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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
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.
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.
What age is Babycup for? This is down to personal choice and what you feel is right for your baby, but as a weaning cup we recommend six months, in line with current NHS guidelines of when to start weaning your baby. If using for milk feeding pre-weaning, please see above.
What size is Babycup? This little cutie is 5cm tall, holds 50ml and is marked in 10ml graduations.
What is Babycup made from? Babycup is made from polypropylene, it is non-toxic and is BPA-free and phthalates-free. It is manufactured for Babycup by a Biomedical company that produces medical instruments to hospital-grade standards. It has been laboratory-tested in the UK for EU legal compliance and has been confirmed as safe for babies and infants.
Can I use Babycup for hot drinks? No. Do not put hot drinks into an open cup for your baby or toddler. Babycup is not designed for hot contents and also it would pose a safety risk if you were to give a young child or baby a hot drink in an open vessel.
Can Babycup be used for cooking? In an oven? Microwave? Heat it up? No. The Babycup range of infant weaning cups are not suitable for microwave oven, hob or conventional oven use. Do not heat a Babycup and do not place boiling contents into a Babycup. Has Babycup been safety tested? Yes. The Babycup range of open cups has been safety tested in the UK and confirmed as conforming to EU legislation EU 10/2011 the law that food contact materials must adhere to.
How do I contact Babycup? Please get in touch via our Contact Us page.
How does a spout or non-spill valve contribute to poor dental and facial growth? Please see our Info page for details.
How do spouted cups cause tooth decay? Please see our Info page for details.
Babycup Infant Weaning Cups 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 weaning from 6 months Also suitable for cup feeding newborn or premature babies - please see our FAQs page for further details