Product Type: Avent kids equipment
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Avent Magic Cup - Not quite magic but good enough for us
Avent Magic Cup
Member Name: maxwell_star
Avent Magic Cup
Advantages: Well designed, easy to use, easy to clean, BPA free, looks nice, reasonable price, baby likes
Disadvantages: Removing valve means spillages and hard to transport
- 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.
Summary: A good baby cup which can be free flow if the valve is removed