Apparently it’s a good idea, at the ripe old age of six months, to start getting Ada used to the idea of having some water at mealtimes. Up until now, she’s never drunk anything but breast milk, and I’ve got to admit – a cup of water is definitely preferable to Little Miss Bolognese Face and her spinach-encrusted hands wanting milk from me mid-meal.
Ah. I should also mention – Ada doesn’t ‘do’ bottles. Despite trying many different bottles and different tricks, she gives an Oscar-worthy performance every time to really get her point across – she will not drink from a bottle. Maybe a sippy cup is the answer…
It’s spoutless (no teat to tip Ada over the edge – excellent); can be sipped from anywhere around the rim (simple – I like it); has a handle either side to allow even the slippiest, clumsiest of baby hands to grip on to; and is spill-proof.
We need to talk about this ‘spill-proof’ business. Obviously, the first thing I did upon opening the 360 sippy cup is fill it with water and hold it upside down. It was in fact ‘spill-proof’. However, if it’s shaken – which is something Ada is a fan of doing – its contents will leak a bit (also, if the cup becomes an airborne missile, it’s been known to lose some of its contents upon landing).
A positive for the Munchkin 360 is that I’ve washed it in the dishwasher countless times, and it’s lived to tell the tale. It also copes with warm (not hot!) and cold drinks; Ada’s even accepted some milk out of it.
What I want to know, is how does Ada know how to drink from it?! She refuses a bottle, yet instinctively knew, when the silicone lip of the 360 sippy cup touched her lips, that she needed to suck. She also grabs both handles and brings the cup to her mouth by herself, although sometimes she needs my help to keep it there long enough for her to have a drink. It seems like a mess-free way to start training her how to drink from a cup.
The Miracle Munchkin 360 comes in many different forms and colours (check out Munchkin’s website for more information), but this particular one with handles comes in a 7oz cup and a 10oz cup – I went with the former for Ada, and it’s ideal.
One downside that should be kept in mind is that when Ada has warm milk in her cup, it spilled more easily (milk is something that you definitely don’t want to be spilled – the smell of souring, forgotten milk is icky) – I guess the warmth affected the seal.
Regardless, it’s a pretty nifty training cup – and for £4.99, I’d definitely recommend giving it a go.