360° Junior Anywayup beaker | Review & giveaway (CLOSED)

J didn’t start using a beaker properly until he was around 18 months old – at three years old he has only just started using a cup regularly. Now, N wants to be exactly like his big brother and was always stealing his beaker so we got him his own, though he did take a while to get the hang of it but he pretty much always has one now. Now J uses a cup, of course N wants to be the same. That’s where the 360° Junior beaker from Anywayup comes in handy.

At only 14 months old I wasn’t sure whether N would take to it, but after some demonstration from his brother he has the hang of it. The unique point of this beaker is the circular valve system which allows the child to drink from any point around the beaker, just like with a normal cup, but with the lip on this one they can’t spill it.

The tapered shape of the beaker makes it really easy for N to hold even with his little hands. It looks heavy but it is quite light really. It is supposed to be non spill but we have found that this one does leak a little; but that is from N banging it on the floor by copying his brother! Used normally though it is absolutely fine, and it does come with a handy lid for even more protection especially when out & about. There are three parts to the lid and it comes apart easily for thorough cleaning.

Another thing I do like about this beaker is that with the lid off it can be used as an actual cup for when they have mastered it completely, or for older siblings like J. I love the bright colours it comes in too. A very worthwhile investment for toddlers who are wanting to use a cup but can’t quite get the hang of it.

The 360° Junior beaker retails at £5.95 and can be purchased from the Anywayup website.

Our rating – 4.5/5

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We were sent this beaker free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & our own.


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Little man N at 1 year 2 months old

My baby boy is fast growing up. It feels even more so because most of the things he’s doing now, are before the age at which J did them so it’s all a bit quick for me compared to last time! He just wants to be like his big brother really, but his antics are going to be the death of me one day – I’ve lost count of how many times already my heart has nearly jumped out of my mouth!

Since his last update he still hasn’t been weighed, I think I’ll go and get him weighed before his next update as I’m just intrigued to see how he’s doing. I can tell he’s leveling out though as the sleeves on some of his tops are a bit looser than they were with his mega chunky arms as I can actually roll them up now! He’s still on one bottle of milk a day though, and I’m not sure when we will try to introduce a beaker at bed time instead, though he does drink from a beaker during the day time (we gave him one much earlier than we did with J as he kept stealing his – he still does in fact, and vice versa!).

I mentioned last time that he had started walking. His confidence has built up really quickly and now he walks practically everywhere (though he’s still a bit wary of grass!). He loves to walk down the path to the car and he’s so proud of himself when he does. Since his new found freedom he is into everything – inside boxes, standing on boxes to reach things or get onto things, and he’s finally mastered climbing the sofa – oh joy! He loves climbing as you can see in my last Project 365 update, and because of this he’s acquired too many bruises and scratches to count in the last few weeks!

He is such a little monkey and had an obsession with opening the kitchen drawers until we finally put locks in them. J was never really bothered so we never needed them before! Now he can’t get in the drawers, he has a new found obsession with shoes – he takes them everywhere and I’m always having to sort the shoe rack out!

He’s finally acquired a new tooth so now he has eight gnashers, though the latest one took absolutely ages to come through, poor little guy. He’s now started the biting phase (as well as a smacking one!) and it flaming hurts, damn those sharp teeth. He has started giving such adorable kisses though, also using his teeth.. He opens his mouth wide and leans in for one and then gently nips your puckered lips – I really need to get a video!

Current favourites
Food – Grapes
Drink – Water
Toys – Wooden tool set
Books – Train!
New words
Ta
Yeah

Little man N at 1 year 1 month old

I am rather late with posting this update – over three weeks in fact – but better late than never, hey?! (I’m sure I’ve said that before…). So it seems N is on that precipice between baby and toddler, which I have named the boddler stage (well actually Sarah at Let Them Be Small suggested the term over on Twitter, and I’ve stolen it, I think it’s great!). He is becoming so much like his brother and I’m not sure who I have to watch more nowadays, N or J! He’s definitely developing his own mega cheeky little personality that I think will be with him for life.

He still hasn’t been weighed since his ten month check, but I must really get around to doing it soon. I’m not at all worried about his weight as I think he’s leveling out now he’s on the move a lot more, I’m just curious as to how much he weighs now – I think it’s almost as much as his brother though, by the feel of him! He is still on one bottle in the evening before bed time and he definitely knows when it’s milk time as he sounds like he’s having a panic attack until he gets it! He had his one year vaccinations and was such a brave boy, he only gave a little whimper on the third one. They didn’t affect him as much as they did with J when he came out in a huge rash with his MMR reaction, though he was a bit under the weather with cold-like symptoms and just wanted lots of snuggles. He’s also had first proper bout of sickness on & off over a week or so – I’m not sure if it was jab related or just a bug or something, but it wasn’t pleasant changing his sheets…

He is turning into such a cheeky monkey and is into absolutely everything, so much more than his brother was (and he was bad enough!). He likes to empty the toy boxes all over the floor and then use them as an alternative walker and slide them up & down the hallway – it amuses him so much and he does it for ages! He is also obsessed with taking J’s potty apart – luckily with nothing in it! He really doesn’t like naps and is almost on the verge of giving them up at around the same age J did. It is practically impossible trying to get him down for a nap, but then he is so tired he falls asleep whilst eating his lunch! I have no end of photos of (literal) lunch time nap photos.

Look at those eyelashes!

He is yet to develop any new words, though we’ve had slight inklings of words forming, such as ‘ta’ and ‘nana’ – it’s not clear at the minute so I’m not sure whether it’s just something he’s rambling or an actual word. Though he’s been advanced in other areas compared to J, I think he may be a bit more delayed with his speech as J tends to talk for him. He is certainly noisy though so he definitely has a voice!

I mentioned in his last update that he was dying to walk. He finally built up his confidence and took his first steps, at just under 13 months old! He is very on & off with it and very stumbly still but I’m sure his confidence will grow further and he’ll be off at super speed in no time. We were very excited and also took him to get his first pair of shoes; it seems we have another bigfoot in the family with a size 4H.

We did get an official first shoes photo but I can’t be bothered to dig it out!

Current favourites
Food – Bananas
Drink – Milk
Toys – J’s potty!
Books – Anything J has!


Inside the boys’ Easter basket

Last year was the first year that we were a family of four. N was only a few weeks old but I made an Easter basket – well actually a papier mache chicken – for J, so I thought I would carry on the tradition and do another one this year. I have left it rather late though so the boys have one between them as I don’t think N will really be interested – I’m not sure how well that will go in theory though! The basket is a bit overflowing though as I had to use the one I received at Christmas as part of a hamper, as the chicken from last year got a bit destroyed and by the time we found it, it was too late to go out and get another basket (and we won’t have time today) – though all of this definitely wouldn’t have fit in the chicken anyway – I will be more organised next year!

In the basket this year we have:

 

  • an Easter colouring book (which will most likely just get scribbled in!)
  • “Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit” DVD
  • “Rabbit’s Nap” lift the flap board book
  • ‘make your own’ bunny glasses
  • rabbit, sheep, and chick finger puppets
  • mini Smarties chicks
  • large chocolate lollipops
  • small Peppa Pig chocolate lollipops
  • chick and rabbit marshmallows inside refillable eggs
  • large rabbit bubble wand (actually recycled from last year!)

 

 

 

I think the boys will love the contents. We haven’t bought them any eggs as they will get plenty from family so this is our Easter gift to them.
You can see our other Easter plans here
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Little man N at 1 year old!

I can’t quite believe the time for this particular update has finally come around – it feels like only a couple of months ago that I wrote his first one! So as it is, my little baby boy is now one year old, and veering away from being a baby and turning into a cheeky little toddler instead. Both my boys have cheeky personalities, but I think N is even more so than J!

He hasn’t been weighed since his ten month check which I mentioned in his last update so I have no idea how much he weighs now – he is a proper chunk though and you can really feel his weight when holding him! I’m not worried though – if I was then I would have had him weighed by now – he never stops eating but on the other side of that, he’s always on the move so it balances out and I’m sure he will get a bit thinner and leveled out like his brother once he starts walking. He is now down to only one bottle a day, but it’s 7-8oz he has now as it fills him up a bit more for bed time. We moved him on to whole cow’s milk just before his first birthday too so no more formula buying. His favourite food at the minute is still bananas – though he will gobble down practically anything and has taken to snatching food when we hand it to him!

He is certainly growing cheekier by the day. He loves to torment his brother too, as I mentioned in his last update he has started to ‘get his own back’ on J – he is getting braver every day and I feel like a referee most days! I forgot how often the word no is used at this age! When we say no to him we shake our head at the same time, he thinks it’s funny and shakes his head too with a smile on his face, cheeky monkey! He’s into everything at the minute and won’t keep out of the kitchen cupboards so we have finally gotten around to fixing clip locks into them as he prefers the food cupboard and emptying containers onto the floor…

We don’t have any new words yet though I think it won’t be long until they really start coming out as he loves to copy easy noises. He knows what he wants though and has other ways of telling us! He has no more teeth but I think there are one or two on the way (his brother also has his final two coming so I have two teething children at the minute!).

Not long after I posted his 11 month update, he finally stood by himself – he didn’t realise it though and so it was kind of hit & miss for a while though he’s getting more & more confident by the day. He’s dying to walk too but he just won’t let go of our hands or the furniture; a couple of times though he has tried to get something quickly and taken half a step before realising and plonking himself down!

I know he is leaning against the sofa here, but he did actually stand before this!

We have one milestone card left now, and that’s the one that says today I walked for the first time – maybe we’ll have that one to show you on his next update!