout itself, then the value which plugs in the the clear cover which clips over it, really easy. Poke it through the lid hole, screw and your away.
These biggers are spill proof which means you can tip them anyway possible and the juice will not spill, but it does however make sucking slightly harder. The only thing I did notice is the spout seems to make the drinks a lot colder then they actually are not good if you got a fussy baby like I did. My son used these till he was nearly 2.5yrs and the best bit is you can buy replacement spouts without having to replace the whole beaker. They are still in fab condition.
We tried my daughter with this this year when introducing beakers but she hated it and just couldnt use it so is using a free flow beaker which I hate in comparison. Even at 13mths she still refuses to drink from this one, so all babies are different.
Determined to avoid any bottle attachment issues with my children I decided to train them onto older cups at quite an early age, by 6 months they were using training bottles that had larger teats and by 9 months they'd worked their way up to sippy cups. I had been looking for a cup that would start off with a soft spout making it easier for them to adjust to and that's when I discovered the Avent Magicup range.
Now I've read a lot of negative reviews about the Magicups but have always had a lot of success with them and so am going to give my more positive spin on the cups.
The regular (non sportser) cups come in 2 age groups 6months plus features a soft white teat which allows younger babies with a weaker sucking motion to drink easier. The slightly larger 9months plus version has a solid green plastic spout designed to strengthen the sucking ability.
The cups come with several parts- the main cup, the detachable handles, a clear cap, the unscrew lid and the removable spout. The spouts feature a clear latex style valve which regulates the flow of the drink, it is this valve which helps strengthen the sucking motion but also stops any leakages making this one of the most leak proof cups on the market. In the case where your little one prefers a more steady flow of drink you can completely remove the valve allowing the liquid to flow more freely, of course this takes away the non spill element and you'll need to supervise your little one to avoid spillages.
Magicups come in a variety of vivid colours and can be mixed and matched as you desire, colours range from basic pink and blues to more vivid orange and yellows. You can even take the handles from a 6month cup to add to a 9 month cup, use the 9month spouts in the 6month cups...........they are very versatile, this not only makes life easier for us parents but also means if your younger baby needs a lot of fluid you can use the larger 9month cup with the soft spout meaning your tiny one gets all the drink he or she needs without struggling with the hard spout.
Price & Availability-
I usually get the cups from Boots or Toys R Us, the 6month cup starts from £3.99 and the 9month cups start from £4.99, although prices do vary and other places such as Mothercare & even Asda stock them. Additional spouts are available, again I usually see them in Boots.
Both my little ones have used these cups, in both the 6 & 9 month sizes and they took to them brilliantly, starting off with the soft spout version allowed them to learn how to suck from the cups, it's a different motion used then when they drank from a bottle so it's not immediately natural for babies to do, and eventually when they were older they could move on to the harder plastic spouts which are needed once baby has a number of teeth as they have a habit of chewing on things. I never experienced a problem with chewing on the soft spouts but why take the risk?
The handles are perfectly designed and fit well into the youngsters hands, this makes it easier for them to manage using the cups, strengthening the muscles they'll need to do such movement and lifting and also helping their coordination, they are however open ended meaning that mummy can hold the handle to help if baby needs her to. I love that the handles, and other components all come apart, this makes the cups easier to clean and ensure there are no nasty germs lurking in crevices threatening to make your baby poorly. They can even be used in sterilisers giving complete peace of mind to us panicky parents.
The screw on top fits snugly over the handles but can also be used without the handles with no risk of coming loose and spilling or leaking in any way. The only time we had any trouble with dripping was after one massive tantrum that saw the cup fly across the room, the lid came a little loose and had a few drips, other then that I've had no problems.
I still have some of Christophers original cups and they are in great condition after all this time (he's almost 4!) Elsa had a habit of chewing on her spouts so we had to replace them often, just to be on the safe side, but otherwise all the Magicups and their component parts have served us well. They are durable, easy to clean, don't spill despite falling or being thrown long distances and give you the fun option of mixing and matching, personalising your little ones cup.
A brilliantly designed cup for growing babies, durable, versatile and non-spill........highly recommended.
Since i found out i was pregnant and since ive had my daughter i have been one of those people that has only bought avent feeding equiptment. As they are a well known brand & highly recomended by several magazines etc.
I started weaning my daughter when she was 4 1/2 mnths old. And since i had started weaning her i had tried to give her water & juice from a bottle but i was never successful! So when she was 6mnths old i decided to get her a cup to see if she would drink out of that.
I was having a look at all the cups available at my local supermarket and i came across the avent magic cup 6mnths+ with handles. On the packaging it said that it did not leak which for me sold it! As i knew that when she was learing how to drink out of a cup on her own it would end up getting chucked from her high chair onto the floor and id rather not have to clear up puddles of juice from the floor! Also another thing that sold it for me was that i could use the handles and the top of the cup on my avent bottles i already had. Which was great as i could use one of the bottles i alredy had with the cup spout if the actual magic cup bottle was dirty! It was a bit more expensive than the others at £4.49! But i was willing to pay that as on the packaging there were so many useful features! The only thing that worried me was that the spout was hard plastic incase she hurt her mouth on it. But i went ahead and bought it anyway!
When i tried her with it it was great! She was actually drinking out of it! And the hard spout that i had been worrying about wasnt a problem (if only i had a crystal ball to see into the future and i would have followed my gut instincts!) I had to help her to start off with and she couldnt quite get to grips with the handles so i took them off and soon she was managing to drink from the cup on her own! Which ment wile she was having a drink after having her meal that i could tidy up the mess from her meal!
Everthing was going great! She was taking in more fluids which was great as before she started to drink out of her cup she was constipated due to her low intake of fluids other than milk! Until one day when she dropped it and it leaked onto the floor! Now this could be due to the amount of times she dropped it onto the floor from the hight of her high chair. But you would imagine that this sort of product would be designed to withstand being dropped loadz! Its the sort of thing you would expect them to check when they are testing the product!
After that incident it was one after the other! We went out for the day and i had taken her avent magic cup with us as it was a hot day and i knew that she would be thirsty! But a bit later on in the day i went into the changing bag to get a nappy and the nappy was wet! I felt the bottom of my changing bag and it was soaked right through! This special "no-leaks" cup had leaked and soaked the full contents of my changing bag! I was furious! Our day was ruined and we had to go home as all the nappys, bibs etc were unusable!
I then bought a different cup but she would not drink out of it or any of the ones i bought after that! So i decided to just buy another avent magic cup hoping that the same thing wouldnt happen again! But it did! I gave up hope and just let her keep using it in the house but never took it out in my changing bag again! (i wasnt going to have another day out ruined by a cup!)
My daughter is now 10 months old. Last monday morning when she had finished her milk & jar of food i gave her a buiscuit to eat. After she had finished i gave her her avent magic cup to have a drink of water wile i took her empty bottle,dirty bib etc through to the kitchen. When i was in the kitchen i heard her crying and when i went through to see what was wrong with her i noticed that she had blood on her sleepsuit and when i looked in her mouth her gum surrounding one of her top front teeth was black and swollen! She had hit herself in the mouth with the hard plastic spout! I knew from the start that spout was bad!
I phoned the dentist and he told me to phone back and make an appointment when the swelling had gone down as it would be a waste of time going in before that as the tooth was not visible!
So 2 days later (the longest 2 days of my life!) the swelling had gone down and her tooth was chipped! I was outraged! I knew from the start that spout was too hard! When i took her to the dentist he confirmed that the tooth was chipped! And that when the tooth fully comes through it would need to be taken out or before that if the tooth starts to go brown/black! I couldnt beleive it! She had only just got it through and now she was going to have to get it taken out! My poor little girl is gonna have to go under general anesthetic at day surgery at the hospital! No little baby should have to go through that!
I have since emaild avent to complain so when i hear back i will let you all know the outcome!
In conclusion i would not recomend this product to anyone as your child could be at risk of damaging their teeth!
I hope you found this reveiw useful. Please feel free to leave any comments.
Thanx for reading. xx
I must agree with Lindy it leaks. I bought the cups for my second son being a sucker for all new & gimicky things. I thought OK so the spouts will fit any Avent bottle- cool and all handles are interchangeable as well - even though it the cups don't look as cool with the old Avent bottle tops on but at 3am i tend to grap whatever is available.... I bought the smaller cup with the soft spout after my sister convinced me they were magic but to my disappointment it leaked. OK I thought moved on to the hard spout in the bigger cup also leaked. It seems that for some reason on some occasions say about 6/10 after taking the rubber seal off the plastic disc to wash, when I put the spout back together it leaks. No explanation or reason even after checking everything has been securely put together. It is a pain cos when making up a drink sometimes I give a good shake and the you get it pouring out into the lid or as Lindy said when my little one has a go turning the bottle upside down. I was also frustrated as I could not find the handles readily available as the 9oz bottle ( 2 pack isn't sold with handles) and it is quite bulky. So I was disappointed with that but I use it with all my other gimmicky cups see other reviews on those. After all that I find myself using the anyway up cups I bought for my older son five years ago!! just changed the lids!!
I breastfeed my son when he was born but during my pregnancy I bought the Avent Bottle Newborn set and Microwave Steriliser just in case the breastfeeding didn't work out. I was also given a secondhand Avent breastpump and expressing kit. My son occasionally had expressed milk and went on to formula milk at 6 months. He started with the size 1 teat and quickly graducated to the fast flow teat before I switched to Boots own brand training spout (which fits the Avent bottles nicely). It seemed a natural progression to go on to the Magic Spouts as I would like to wean my son off the bottle as soon as possible. I tried the Magic Cup at 6 months but without success. I've recently tried again and my son will happily drink a full bottle from it but the cups are getting on my nerves a bit. The Avent Magic cup advertises itself as 'amazingly spill-proof' and it claims to be approved by the British Dental Health Foundation. There is a valve in the spout itself which flexes open for air to flow in and allows for a continuous flow of liquid out. This supposedly means babies and toddlers dont have to suck very hard to get juice out, unlike many other brands of non-spill cups. I know the liquid does flow very easily because I see milk trickling out of his mouth while my son is drinking and he finishes a bottle quicker than with a normal teat. I've tested it myself and you dont have to suck very hard. There are two types of spouts which are colour coded. The white one is slightly soft and flexible for babies over 3 months. The green one is quite hard and is suitable for babies over 6 months. However I still prefer (or rather my son prefers) the white one. The bottles also come in 2 different sizes (7oz/200ml or 9oz/260ml) and in a variety of colours which makes them much more interesting than the standard Avent bottles. You can also get the Magic Cup with removable handles. Although, my son is yet to try and hold a bottle himself. Each bottle comes wit
h a snap on lid. The great thing about Avent is that all the products are interchangeable. The spouts and handles fit on standard bottles or vice versa or you can even use the Magic Cup with the Avent ISIS breast pump. The cups are easy to assemble and they can go in all types of sterilisers including the dishwasher. The downside, however, is that I find the valve really fiddly and annoying. The valve itself comes in 2 parts which I always pull apart because I'm concerned about the hygiene of trapped milk and always losing them in the washing up!. The valve is then fitted to the spout. The other problem with the bottles themselves is that there are no measurement markings on them. You either have to measure the water out first and pour into the bottles or as I do just use the spouts on the normal bottles (which are a bit boring). The bottles are rather wide too. They dont fit very well in the microwave steriliser, nor in bottle cooler bags, nor food/bottle warmers. I think I would find them more useful when I stop having to sterilise everything and give cows milk instead of formula. I do think the Magic Cups are spill-proof. My son throws them around at tea time and they dont leak. I would suggest that if your baby doesn't take to it first time, wait a couple of months and try again because you never know. I feel its really important to get a baby to drink from a spout, cup and not the bottle for the sake of their poor teeth. So please dont put fizzy or sugary drinks in a cup!
because I find it really difficult to find positive things to say about this beaker. I have found that it leaks dreadfully. I took my daughter out in the car and when we arrived I found it had leaked all over the inside of my bag. Whatever I did on other ocassions to try to stop the thing leaking, I couldn't prevent it completely. However, after looking at all of these reviews, I must assume that I was doing something wrong. I will say though that none of my friends' children have taken to this beaker very well. Most children do seem to prefer handles when they are able to use the cup themselves. I alo found it was prone to discolouring in the dishwasher. So sorry everyone, I'm obviously the odd one out.
I feel perhaps that I am the exception here, after reading a couple of other opinions about the Avent Magic cup, all of which give a glowing report. I have to say however that I am somewhat disappointed with this cup. It is not what I expected for my money and in my view is perhaps not really suited to the younger toddler. My first moan, though not a big one, is that the spill proof valve does leak slightly. I have checked the valve is in place right and cannot see anyway it is on incorrectly. It dosent leak a great deal, a couple of drips if you turn it upside down. A drip is a drip though and drip about it I shall!!!! If it says spill proof I expect spill proof! My sons favourite pass time is to hold his cup upside down so I really need a cup that does not leak AT ALL. The other problem I am having, which hopefully we will grow out of, is my sons handling of this cup. It can be difficult and cumbersome for a lazy (!) twelve month old to master. My son much prefers his beakers which have handles. It is also quite bulky which does not lend itself to ease of handling. For the time being at least I shall be putting my Avent magic cup away. I am looking to buy an any way up cup with handles for now! Perhaps when my son is older and less lazy (!) I will use it again. I wouldn't discourage people from buying this cup as I have heard some very favourable comments, but for me this cup just does not cut it!
Once my daughter reached 5 months and her manual dexterity improved, I was keen to move her onto a beaker for her juice drinks. (My son tried beakers from an early age too, but 8 years ago there weren't any spill proof products on the market). I found in my local chemists that most beakers were only suitable from 6 months, until I noticed the Avent Magic cup, suitable from 3 months. I decided that it was worth a try. I am so glad that I did! The actual cup was too heavy for Leah to manage alone, but the spout and valve fit all Avent bottles, which meant that Leah could manage the 4 oz bottle with spout. She instantly took to using the spout, and it didn't matter if she decided to chew the bottom of the bottle as there really were no leaks! Leah now uses the Avent Magic for all her drinks except for breakfast and supper. She is proud of herself, as are our Health Visiting team and myself! What's more is that, should the valve or spout get damaged, replacements are available so that I needn't buy a whole cup. Thank you Avent!