Product Type: Vital Baby kids equipment
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Vital Baby 3 Stage Trainer Cup
Member Name: nickwock
Vital Baby 3 Stage Trainer Cup
Advantages: Makes the transition from sippy cup to rimmed cup easier, great price, lovely colours
Disadvantages: None really
Choosing the perfect cup though was difficult. Cups with spouts, or 'sippy' cups are very common, there are so many to choose from, most of which have built in or removable valves to stop them from dripping when your child drops it or leaves it upside down on your carpet. The problem with sippy cups is that your child still needs to suck to get the drink out, with or without the valve. Also, as in my younger brothers case, he drank sugar free ribena and watered down fruit juice in his free flow sippy cup which made his new teeth rot. He had to have them removed aged four.
There are 'proper' cups for sale, made of light weight plastic and of course plastic beakers. There are also cups such as the Doidy, which is much like a proper cup, but slanted to help your toddler to manage the cup better. The problem with these type of cups is obvious, no kind of lid to the cup at all, means many, many spillages, as I found with my eldest son! This style of cup is ideally what we want our toddler to be drinking from, but what I wanted was a cup to get him to this stage without too much mess.
In May my husband took me to the Baby show at the NEC and it was here we came across the Vitalbaby stand. They had plenty of baby feeding products on display, bottles, dishes, cutlery, cups and most items were in lovely, bright, eyecatching pinks, blues, oranges and yellows. Whilst browsing, I found a solution to my problem - the 3 Stage Trainer Cup.
The cup looks like many others on the market, meaning it is made of brightly coloured plastic and has two handles. The handles are quite thin in relation to many cups and measure approx 1.3cm wide and only about 4mm thick. They are made of a flexible rubber type material and shaped to make them easier to grip. The same material can be found in a thin ring around the base of the cup (giving it a bit of friction and helping it grip to surfaces) and then comes up into a kind of curvy triangular design in the front centre. There is also a measuring guide in mls and ozs on the back. The rest of the cup is made of clear plastic which is BPA, latex and PVC free. Logans cup is a gorgeous blue colour with the rubbery material being slightly darker. It is quite an attractive looking cup! My only concern was that the recommended age was 9 months plus, but they sell the sippy cup, which is the same as this cup plus the first lid with a spout aged at 6 months plus, so I decided to give it a go anyway.
There are three different lids included in the very competitive price of £3.99:
Lid 1: A screw on top with a spout in the same rubber material as the handles. The spout also has a removable non drip valve. This makes it a normal sippy cup which isn't really what we wanted but very useful in the early stages when you want to take a cup to baby group or when visiting. There is also a thin, hard plastic cover to protect the spout and keep it clean. The non drip valve is one of the best I've come across.
Lid 2: This one has a rim all the way around with a little lip to drink from. The middle is flat plastic with two little gaps where the lip is which is the only place the water can escape and controls the flow.
Lid 3: The last lid is actually just a rim, it's wide around the area that screws on but tapers toward the top which gives a smooth drinking edge. Again, there is a little lip to drink from.
We started Logan on the spouted lid (1) with a valve as he was used to having to suck to get drinks out, but it was only about a week later when I removed the valve. We had a few spluttering and coughing moments, as he was drawing more water through, but he soon was used to it, although with hindsight, we probably never needed the valve at all.
Just out of interest we tried him a couple of weeks later with the second lid, but he really didn't like it, we presumed it was because it didn't have a spout and kept trying him as we wanted him to get used to it. Obviously this lid leaks quite well if tipped up, but we found Logan managed to place it on the table easily and the rubber circle around the bottom of the cup stopped it from toppling if bumped.
This second lid was quite a short lived affair though, as impressed with himself and his new drinking abilities, he took a shine to drinking from Oakleys plastic beakers and in all fairness, he managed quite well, but we had a few mishaps as they were too big for his little hands, he coped much better with his cup as it has handles. We started him on the last lid and he got a lot of use from it, although he did seem to prefer drinking from it the wrong way around as he didn't like the little lip.
I would recommend this cup, Logan was drinking 'properly' by 9 months, which was much sooner than my eldest and my worries about him not managing a proper cup were short lived, he quickly learnt to pick it up and put it down properly. The handles are nice and thin, so really easy for little ones to grip. It's dishwasher proof, and still looking good over a year later even though it does have a few little scratches around the base. I think the price is excellent for three different cups, it will save both money and cupboard space and I will definitely be buying another one in the gorgeous pink for Ruby.
Summary: 3 stage cup to train your baby to drink from an open rimmed cup