“ Brand: Steadyco / Type: Training Cups „
One of the things you have to overcome with your developing child is how to drink from a cup rather than a protected drinking aid such as a bottle or Tommie tip. This is necessarily a fraught thing because of course opened containers are liable to spill, but it has to be done and this steadycup is a product which helps introduce your child to drinking out of a proper grown up cup.
The steadycup is a cup which is made of plastic, essential in my opinion, it has a little handle and has a smooth lip. The cup itself is placed in a larger mould which is round, solid to the ground and is harder to overturn. The container itself is round but as its slightly suspended in the air due to its outer plastic support never touches the ground. The cup itself is about 5 centimetres deep with a circumference at the top of around 3 10 centimetres. The cup being plastic is easy to wash and is relatively bouncy, so can withstand a fair bit of abuse from your toddler.
Experience so far
The steadycup has been used in our house for about 3 months for our now 2 year old boy. The size of the cup is perfect for the hands of a two year being just big enough to give the illusion of being a proper grown up cup but small enough so that our 2 year can pick it up by himself. The cup itself gives a reasonable space for a drink, though he has yet to completely drink the cup dry because as with all children he gets bored with it.
The cup can be placed on a level surface and after being shown a few times our toddler soon grasped the concept and when interested place the cup down with considerable care. The little handle is of little use so far, but hopefully as he gets bigger he might start using it.
Ours is blue but they come in a range of colours, they are easy to use, easy to wash and are steady when being used by the child. All in all, this is an excellent product and saves your carpet from unwanted mistakes when drinking from a bigger cup. The cup costs about £2 but it introduces your toddler to drinking for himself so its a cost well worth taking out.
Its also useful when he comes towards the end of his breakfast cereal when there is only milk and a few coco pops left in the bowl, simply transfer the leftovers to a cup and hey presto your 2 year old thinks he's being very clever!!! And you get the milk into him!!
Research has shown that the use of a cup rather than a bottle teat helps prevent dental problems and aids development skills. The product is dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer safe so can be used/stored in any circumstances. The cup is appropriate from 12 months onwards but personally I'd wait till about 18 months before letting your toddler in on the act of drinking for himself.
I baby led weaned my son at six months of age which is currently the guideline in the UK for when to wean your child onto solids. I was also eager to wean him off his bottle and teach him to drink from a cup as early on as possible, so I introduced him to a spouted cup soon after introducing solids as this seemed like a good time to train him in the use of a cup. It is best to wean your child off the bottle as early on as possible, as drinking from a teat can lead to tooth decay and it is believed that it can slow down speech development. 'Sippy' cups (spouted beakers) are no better than drinking from a teat, so it is best to try and use an open cup as soon as possible.
Once my son was confidently drinking from his 'Sippy' cup I decided to remove the lid, however removing the lid from his spouted beaker did inevitably mean that he ended up wearing more of his drink than what he actually drank. I didn't mind the wet T-shirts and spills as feeding time is always going to be messy, I did want to make sure my son was drinking enough and I was aware that he wasn't getting enough fluids. With this in mind I started to look for a different style of cup that would be easier for him to drink from. I came across a slanted cup which was the next stage in training him to drink from a beaker. I then continued looking at different beakers that are designed for toddlers; with so many different beakers on the market it makes it more difficult to know which one will be best suited.
After much searching I eventually came across the Steadyco range of toddler feeding equipment on Amazon, their cups have won numerous awards which gave me a great deal of confidence in purchasing one of them for my son. They come in a range of colours to choose from red, pink, yellow, blue, or red, all of which are around £2.00. I opted for the pink cup and I was eager to see what was so good about them, and hoped that my son would like his new cup. Even though my son had had two cups prior to this one, they are designed in such a way that your child can be weaned straight from the bottle onto these.
The Steadycup is designed for toddlers and preschoolers however the recommended age for use is 12 months, this of course depends on your child's development. It has a large open top making it "mouth friendly" and a wide base which will prevent little ones from knocking it over, so less spills, giving a child more confidence in using the cup. The handle looks very small but it is just the right size for little hands and can help increase dexterity and co-ordination. The beaker is bright in colour so it will appeal to a child, and its nice chunky design means it is durable, they are also stackable which is handy for storing them when not in use. It is made out of polypropylene which is a non toxic plastic and it is BPA free, another advantage is that it is fully recyclable. It will hold 6oz of water, and you can also use it for milk.
I was really excited to introduce my son to his new grown-up cup; I decided to fill it with water to let him try out his new cup with his lunch. Since my hungry little boy had started weaning he doesn't have time to drink as he is more interested in eating and would rather eat than drink, so I was hoping his new cup would increase his fluid intake. Once the cup was placed onto his highchair tray he was immediately interested and was peering over to look inside, I also encouraged him and told him about his "new cup" he had already been watching the rest of the family at meal times and he had mastered chewing his food in no time. I also sit him with us at meal times as this teaches him how to eat and drink, he had seen me drink from a cup many times and knew what it was for. My son reached for the handle immediately without being prompted and tried to lift the cup; I assisted him and held the cup from the opposite side around the base to guide him. He was a bit excited and was grinning whilst putting it to his mouth but he managed to drink some without spilling any, other than a bit that spluttered from his mouth as he chuckled feeling pleased with himself. After a couple of days he was taking drink from the cup without any help at all and he had gained confidence in using his cup, his fluid intake increased which I was pleased about and I was very proud of my son.
The fact that it has a wide base meant my son didn't accidently knock over his drink whilst reaching out for it, which was great for boosting his self confidence. However this doesn't deter my son from throwing his cup on to the floor as all children do at this stage, luckily it bounces and it is durable so it won't crack or break. My son drank confidently from the cup and each time he used it he would smile as he would pick it up, as he felt a great sense of achievement. He could now feed himself independently and enjoy his meal times, leaving me free to eat my own meal. The cup lasted well and didn't suffer any teeth marks over the time it was in use. I was so pleased with it that I went on to buy another two in different colours. My son used these cups for several months as they are hard wearing and last well, and are affordable too.
They can be put in the dishwasher, and sterilised, and they can be used in the microwave. Steadyco also have a 'Let's EAT' range of fun and innovative tableware which is designed for preschoolers. To find out more about their range of products you can visit their website.