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When my now five year old daughter was a tiny baby I took her shopping to spend some Boots vouchers I'd been given and despite the fact that she was far too young to be thinking about baby cups, when I spotted a whole shelf of these very sweet cow print cups reduced to 49p each I bought several as I know from my experience with my older children that baby cups don't tend to last long. Sods law, she never took to this particular cup (presumably as I'd started her off on Tommee Tippee cups which have a totally different shaped spout) so when her brother was born and later ready to start using a cup I already had a shelf full of these so decided to use them instead of the ones I was planning to buy.
Compared to the all-singing-all-dancing baby cups you can buy these days, this is a very basic one. The lid simply pushes on and off and the handles are incorporated into the body of the cup, the bottom of the cup is ever so slightly non-slip (although not enough to really be useful considering they are designed for toddlers) and the whole cup has a slightly textured feel which although not bumpy in the slightest is not completely smooth. Of course, the whole cup is covered in a gorgeous cow print (Friesian?) and this is well done so that you can see at a glance that it's supposed to be a cow rather than a panda or zebra (for example...).
Incidentally, the cup was made by the now defunct Amadeus brand and was categorised as a Healthy Eating product. It took me a few years to work out what was particularly 'healthy' about this cup and it wasn't until today that I found out that it was to teach children that milk comes out of a cow and not out of a bottle - which is quite bizarre really considering this cup is completely unsuitable for milk! I say this as (typically) if you use milk in this cup it will start to smell very quickly even if you're fastidious about cleaning it out immediately after use, it's suitable for all methods of sterilising as specified on the cardboard outer but I haven't needed to sterilise ours as both Hollie and David were past that stage by the time the Cow Cup made an appearance.
The cup has no measurements marked onto it so is only suitable if you're not having to monitor your child's liquid consumption for whatever reason, it's also completely solid in colour so you can't see from the side of the cup how much is in there - obviously not a problem when you're filling it but if you want to check how much they've drunk you have to take the lid off unless you trust your skills with 'shaking' the cup to suss out how much is left. Again, this isn't an issue for me as David is the type of (greedy) toddler who picks up his drink or food and doesn't stop for breath until every drop is gone - however, when my eldest daughter was a baby she had a kidney condition which meant I had to measure everything she drank and this cup would have made life much harder at that time.
The spout is not drip proof so you need to watch as your child drinks to ensure they're not depositing droplets of milk everywhere, the valve seems good as David has never struggled to drink from it even during a period when he had a nasty cold and was so bunged up he could barely drink from his bottle without going blue in the face! Erm, the lid isn't drip proof either if not pushed down to the point where you think the cup might break - you really do need to use some force to close the lid properly, I much prefer cups that screw up but wasn't aware that the Cow Cup was a push down type until I'd already bought them. The handles are well designed and stick out at the perfect angles for pudgy toddler hands to grip, I sometimes 'feed' David his cup while he's lounging on my lap and find the cup extremely comfortable to hold - much more so than the circular cups he's using currently which have tiny handles which are too small for my fingers, but a body which is far too round for me to hold comfortably!
Overall I'm happy with this as a baby cup, due to the smell issue I only use it for clear drinks such as water or squash but that's fine as at eighteen months David now tends to have milk as a drink only at nap time and bedtime - and then the big tit likes it out of his baby bottle instead of a big boy cup! He unfortunately has no concept of milk coming from anywhere other than the fridge at the moment and despite the fact that I've shown him photos of cows (with accompanying 'moooooo' sounds) he doesn't seem to associate the design of the cup with those cows - so a bit of a fail there with the animal/milk theme!
I bought the healty eating cow cup for my son when he was about 8 months old. Like some of the other reviews on this product i found it overly hard to remove the lid, and found that the valve inside it kept falling out inside the cup when my son was drinking. He never liked the free flow cups so i was constantly having to take the lid off and fish the valve out!
I liked the cool cow design on the cup, and the way it has the rim around the bottom making it harder to tip over which is especially handy when your using it in the free flow way.It also has handles on either side making it easier for little ones to hold and drink themselves. It has a solid spout on the top with 3 small holes for the liquid to come out with one small hole on the other side of the lid for air to enter. The removeable valve inside is easy to take out and clean.
in my opinion it is a good cup for kids to start with with an appealing design, if they like the freeflow style but wouldnt recommend if your going to need the valve in place.
My son was one of these babies who completely refused to drink from a bottle so I have spent a fortune on trying various types of cups in order to stop his constant need for breast milk when he was thirsty.
When he was about 18 months old I invested in a healthy cow cup. I will admit I was initially attracted by the design which does look like it is covered in black and white cow markings which the design continues onto the top as well. The lid has a spout design with a line of small holes for the fluids to flow through. It seemed to be made from a spongy type rubber.
The cup has a large base and two handles which make it easy for little ones to hold a cup without it spilling. It does have a spill proof valve which is easily attached but does mean the little one need to suck to get the fluid out which my son didn't like doing so we removed it to make it free flow. It also does have a cap for transporting around but this isn't very secure.
This cup is not suitable for very hot or fizzy drinks and is also not suitable for warming in the microwave but I have never warmed milk for my son so it wasn't an issue for me. It does hold 300mls of liquid which is adequate for a small child.
I have found the lid is very secure and does take a little effort to pull on and off but this I do think is positive as there is less chance of little one's pulling the lid off. At the point I gave my son the cup he was only drinking water during the day and breast milk at night. He found the cup easy to hold and drink from. I did find this cup while great at home due to the inadequate lid didn't work as a cup to travel around with so had to purchase further cups for travelling around. He was happy to drink from these cups and considering the difficulty I had I was simply pleased he would drink from them. The free flow was slow enough that he was able to drink from it at 18 months of age without pouring it down himself.
As my son has learnt to drink from a normal cup I have still continued to use these cups but have removed the lids. Now my son is three I use them in an evening for his milk. I do like the fact it has a large base and the two handles make it more secure and so there is less chance of spillage. As it doesn't have a screw on lid like most other baby cups this does have a smooth rim. We do now call it his cow cup and he knows which one to collect if I ask him to get it from the cupboard. Despite the length of time we have owned these cups they do still look like new.
This is one cup that I have had great value from and if they could improve the lid on this cup it would be an ideal product.
I have purchased several of these from large chain supermarkets but have also found they are available on Amazon for £3.49 with £1.49 postage and packaging. I have seen these on offer from time to time in the supermarket so it is worth checking current offers. I do think these are a very adaptable cup which I have been able to use through various stages of him learning to drink independently and would recommend for a cup to use at hone but not for carrying around.
When it came to cups, my daughter always used the Tommee Tippee easy flow cups but when she got to around 18 months I felt that she should move onto a more "grown up" cup and one afternoon shopping in Tesco I saw a funky looking cow cup on the shelf and couldn't resist it!
The Amadeus Cow Cup is aimed at children aged six months and above which is a reasonable age I would say, however I personally wouldn't use it so young but that is just due to the fact we found the easy flow cups to be just right. The cup has a spill proof or free flow snap on lid so you can choose how you would like to have it to be best for your child. The cup has a really cool cow print design all over and has a chunky handle at each side for easy holding. It is made from strong plastic which seems like it will be pretty durable. The cup is just like any other cup really, you remove the lid to put the liquid in and then click the lid back on ready for the child to use.
In theory this seemed to be the perfect cup to move onto, my daughter loved the deisgn and also liked the fact it was a cow and she was putting milk into it!! However, it was almost impossible for us to use as the lid was just an absolute nightmare to get on and off! Yes, this is a good point in the sense that a child will not be able to remove the lid but at one point my mum and I spent almost an hour between us trying to get the lid off!! To say that was verging on ridiculous is quite an understatement really. I really feel this is such a shame considering the fact that my daughter did like using the cup when we could actually get into it, but I didn't want to risk buying another one if we were going to end up having the same problem.
On one of the occasions my daughter was able to have a drink from the cup, I used the valve which made the cup into spill proof, but my daughter hated this as she was used to a free flow cup so didn't like making the effort to get the milk out and she said she wasn't a baby having to suck it out!!! That told me!
The cow cup is available at most supermarkets and you can expect to pay around £2.99 which is a reasonable price to pay for a childs cup - if it is useable of course!
I give the cow cup just two out of five stars and that is simply due to the design which I love ! I understand that people may have found this to be a good cup and we may have just been unlucky but I rate the product on my experience.
Thank you for reading my review :)
The healthy eating cow cup is a funky looking beaker for 6 months and up. My two and a half year old son still loves using his now.
It started when my eldest was a year old and I made the sometimes tricky change from formal to cows milk! It began ok but after a month of cows milk he started refusing his two milk feeds. After speaking to my health visitor I felt useless. She said he must be taking more milk and I needed to try harder. I couldn't physically force it down him.
Whilst in my large local tescos I came across these beakers and loved them. I showed my son it and he seemed to be impressed. From then he had his milk in the beaker morning and night. I will say it didn't work straight away but he was more keen to drink from it. Now he loves his milk.
The beaker is a fun looking thing with the black and white patches of a cow. It is made of strong plastic which is BPA free, something we all look out for now. For those of you who like to contribute to been eco friendly it is made in Great Britain so keeping the carbon foot print down and the use of packaging is minimal. I think it would be favourable with parents and most young children. The beaker has a little push on cover for the teat. It doesn't stay on brilliant but is ok if you want to shake the milk when it has been warmed. It holds 250ml of liquid which is about 9oz's which is plenty for any child. It is about 13cm high with the lid on and has a handle on either side making it easy for a little one to hold.
The milk can be warmed in the microwave without the lid on which I have done hundreds of time and the beaker looks no different. My eldest has had his a year and a half and it is still going strong. The only thing that doesn't look like new is the teat which looks a little chewed! For those of you lucky enough, it is dishwasher proof! Apart from the removable valve which is advised to be washed in warm water. It all comes apart so is pretty easy to clean.
A little warning though I have found the three holes in the teat can get a little blocked if the milk is left in a little long! The down side of this beaker is it is recommended to be sterilised in solution methods only. I have never found this a problem myself as I started using them at a year old so there was no need for sterilisation.
As I have mentioned this cup comes with a removable valve which easily slots in the teat of the beaker. Neither of my boys have liked using this. This could be because they both have used tommee tippee free flow beaker so they are used to a quick flow. My youngest is a year old next week and I have started him on this beaker this week and he has taken to it straight away without the valve again. He found it too hard work sucking the milk out.
This cow cup will cost you about £3. I got 2 for £5 recently in tesco's. So you may think they are a little on the expensive side but I was willing to pay anything to get my son to drink his milk. I love these beakers.
I've tried a lot of baby cups for my children over the last few years and this has been by far the best.
The cow cup is made from a thick plastic. It's not see through at all and has a very distinctive cow pattern over the cup and lid. There are easy grip handles at each side and I've found my children have been able to use it properly from around the age of 9 months. The lid clips on the top very securely and I've never had any problems with it leaking or dribbling. It can sometimes be a bit tricky to remove the lid, which in some ways is good as there is absolutely no chance of your toddler getting the lid off, no matter how hard they might try!
The external spout is made from the same tough plastic as the rest of the cup, so even after extensive chewing it won't split or break. The spout has 3 tiny holes in the top to allow the liquid to come through.
Inside the lid is the clever part. There is a rubber attachment that fits to the inside of the spout. This attachment flexes when your baby/child sucks on the spout, to allow the liquid to come through. At other times, even when the cup is dropped, knocked over or shaken, hardly any liquid will leak out.
The inner valve comes aways easily for cleaning. Although the cup is dishwasher safe, I always wash the whole thing in the sink to make sure all the nooks and crannies get rally clean.
The cup's distinctive design means that you can usually identify your child's cup easily at play dates - although as the cow cup becomes more popular I am seeing more of them, so have taken to writing my child's name on ours.
The cup microwaves well and once a warm liquid is inside I find it keeps it at a nice temperature much longer than other standard sippy cups.
The only downside to this cup has been that the internal valve starts to wear out long before the cup does and as far as I know you can't buy replacement valves separately. Saying that, our first cow cup did last 2 years - which is far longer than any of our other cups have lasted.
Overall a great, mess-free child's cup
I have been through so many baby cups, I've found ones that leaked, dripped, clogged up and ones where the lid just falls off. So when looking again, I came across the Cow Cup....
What is the Cow Cup?
The cup I am reviewing is the Amadeus Anyway Up Healthy Eating Cow Cup (bit of a mouthful!). It is designed for babies 6+ and boasts that the cup doesn't leak or spill. It is a trainer cup with single piece insert valve so you can have slow flow or normal flow. There is another Cow Cup which is for toddlers aged 12+ from the same range.
Amadeus sell a range of other products such as bowls, other cups and cutlery designed for babies and toddlers,
The cup came strapped to a box. The box was very easy on the eye, showing a field and a sky so very blue and green.. I assume this is as cows live in fields! On the back where the instructions for use etc, and on the front the "Amadeus" logo of a hand and the Cow Cup logo.
The Cow Cup is a baby beaker which holds 300ml of liquid. On the outside of the cup it has a funky black and white cow hide print which is very eye catching. It has two large handles so its easy to grasp for little hands.
The cup is hard and cannot be squeezed. As its made of plastic, its easy to clean and wipeable. The spout is black, and its tough. It has 3 holes for the liquid to be sucked out. The cup comes with a lid/cover for the spout when its not being used or for on the move - however I see this as its only design fault as the spout cover doesn't clip on, it merely rests over the spout and many a time it has fallen off in my babies change bag and I've had to rummage through to find it, sometimes its gone missing for days on end and i'll then find it somewhere!
Inside the spout is a valve which you can take on or off as you need too. I don't use the valve as my son is thirsty a lot of the time and prefers freeflow, as with the valve he has to suck it to death before he gets the amount of juice he wants.
The cups lid clicks into place onto the main body of the cup, and its tough to prise on and off, however this is so nosey babies don't take the lid off and spill their drink everywhere, and so far, this has worked!
The non-spill design of the cup is working a treat, my son carts the beaker around with him wherever he goes and we have had no spills, he throws it off his highchair and still, no leaks.
The Cow Cup is currently on 2 for £4 from Asda (or £2.02 for one) and a whopping £3.99 for Boots, so i'd recommend a trip to Asda!
Anything else I should know?
The Cow Cup cannot be used in the microwave or be used for serving hot drinks.
The reason I only give this cup 4 stars is because of the design fault of the spout cover falling off all the time, and also as when my son has juice in it, it stains the inside of the cup. The Cow Cup does say its for milk though and there is never any mention of juice going in it, but in my opinion the cup is a cup, so any liquid should be able to go in it! So after use its best to rinse it straight away.
Would I recommend?
YES! Even though the cup has design faults, the main reason I like this cup is because non-spill really does mean non-spill. The cup is funky, and if bought from the right place can be good value for money.
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Since having my Son, I have been thrown into the world of feeding equipment and to be honest I have found it all very confusing and overwhelming. Should he be drinking from a beaker with a freeflow spout or one he sucks from like a straw? If he doesn't have a straw, will milk build up around his teeth and make them rot? It's enough to drive you crazy.
My Son is only 14 months old but so far I must have bought around 5 different beakers for him and not one of them lived up to their claim of being non-spill. It may not seem like a big issue, but when your little one throws his beaker whilst sitting in his high chair and the lid comes off and water/milk gets splattered all over the kitchen, or when the beaker leaks in your bag, it gets frustrating. It's nice to finally find a beaker which is practical and also looks funky.
I decided to buy the Amadeus Anyway Up Healthy Eating Big Cow Cup from Tesco and it cost £3.49 and can be found in the 'feeding' section of the Baby aisle. The Big Cow Cup holds 325ml of fluid, it has an eye-catching Black and White Cow print on it and is for toddlers 12+ months. It comes packaged in brightly coloured Green cardboard and really stands out on the shelf. If you look on the shelf you will find a number of other Amadeus products including beakers with handles, soft spouts, beakers with straws or 360 cups etc.
Amadeus sell a range of cups, bowls and cutlery for babies and toddlers. As well as the Big Cow Cup, Amadeus also sell a smaller Cow Cup with handles for babies 6+ months (which is pictured). The Big Cow Cup is made in Britain; it's made from plastic and is of high quality. The Cup is quite thick and is sturdy; you won't be able to squeeze the sides as it is solid. The spout is also hard and has 3 holes for the liquid to come out. The Cup also includes a bite resistant spout for easier drinking; however you will see little bite marks on my Son's beaker where he has chewed it when teething, but the plastic is so thick he's not been able to bite chunks out of it.
The lid of the Cup is not a screw top unlike most beakers and just clicks into place. It can be quite hard to prize open and I tend to do it away from me as I have spilt his drink over me a few times trying to take the lid off.
The Big Cow Cup has a single piece, easy to clean plastic spill resistant valve that you can easily remove to make the cup freeflow when you want it to be. At the moment I have the valve in place as the freeflow is too fast for my son at the moment and he ends up almost drowning himself without it!
The Big Cow Cup is the first beaker/cup I have bought that is truly non-spill and for that alone it should get 5 stars, but there are a few little things that mark it down. The Cup comes with two spout covers; one which I assume is a spare as they can be easily lost. The spout cover merely rests on top of the spout therefore it is loose. It is a shame that it doesn't clip down into place because when the Cup is in your bag you need to make sure that it is upright or it will leak, especially if you have taken out the spill resistant valve.
Also, it would be nice if the Cup had a grip at either the sides of the beaker, just to make it easier for toddlers to grip and hold, as the Cup is quite big for little hands.
I don't have a dishwasher so I am not sure if the Big Cow Cup is dishwasher safe and it should never be placed in a microwave. One handy tip is to make sure that you don't leave the Cup in the washing up bowl after having spaghetti bolognaise as the White sections on the cup may be dyed orange - this happened to a previous beaker of my Son's where the White spout turned orange after he ate a tomato-based sauce as I couldn't get the stain out.
Do I recommend the Anyway Up Healthy Eating Big Cow Cup? Yes, though it is expensive compared to other beakers, but my Son loves it so it's worth every penny. It is very modern and funky looking and has an eye catching moo print pattern. The Cup is non-spill even when thrown from high chair level and is sturdy. I rate the Big Cow Cup 4 stars as the only disadvantages are the tight lid, loose spout cover and it would benefit from having some grips on the side of the cup.
For more information, please visit: www.amadeusail.co.uk
Thanks for reading xx
© sweetdaisy 2009
The Healthy Eating Cow Cup by Amadeus was the first cup that I bought for my son when I began weaning him. It has since become a firm favourite, second only to his Tommee Tippee cup with straw over the last few months.
This cup is available from Tesco at just £2.08 and is suggested for babies of 6 months onward.
The Healthy Eating Cow Cup has an attractive cow print design which is what initially drew me to this product. It has twin handles for easy grip and my son found it simple to use from the very first introduction.
It has a spill proof valve which I personally only used once or twice. I found that although it prevented spills it made me a little weary of how much milk my son could drink from the cup while it was in place. I much preferred to have it free flowing, even if that meant a few spillages around the house.
At the top of the cup is a cap which fits over the spout. This cap blends in as it is designed in the form of one of the patches in the cow print design.
The cup has a simple press-on lid. This can be tricky to place on at times, yet it does not cause any liquid to spurt up unlike his Tommee Tippee First Cup. It is however quite difficult to remove and I usually fail to do it without the help of my husband.
The cup is made from strong plastic and the spout is stated as being 'bite-resistant'. The whole product is very simple to clean and there are no crevices for bacteria to hide in.
My son is now 17 months old and predominantly uses his Tommee Tippee cup with straw. However this cup has certainly had a great deal of use since it was purchased when he was just 6 months old.
I have found that he drinks far more from it than any of his other free flowing cups. It spills a little without the valve, but not a great deal and the cap at the top makes it great for transportation.
This is overall an attractive and very easy to use cup which I would highly recommend when weaning.
The Healthy Eating Cow Cup is one of those toddler products which everyone in my immediate circle of friends seems to have - I can't remember whether we all recommended it to each other, or bought it independently, but either way, it's a product that works for a whole group of toddlers.
It is recommended that you try and wean your baby from the bottle and replace formula with cows milk at 12 months. Switching to cows milk from formula was no problem at all in our house. We simply finished the carton we were using, bought a very large bottle of full-fat milk and tipped that into our son's bottle - I don't think he noticed a difference as he drained it all in the usual way.
However, switching from bottle to cup was a whole different ball game. Our son had always been bottle-fed as breastfeeding just didn't work out for me, and he had a deep emotional attachment to his bottles. We tried several different types of cup over a 2-3 month period after his birthday and each was met with screaming and ultimately rejection. The cups were hurled across the room with strength that I didn't realise that a one year old possessed and he refused to even contemplate drinking from them, even the cups that he'd been happily drinking water from for the previous six months. So, we gave up and gave ourselves a new deadline to wean him off the bottles.... 18 months old.
When we reached that deadline, I was browsing the Baby aisle in Waitrose and came across the Cow Cup. I knew that his best friend had the same cup and was using it successfully (although she is 9 months older) and I thought I'd give it a try. We decided to go for the cold turkey approach with the bottles and hid them all - it was the Cow Cup or nothing. I filled it with milk, sat down with my son on my lap and started to explain to him that the bottles had gone now and this was a 'special cup, because it is like a cow and milk comes from cows'. I'm not sure how much he understood, but he drank his milk from the cup and the bottles are still in their hiding place so it definitely worked for us.
The Healthy Eating Cow Cup is suitable for babies from six months old. It is a sturdy plastic cup with a funky black and white cow print on it. It comes with a single-piece removable valve which slows down the flow of the milk for younger babies, but is very easy to remove for cleaning purposes and for when your child is old enough to drink from a free-flow cup. We only used the valve for a very short period of time as our son was confident with the free-flowing spout by the time we introduced the cup, but I know that my sister has had success with it with her daughter.
The cup is designed to be spill-free, although I think this is only with the valve inserted as vigorous upside-down shaking by an energetic two year old definitely leads to spilled milk in this house! They also claim that the spout is bite-resistant, although both our son and his best friend have managed to bite through the outer plastic on their Cow Cups so I'm not convinced by that claim.
It is easy to clean and goes in the dishwasher. We now have two of these cups - the first one we have been using for a year and it is still in relatively good condition apart from the bitten spout. The second one we have had for about six months and that still looks perfect.
Overall, I would really recommend this product for introducing your child to drinking milk from a cup. It is also good to explain about where their milk comes from - maybe especially true if you're weaning from the breast, as you can explain the difference between cows' milk and 'Mummy's milk. My little boy still loves his cow cup and won't drink milk from anything else, unless it's a Babycino in Starbucks which he'll happily have from a open espresso cup.
Healthy Eating Cow cup Milk makes baby strong; building bones, teeth, hair and nails. The unmistakable black and white of our Cow Cup teaches baby that milk comes not just from a bottle, but from those big things in fields that say mooooo!. Whether it's for expressed-milk or formula (or, once they're a year old, even from a cow), our easy-to-grasp and spill-proof Amadeus Cow Cup makes milk drinks a treat.