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My little boy is now old enough to drink out of a regular big boy cup but we still need one with a lid as he is only 15 months old and so does not really comprehend that cups spill when you turn them upside down. I had been using the Tommee Tippee first cups but these are quite small and he has definitely outgrown these now. On a recent trip to Boots I found these Easy Grip Beakers from Nuby. I used Nuby bottles in the very beginning with both my kids and they were a great quality product so I felt good buying this cup for him.
The beaker is basically a plastic cup with a lid but its quite a bit bigger than a Tommee Tippee cup which is good as my little boy can drink a lot of juice/water in one sitting and I do not have to keep on refilling this one. The cup fits 10oz which is 295ml so it is fairly big. The top just unscrews so its easy to add drinks to it and then screw it back on and its secure again and will not leak. I've never had a problem with this cup leaking from the seal on the top.
What I like about the beaker is that it is thinner in the middle than it is at the top and bottom so my little boy finds it really easy to grab this cup and more importantly hold onto it when he is drinking his drink. The top has a silicone spout which he likes as this is the type of nipple he had on his bottles so I think he gets on well with something he already knows. The spout is like a regular spout though that you find on most sippy cups so it's very easy to drink out of. Apparently it has Touch Flo Technology which activates as soon as your child puts the spout into their mouth and the silicone spout is also delicate on his gums and his newly grown teeth. According to Nuby it, "encourages natural drinking action & oral development."
I bought this cup for my little boy in blue with a yellow lid but you can get it in a wide variety of colours, including pinks so it will be good for girls too. A great cup for your little one to move onto with a lid still. It cost me £3.59 from Boots and is BPA free.
This is a review of the easy grip beaker by Nuby that we bought for our daughter when she was approaching the age of two. Whilst she prefers her baby milk bottles with a free flow teat, I have noticed her chewing on the rubber teats which becomes an expensive game to keep replacing them. We have tried many cups to mover her on especially for juice and water drinking and she finds something wrong with all of them, from spilling (deliberately) to chewing, it is a real mine field out there!
When I saw the super sipper E grip beaker on special offer in Boots I decided to give it a try. It was available in a few different colours, so I picked a nice bright pink one, and I liked the curvy shape of the bottle too. I wanted something without handles as I feel she is past that stage now and the other similar style on offer by Nuby had a straw in it which she struggles with a little as she is used to tipping up her bottle to drink, so this cup really fitted the bill.
Nuby No Spill Super Sipper Beaker is the Practical Parenting 2010/2011 Bronze Winner for Best Feeding Equipment. The Soft Silicone Spouts allows for an easy transition to cup drinking. Nuby spouts are softer on tender gums and help protect children's teeth. The Super Sipper beaker features No Spill Touch FloTM Technology that activates as soon as your child puts the silicone spout into their mouth. No Leaks, No Spills, No Mess! All Nuby cups and beakers are recommended by Paediatric dentist Dr. Grace Yum.
Who can use it?
This cup is described as a transitional cup for 'active use' and is suitable from 6 months. There is no way we can trust our daughter with an open beaker just yet! She would just fling the contents everywhere so this is a longer term solution for us at the moment.
I usually give my daughter a bottle of weak juice during the day and she is a real guzzler, she would constantly drink if we let her so we do have to restrict her a bit but she is a thirsty girl. She immediately got to grips with the Nuby bottle and had no problems draining it to the dregs. I have washed it in the sink with soapy water and also in the dishwasher and it has come out as good as new. I have noticed her having a bit of a chew on the silicone spout but no damage has been done so far and it really is non drip so has a good technology behind it despite her best efforts to drip it.
I am tempted to go back and buy a few more of these cups as they really do seem to hold the answer to our myriad of problems with bottles. We are sticking to these for juice and water but still let our daughter have the older baby bottles with teats when she is having her milk at morning and night. With another baby just round the corner I am pleased to have found this solution so that she can be trusted to have a drink without me watching her like a Hawk for spillage or chewing issues.
We picked our cup up from Boots for £2 which I think is a fair price for something which actually works. I have wasted so much money on cups that I have had to throw away due to dripping and spillage. The cups also retail for £2.99 on the Nuby website where you can order direct.