The product is made in the UK and received a prestigious double gold award at the British Invention Show in 2012. The Sucup comes in two different models - the Teeny-Weany for babies 4+ months just starting on solids, and the Toddler for babies 10+ months which is designed for lumpier foods and purees. (Obviously I ordered the Toddler version for Annalyn since she's 19 months and been eating table food for awhile now.) The cost from the US was $16.37 and I received it within a week!
After ordering the product, I actually received a personal email from the inventor thanking me for my order and asking for my feedback. Wow, talk about amazing customer service! They even waived my postage charge since I was their first overseas order (though I'd imagine there will be more coming soon!).
At first look, the Sucup may seem a little intimidating because of all the parts, but it comes with great directions and is super easy to put together and use. Here's my step by step directions on how to assemble the product:
The next order of business was to fill the cup. I decided to use one of Annalyn's favorite breakfasts so she'd be sure to eat it - oatmeal with applesauce and cinnamon. One of the biggest advantages over traditional pouches for me is that the food can be prepared directly in the cup - add the baby oatmeal, a little water, cinnamon, and applesauce; stir to combine and it's ready to feed - no extra dishes required!
The wide mouth makes it much easier to fill, too. Now for the real test - Peanut's opinion:
And the verdict is.....
We love it! I'm pretty sure we will be ordering more of these guys! Here's my pro/con list so far for the Sucup:
Pros: (obviously a much bigger list!)
- easy to fill and can prepare some foods directly in cup
- easy to clean, top rack dishwasher safe
- spill-resistant, non-messy feeding method
- no waste, no squeezing
- great customer service, personal attention
- fast shipping
- 150 ml (5 oz) same or bigger than other pouches we've tried
- large mouth straw allows for lumpier purees and foods
- baby can eat without help
- Peanut-approved! She did great with it!
- can be capped for travel or fridge storage
- cup design fits in cup holders in strollers/car seats
Cons: We've only been using it a few days, but here are a few issues I can foresee)
- a lot of pieces, can be intimidating and have to worry about losing parts
- pricier than pouch type feeders (but will probably hold up better)
- not available in stores in the US yet
So far, this one's a winner, friends! Give it a shot, you won't be sorry.