One of the milestones that comes with your baby celebrating its first birthday is that he/she is now expected to be old enough to stop drinking out of a bottle. So after only using a nipple for their entire life, young children are supposed to suddenly enjoy drinking out of a hard spout. Most families find this to be an extremely difficult transition, ours included. In fact, at our one year check–up, I brought several sippy cups with me for my pediatrician’s stamp-of-approval. The doctor quickly vetoed a few because the spouts were soft and therefore no better than a nipple on the child’s teeth. While the others he found acceptable, my son did not. He refused to drink his milk out of any of the cups. He would cry until I poured the milk into his bottle which he would then happily consume.
I was literally at my wit’s end, pulling out my hair, and asked friends for advice, tips and recommendations. I was willing to try anything and everything, regardless of the cost or what I had to do to get my son to give up his bottle. My son was unhappy with every option and scenario I presented his milk to him in except his beloved Born Free bottle (which I might add, the prince refused to hold on his own). Finally, a friend with a son 2 months older filled me in to her little secret weapon. She instructed me to buy the Beaba Training Cup and give it to my son with the nipple for 1-2 days and then switch to the hard sippy top. A year later, this is the only sippy cup I am aware of that offers the nipple option. The product is BPA-free, shatterproof (which is a very good considering how often my son’s lands on the floor) and is dishwasher safe.
This is the first nd only product that I have purchased from Beaba, the French company renowned throughout Europe for baby food-related products. Because this three-in-one cup did the trick and transitioned my son from his bottle to a cup, I have since bought 3 of these cups which retail for $15 each at William Sonoma (but several other retail outlets carry them as well).
While I am indebted to this product for getting my son to stop using his bottle, I find it extremely difficult to remove the lid to fill the cup with liquid. Yet my son is somehow able to throw the cup at the exact right angle to pop it off and spill it all over the floor several times daily. In addition, I wish there were more color options than the green/yellow and preppy pink/green (yes, my son has this one and his 9 year old cousin tells us that pink is not for boys). I would purchase the cup in every color available, especially blue or non-feminine shades.
Because we had such a positive success with transitioning our son from the bottle to this sippy cup, the Beaba training cup is my top choice to give as a first birthday present. Then again, the parents I’m gifting it to may curse me as they’re on their hands and knees wiping up the spilt contents.