“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Training cup „
Last summer we stayed in a travel lodge with our daughters and had some days out around the area with our daughters. One of our days out was to Drayton Manor which is the home of Thomas Land which of course meant there was a lot of Thomas merchandise to purchase and my elder daughter choose this cup. The cup wasn't exactly cheap and costs about £7 but as at the time she was a great Thomas fan she was thrilled with the cup and it was a lot cheaper than a lot of the items available. The cups is a little strange in shape and reminds me of a knickerbockers ice cream glass. The base of the cup is a dome shape which houses a little Thomas the tank surrounding by glitter flakes and then the main par of the cup starts on top of the dome and is narrow at the bottom and wide at the top. The lid of the cup is a twist on lid and then there is a hole in the lid where a straw sits in and then finally there is a little cap which pushes over the end of the straw. When the cup is shaken which I wouldn't suggest when it is full of liquid the glitter swirls around in the dome and Thomas bumps around inside too, my daughter stood for ages in the Thomas shop shaking the cup as she thought this feature was great. The cup is nice and brightly coloured, it is see through in the main but then there are pictures of some of the trains from the programme on the cup which are Thomas and I think James but I may be wrong. There are also parts of the cup which are bold colours like the yellow lid and the red base and straw. There are a couple of bad points with the cup but then really it is down to my daughter, she likes to chew and she has chewed the straw that much that the cap no longer fits on to the straw, I think if the lid was a bit more flexible then even if a child chewed the straw you would still be able to fit it over. The cup is not none spill which isn't good in our house as my eldest daughter leaves her cups lying around and my younger daughter will pick them up and try and drink out of them. The cup is made of hard plastic so it is pretty durable even though it has been dropped many times, the pictures on it are great quality and haven't faded due to washing. The cup is very easy to wash out and the glitter still flows freely after nearly a year. My daughter loves this cup and she will not part with it so I think it is safe to say she would recommend it.
Recently I have been childminding my nephew on a regular basis including overnight stays. (Which I love) Having no children myself , my house is not full of child friendly equipment like cups/plates/sleeping stuff ect. So i decided to get the basics to make my nephews stay more comfterable. Being 2.5 years I did not want to get him a "baby cup" ( a cup with a spout) as in his mind they are for babies not "big boys". But seeing how unsteady he could be with a regular none lidded cup and the amount of juice I have cleaned of the floor shows hes not quite ready he is for a non lidded cup. I went to wilkinsons where they had this Thomas the tank enginge cup and instantly noticed the bright colours and the fun snow globe type gadget at the bottom which when you shake glitter surrounds a small thomas the tank enginge charecter. I felt the lid of the cup and was happy that it was firm , maybe to firm for a 2.5 year old to take off on his own and I liked the bendy straw on which to drink from. I knew the shape of the cup plus the bright colours of Thomas charecters would be enough to intice my nephew to drink from it. For £3.99 I was happy to purchase this product. I would say it roughly holds a good 7oz for juice or milk I have not tried hot liquids for obvious reasons. I would say this product isnt good for children first training with cups as its not totally spill proof and when full it can be heavy. The globe at the bottom of the cup is great for young hands to grasp hold of. The only downside of this cup is you can't really travel with it as juice will leak through the lidless straw. I also have washed this cup through the dishwasher about 20 times so far and none of the pictures of colours have been effected in any way Highly recommned this.
Recently, my three year old son has been reluctant to drink much at all so I have been trying all different strategies to try and increase his fluid intake. When I spotted this fun goblet style drinking cup in Morrisons, I knew that he would love it and hoped that it would encourage him to drink more frequently. This cup comes in bright eye-catching colours and features Thomas the Tank Engine, a character that my son loves. The most unusual feature is tucked away in the base of the cup as it features a little Thomas character set inside a snow, or more accurately a glitter, globe. Just as in the traditional toys, if the globe is shaken, Thomas finds himself surrounded by moving glitter. It's nice to have something glittery for a change in a house full of boys! Even better is that the Thomas is loose too so he also wobbles about inside the glitter, which is fascinating for little ones to watch and play with. The obvious issue here is that a child can be a little over-enthusiastic when it comes to shaking Thomas about which isn't ideal when the cup is filled with juice! Just as I'd hoped, my son loved this cup and it really has worked to encourage him to drink more. Sometimes he drinks more than he realises as the cup feels quite heavy, even when empty, due to the snow globe so he often empties the cup without realising. Drinking through a straw also helps to drink more than just sipping from a glass. At three, my son can hold this easily as the indent around the globe is just the right size and shape for his hands to grip comfortably. I think this might be a little too heavy and slippy for a much younger child to use though, especially as it isn't entirely spill-proof! Fortunately, this cup does come with a tight fitting lid as well as a integrated straw. There isn't a cap on the tip of the straw though so this isn't really suitable for taking out and about, unfortunately. If knocked over, the cup doesn't immediately leak, as the lid tends to stay on quite firmly, but it will leak if left unnoticed due to the open straw. A little detachable cover for the straw would be a handy addition, although that would only work if little hands remembered to close it after use anyway! The cup is very easy to look after. It rinses clean easily and is safe to go through the dishwasher for a thorough clean. Our cup is still just as bright and colourful with all the Thomas designs intact and it is showing no signs of fading, despite a few months of regular use including dishwasher cleaning. I'm pretty impressed with the durability and quality overall. We paid £3.99 for this cup in Morrisons which seems a fair price for such an entertaining and well-made cup. It is also available from Mothercare where it costs £4.99 which does seem a little on the pricey side. I'd certainly recommend looking out for this fun little cup, especially for the Thomas fan who has everything or a toddler who doesn't have the time to stop and drink!