When my youngest was a baby, he flat out refused to take a bottle- a much different experience than I had with my older three... they all took a bottle just fine, and easily transitioned to a sippy cup when the time had come. My little guy, on the other hand, was not having it.
We tried everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. Every single different nipple I could find on the market... bottles that looked like boobs... feeding from syringes, special soft cup, a tube taped to my husband's finger... nothing worked.
It was no different when it came to sippy cups. He'd knawl on the spout a little bit, but he just wasn't feelin' them. So instead of using sippies, we transitioned straight to a cup. And not the plastic kind- we used small glass mason jars instead. There several reasons why we chose to go this route. It was easier for him and better for his teeth. It helped teach him coordination and independence. Not to mention it was safer for him- less plastic to worry about in our cupboards. Plus we didn't have to worry about storing sippy cups or searching for a lid. Why didn't we try this with our other kids?!?!
When I saw that TGN had added the Kupp
, a glass training cup for kids made with a protective silicone sleeve, to their shop, I was so excited to get one for my little guy! That was until I saw the price... $16.99. As excited as I was, I couldn't bring myself to pay that much for a kids cup. So I admired the Kupp from afar, tempted to buy, but never able to bring myself to hit the submit button at checkout.
Lucky for me, a couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to review the Kupp for TGN, and I jumped at it. When I received it in the mail, I was slighly disappointed... IN MYSELF. I wish I had gotten it for my little guy months ago! The Kupp was a little smaller than I expected, but that only made it more perfect for my three year old. He was just excited as I was! In fact, I tried hiding the Kupp from him when I first got it so I could take pictures of it in the package for my review, but he ended up finding it. He brought it to me out of the box with a huge smile on his face saying, "Look what I found, momma!" He absolutely loves his Kupp.
I decided to check out Kupp's website to learn about bit more about it for my review, and found that my reasons for skipping the sippy cup were similar to the reasons why a mom named Kate created it. Here's a little background from their website:
"Meet Kate Oliver: Kupp´ Designer, Katesplace Founder, Mother of 3
A native New Yorker, Kate worked for years in the wine business and advertising before moving to Northern California in 2005 with her husband Jack. It was this move that led her to what she describes as her best career decision yet – raising their three boys.
During her early years as a mom, Kate became aware of all the harmful chemicals that children are exposed to daily, and that wow, kids are messy! Her frustration with a sink continuously filled with dirty plastic cups and parts inspired her to design a set of colored glasses, one color for each child, allowing her boys to manage, clean and take care of their own glass.
When Kate created the first Kupp´ in 2013, other mothers started asking her where they too could get some savvy colored, toxin-free training glasses for their home. After some encouraging words from friends and family, Kupp´ was born, and as the saying goes – the rest is history!"
Although the Kupp may seem pricey, it's such a worthy investment! The whole purpose of the Kupp
is not to buy a whole bunch of them. One Kupp would be just fine for a child, instead of a sink filled with sippies. When your kiddo's Kupp is dirty, help him wash it! (Or throw it in the dishwasher if you like, since Kupp is Dishwasher Safe.) I think it gives my son a sense of pride- this is his
cup to take care of. And although one is fine, I'm so impressed with the Kupp that I plan on purchasing another for my little guy for Valentine's Day.
*I was given this product for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own and not influenced.
About the Author
Stephanie is a busy mama of four, who enjoys the outdoors and cheering on her childrens' sports teams. She is a Family and Child Photographer based in Terre Haute, Indiana. Visit her Facebook page to see her latest work.
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