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The Doidy Cup is a uniquely slanted open cup aimed at helping the weaning process in infants as well as in specialised adult care. Doidy Cups are ideal for use with babies and children, as well as with the disabled, the elderly and Alzheimer’s patients.
Why choose Doidy Cups?
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 and leading health organisations are active in recommending the introduction of an open cup at around 6 months of age and encouraging the transition from bottle to cup by one year of age.
What are the benefits of using the Doidy Cup?
As well as teaching valuable skills there are a number of critical health benefits associated with open cups compared to other drinking vessels. For almost 70 years the Doidy Cup has been helping children learn to drink from an open cup. Young infants (3m+) find the two handled Doidy Cup easy to drink from as:
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 which often leads to spillages)
It teaches them to drink from an open cup and how to put it down correctly
Children are less likely to overfeed
These benefits allow mothers to make the move from breast to open cup in one step rather than introducing a teated bottle or spouted cup. Drinking from the Doidy Cup is a natural progression from breast feeding because it uses the same action of the tongue whereas bottles and spouted cups have a sucking action which can confuse the child’s feeding pattern.
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 as well as social skills and speech development.
When to introduce the Doidy Cup?
Doidy Cups are recommended for children 3m+. At first the parent may need to hold the bottom of the cup whilst gently putting the rim on the lower lip to allow baby to take what they want. As baby grows they will want to hold the handles and feed themselves.
Why do Health Professionals recommend the Doidy Cup?
Doidy Cup has been endorsed by Health Professionals - Doctors, Dentists, Midwives and Health Visitors for almost 70 years. They are recommended by the NCT and are a UNICEF baby friendly product. Health Professionals promote the use of the Doidy Cup to help prevent premature tooth decay, poor feeding techniques, delayed speech development and iron deficient anaemia, amongst other health benefits.
What else should I know about Doidy Cups?
The Doidy Cup has a 200 ml capacity, it is hygienic, sterilizer- safe, dishwasher-proof (top shelf) and freezer-proof, available in different colours! 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. Before using your Doidy Cup please follow the instructions found in pack.