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.
*see references section in Health Professionals
BY DESIGN – young infants (from around 3 months) find the two handled Doidy Cup easy to drink from because:
- The contents are clearly visible when drinking;
- 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);
- It teaches them to drink from an open cup and how to put it down correctly;
- Children are less likely to overfeed;
The above benefits allow mothers to make the move from breast to open cup in one step rather than introducing a teat or spout.
NATURAL PROGRESSION – Drinking from the Doidy Cup is a natural progression from breast feeding because it uses the same suckling action.
HEALTHY SKILLS – Drinking from the Doidy Cup encourages good oral movements and helps to develop chewing skills as the jaw, tongue and mouth muscles are used. It also helps with hand, eye co-ordination.
RELIABILITY – For almost 70 years the Doidy Cup has been helping children learn to drink from an open cup. Doidy is UNICEF Baby Friendly and is sold by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).
FEATURES – 200 ml capacity, hygienic, steriliser-safe, dishwasher-proof (top shelf) and freezer-proof, available in 17 colours including a solid, pearlised and sparkle finish. They are manufactured in the U.K. from virgin food safe HDPE, and DO NOT CONTAIN Bisphenol, Phthalates or PVC. They conform to EN 14350 regulations. Doidy Cups are fully recyclable.
U.K. – Available from Boots Pharmacies, John Lewis, JoJoMamanBebe, Kiddicare, National Childbirth Trust (NCT) and Toys R Us as well as online from Amazon.
Overseas – We have Doidy distributors/resellers in the following countries: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Iceland, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, USA
RECOMMENDATION – 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 (see Oral Health Tips – Cup Training).