When I decided to potty train baby K it became clear that I had to change his whole night time routine which meant no more bottle in bed, we had to transition to a cup.
There’s only one problem with giving a 23 month old a cup, the over excitement of something new, something they can’t judge means it ends up everywhere.
Then one day it was like my prayers where answered, as I was perusing the shelves in Mothercare I saw an interesting looking little cup with a rubber lid like device on it. On closer inspection I found it was a ‘training cup’ so without further ado let me introduce you to the Munchkin 360° Sippy Cup
I know what you’re thinking another piece of crap to get stashed in the cupboard, I mean I thought the same. I couldn’t quite figure out how it would work but I thought sod it if anything it’s a waste of £4.99, but seriously it’s amazing!
The top of the cup has a rubber valve which automatically seals when not being used and stops any fluids from leaking out, meaning it’s fine to use on the go without having to worry about a mini flood in your bag.
It’s easy to clean, no faffing around with little rubber bits and bobs here! There are three parts to it – the main cup, the screw on lid and the rubber valve. You simply pop out the rubber valve, which will reveal your screw on lid, unscrew and wash or pop in to the dishwasher.
The main body of the cup has a slightly rough texture, which allows your little one to gain a good grip on it. As well as the toddler cup Munchkin have also created a ‘360 Trainer Cup’, which has the same concept but has little handles on the side, making it easier for younger children to use.
Now to the clever part, your child can drink from literally anywhere around the cup, hence the 360 name! The minute they start sucking on the edge the rubber valve opens to allow a flow of water/milk/juice, once they stop it automatically re-seals making it 100% spill proof, believe me I’ve had this cup upside down to make sure before putting it in my bag!
As well as it being very clever in design, both the sippy cup and trainer cup are BPA free, so your baby is safe from any chemicals. The lack of a teat eliminates the need to suck on the cup, which experts say can boost tooth decay as both milk and juices contain sugars, and after drinking out of a bottle these sugars or acid sit on the tooth which can cause cavities. It is also said that using a bottle once your little one has the majority of his teeth can cause them to push forward or realign.
It is recommended that all of this is done around the one year mark, we did it around 23 months which may be considered a bit late. However since we’ve been using Munchkin’s sippy cup the transition from bottle to cup has been a lot smoother, it has taught baby K how to place his lips on the rim of the cup and how much to tip it without spilling his drink all over the place. It has definitely made life easier and less messy when dealing with another change in our boys life and I would definitely say it was £4.99 well spent – thank you Munchkin!
A little note – I have in no way been paid or approached by any of the companies mentioned above for this review. I am simply sharing my thoughts on a product that I have purchased and used myself!