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Healthy Eating Cow Cup
Member Name: chrisandmark
Healthy Eating Cow Cup
Advantages: Gorgeous cow print design, comfortable to hold
Disadvantages: Leaks from the spout and lid if you're not careful
When my now five year old daughter was a tiny baby I took her shopping to spend some Boots vouchers I'd been given and despite the fact that she was far too young to be thinking about baby cups, when I spotted a whole shelf of these very sweet cow print cups reduced to 49p each I bought several as I know from my experience with my older children that baby cups don't tend to last long. Sods law, she never took to this particular cup (presumably as I'd started her off on Tommee Tippee cups which have a totally different shaped spout) so when her brother was born and later ready to start using a cup I already had a shelf full of these so decided to use them instead of the ones I was planning to buy.
Compared to the all-singing-all-dancing baby cups you can buy these days, this is a very basic one. The lid simply pushes on and off and the handles are incorporated into the body of the cup, the bottom of the cup is ever so slightly non-slip (although not enough to really be useful considering they are designed for toddlers) and the whole cup has a slightly textured feel which although not bumpy in the slightest is not completely smooth. Of course, the whole cup is covered in a gorgeous cow print (Friesian?) and this is well done so that you can see at a glance that it's supposed to be a cow rather than a panda or zebra (for example...).
Incidentally, the cup was made by the now defunct Amadeus brand and was categorised as a Healthy Eating product. It took me a few years to work out what was particularly 'healthy' about this cup and it wasn't until today that I found out that it was to teach children that milk comes out of a cow and not out of a bottle - which is quite bizarre really considering this cup is completely unsuitable for milk! I say this as (typically) if you use milk in this cup it will start to smell very quickly even if you're fastidious about cleaning it out immediately after use, it's suitable for all methods of sterilising as specified on the cardboard outer but I haven't needed to sterilise ours as both Hollie and David were past that stage by the time the Cow Cup made an appearance.
The cup has no measurements marked onto it so is only suitable if you're not having to monitor your child's liquid consumption for whatever reason, it's also completely solid in colour so you can't see from the side of the cup how much is in there - obviously not a problem when you're filling it but if you want to check how much they've drunk you have to take the lid off unless you trust your skills with 'shaking' the cup to suss out how much is left. Again, this isn't an issue for me as David is the type of (greedy) toddler who picks up his drink or food and doesn't stop for breath until every drop is gone - however, when my eldest daughter was a baby she had a kidney condition which meant I had to measure everything she drank and this cup would have made life much harder at that time.
The spout is not drip proof so you need to watch as your child drinks to ensure they're not depositing droplets of milk everywhere, the valve seems good as David has never struggled to drink from it even during a period when he had a nasty cold and was so bunged up he could barely drink from his bottle without going blue in the face! Erm, the lid isn't drip proof either if not pushed down to the point where you think the cup might break - you really do need to use some force to close the lid properly, I much prefer cups that screw up but wasn't aware that the Cow Cup was a push down type until I'd already bought them. The handles are well designed and stick out at the perfect angles for pudgy toddler hands to grip, I sometimes 'feed' David his cup while he's lounging on my lap and find the cup extremely comfortable to hold - much more so than the circular cups he's using currently which have tiny handles which are too small for my fingers, but a body which is far too round for me to hold comfortably!
Overall I'm happy with this as a baby cup, due to the smell issue I only use it for clear drinks such as water or squash but that's fine as at eighteen months David now tends to have milk as a drink only at nap time and bedtime - and then the big tit likes it out of his baby bottle instead of a big boy cup! He unfortunately has no concept of milk coming from anywhere other than the fridge at the moment and despite the fact that I've shown him photos of cows (with accompanying 'moooooo' sounds) he doesn't seem to associate the design of the cup with those cows - so a bit of a fail there with the animal/milk theme!
Summary: A nice quirky baby cup, although not the best quality out there