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Product Review: Munchkin Click Lock Straw Cup

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 05-10-2012

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Parenting is hard. Just as you get yourself into a state of calm and understanding, another milestone is hit or your little one decides to alter their routine and you’re back at square one. There is always something new to worry about and new decisions to make. As a parent I like to have something I can rely on, something that I know works, something to make my life easier. My Little Man will be two in 10 days and I am very lucky. More often than not he is a star – his routine works perfectly, he (mostly) does what he’s told, and we don’t really have too many problems. Yes, we still have problems, but as he approaches his 2nd birthday I feel a bit more and more like we know what we’re doing!

Recent research from Munchkin has found that for most new mothers it can take two years to get the hang of motherhood – not that I imagine its ever easy! Mums that spoke to Munchkin all seemed to have a list of criteria they needed to fill before they felt their lives as parents had clicked into place. These criteria included having a good routine, getting baby to sleep through the night, having a good supply of drinks/snacks/entertainment with them when they went out, and being able to go out on time. Parents have a lot to worry about so Munchkin set about to give Mums one less worry with their new “Click Lock” cups.

The “Click Lock” cups have a definite audible ‘click’ sound when the lids are correctly fitted. When the ‘click’ occurs you know that the lid is secure and there’ll be no leaking in your bag or spillages if the cup is knocked over. Munchkin sent Little Man a “Click Lock Straw Cup” to test out and we’ve been using it for most of the summer now. Its a good capacity – Little Man’s fluid intake varies from one to three cups per day! – and easy for him to hold and drink from. Most importantly for me is its ability to not leak, and that has been a great success. As well as the audible ‘click’ when I fasten the lid it just feels secure once its properly in places, and I’ve been able to carry it in my bag without any worries, something which can’t be said for all cups! It is frequently knocked over or dropped onto the floor and we still haven’t had any leakages. A great cup, and one less thing to worry about for us.

The Click Lock Cup range is available from leading supermarkets and stores nationwide.

Product Review: Oxo Tot Training Cup

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 21-08-2012

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As you all know my Little Man is going to be 2 in October. We’re very lucky as he’s always been great at eating since we began weaning him at four months, and he’s always enjoyed his milk. He was breastfed for just two weeks after I fell ill and couldn’t continue, so he has been bottle fed formula and then cow’s milk since then. Now as he approaches his 2nd birthday he is still insistent on drinking milk from a bottle, though he is only having two bottles a day – one small one after his midday nap, and one big feed before bed. I’ve tried a multitude of sippy cups and beakers, but he just pulls a face when he takes a drink. Transfer the same milk into a bottle and he finishes it without pausing for breath. I decided we needed a new different cup to try with, so I spoke to the team at Oxo Tot and they sent me a Training Cup to try.

The training cup holds 200ml of liquid so is the perfect size for his milk feed at night. It has an open top, but with an insert which features small holes around the edge. This allows children to get used to open top cups but with the flow much slower to reduce the potential for spillage. It also has a similar shape and feel to his usual bottles so I was pretty hopeful.

One afternoon when he got up from his nap I gave him the Training Cup with 120ml of milk in – his usual feed size at this time. He was excited about a new cup and he brought it to his lips and took a successful sip. I was thrilled – mainly because he hadn’t poured it down himself, proving that this cup does work! Unfortunately this was followed by his usual appalled face and the swift turning over of the cup. Needless to say milk is a little tricky to get out of carpet, but if you do it fast enough there is no lingering smell.

So we are still using bottles for milk, but this Training Cup works really well for meal time drinks. If anyone has any ideas on getting my son off the bottle, or any products that might do the trick, I’d really appreciate your thoughts!!

The Oxo Tot Training Cup is available in green, aqua and raspberry, and you can read more about it here.