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.
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.
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*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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