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Can I Use Any Small Cup-shaped Item? How About A Toy Cup?
Babycup is made from non-toxic materials, it is BPA-free and phthalates-free. It is also the right size for little hands, comes in four great colours and is translucent so your baby can see inside.
So, whilst it is of course up to you what you let your children drink out of, do consider what something is made from so you can be assured it poses no danger to your precious babe’s health.
There are lots of lovely play tea sets on toyshop shelves and there are also cheap as chips plastic cups sold in multipacks in many supermarkets, but check the labels and read the small print. It really is important. Is it free from BPA? Is it free from phthalates? Is it safe for your child to use? Has it been laboratory tested and shown to conform to European safety legislation for food contact materials? Are there any toxic chemicals that will leach into your child’s drink?
- There is no BPA in Babycup First Cups
- No phthalates in Babycup
- Babycup infant weaning cups are non-toxic
- Dishwasher safe and steam steriliser safe
- UK Lab checked for safety
- Tried and tested by our own kids
- 100% Recyclable reusable cups
Babycup Looks Pretty Simple. What’s So Good About Something So Simple?
Babycup is simple and that is the beauty of it. No lid, no handle. No moving parts. No hard to reach areas to gather mould or bacteria. We tried different sizes and for little ones’ mouths and hands this was the size that ticked all the boxes for us.
Best of all, no spout or no-spill valve, so your child doesn’t have to suck like they’re impersonating a vacuum cleaner and doesn’t have to adopt an unnatural (and easily unnoticed) tongue position that could compromise their dental and facial health. See Info page for blurb on health concerns.
How Do I Get My Child To Start Using Babycup?
Begin slowly. 1oz or less, or just 20ml at a time. Be close at hand. Help. Guide. Be patient. Let your hand hover nearby if need be. Be ready to take the cup if spills concern you. Help your child find the table/surface so they start to feel how to place the cup back down and pick it up again. You will be amazed and very proud when you see what your child can do given a little time and support.
What If I Am Bottle-feeding My Baby And Need Them To Drink Large Quantities Of Milk?
For larger quantities we’ve found it’s just a case of getting used to refilling the Babycup. Easy peasy. Doesn’t take a lot of effort and it’s hugely worthwhile.
Is Babycup Dishwasher Safe?
Yes – top rack only please.
Is Babycup Steam Steriliser Safe?
Yes it is.
What's The Best Way To Wash Babycup?
Probably the best way is in warm water with a mild detergent (eco if you are being super fab) and using a cloth (bamboo or microfibre are good ‘uns). A cloth allows you to reach all surfaces thoroughly and gently without scratching or without pushing the cup out of shape with a too big brush-head.
How Does Using Babycup Help Develop Fine Motor Skills?
Using a little Babycup allows your child to practise finger movements – gripping. It’s also a great opportunity for hand eye coordination skills to develop. Take a look at this one minute film. See how fun it is to use Babycup: the cup with the thumbs up from dentists and orthodontists. Fabulous for fine motor skills too. Enjoy.
Can Babycup Be Used To Milkfeed Newborn Or Premature Babies?
Yes it can. A Babycup infant weaning open cup is also suitable for milkfeeding newborn or premature babies. Please discuss with your healthcare advisor first and ask for advice on how best to position your baby.
Midwife, Breastfeeding Consultant and Neonatal Skincare Advisor Sharon Trotter RM BSc wrote the following in an article regarding cup feeding:
In the early weeks of life, the objective of cup feeding is to safely feed a baby expressed breast milk until he is able to take all feeds by breast. Cup feeding is a skill easily acquired from birth, even by premature babies (Lang et al 1994). Indications for this form of feeding include:
– Preterm babies after 32 weeks gestation – this is the time when babies are able to co-ordinate their suck, swallow and breathing reflex (Lang et al 1994 );
– Preterm infants who are alert and looking for a feed but who do not have the energy to complete a full breastfeed (research shows that heart rate, respirations and oxygen requirements are better maintained within normal limits during cup feeding in comparison to bottle feeding (Lang 1994 ));
– Infants with cleft lip or palate before corrective surgery;
– Conditions in which infants’ sucking ability may be compromised such as Down’s syndrome or other neurological impairment;
– Infants born to mothers who are temporarily unable to breastfeed, for example delayed recovery from surgery;
– Maternal conditions such as nipple damage or inversion that temporarily prevents direct breastfeeding (whilst mother still expresses);
– Short-term conditions affecting the infant such as breast refusal due to traumatic early exposure to the breast or drowsiness caused by opiates during labour or excessive jaundice (physiological jaundice should not cause drowsiness – it only occurs when normal limits become abnormal);
 Lang S, Lawrence CJ, Orme Le’ ER (1994), Cup feeding: an alternative method of infant feeding. Archives of Disease in Childhood 71:365-9.
Extract from: http://sharontrotter.org.uk/midirs2006new.htm