THE DOIDY CUP offers a unique slant on baby weaning and open cup training. The two-handled Doidy Cup, has been scientifically designed with a unique slant in order to teach infants to drink from a rim, rather than from a spout or a teated bottle. Health Professionals, the Government* and leading health organisations such as The British Dietetic Association* are active in recommending the introduction of an open cup at around 6 months of age and completely stopping the use of a bottle by 12 months. As well as teaching valuable skills there are a number of critical health benefits associated with open cups compared to other drinking vessels.
DOIDY Cup is manufactured in the UK from food safe materials. Starting with a small amount of liquid, your baby will soon become skilled at drinking from it and therefore avoiding the problems teated cups or bottles may casue.
WHY BABIES NEED TO LEARN TO DRINK FROM A DOIDY CUP?
In the first few months of their lives, babies have a natural sucking reflex and breast feeding or feeding from a bottle is very comforting to them. As babies grow, they need to learn to make different movements with their mouths that will help them to eat and speak properly. That’s why moving from a bottle to a cup is so important. Drinking from the DOIDY Cup encourages good oral movement and helps to develop chewing skills as the jaw, tongue and mouth muscles are used. It also helps with hand, eye co-ordination. Infants find this movement perfectly natural, therefore it is easy to wena them from the breast or bottle. Breast fed babies from 3 – 4 months of age can go straight to a DOIDY Cup, there is no need to use a bottle in the weaning process. Bottle fed babies from the age of 6 months or earlier should be introduced to drinking from the DOIDY and the use of a bottle should be actively discouraged after age of 12 months.
- Baby is able to self-decide on the speed and the quantity of drinking;
- They can see the fluid inside the cup and doesn’t have to bend its head back, mainly thanks to the Doidy Cup’s slanted shape. The sloping design allows a more natural upward and downward motion of the hands and arms (unlike bottles and sippy cups which require forward and backward movement of the head);
- Takes the drinking learning process naturally by using the same jaw movements as with sucking mother’s breast;
- Learns not only how to drink from a rim of a cup instead of a bottle or a non-spill cup, but also how to put it away after drinking;
- Trains jaw, face and tongue muscles, which is so advantageous for the correct both chewing, and, in the long run, speaking advancement;
- Will avoid problems arising from using the bottle or the non-spill cup, the long-term sucking of the teat or the non-spill cup mouthpiece (at night in particular), fostering not only the caries, anaemia, malnutrition or speaking difficulties, but also shaping the proper eating habits;
- Easily acquires the new, very enjoyable skill which encourages it to further unassisted experiences. he Doidy Cup is an exceptional cup designed especially to face the youngest ones’ needs.
- Children are less likely to overfeed
- Complete with resealable bag for travel
- Includes FREE weaning guide
- Can be sterilised and is dishwasher safe (top shelf), freezer proof and microwave safe. *Warning – microwave liquids can result in “hot spots” and is not advised for children’s drinks)
- Speech Therapists use the DOIDY Cup to teach lip and tongue control
- 200ml Capacity
- Available in 17 colours including a solid, pearlised and sparkle finish.
- BPA FREE, made of non-toxic food safe HD Polyetylene #2 plasic, made in Scotland, UK. Imported. Conforms to EN 14350 regulations. Doidy Cups are fully recyclable.
HOW TO ASSIT THE CHILD IN SELF-RELIANT DRINKING FROM THE DOIDY CUP?
- The child should be able to self-regulate the drinking pace. It is recommended that there isn’t much liquid inside the cup.
While holding the cup at the bottom, place the rim on the lower lip and tip it slightly so that the child takes only what it wants.
- Don’t worry about spillage, remember that is the way the child learns. This is why it is advised to pour in only small amout of liquids and to fill up the cup as necessary.
- Children get quickly accustomed to drinking from the DOIDY Cups, and at the age of 6 months present their first single-handed drinking attempts.
- Never leave the child unattended when drinkng from the DOIDY Cup
- Make sure drinks you serve are temperature-checked. Neither too hot nor too cold.
- Never microwave drinks in the DOIDY Cup
DOIDY CUP HYGIENE AND CLEANING
- Make sure you wash the DOIDY Cup carefully before each use.
- DOIDY Cup can be sterilized (cold, steam, microwave, in the sterlizer) and cleaned in the dishwasher.
For almost 70 years the Doidy Cup has been helping children learn to drink from an open cup. Doidy Cups are sold by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).
Health Professionals including Health Visitors, Dietitians, Dental Professionals and Speech Therapists recommend Doidy Cups for easier weaning but also to help prevent long term health problems caused by delayed weaning from the bottle.