Training cups are used to help babies transition from using bottles to drinking out of a normal cup. Health care professionals advise that babies should be weaned off using a bottle with a teat by the time they reach their first birthday, in order to prevent tooth decay. However, this is much easier said than done and most babies are in a routine of using a bottle to help them settle down to sleep, this was certainly the case for the little tester who used a bottle for bedtime until he was around 14 months old. I have this review to hopefully help you for when you are choosing a trainer cup for your baby, as there are so many to choose from.
Many trainer cups on the market are designed so children have to suck rather than sip, which can potentially lead to dental problems and speech development issues, if used for long periods of time. However, in comes the Munchkin Miracle 360 cup, which has been designed to mimic how you would drink from a regular cup, helping to reduce the effects of drinking out of a traditional sippy cup. The 360 cup is suitable for babies 6 months and up.
The Munchkin Miracle 360 cup comes in a variety of colours and two different sizes (7oz and 10oz). The smaller size comes with ergonomically designed handles built into the lid, which makes it easier for little ones to hold, which helps to promote independence.
This cup allows your baby to drink from anywhere around the rim, just as a normal cup does. The cup works by allowing liquid to come out of the holes when pressure is applied to the seal and the flow stops once your baby has finished drinking. This design allows the liquid to come out at the perfect flow, not too fast (so you have to change your baby’s outfit constantly), or too slow (so your baby gets frustrated). I think it’s quite a genius design.
The cup only has three pieces; the cup, the screw lid and the seal, this makes it really easy to clean. You only have to disassemble the parts and either hand wash them or put them in the top rack of your dishwasher.
Many of the cups I have tried for the little one have leaked in my changing bag and caused a few books to be ruined and clothes needed to be washed, this cup is probably the best at being leak proof. However, it’s not completely leak proof, as this was demonstrated when the little one used to bang it on the table or threw it on the floor (but I don’t know which cup would be). Nonetheless, it has never leaked in my bag, even if it has tipped upside down.
We found this cup to be a bit of learning curve for the little one, who would often drink from the opposite side to the one closest to him. It took him until he was around 15 months, to fully grasp the concept of how it worked.
You can buy the 360 cup from most high street retailers that stock baby products, such as, Tesco, Boots, Toys R Us and Amazon. The 7oz cup ranges in price from £4.00 to £5.49, so it might be worth just shopping around a little bit, to get the best price.
From my own personal experience of using the Munchkin Miracle 360, I would highly recommend trying this cup with your little one. I originally bought the small cup for the little tester to try when he was 10 months old, and it has now become a firm favourite, still at 2 and a half. In my opinion, this is the best toddler cup on the market.
Hope this helps!
Thank you for reading,