This post was written by Linzy of Crawfish Tales on behalf of Experimental Mommy. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% honest.
With my older child we struggled in the transition from bottle to sippy cup. I could not find a sippy cup that she liked nor could I find one that was really truly spill proof. She ended up going from bottle to cups with a straw. She was fine with it and that worked for her. But straws are not spill proof either so that didn’t really solve that problem for me.
Now, with number two I am going to do better research on the sippy cups available on the market. In the nearly four years since my first one was at the sippy cup stage, I am sure there have been many new products introduced to the market and new technology.
I was asked to test the new Avent sippy cups that hit the market in January of this year. They come in the four stages of cup transition and they range in price from $6.99 for an individual cup to $12.99 for a two-pack and are available at Babies R Us, Amazon, Target, Walmart and Drugstore.com.
Here is the breakdown of the new products:
Stage 1 is for babies around four months old as they learn to take and hold the bottle independently. We are using the Avent Naturals bottle line so the new Philips Avent My Trainer Cup with the same soft spout Natural nipple is excellent for my little one. She is already familiar with that nipple so when I gave her the cup for the first time, she was already comfortable. She enjoyed the easy to use handles.
Stage 2 is for babies who are to transition away from the bottle nipple to a traditional sippy cup top. However, in my experience I have found that the transition to the hard top in the new design can be sometimes too drastic. So the Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup and the Philips Avent My Easy Sippy Spout Cups come with both the hard and the soft spouts to help ease that transition. The easy to use handles follow the same penguin cup shape design that the stage 1 cup had which allows baby to feel more comfortable with the new product.
Stage 3 is for the growing toddler. This is for the baby who has mastered the sippy cup and is ready to take the leap into a straw cup. This new shape expands drinking skills with the Philips Avent My Twist ‘n Sip Straw Cup. The silicone straw that stays clean with the twist lid keeps it clean on the go. Since I didn’t have this option with my first little one who preferred straws, I am excited about this new product.
Stage 4 is the big news. This is the first product of its kind. The Philips Avent My Natural Drinking Cup is going to change the way that children about a year and up learn how to use a real cup. Once your kiddo has mastered the sippy cup and the straw you don’t want to hand them an open cup to roam around with. You would probably be cleaning up after them all the time. But with this new cup they can still master the drinking from a cup skill without the mess. Here is how it works. The lip-activated rim allows toddlers to drink like a grown-up, from 360 degrees around the cup, while an internal leak-proof valve prevents spilling. Genius!
To help you learn which might be the best fit for your toddler, Avent teamed up with Scholastic to create “Sip, Sip, Hooray,” a story of several toddler friends and a mischievous Mama “Sippopotomus” who’s hunting for the perfect sippy cup for Baby “Sippo” (you can even download a digital copy here).
While my little on is still mastering stage one, I am excited about the cups that will grow with her as she transitions from bottle to cup. I am sure I will blink and she will be hold enough for stage four soon enough!
Is your little one ready for the transition? One Experimental Mommy reader will win the full Avent toddler cup range and a copy of “Sip, Sip, Hooray!” Enter below: