Best cup for weaning, drinking and feeding
The award-winning feeding cup, weaning cup and drinking cup recommended by Dentists and Health Visitors
Welcome to 'Babycup', the multi-award winning mini open cup recommended by health experts including dentists, orthodontists and health visitors for babies and young children 0-36m. The healthy sipping sippy cup. Choosing Babycup as a weaning cup or general drinking cup for mealtime is a smart choice for parents who want to look after their child's health. Babycup can also be used for cup-feeding expressed milk or formula milk to infants. We are passionate about childhood health and our hearts sing when parents tell us how proud they are seeing their little ones use their Babycup!
"This little cup is perfect" Lynette Anear, Oral Health Promoter, NHS
Babycup - The Real Sippy Cups: Open Cups with Thumbs Up from Experts
The Magic of Mimicking
Little ones instinctively know what to do. And if they've been watching you, they've got an even better chance of knowing how to sit and sip. Sitting together, sharing mealtimes, letting them see you sip from a cup. These moments are precious and special and make a big impact on your little person. Show them your own healthy sipping, and with every sip you take, they'll be learning by watching.
See How Brilliantly Babies & Toddlers Can Drink From Open Cups!
Children really enjoy using Babycup!! The baby drinking cup with the thumbs up from dentists and orthodontists. Fabulous for fine motor skills too. (Press play to watch; double click for full screen). If your browser does not support this format click these links to view films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKW3DLy_rto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGqHsYWmX0Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDzAOAVBX3s
Babies - They're not big, but they are clever.
Give them an inch and they'll make you smile.
Give them a Babycup and they'll learn to drink.
Open Baby Cups from Babycup
Small and perfectly formed! Babycup measures 5cm (just under 2 inches) from top to bottom.
Safer than a sippy cup (see Info page), easier to clean than a no-spill valve, the Babycup open drinking cup for babies and toddlers is the perfect baby cup for weaning and beyond.
Suitable as a baby and toddler drinking cup or for cup-feeding newborn including premature babies.
Please visit our shop to buy Babycup - baby cups for weaning, feeding and beyond.
Ideal for baby led weaning. Suitable for puree babies. Great for transitioning from breast to cup or bottle to cup or weaning off the sippy cup. No need for any other training cup.
Also brilliant for feeding challenges including bottle refuser, latch difficulty, tongue tie or cleft, Babycup is great for a hospital bag and weaning kit. Growing babies, healthily. Baby cups. Sippy cups. Babycups. #ditchthespout #stoptherot #everysipcounts #actearlier4health
Less is More
Small open cups, more control, better fine motor skills, improved chances for good oral health.
Babycup open drinking cups allow your baby or toddler to sip rather than suck. Babycup's colourful mini cups are translucent so your child can see inside and are perfectly shrunken for little hands and little mouths. BPA & phthalates free, they are non-toxic, dishwasher and steam steriliser safe. Babycup open baby cups are recommended by dentists, orthodontists and health visitors.
Lidded Cups Linked to Childhood Tooth Decay
The American Dental Association advises to help prevent tooth decay, children should be encouraged to drink from a cup by their first birthday. It is believed that sucking exposes teeth to liquids in a different way to sipping. Without doubt, it is vitally important that children do not have sugary drinks. As well as taking care with what children drink it is also important to consider how they are drinking and more and more experts are spreading the word that sipping from a truly open cup is the best and most natural way to drink. The
British Dental Health Foundation suggests starting with a cup or glass
by the time babies are about 6 months old, or when they are able to sit
up and can hold things, on their own.
Decay - Easier to Prevent than to Treat
infant and toddler forum factsheet, reviewed and supported by the
British Dental Health Foundation, reports 'by the time they are five
years old, over 30% of children in the UK have dental decay'. A change
as simple as giving a child an open cup rather than a sippy cup could
help improve this statistic. Avoiding juice or sugary drinks is key and what children eat or drink is so important. As well as making healthy food and drink choices, leading healthcare professionals also recommend using an open baby cup for your baby or toddler.
Using a lid, or spout, with a no-spill valve,
does not teach the child how to drink properly. Cups with valves do not
allow a child to sip. Children have no choice except to suck - as from a
baby bottle. The American Dental Association says avoid no-spill valves.
(It is important to note that the action of breastfeeding is a
completely different oral process from sucking on a drinking cup spout).
Leading orthodontists have commented that spouts,
and no-spill valves, mean a child has to suck rather than sip. This
contributes to poor facial and dental development. Developing healthy
oral habits from an early age has a great influence on how a child's
teeth will develop. A young child's teeth, jaws, and muscles are still
growing so it's a crucial time for parents to steer their infants away
from needing extensive orthodontic treatment later in life. Many
cups called sippy cups don't encourage a sip at all and could be more
aptly named sucky cups. The same goes for many cups that are confusingly known as 'free-flow cups' or those promoted as 'like an open cup'. Babycup baby cups really are for sipping.
Babycup is the real sippy cup. The
British Dental Health Foundation website says that drinks should be
offered six to eight times a day, and, from as early an age as possible,
should be sipped from a cup or glass, not sucked from a bottle. No-spill cups
are often thrown on the floor, chewed by soft baby teeth and drunk from
whilst laying flat on the ground. This allows the contents to flow
directly into the Eustachian tubes.
 (Cone 1981, Errant 1992, Kovesi 1992, Roberts et al 1993)
Award-winning little cup with big health benefits
British-made 'Babycup first cups for babies and toddlers', are mini open cups praised by experts for their dental benefits and perfect proportions and described as "weaning essentials".
In contrast to the size of many cups, Babycup has been designed to be the right fit for little hands and mouths. As well as the usability benefits of Babycup's dinky dimensions, being open it allows children to develop a natural sipping action, a developmental necessity that dentists say supports tooth health and orthodontists say plays a pivotal role in jaw and facial growth.
"Babycup is a healthy choice for your child. Spouts and no-spill valves that mean a child has to suck, rather than sip, contribute to poor facial and dental development. Starting healthy oral habits from an early age has a great influence on how your child's teeth will develop," says Dr Derek Mahony a leading Orthodontist based in Australia.
Dental decay is preventable yet it is one of the most prevalent childhood diseases in the developed world. A 2014 Public Health England survey found that over 1 in 10 youngsters had an average of three teeth that were decayed, missing or filled by age three. Experts urge that it's not just what children are eating and drinking that is crucial but also how. Unlike spouts or no-spill valves, open cup sipping is not implicated in dental decay and Babycup is recommended by Dentists and Oral Health Professionals as the healthy cup. Lynette Anear, an NHS Oral Health Promoter says, "This cup is perfect. Every child should have a Babycup. It should be a normal part of the weaning process."
The NHS Choices website promotes the use of an open cup for weaning because it helps babies learn to sip and is better for their teeth. The American Dental Association advocates cups to avoid childhood dental decay or 'baby bottle caries.' Reviews by parents, who've discovered Babycup as the best way for little ones to drink at highchair times, see it called "Life-changing", "A great idea!" and "Worth every penny." Lisa Clegg, author of the best-selling parenting book 'The Blissful Baby Expert,' says, "From me and lots of other mums it's a big thumbs up."
In a short space of time, this independent UK brand has seen increasing numbers of parents become aware that the way in which children drink is a key factor in their child's healthy development. Since launching into retail in 2013 the happy-sipping Babycup has already received prestigious recognition via professional endorsements and revered awards including Best Drinking Cup in the Loved By Parents Awards 2014 and Best Baby Product 2014 in the Janey Lee Grace Natural Living Platinum Awards. Babycup does good and looks good too and its quality design has also seen it named Best Feeding Product 2014 in the prestigious Junior Design Awards.
Sara Keel, a mum of three and creator of Babycup says, "The simple step of using a Babycup at food times has enormous health gains for children." BPA-free, dishwasher and steriliser safe, and with dental and orthodontic benefits as well as encouraging fine motor skills, Babycup is a mealtime must-have for every child until around 36 months. Also suitable from birth for cup-feeding milk to infants. The cute cup with a big impact is available from leading stockists including Babycup's own webshop, JoJo Maman Bebe, Argos online and NCT Shop, RRP 7.99 for a pack of four cups. Info: www.babycup.co.uk
How to use Babycup
Baby weaning, toddler drinking and beyond
Start at highchair/mealtimes so your little one is seated and in a good position to start learning their new skill. Put just a little bit of liquid, be it milk or water, in the cup to begin with. If there are spills this will keep them to a minimum and the cup will be kept ultra lightweight for your young child. To help, try holding the cup with your baby or toddler so that you are guiding it to their mouth with them. The next stage is to hover a hand nearby whilst they start to hold and direct the cup themselves. Sitting with them and letting them watch you drink from an open cup is extremely beneficial too as they love to copy and learn brilliantly from it. Learning through mimicking is one of the most important learning processes for babies and young children. Positive reinforcement is also invaluable and parising your child and recognising them trying and showing how pleased and proud you are is great encouragement and really helps your little one suceed. The benefits of adopting this super sipping skill from weaning onwards are numerous, including dental health, orthodontic development and fine motor skills. It might take a little practise or your little one might sip straight away. Whichever is the case, it really is worth it.
Other uses for Babycup: Newborn cup-feeding
Babycup is in line with UNICEF's baby friendly initiative and supports their recommendation to use a small open cup whilst establishing breastfeeding. Babycup is also useful for a number of different scenarios such as tongue-tie, cleft, bottle refusal or for feeding expressed milk. Many midwives and health visitors are dab hands at helping with a hands-on demo of how to cup-feed an infant. Talk to your healthcare professional and ask them to show you the correct cup-feeding technique.
Download a PDF of our 'How To Use Babycup' sheet.
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Open drinking cups for babies and toddlers
The Babycup range of baby and toddler open drinking cups is BPA free and phthalates free
Suitable for baby weaning, toddler drinking, and beyond
Also suitable for cup-feeding newborns including premature babies - please see our FAQs page for further details about milk feeding for babies
Babycup - Little cups for little people
They're not big, but they are clever