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When my son reached 6 months, I decided that it was time to consider introducing a beaker, not as a replacement for a teat, merely to get him used to the idea and pave the way for future drinking habits.
I normally buy most child related products from either Tesco or Kiddicare but happened upon the Thermos Foogo Insulated Stainless Steel Juice Cup whilst perusing the aisles at Home Bargains.
I found the beaker in the children's feeding section - broad description, there was anything and everything to do with children aged 0-10 in one small area. Fortunately, the the cup stood out from the rest due to its simple clear packaging and modern design.
I purchased the silver/purple design but have since seen them on the net in silver/blue.
I thought I could just about get away with the colour for a boy as it wasn't quite pink! Like he would care at that age anyway (grandma would though!).
The cup stands at 13cm high, including the spout. The main body of the beaker is made from insulated stainless steel - this is unbreakable, both interior and exterior - hence child proof (although I am yet to find any product that is totally child proof!).
The cup is made from child friendly materials and is BPA free. I am no scientist but am aware that BPA is a compound used to make polycarbonate plastic. It's full title being Bisphenol A. Some studies have suggested that BPA may cause negative health effects with regard to fetal and infant brain development.
The spout is a purple/pink colour and is soft but firm. Just the right size for little mouths and gums to grip on to. It is also sweat proof and doesn't leave any water marks.
To fill, the lid is easily unscrewed. The cup holds 200ml, it doesn't hold enough for my 7 year old - he took a shine to it as it was a bit of a novelty but it didn't last long as it was too 'babyish'!
It holds enough for my youngest who is now 8 months old. There are handles at either side of the beaker improving ease of use although he does need constant supervision as he likes to wave it around in the air. It doesn't seem to leak - so that is a bonus!
At the moment I do believe it is a little large for him to lift confidently but he manages to drink from it well with assistance. I'm sure in the next couple of months he will be drinking from it with no problems whatsoever.
The great thing about this cup is its ability to keep drinks cold and fresh for up to 6 hours. To be honest, our drinks are usually consumed within a couple of hours. I did test a drink of apple juice after approximately four hours and it was remarkably cold and fresh tasting - so it gets the thumbs up from me!
This beaker is extremely robust, it has been dropped from the high chair on many an occasion and is still going strong. The packaging does not state that the cup is scratch resistant but at the moment it is remarkably scratch free!
It is easy to wash with detergent and hot water but is also safe for dishwasher use.
So how much does this gem of a beaker cost? If you go to Amazon, it currently retails at £10.73.
Home Bargains price - an incredible £2.99! I bought mine around 8 weeks ago but have seen them on the shelves in the last week.
I plan to get a couple more to keep for spare and to use at grandmas. An excellent purchase.