We started our now 4 year old son on the Avent system when he was just born. We've been in love with the entire system ever since.
Recently I started watching a friends baby girl. She just turned one and is starting to learn to drink from a sippy cup. I was able to use the same bottles I used with my 4 year old. I just switched the nipple to the sippy cup attachment and am getting more use out of the same items.
The bottle is a shape she is used to holding so she is able to grasp it easily. The sippy spout is very soft so it doesn't hurt her new teeth and tender gums if she accidently bumps herself. The cup is spillproof and easy to clean. The entire cup comes apart and is dishwasher safe to make cleanup super easy! I also love that you can snap the cover over the sippy spout just like you could over the bottle nipple. I can fill up a sippy with a drink, pop the lid on and throw it in the diaper bag to take with us. The sippy stays clean and I don't have to worry about leaks at all!
Silver Lake, KS
A great sippy cup!
Since I had so much success with the Avent bottles I decided to also try the avent sippy cups. I liked that they were wider than other sippys, and that the lids to the sippy cups could also be attached to the avent bottles. I like the option to pop out the spout and vent/valve of the lids. I like that the spout is soft and flexible, but the white soft plastic it is made of is easily stained. Ever since my son used them while eating spaghetti, the spouts never look clean! But these suppy cups rarely leak, and are strong and durable. My son loves to throw his cups off the high chair, and has broken several other cups in the process, the avent cups have taken a beating but still work great. Also a great feature is the handles. You can pop them on for your little one, and then remove them to clean the cups. Also stop using them once your child no longer needs them. So aside from the stained spouts these are a great product.
LOVE these cups
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these cups. They are so nice that they can be interchanged with the baby bottle nipples, then the soft tip sippie nipples, and then the hard tipped sippie nipples. It's nice that you can remove the handles and can use them in the transition stages between sippies and a regular cup. I have used these bottles with my 3 children and would totally recommend them to anyone who asked what brand to use. My sister is currently pregnant and I referred this brand to her. I even gave her the bottles that I no longer needed and she went and purchased the nipples for them. Even my daughter in law uses this brand of bottles for the same reason. Everytime I am invited to a baby shower I purchase Avent brand items for one of the gifts. I personally purchase just about every item that Avent sells. They are defintely worth every penny. Sometimes I think they are pricey but definitely worth the money spent.
I agree, no magic here
These cups - the entire Avent line, for that matter - seem so wonderful in theory. But in practice, they're pretty terrible, and I can't for the life of me figure out how the Avent line came to be so hyped. (A friend of mine speculates it has a lot to do with the cups, bottles, etc being pretty - I'm inclined to agree.)
In a way, these cups remind me of the nursery rhyme my mother would chide me with when I was younger, about the little girl with the little curl in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good - and when she was bad, she was horrid!
When these cups are working right, they are wonderful! But - These cups are STRANGE. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to them. Sometimes they leak from the spout, sometimes they leak from the collar, but the same cup will not always leak in the same way, if it leaks at all. Avent bottles have the same leaky collar issue and if you call Avent they will tell you that you must have over-tightened the collar, that the collar is supposed to be tightened using the clear plastic over-cap, not touching the collar directly. Huh? Who would think to do it that way? Why would you put a cap on just to tighten the collar and then remove it? But it's a moot point because any way I do it, loose or tight, collar or cap to tighten, sometimes they leak, sometimes they don't.
All that is after you account for the fact that the larger cups only come with the harder green spouts, which are for toddlers. This is OK, I suppose... but the white soft spouts just SEEM nicer, my kid seems to prefer them, and the green spouts are much harder to remove the valves from because they are so stiff! So when I bought these cups I had to then spend extra money on the white spouts, and that is all we used - which may or may not account for my next problem. I don't know if it strikes the green spouts or not.
Over time, these cups stop working. You will hand it to your child, he will suck for a bit, get angry, and hand the cup back to you. You will try the cup. All you will get is a hiss of air, no liquid. Early on, you can remove the cap and press harder to snap the valve in place... but then after a while, nothing works. You have to replace the caps and valves. And maybe I'm just an idiot but it bothers me to throw away things that are perfectly OK, and it bothers me that you can't figure out just WHICH part of the cap/valve set has gone bad, you have to either replace all your caps and valves at once or end up playing sippy cup roulette having an odd mixing of new and old spouts/valves that may or may not work when you put them together.
In short, this cups have nearly driven me insane.
Oh, and my favorite, favorite part about these cups - NOT - is if you use them with the nipple, your kid can push the nipple down inside the cup and spill milk (or whatever) all over the place. My guy first figured this out while we were out in the stroller and he had a cup of strawberry kefir. A pretty much full cup. What a mess!
These cups also hold sour milk smell worse than any other cup I have tried (and we've tried a lot) They pretty much have to be washed in the dishwasher or else repeatedly sterilized which can get annoying. Of course this can be prevented by washing your cups immediately, every time, but let the mom who has never discovered a squirreled-away sippy full of homemade yogurt cast the first stone...
I guess the biggest thing these cups offer over the competition is they have caps. Most other sippies don't - actually I don't know of any that do. But we've switched to playtex and I'm pretty happy with them. No leaks, fewer parts, only one part to go bad...
Avent... ugh. I've used and hated the breastpump, the bottles, and now the sippies.
Water is all that's safe in the Avent Magic Cups
I really wanted to love the Avent Magic Cups. Sadly I must report that they are the absolute last sippy's I grab for. They started out okay for my son when we got them for him at six months, but very quickly after they started leaking. If they get tipped over they leak, my son also learned that if he blew into the spout he could make milk squirt out the tiny air hole and splatter himself with milk.
I loved the handle idea, it was great for him when he was first learning, but now at 18 months I often leave them off they're just in the way. The spout is very bizarre and was hard for him to figure out at first, especially since he was nursed. He wasn't used to this hard thin piece of plastic. A lot of times he used it to rub his gums on while teething rather than drink from it.
Avent Magic cups are quite a bit more expensive than other sippys and they just don't cut it in our house. I wouldn't recommend them, there are far better sippys out there!
We went through soft spout cups from Nuby like crazy (well the spouts anyway) once my son had teeth. He chewed them all up and we had to find something new. I decided to go for something with the best reviews and Im glad we picked these cups. I EBF'ed so I didn't use bottles, and had no idea that the Avent cups and bottles are all interchangable. For a bottle fed baby, this would be the best deal! just buy new spouts and you have sippy cups from the old bottles!We love the spouts and they really dont leak, although sometimes a tiny bit of water comes back through the air hole opposite the spout. This doesnt bother me because its really inconsequential compared with how a lot of cups leak.
I wish they had more boyish colors or patterns but we love these and we love that the handles are removable and there are a variety of lids, as well as the option of soft spouts, hard spouts, and "sports sippers" that work GREAT for smoothies (don't use the silicon valve).
They are easy to wash, assemble, and we just love them. I almost can't wait for another baby so we can buy more!
Drink for them and no mess for you!
I had gone through many cups before I bought the Avent Magic Cups. Every baby prefers a different brand, but all of the brands that I tried made a mess or they were for younger babies. I decided to try the Avent Magic Cups because Avent is a trusted name, and usually you pay for what you get. They are a little more expensive than some of the other brands but definitely worth it! The Avent Magic Cups are appropriately designed to help the older babies transition, but they still do not make a mess! I had milk in it as we were heading to the store with my mom in her car. She did not want him to have the cup because of the fear of the milk spilling and souring in her car. I just turned the cup upside down to show her that it doesn't make a mess. She was surprised too! It took a little adjustment for my son to get accustomed to the cup because it lacks the soft nipple, but once he got used to the "big boy" cup he takes it just fine!
Favorite sippy cups!
We love these Avent sippy cups for our 7 month old son! He loves them too and often uses the soft spout as a perfect teether. What is nice about these cups is that their parts can be throughly washed in the dishwasher and all the parts can fit onto his other Avent bottles. Yes, you can buy handles and spouts to fit on regular Avent bottles, but often the price for those additions ends up being the same price as the sippy cups in the fun colors! So we usually buy these Magic Cups. The only problem we've had is that if you don't put the pieces together perfectly, they will leak. You have to double check the rubber valve to make sure it is not bent underneath itself or the cup will leak. Other than that, we love these cups and would recommend them to our friends. It is nice to know that you can buy other spouts for when your child can have the harder spouts, or you can just buy the bigger cups with them too. Great product!
I really wanted to like these...
my oldest child is eleven and i nursed and when it was time for her to go to day care another nursing mom said just get Avent bottles...they transition and you won;t have to keep buying other stuff. She was right and my daughter went back and forth from bottle at day care and nursing at home. Fast forward to the here and now and the later in life children. I went ahead and bought these sippy cups as my sons never really used a bottle...the avent are so much easier to clean (wider mouths than other products) and I had such a good initial experience with Avent and from what I understood, colored plastic is BPA free...I should have paid attention to other reviews...THEY LEAK>>>THEY WILL ALWAYS LEAK AND NOTHING YOU CAN DO WILL STOP THEM FROM LEAKING. The bottles are sturdy...they will interchange from sippy cup to bottle if you have mulitple children in different bottle/sippy stages, but if you are like me and the sippy cup can go anywhere with your kids and you are used to tossing them in your bag...pick another brand or get used to wet soggy bags. If you are the kind of person who only has these at the dinner table...go for it.
not as easy as they make them sound
I bought the Avent Magic Cups for my 9 month old. The package said that they were great for transitioning from bottle to cup and easy for children to learn to use. However, this was not the case for my daughter. I had high hopes for these cups since the valve was different than most that I've seen. My daughter just doesn't seem to be able to get the hang of these cups, or other similar cups. The other issue that I had with these cups were that the mouth spout was difficult to clean on the inside b/c it's so skinny. My suggestion for people who are trying to find a good transition cup for their bay, try the kind with silicon mouth pieces made by Nuk and Munchkin. My daughter does great with those type of cups!