From an early age, we've tried to foster independence in the kitchen with L. She's had access to her own drawer for a while now, has a few dedicated tools for helping us to cook, and recently added a set of super cool Puj Phillup Cups to her collection. And I am sure that her little sister will follow in her footsteps as soon as she can. Because this is a product that we truly love—and the company has some awesome perks to share with you guys including a $200 gift card to their shop and freebies with any orders for the new cups—I'm so excited to partner with Puj Baby to help them launch their newly redesigned Phillup Cups today!
The cups have been a parent and kid favorite since 2015, but they’re now stronger and have a lower everyday price. The 4-pack is launching today on @indiegogo for $25, but you guys can also get a free bonus cup, a choice of activity cards (including yummy toddler smoothie recipes that I developed for them!), and free shipping, so be sure to check it out! AND:
**One of you will WIN a $200 shop credit to puj.com and three of you can win a 4-pack of the cups for your own kids! All the info you need to enter is at the bottom of this post.**
We have two of these cups hanging on the side of our fridge, right where L can reach them. Which means that whenever she says that she's thirsty, I can remind her that she can help herself to a drink with her cup and the little pitcher that we keep on the table filled with water This helps me feel like I don't spend the entirety of my days fetching things for my darling kiddos, and it helps her to feel capable and independent. Win-win!
Here are a few other ways that we try to teach independence in the kitchen:
- She's in charge of getting herself a plate, a napkin, silverware, and whatever else she might need for a particular meal.
- We encourage her to take her plates to the sink after mealtime and to put any dirty linens into the laundry shoot.
- We let her peel her own oranges and bananas after I get them started. We started this when she was about 18 months and I'm always amazed at what those little hands can do!
- We try to give her the chance to cut soft foods like pancakes and omelets by herself with a fork or a toddler knife, and to spread her own toppings on toast.
- She gets to serve herself during family-style meals, with regular reminders that the food is for all of us so we need to share.
Now, having a little one who helps themselves to drinks and is very involved at the dinner table does sometimes result in extra messes—because drinks are inevitably spilled and rice is sometimes dropped all over the table. And there are times that they want to do something on their own and you're crunched for time. But the "I can do it" air that surrounds their attempts usually makes this all worth it in the end.
I don't often tout products like this, but we've been using the cups for a few months now and really love them. (We also use one as a rinse cup in the bathtub and have one by the sink for water. I love that they are fun, yet don't have kid characters on them!) They are bpa- and pvc-free and are made from food-safe (and dishwasher-safe) polypropylene. The silicone hooks are super strong and easy to hang and each cup has a grippy silicone bottom designed to resist tipping and sliding (which, as you know, is very helpful with little ones!).
And now for the fun part!
To enter to win a $200 credit to puj.com or one of three 4-packs of their new cups:
- Comment here with one thing you are looking forward to teaching your child to do on their own by 5 pm CST Friday April 14.
- You can add another chance to win by following me on Instagram and entering over there as well!
I'll announce the random winners that following weekend!
Good luck and learn more about these awesome cups right here.
This post is in partnership with Puj. We've lived with and tested these cups for months and truly love them. There are affiliate links throughout, but the opinions are my own.