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Heinz Baby Basics Training Beaker

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Brand: Heinz / Type: Training Cups

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      27.03.2001 07:42
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      This four part beaker consists of a cup with super soft handles, with grips for tiny fingers, a top with a medium flow soft spout, a clear lid supposedly for preventing spills when transporting, and a clear plastic top with for teaching drinking from an adult cup. First Step - Cup with lid When baby is first learning to drink from a cup you use the lid, which is just like those on most beakers, except that the spout is made from a softer material. This is very kind on babies teeth and gums and a good transition from bottles, as almost as soft as the teat on a bottle. The flow is also quite slow, so although baby doesn't have to suck too hard to get it out, it doesn't rush out too fast either. Second Step - Cup with clear top This is a piece of plastic that sits inside the very top of the cup. It has two small slits that allow a small amount of water through at a time. This is a great idea, as many kids are put off from using an adult cup by being covered with water during their first attempts. Third Step - Cup When your child has mastered this you can remove the top and use it as a cup. It is much easier for them to use than a traditional cup as the plastic is light weight, so not too heavy for them, there are two handles which are soft to hold and formed to the fit the shape of tiny hands, and you don't have to worry about it braking, as its plastic. You can also buy a Baby Basics first cup, which is smaller, and doesn't have handles, that comes with the same soft spout. This is also cheaper. There were many good things about this cup. The design is innovative, and the second stage top is not something I've come across before. It comes in a range of bright colours. It is easy to clean, with no awkward bits for dirt to get trapped in. I did though have a few problems. * The first step top didn't fit very snugly, so if it was too full, or my son tipped it too far it
      would fall off and cover him. * The lid for stopping it leaking was awful, and even if that didn't fall off in my bag, the actual top often did, so one way or another it was useless to travel with. * The top only fits when used with the first stage lid, so when using the other stages, you have to bring the drink in another container and transfer it, if travelling. * The soft teat was not very durable, and my son bit through it quite quickly. In conclusion, a very good idea, but some design flaws that make it impractical for use all the time. I would buy one, the second and third stage cups are great ideas, but you may need another cup, for example an any-way-up cup, for when you're out.

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        18.12.2000 04:26
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        I have a cupboard full of beaker's. Big one's, small one's, flip up lid's, bottle style you name it I tried it!!! I was begining to think that I would never get my son to drink his juice from a beaker!! Then I tried the Heinz trainer and wow I wish I had tried this first!! I was initially put off by the price, as at five pound's a go (wince) it is expensive, especially if it was going to end up in my cupbard of 'no good's'!! In desperation I purchased one and bingo!! This beaker is suitable from seven month's and the soft spout is designed to be gentle on babies delicate gum's, this is what I think make's it work so well. my little man is teething so his poor gummies are taking a bit of a battering, no wonder he rejected beaker after beaker with their nasty HARD spout's!! Well would'nt you?? The Heinz spout is soft so no problem! Infact my son not only drink's from it but on occasion has a good old yomp on it and so far (I have been using it for a month) it has withstood the battering it is taking, including being chucked on the floor!! Heinz also do a smaller beaker without handles which is slighlty cheaper and suitable from four month's. It has the same soft spout and I also use one of these. Again it's great but a little easier for little hands. I have all of the Heinz basic's range now and would recommend it to anyone it really is worth the money.

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          13.09.2000 23:06
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          After trying my baby on various cups,bottles with training spouts, I have finally come up with the answer. Heinz baby beaker. This is fantastic as the spout and handles are made from a rubbery material so are easy on lttle hands and gentle on gums. The flow in the teat is great as they don't have to suck to death or choke either,it's designed with babies in mind and not just a quick money spinner for the manufacturers. Okay so admittaly some ended up on the floor on the first attempt but babies aren't the cleanest of creatures ( as if we'd expect it any other way!) But there is a handy cover for it so it's leak-proof in the bag. I think this product is great and would certainly recommend it..For £5 it's a big initial outlay but think of the savings of not buying any useless ones.

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            09.08.2000 17:20
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            I am determined that Jake will drink water or juice from a beaker and I have never given it to him in a bottle. Even though he is now 8 months, we haven't quite mastered the beaker thing yet, but we're starting to thanks to the Heinz Baby Basics training Beaker. The flow from the spout isn't too fast and it's a reasonable size too. The spout is lovely soft plastic and the handles and lovely to hold. Jake is just starting to drink water from it (his meany old mu won't give him juice..LOL) and he's getting on slowly but surely now. I still give him his anywayup cup when he is playing and he tries to drink from it but at the moment he hasn't quite got that he needs to actually SUCK on it, he just lets it flow in from the Heinz cup! The only downside of this, as others have mentioned, is that it is open to abuse! Jake loves to bite on the spout and the handles and I know it's be worn out before he is using it full- time! My anywayup cup is covered in scratches too, he loves to bite the bottom where he can see the water swishing about! That said though, The Heinz beaker is doing it's job well and I'll definietly replace it if I need to.

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            08.08.2000 04:46
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            This cup has a really nice soft spout and they don't need to suck very hard to get a drink. It has two handles which are also nice and soft anf a clip on lid to prevent spills, although don't trust the lid too much as I ended up with one very wet handbag when I did! It also comes with another slot in lid that is a trainer for using a proper cup. I haven't tried that one yet but seems like a good idea. I think this beaker is a very good first cup and I have been using it for my daughter since she was 4 months old and she has managed it very well.

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              04.08.2000 04:02
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              After reading an opinion here by Jenny about this cup I thought I would get one and give it a go. Jack is quite happily drinking from anything but I wanted something that looked a bit more grown up, rather than a bottle with a training spout. It took a few sips to get used to but after that it was brilliant. The spout is made with soft rubber so its kinder to new teeth and gums. (I suspect its quite easy to bite into though) and the handles are situated in such a way that it looks comfortable for them to hold, these are also non slip, it comes with a lid, to stop leaks, and when they have progressed from the spout there is a sipper lid also, this is so they can control the ammount of liquid when they are learning to use a cup properly, and then you can remove the sipper lid completely so its a then a cup. Jack still likes to throw cups and things around and everyday my kitchen floor has to be washed, as its covered in juice, where would we be without them !!

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                13.07.2000 19:42
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                This beaker is quite expensive at about £5.00, but the concept is good. The beaker itself is a fair size with 2 handles that are angled downwards, so your baby holds it and pushes it up rather than holding it up! the top for the beaker is the same as all the baby basics range, soft! the only thing is, when they have teeth, and are teething, they bite on it! my Daughter has now managed to bite 2 of the holes into 1 big hole!! Also, the beaker comes with a plastic cover, which fits the whole way over the lid. this is ok to keep the spuot clean, but does not really do much for preventing spills when out and about. It also comes with a plastic bit that fits inside the beaker for when your child is ready to start using a proper cup. It fits inside, and slants slightly downwards, with a slit in it. This is so your child can drink it out of a 'normal cup', but it still controlls the flow, so they do not choke on it! all in all, I think this is a brillent idea, and I have not seen any other make that does the same thing, but I think that the fact it will be used for older children, Heinz shold make the spout a bit harder and more durable for teeth!

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