Little Litecup & Litecup Review – Non-Spill Beaker & Night Light
Litecup is a bright invention! It’s a children’s beaker that has an integrated night light that turns on automatically when the room is dark. This is great if you have a little one who likes a drink in the night as it means you can keep it on your child’s bedside table and they’ll be able to find it when they need it, meaning mum and dad might get a little bit of extra sleep… The light makes a soothing night light too.
These cups are non-spill and have a 360-degree drinking edge that you sip from. It’s free flow after you start to drink with a small suck, then it automatically seals when your lips leave the cup. The non-spill aspect is great as it means you don’t need to worry about your child knocking the drink over or spilling it everywhere.
Litecups are spill-proof, not leak-proof and some drops of water can escape if you have a child who likes to shake cups and turn them upside down.
This kind of cup rim supports the transition from a bottle or beaker to a cup which is important for long term oral health. There are no straws or spouts which can be used for comfort sucking that over time is bad for your teeth.
The cup itself is sturdy and robust and a good size for small hands. The Litecup holds 330ml of liquid and is recommended from 12 months and Little Litecup holds 220ml and is recommended from 6 months. I think the capacity is the only difference. You can use the cups for any non-fizzy cold drinks.
You activate the light by turning a dial at the bottom with a coin or a button for example. Then it’s ready to turn itself on once it’s in a dark environment. Once it’s light again, it will go off automatically, so you never need to worry about turning it on or off again. If you want to save battery life, you can of course turn it off when needed.
The night light battery and LED bulb are encased in a plastic unit called “litepack” that clicks into the base of the cup. You can buy replacement litepacks when needed.
Litecups are really easy to clean and the whole top comes apart into the main ring, the middle and the valve for easy washing. All the parts of the top can go in the dishwasher but the base should be washed by hand and I wouldn’t put it in water — just wash it on the inside and rinse to avoid getting water on the bottom near the litepack.
With most non-spill valve cups, you have to suck harder than from a bottle. The Litecup has a softer approach and only needs a small suck. I tried it myself and it’s not too hard at all but unfortunately both my little ones, aged 3.5 years and 13 months, struggled to get any water out. It’s not a fault in the design at all — as I said, I could do it — but just my little ones not being used to these kinds of valves. My eldest currently uses a wide straw bottle or an open mug so this is very different for her and my youngest drinks out or free-flowing sippy cups or non-spill soft-spout ones, so again very different.
They got impatient when they couldn’t do it but I’m sure they could learn soon — especially my eldest.
My little ones do not have drinks at night at the moment but I know many kids do and this is a really clever invention for those kids if they are used to 360-degree non-spill type cups or other beakers that you use a small sucking action for.
Litecups and Little Litecups are available in a gorgeous range of colours and cost £9.99 and £8.99. You can buy them from Hippychick.com.
We were sent these products for this review. As always, all my reviews are 100% honest and all thoughts and opinions are my own.