The stacking cups. Where would any parent of a child under two be without a set? Let’s just take a moment to admire their best uses:
- Stacking cups are one of the easily transportable toys. This also makes them perfect for entertaining on a plane, or a train journey
- Stacking cups double up excellently as bath toys. Some of them even have nice holes in the bottoms for impromptu showers
- Stacking cups make excellent snack holders for the baby that likes to wobble around armed with food
- Stacking cups are the de-facto thing that any pretend horse eats out of, or any doll drinks her fairy juice out of. They are the Denby of teddy bear’s picnics
- They provide an excellent personality test. Just how many times can you keep stacking them up to have a shrieking child knock them over and demand a re-build, before you slump on the carpet dreaming of a similarly-sized stack of shot glasses
So, it’s a crowded market. Some might even say its fully stacked with options. But which are the best sets of stacking cups for babies?
Marks and Spencer Stacking Cups Toy – £6.00
I really like this set, they have a soothing colour scheme and the bright white numbers give them a home-made feel
BigJigs Toys Stacking Cubes – £18.99
These aren’t cups and being made of wood, may not be totally bath-time perfect, but they have a different challenge on every side and are so eye-catching
Windmill Stacking Cups – £6.99 (other stockists also available)
Unusual with its patterns and pleasing for its windmill function which really does spin round! Plus, there’s a pony on the top one.
Bruin Stacking Cups from Toys R Us – £4.99
These are bright, cheerful and have animal faces on the bottoms, which imprint into things like sand and play-dough. Reasonably priced too.
IKEA Mula building beakers – £1.50
I love almost everything about this set. It’s compact, provides excellent texture experience, and it’s so cheap. Winner.