Bandette and Gripsterz
I love, love, love this idea and wish I had this product five years ago! The Bandettes fit most child cup (and bottle) sizes, and fit well on our Gerber, Evenflo and First Year’s brand cups that we have at home. The Bandettes have several great features: first, write your child’s name, allergy or other important info right onto the Bandette. If it’s something you want to wipe off, you can, or write the info you want to keep and make it long term by boiling or dishwashing the band with the desired writing left on. This would have been a Godsend at daycare (since several kids had the same style cups), and it would have made it easier for my kids to identify their own cup. It’s still great now for parties or anywhere there are lots of kids (camp, school, activities, etc). Another great feature is that it makes it easier for the littler ones to grip the cup. It’s also made of non-toxic material that meets FDA standards for plastics that come in contact with foods. They remove and clean easily, and it is such a simple, stylish fix to such a daily dilemma!
Okay, first of all, this is not a child leash. If you use a leash, I’m not judging, but I’ve never been able to use one myself. Regardless, this is not a leash. It’s a nice alternative to one. I’ve tried this out on two of my kids with varying levels of success. First, was Jake, a known wanderer and a very curious three and a half year old boy. The first two times, at a grocery store and a pharmacy, Jake held the cute monkey Gripsterz, and when he spotted something that was further than the “vine” allowed him to go, the clever boy would simply drop it and go aft what he wanted. Now, since this isn’t a restraint (aka leash), I was well aware that this could and probably would happen. What I can say is that it did keep him by my side significantly longer than normal, and the next time we went to the store, he asked to use it. I’d call that a success. I also tried it once with my 18 month old daughter, and she held onto it the entire time we were walking around outside. I was impressed, but we’ll have to test it somewhere else too.
Gripsterz kit includes: one irresistible Grippy monkey ring with attaching clip, two vine straps (1 ft & 2 ft) with an attaching clip, an adult handle, a convenient storage bag and a Grippy book for kids. For more info, including a quick video demonstration, visit the Gripsterz page on the Vive Vita website here.