“ Brand: Nuby / „
The idea of this cup is great. A soft spout, non leak valve and a good sized cup. Unfortunately it let us down from the word go!
I first purchased this cup in morrisons when it was on sale so I paid £2 for it. Its also available in other supermarkets, baby stores an directly from nuby online. Prices vary from place to place so its worth looking around.Its available in quite a few bright colours for both girls and boys. We bought it in both a bright pink and purple.
The cup has 4 main parts; the plastic transparent body of the cup, the rim and handles in the bright coloured plastic, the soft transparent spout section which fits in to the rim and the transparent plastic lid which is shaped to the spout.
The main body of the cup is shaped so its larger at the bottom than the top and it holds a good amount of liquid.
The spout sections pulls through the rim creating the top of the cup which then screws onto the body of the cup and creates the handles. The plastic lid then clicks easily over the top for travel.
For me the reason I bought the cup was the soft spout, its also the reason the cup is no good. It claims to be spill proof but whilst it doesnt spill all over if just knocked all you have to do is shake it or push the soft top and theres water everywhere. In order to stop it leaking from the rim you have to screw it tightly which then causes the soft top to twist and creates gaps between the spout part and rim so it then leaks there. Release the rim a little and it then leaks from there.
My daughter did much prefer the soft wide spout and found it easy to drink from although she did tend to bite down on it alot especially when teething.
The cup isn't the easiest to wash either. First you have to dismantle it all and then the spout is a nightmare to get totally clean. If you used it for milk I imagine it wouldn't be long before you got a nasty germy build up of milk even with soaking.
Overall this cup has mega flaws and it wasn't long before we binned it.
My son has used several training cups in his life but at two and a half still (rather annoyingly) asks for a bottle sometimes, unlike his three older sisters who were all drinking pretty much exclusively from a cup at around six or seven months old. The Nûby Grip N Sip cup was recommended to me at a toddler group (eugh), the lady mentioning that her own son had had similar issues when it came to moving from a baby bottle to a big boy cup but the fact that this features a 'teat like' spout helped them with the transition process.
Mine (or rather David's) is a 30ml cup and it's a sunny yellow colour with blue handles, the same cup is also available in a 50ml version and in a pretty wide range of other colours such as red, pink, blue or green with co-ordinating or clashing handles. The design of the cup is excellent as it has a deep and cinched in 'waist' which ensures even the youngest children can grip it around the actual cup if they're not quite dexterous enough to hold it using the handles. I think this is an attractive looking cup, if things like that really bother you when it comes to baby feeding cups, although to be completely honest I don't care about such things as colours really when it comes to stuff like this even if the yellow/blue combination of David's looks a little mismatched!
The spout is excellent; it's made of a soft but relatively robust silicone so will mimic the behaviour of a bottle teat, but has been shaped to emulate the plastic spout you'd find on other feeding cups. It's very clever in that it doesn't leak even when my son wants it to (a minor miracle!) and features a tiny and very basic valve which allows the drink to start coming out of the spout as soon as my son begins the sucking motion. This works perfectly which in part helped convince my son that this was as good as a baby bottle, regarding the fact that when he started using this Nuby cup (some seven or eight months ago) he could more easily drink from the silicone spout than a more traditional plastic one.
His juice flows pretty slowly through the spout which irritates him sometimes when he's particularly thirsty (or even if he just feels like chugging his drink back quickly) but he worked round this as soon as he realised he just needed to suck harder to get a faster flowing drink. When the cup was new he'd get a bit confused about which way round to hold it, but now (after more than a few months) has worked out where the spout needs to be positioned for easy drinking and seems to automatically hold it correctly - of course, if you're into development milestones you'll probably be thinking that David should have had this sussed well before now but I'm quite a soft mummy and have until pretty recently been letting him drink from his bottle so this isn't really his fault!
The cup is (importantly for me) BPA-free and it's safe to clean in the dishwater, as always this feeding cup is best for juices and clear drinks as it can develop an 'off' smell if used with milk or smoothie drinks even if you clean it well. I use a babies bottle brush to make sure the spout is cleaned properly after each use, it's not quite as easy as pouring water through as this particular spout has a 'folded' effect (around the valve) which means you need a tool of some description to get into all the nooks and crannies for cleaning - although in all honesty a cocktail stick with a dishcloth wrapped around the point will do the same job as a bottle brush so there's no need to go and purchase anything specific.
The Nuby Grip N Sip cup is suitable for babies from six months old, which in my opinion is about right. Such a young baby will definitely have trouble positioning the spout and also won't be using the handles properly, but with a little help from mummy or daddy they'll soon get used to it - hopefully at a much earlier age than my lazy little boy!
As I mentioned in my previous review for the Nuby Nibbler, I am a fan of Nuby products: I find that they are usually sturdy, well made, practical and moderately priced. When it was time to introduce my daughter to a cup, I was pleased to find this one (in tescos, in a range of colours - so easily available). Before using this cup, I tried the Bickiepegs doidy cup: my daughter was exclusively breastfed, and would not take to a bottle, so I thought an open cup might be easier for her. However, she did not get on well with the doidy cup, so I decided to give the Nuby cup a chance.
This cup comes in a range of colours, and is made from plastic (BPA free). It is wider at the base, and tapers upwards to the lid. It comes apart into 4 pieces for cleaning: the base, the handles, the drinking spout and the lid. This makes it very easy to keep clean. The drinking spout is soft, so easer for a baby to manipulate with their mouths, and is vented to allow air in for drinking, but to minimise the chance of leaks. The spout is popped into the handles, which is then screwed onto the base.
This cup was a good size: it held a decent amount of liquid. It was easy to assemble, though sometimes when twisting the assembled lid onto the base it did tend to twist that bit too far, which made it a bit more prone to leaking. However, the lid was next to useless: it did not click on tightly, and kept falling off.
My daughter really liked using this cup: she found it very comfortable to hold (it has long handles, which means she had more space to fit her hand around them, and were open at the bottom. With them being shaped to curve away from the base unit, it meant it was a lot easier for little hands to hold. The spout was rigid enough to be able to get a good purchase with her mouth, but soft enough not to hurt. The vent allowed a measured amount of liquid together through: she never choked by drinking too much.
I would recommend this cup: a number of us in my ante-natal group used this for our babies! I'm giving four stars as was overall very happy, but will deduct one starts would have liked the lid to fit better.
From the start of weaning your baby you are advised to start using a cup to get your baby used to drinking from it so you can eventually make the transition from bottle to cup as soon as they are ready. I looked in the shops and saw lots that said they were suitable from 4 months+. I only bought one at a time but very often I would offer it to my baby and he would refuse it, or not be able to work out how to get the drink out. I tried several, all with a different design and teat shape.
I found the Nuby Grip N Sip which appealed because it had handles for the baby to hold and my son had just started wanting to hold his own bottle. He was around 6-7 months when I tried this Nuby cup. From the first attempt he managed to get a little water out so I persevered with it every day and after a few days he could drink well from it. But at the time he was not really a fan of water so tried putting his milk in it, and he drunk it perfectly. Within a couple of weeks he was holding the cup and feeding himself with it. Before he was 8 months he was 100% off his bottles and only drinking from this cup.
However, shortly after that we did move on to different cups and the Nuby one was really only used for around a month. The main reason for this was that it doesn't let in enough air, so when your baby is drinking the teat starts collapsing inwards and you have to take it from your baby to squeeze the teat to let more air in. I did initially think that it was just my son causing this problem as he would always gulp down his milk in one go quickly. But I have just started using this same cup for my daughter and she drinks slowly and takes breaks and a new cup does the same thing.
I did try and make the air hole a TINY bit bigger but this just resulted in it leaking through that hole when the cup was fully filled. The other issue is the teat, it sits inside the plastic top and has two small bobbley bits that have to line up either side. In theory it looks simple - once you have washed it all you place the teat back inside the plastic top and line the bobbles up. BUT then you go to screw the top to the cup part and as you tighten it then it creates a small air lock and as you tighten it the teat rotates slightly. So you have to place the teat in the top with it not lined up properly so that when you tighten it, it rotates in to position!
Now this was the only cup that I could get either of my children to drink from as their first cup, so for that reason it must be good, and easy for a baby to work out how to get drink from. The teat is quite big and thick and does not leak at all. But it is tricky to clean and you can't really get in all the little nooks and crannies in it. I do put it in the dishwasher though as I feel it gets the best clean in there, and as I have used it for milk it then goes in the steraliser. It is microwave and dishwasher friendly.
It is a good size unlike many other first cups. As I have been able to use it for milk it just fits in an 8oz bottle, which is perfect. It is not very good for travel as the handles stick out alot so it doesn't fit in to a normal bottle holder pocket on your changing bag, and the lid doesn't seem to fit very well and always falls off.
As a first cup I think this is great, as we tried so many. But then again both of mine have been 6 months before they really could drink from any cup, and once they had mastered one then the rest seemed to come naturally. So maybe if you just wait until 6-7 months then maybe other cups will work fine too. I don't think at 4 months that many babies will be able to drink lots from any cup.
I paid around £4 for this cup, both 2 years ago and a couple of weeks ago. I think that is a fair price for it as it is a big cup and seems of good quality. There are so many different cups out there though you can really only experiment with different ones to see which suits your baby best. This worked for us but probably won't for many others!
It does have its bad points, and that means we have moved on from it quite quickly, but it was a good starting point, and if I had another baby then I would use it again.
When I started to wean my daughter onto solids, I read that it was advisable to offer a drink of water to sip with her food too. Obviously at six months, she needed a cup that was suitable for her age range with a teat for her to take the water properly. In our local Tesco, I came across this Nuby grip and sip cup and popped it in the trolley for the simple reason that it was the only one that they had in stock that was suitable for babies over 6 months. It cost £3.99 which I thought was fairly reasonable compared to other similar cups.
The cup comes in several colours - I chose pink as it's a nice bright pink and not the normal salmon pink colour everything aimed at girls seems to be in. I remember also seeing a dark blue and a green cup too although there may be other colours available as well (in fact the picture shows a yellow and a red one). The cup comes just with a large piece of plastic wrapped around the top to hang it on the shop's shelf, apart from that it's pretty much loose.
It has some great features. Firstly, there are two tiny bumps on the teat section that need to line up with the bumps on the handle section and as long as these are aligned correctly, the cup doesn't leak whatsoever. Ours has been thrown countless times off the highchair and around the room and not once have I noticed any pools of water on the floor or over my daughter's clothing which is great as she tends to play with the cup more than drink from it!
My daughter seems to love handling it - the handles are so easy for her to hold on to and she has no problem bringing it to her mouth and putting it back down. She also waves it around in her hand and gets a bit grouchy when I finally take it away. I think she sees it as a toy! She tends to only grasp it with one hand but there are two handles for babies to grip on if they wish. The handles are curved to help with holding but are not full handles, they end around 3/4 of the way down the cup. There are also little grips on the cup itself to aid with holding.
The cup is very easy to take apart too making it very easy to clean. Now at 10 months, I'm still in the habit of sterilising everything and it's so simple to take it apart to pop in the steriliser, the handle part screws off the cup and then the teat pops out of the handle part so the whole thing separates into three (in addition to the lid).
Now the issues. The worst thing about this cup is the lid. It's a waste of time; I don't see the point of it being there! The lid is clear plastic and I thought originally it would either screw on the top or click on the top of the cup to provide a sturdy cover but mine doesn't do either, it just sits on the top over the teat. I get the impression that it's supposed to click on somehow but ours doesn't. It can be taken off by even knocking it slightly and therefore I can't place the cup in the bag just incase it decides to start leaking. Luckily the teat design means that we've not experienced any leaks but I never know if this might change one day! Plus, the lid should also be there to protect the teat when not in use but it comes off so easily that it doesn't. I'm talking about when the cup is normally stood up in the kitchen too, it's not like I'm even basing my experience on turning it upside down and being thrown about the place.
The teat is made of quite thick silicone which must aid with helping stop leakages (so in that respect is effective) but it also means it's quite tough to get any liquid out to drink. My daughter still hasn't managed to get much water from it yet even though it's offered at every meal. When I take it away, the water always seems to be at a similar level than it was when I handed it to her. I think this is partly due to her not being able to suck enough out through the teat - instead she thinks the teat is there to chew on as a teether! We've owned this cup for around 4 months and still I don't think she's realised what it's essentially for. I've offered her the cup in the same way as her bottle to try and encourage her to drink from it but also with no joy.
I think this is a good cup for older babies and toddlers, but don't think it really fits the age range that it specifies at six months. I rate it 3 stars overall, taking two off for it's rubbish lid and the fact it's hard for smaller babies to get liquid from it.
Thanks for reading :o)