Poppet has never taken to bottles at all (believe me we have tried many different types). I think she has taken a grand total of about 4oz from a bottle over the past 11 months! She just doesn’t seem to be able to figure out how to get milk out of them for some reason. When we started weaning her at 6 months I started giving her water in a sippy cup along with meals. She manages ok with the one we got her (its a fairly basic one and not non-spill) but she only has small sips of water. On the advice of health visitors, I have tried (or rather my husband or mum has tried on my rare nights out) to get her to take milk from a cup. She seems enthusiastic at first but again only manages small sips of milk and barely has an oz of milk.
So when I was offered the chance to review an Oxo tot sippy cup set, I jumped at the chance. I liked the sound of a cup that grows with your baby from 6 months up. It comes in 3 gorgeous, bright colours (raspberry, aqua and green), has removable handles and has two types of lid. The first stage is a spouted sippy cup lid with a removable non-leak valve. The second lid is recommended from 12 months and is a training cup lid. I’ve never seen anything like this lid before and I think it is a fantastic idea. It is useful for going from a spouted cup to using non-lidded beakers. Basically, there is a plastic disk which has holes around the edge so that the liquid does not come out of the cup as fast. Once your little one has mastered drinking with this disk in place it can then be removed completely and you are left with a standard beaker.
The beaker is a good size and holds 200ml. The handles are ergonomically designed for little hands and do not move easily (they are easy to remove by an adult intentionally but they do not wobble etc). Once the handles are removed, there are soft grip panels on the beaker, another feature I thought was really useful. Oxo really has thought of everything, there is even a dimple in the top of the sippy cup, ensuring room for baby’s nose. The cup is BPA, phthalate and PVC free and is suitable for use on the top rack of a dishwasher. The recommended retail price is £10.21 although I have seen it selling for less than this.
So how did F get on with this cup? Well, it was no great surprise to me that she was unable to get any liquid out of the sippy cup. I do not think this is a problem with this cup, so please don’t let this put you off buying it. She was able to hold it by the handles well though and did enthusiastically put it to her mouth. She also threw it on the floor a few times and I can confirm it is tough and non-spill. Although she is only 11 months out of desperation (I go back to work in 4 weeks so she needs to drink water or ideally some milk from something whilst I am at work) I tried giving her water with the training lid. I had to help her by holding on to the cup so she didn’t tip it up too much. Even with my help, it was still messy with water spilling down her chin or she often spat it out if she got too much. Even so with a lot of patience on my part, I managed to get her to drink 2 oz of milk from this cup. A massive step in the right direction. Obviously, this lid is not ideal at her age as she would throw it on the floor given half the chance!
All in all, I think this cup is well made and very well thought out. It is full of great features to make your life easier and make your baby’s transition from bottle to adult cup smoother. I will definitely be trying out more products from this range as the quality and the design features are some of the best I’ve seen.
Disclosure – I was kindly sent the Oxo tot sippy cup set, free of charge, in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own as are the photographs.