18 March 2011

Favorite Baby Items: Doidy Cup

Bay has been exclusively breastfed except for the few times I have left her [for appointments or dinner with S]. My mom has watched her 4 times so far and the first 3 times, I reluctantly left her with breastmilk and a bottle. Two of those times, I had to go and nurse her more than once because she wanted nothing to do with the bottle. Even the slow-flow nipple was too fast for her so she would get too much milk and choke.
I had never been a big fan of using a bottle with her since she wouldn't be using it frequently enough to really get the hang of it and I didn't want her to have to transition from a bottle to a cup at a later age. When I looked up cup-feeding, though, not much came up so I wasn't sure what to do about it. One day, I did a YouTube search for "cup feeding infant" or something along those lines and came across videos of very young babies being fed with Doidy cups.
Doidy I bought for a friend in the Cerise color
The only place I could find that sold them in the US was Amazon [order here] so I didn't hesitate to order one. I practiced using it with Bay one night and was amazed at how immediately she took to it, she knew exactly what to do. Apparently, babies use the same motion when drinking from the cup as they do when breastfeeding so there's not much of a learning curve and you don't have to worry about nipple confusion, trying out different bottles, etc.
Bay's Lilac Doidy
Here's the description from their website:
The DOIDY Cup is designed and made in the U.K., to teach your child to drink from a rim. 
Starting with a small amount of liquid in the DOIDY Cup, your child will soon become adept at drinking from a rim therefore avoiding the problems bottles or sippy cups may cause.
The unique slant of the cup enables children to drink easily as they can see the contents without thrusting their heads forward and downwards. They also learn to put the cups down properly.
Children as young as 3+ months old (also can be used from birth with mom's help) find the two handled cup easy to hold and drink from because:
  • The contents are visible to them
  • Due to the sloping design there is no forward or downward movement of the head
  • They do not have to tip the cup up to check the contents
  • They learn to put the cup down correctly
 I definitely recommend this cup to anyone looking for a cheap, BPA-free bottle alternative, someone whose baby isn't a fan of bottles, or even for older babies as a replacement for a sippy cup. 
For less than $10, it's definitely worth a try.

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