Anyone who has stayed in hospital will know that you’re provided with a jug of water and in my experience a rather grotty glass, or as I remember from after surgery a plastic cup with a straw in it (which I managed to do a good job of spilling down my hospital gown..). When I was in labour with both the boys, I was really thirsty (partly I suspect due to all the gas and air!) and I remember having a straw held to my lips so I could have a sip of water as to be quite honest anyone who had attempted to hand me the cup to hold would inevitably have ended up wearing it.. It was so awkward, and I wished I’d remembered to take a sports water bottle with me, but seriously where it would have lived in my hospital bag I do not know..I seem to have so many things in there already!
I was researching for my hospital bag for this pregnancy, and I stumbled across ohyo. I say stumbled across, this isn’t quite true as I was looking for them having seen them on Dragon’s Den a few years ago..the Dragons weren’t impressed, but I remember thinking that the squashable bottle would be ideal for me!
ohyo makes bottles which can be squashed down so they fit into your handbag or pocket easily, when you want to use the bottle, you simply lift the spout pull the bottle up, and fill it. They’re easy to hold (just lift the spout to upright and squash down!) and the spout is easy to drink from too (just make sure you put the spout fully up or it may dribble). They’ve been quite a hit with my boys, and have even helped encourage my youngest to start drinking water rather than juice constantly as he likes the shape of the bottle! ohyo have currently got limited edition Transformers bottles available, they come coloured as either Bumblebee (black and yellow) or Optimus Prime (blue and red),
These limited edition transformer bottles, come with special transformers stickers which mean you can personalise your bottle. The negative is that the stickers aren’t dishwasher proof, but the benefit is you’re not left with a bottle which won’t be used as no one likes the character on it anymore!
ohyo’s are available on the high street from M&S and Boots stores and are priced at £5.49 each or you can purchase them directly from ohyo! Now you may argue you could grab a plastic cup for free, BUT a plastic cup ultimately ends up in landfill and with an ohyo you get repeated use and it’s easy to carry water in without spilling it everywhere! (Yes I tried doing the lid up, closing the spout and shaking the bottle..and I was impressed!) Currently the ohyo’s on sale hold 500ml of water, and they’re looking to start making 1000ml bottles to, you could help them achieve this read more on that here.
Do you fancy winning a couple of ohyo’s for yourself? – They’re perfect to pack into your maternity hospital bag (mine are already packed – yes I’ve packed one for Mr G to!). If you fancy winning one, please follow the simple steps on the rafflecopter widget below – good luck!