Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Mummy Must Have Review | Litecups (including giveaway)

When I was younger I was absolutely terrified of the dark. If I heard any noise at all I convinced myself it was monsters walking down the hallway to come get me. I would lie in bed paralised with fear. I clearly remember one night screaming at dad because there was a monster, who looked like a person dressed up in a dalmation costume of all things, standing in my doorway about to get me. To this day, over twenty years later, that memory is still crystal clear. That's how terrified I was.

When I was setting up the nursery there was never any doubt that I'd be getting a night light. T tried to oppose it for a while saying that having a night light would make her a sissy and scared of the dark. He was never going to win with that argument. Naturally I won common sense prevailed and we got a night light. In fact we ended up with quite a few because I got a couple from people as gifts.

I didn't realise there were so many different options in night lights. We have a butterfly that lights up, but it changes colour so its too distracting at bed time because she wants to watch it. We were also given a hanging bird mobile which lights up with LEDs, but because the nursery ceiling slopes down, it hangs down too low to use in the room so we're saving that for her big girl room. The light we've been using is a gummi bear shaped one with a one hour timer. The only problem with that one is it flattens the batteries within a week even though its only on for an hour a night, which is extremely annoying and expensive (especially considering the light was $40 to begin with). So, given our previous night light fails, when I was given the opportunity to try out some Litecups I was excited.

The Litecup combines a night light and a sippy cup in one. Its a 330ml cylindrical cup with a 360° spout around the top which provides a no spill, mess free drinking option for kids of all ages. It has a colourful lid and the LED night light is incorporated in a separate case in the base of the cup. It's made from plastic so is shatter proof when dropped (or thrown around) and is BPA and latex free.

The litecup was designed by UK industrial designer Gavin Reay. He wanted to create a product that would allow his children to find their drink at night and also not create mess if they knocked it over. He set about creating a drinking valve that would be no spill but still provide the most natural drinking experience possible. This fantastic product born in London is now available here via Litecup Australia.

The litecup is designed for cold, non fizzy drinks so great for water, juice or cordial. We're only using it for water at the moment as thats all bub drinks other than her formula which she still has in bottles. Once shes stopped having bottles we might also give her the formula feeds in the litecup. Its great for transitioning babies from a sippy cup to a normal cup. It teaches them to hold a cup with their hands instead of handles, but theres still the no spill aspect while they're learning so you won't end up with a huge mess everytime they have a drink.


Bub is still using a sippy cup with handles and a spout so I was surprised when I gave her the litecup for the first time that she knew it was a cup and she tried to drink out of it straight away. She's still a little confused by the lack of a spout and keeps touching the lid feeling for one incase she missed it. Despite this she still instinctively knew to suck from the edge. She's able to get the water out herself at ten months old.

She's really attracted to the bright coloured lids on the cups. Shes also shaken them upside down and dropped them when playing with them and they didn't leak. The only time one leaked a bit was when she knocked it off the table and it landed upside down directly on the lid on the tiled floors. It wasn't a huge spill, just a couple of mls that came out the edges from the force of the fall.

Although the litecups can be used as a night light and sippy cup combined, at the moment we're using a separate one for each. This is purely because she doesn't drink water at night and she wouldn't be coordinated enough to pick it up and drink from it in the middle of the night yet. For now I leave one of the litecups on a shelf across from her cot.

The light is barely visible when the bedroom light is on.

The led in the litecup is light sensitive and will turn off in daylight and on at night. You can also turn it on and off manually to save battery power. We turn it on just before she goes to bed and turn it off when we get her up in the morning. The battery is designed to last up to three months, we haven't had it that long yet but its already lasted a lot longer than our old night light batteries did.



With the bedroom light off, but the hallway light on and door still open.


With the light off and bedroom door shut.

The light gives off a nice soft glow in complete darkness. Its not too overpowering that it keeps her awake, but its light enough that she knows where she is if she wakes up. It also lets her find her dummy if she needs it. All of the litecups have a blue LED bulb regardless of the lid colour. The separate bulb and battery unit in the base is impossible to get into without a knife or blunt object to pop it out of the cup and also to open the unit (see Cate's example here) so I'm not worried about her being able to get the battery.

Since we've been using a litecup as her night light she hasn't woken up during the night, except one night that daddy forgot to turn it on. I went in and turned on the light and she quickly went back to sleep. I'm convinced that the soft glow of the litecup reassuring her at night is the reason shes been sleeping better. When we were using the old light on the one hour timer she would wake during the night all the time and cry because it was dark.

The litecup is suitable for children of all ages from babies through to pre teens. It doesn't have to be used exclusively as a sippy cup or night light, it would also be great for car trips, picnics and camping. I can't believe such a versatile product is only $18 (especially considering how expensive my gummi bear night light was). Litecup Australia have also been lovely enough to put together a special giveaway so you all have the chance to win one.


GIVEAWAY

Litecup Australia are offering all Finding Myself Young readers the chance to win your very own litecup in a colour of your choice* For your chance to win simply follow the prompts in the rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be the most creative answer to the blog comment question, as chosen by Litecup Australia.

Giveaway commences at 5:00am 3rd June 2014 and ends 11:59pm 9th June 2014. Full terms and conditions in the widget below.

*Please note the white litecup is no longer available. You can choose from clearly neutral, fluro pink, neon green, red, purple, blue or vivid orange.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Toni xx

*Disclosure - I was gifted a litecup in purple, pink and orange, but was not paid for this review. All opinions are my own based on our experience with the products.

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42 comments:

  1. I love the fact that it is light sensitive

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  2. The Night Light because you can always find your drink at night

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  3. I like the fact it promotes independent and mess free drinking that is fun and colourful and guartanteed to bring lots of smiles

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  4. The spill free (and light) functions are super important to me. Toooooo many times I have found open drink bottles on the bed in the morning. Grr!

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  5. Spill free, nothing worse then them waking cold and wet and having to change sheets in the middle of the night

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  6. I love the light sensitivity feature!

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  7. What's not to love, they are awesome. I to was scared of the dark (still am slightly, my poor daughters got no hope.) I love that they only turn on in dim light to save on batteries. :)

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  8. light sensitive – so you don’t even need to worry about turning it on or off!

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  9. I have always been afraid of the dark also - but I grew out of it!
    These lights would help make the tooth fairy job much easier, wouldn't need a clunky torch!
    Great giveaway! Em - also visiting as part of #teamIBOT

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  10. Now that is a really great idea. My little girl likes to have a night light on her bed head and a cup of water. She would love this!!

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  11. I like that it is easy to clean! Sometimes cups have fiddley bits which are hard to clean.

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  12. I like that it lights up. Mr 4 takes a water bottle to bed and he often comes into my room in the middle of the night because he can't find it. Hopefully the night light function will help with that!

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  13. it's cool that it's light sensitive

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  14. The light sensitivity feature seems like a fab idea

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  15. I agree with most others here, the light sensitivity is awesome!

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  16. Night light! Actually I wish I could have one for myself. I breastfeed my baby at night but don't wanna turn on the light when I drink water. Because sometimes light wakes up my baby. So I use the torch to find my cup. But with this litecup, it's easy for me to find it.

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  17. Love that it's light sensitive!

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  18. I love the nice soft glow - I've purchased a few night lights for my 2yo daughter but they are quite bright and not ideal for night light. This one is a winner!

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  19. I love the sound of the 360 cup edge where you can drink from anywhere on the edge. How can it have a non-spill valve all the way around?! I'm very impressed and intrigued to see how that works. Such a great idea for littlies who may not know how to find the correct spot like on other sippy cups.

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  20. What a fab idea. I love that it is easier to drink from than the standard non spill cups. Have you ever tried drinking from one of those? You almost suck your cheeks off! Great innovation!

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  21. I love the light sensitivity to it - When my little one has her naps in the afternoon I forget to turn the night light on so when she wakes (and the day light savings play a huge part in this), she is in the dark. I'ld love something to do it on it's own.

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  22. I love the non-spill function - it's great for big kids as well as little ones :)

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  23. Genius. What more could you want?!

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  24. What a genius invention. I like the sound of the dual feature of functioning both as a night light AND a cup. We let our toddler have a sippy cup next to his bed in case he wants a drink during the night or first thing when he wakes up in the morning. But we constantly encounter accidents, wet sheets or finding a huge puddle of water on the floor in the morning. The no spill function and LED feature would certainly eliminate all these issues once and for all!

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  25. Without a doubt the effective non spill valve minimising life’s frustrations and clean up time from knocks, drops, tipping and spilling, but I love that it can be used as a Night Light as well

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  26. I love the effective non spill valve. Less clean up post drinking would be great!

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  27. I love the fact that it can be used while camping! Awesome idea!

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  28. the night-light means your child will never lose their cup at night

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  29. light sensitive – so you don’t even need to worry about turning it on or off.

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  30. I love how it has a non spill valve, fantastic no clean ups!

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  31. There are so many awesome things about this cup! Light sensitive, no spill, kiddies can drink from anywhere on the rim, its a night light. What an awesome product!!

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  32. love all the features but to pick one it has to be: effective non spill valve minimizing life’s frustrations and clean up time from knocks, drops, tipping and spilling as my girls are forever spilling their drinks

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  33. I love the 360 degree cup edge making it so easy and fuss-free so little ones can have a quick sip and go straight back to sleep lol. I'm really impressed that it's designed by a parent. This cup is a dream come true for any parent who has spent hundreds of dollars trying to find that one perfect sippy cup that kids can easily use and enjoy using. It would make transitioning from bottle to cup a breeze.

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  34. This will put a whole new meaning to " wet beds" in this house! The only sheets I will have to change are those from actual accidents ... not from drinking /spilling accidents! Fabulous invention!!!

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  35. I love the fact that it is non spill for my little one who always seems to like running with his drink!

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  36. I love the in-built night light so the cup can't be lost. My middle child sleeps on the top bunk and likes to take a drink to bed, but she's a tosser and turner in bed so more often then not her drink bottle is not where she last left in when she awakes in the middle of the night for a drink. This then involves even more tossing and turning and pulling the covers trying to find said drink bottle which in turn wakes her sister up on the bottom bunk. The night light would be just perfect for her to keep track of it.

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  37. The effective non-spill valve less stress and mess for me and my littlies

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  38. 360 cup edge, mess free sips during the night easier with less accidents, fuss and time spent awake looking for the hole to sip out off

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  39. I love the non spill function, it is great for those little accidents kids have with normal cups

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  40. Non spill so 3 year old can have near bed and a rough night means no water everywhere. Also handy because his little sister would want to grab it at any chance.

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  41. The non spill valve and the fact that it is light sensitive, I always seem to forget to turn my daughters things off. So this is perfect.

    I would lo.... My DAUGHTER would LOVE it lol :p

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  42. The non spill valve sounds fantastic for preventing spills and saving time in cleaning up messes which is great for me

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