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I love Hello Kitty so when I came across this I was tempted to get one for myself. Begrudgingly, I bought it for my friend's 6 year old daughter instead.
Hello Kitty products can be found everywhere these days but I came across this in a discounter store (B&M) for around 3 quid. I think it's a reasonable price for a branded item and kids things these days with characters on can be quite pricey anyway. It's designed with a white flexy straw with a cap on the end and claims to be for children 3 yrs and upwards.
I love the design of this as it's cute and colourful, and looks reasonably good in terms of it lasting. I know it's been washed numerous times now and has suffered a lot of knocking about, but it's still looking pretty good without any fading. It is a little on the tacky side, but then again it is made of plastic!
The girl in question seemed to really like the cup and had no problems using the straw. The lid goes on ok and clips down, but I wouldn't say it's overly reliable. I don't think, for instance, a 3 year old having their little mitts on this would be a great idea as it could quite easily come off in their hands or if dropped on the floor.
It's probably not going to last for years and it's not intended to, but it will definitely bring a smile to a Hello Kitty lover's face.
Because my daughter "persuaded me" to purchase a Hello Kitty plate and bowl when we spotted them in Home Bargains, I decided that she had to have the matching tumbler too.
The main colour theme of the cup is pink, which would catch any little girls eye, but the fact that to the front of the cup is a huge full length picture of Kitty just makes it even more appealing. I would class this more as a tumbler than a cup, the main body of the tumbler is a see through pink and it is topped with a bright pink lid which has a white adjustable, corrugated straw running through the middle. The end of the straw has a pink cap on which is easy to remove from the end of the straw (but still stays attached so as not to get lost). The cap will help if the tumbler gets accidentally knocked over and will prevent any immediate spillages, it wont however help if the tumbler gets knocked over and left. For that reason, I would only really use the tumbler in and around the house and would not take out on picnics etc.
I brought mine from Home Bargains and it cost me just a couple of pound which I think is excellent, especially when I look at similar versions on the market which are priced at £5 upwards. Having looked online, this is not available to purchase but I did notice they were still available in store last week when I went in.
The tumbler is not dishwasher safe, and because of the design of the straw, I do like to wash as soon as we have finished using to ensure none of the liquid dries inside the groves, because of these groves, I would never put anything such as tea or milk in the cup (I have made that mistake before with milk). My other half has put in the dishwasher a couple of times (he assumes everything can go in the dishwasher) and I must say, we haven't experienced any problems. The tumbler measures around 20cm high and 7cm in diameter so it can hold a considerable amount of fluid, I like that the main body of the tumbler is see-through as this allows me to easily see how much water Lauren has left or how much she has drunk (which I monitor quite a lot, especially on hot days).
It is worth nothing though that due to the materials used, the cup isn't suitable for microwaves either.
The cup is really light which is ideal for younger children, I also find it quite durable too, we have those cupboards that seem to explode when you open the cupboard door and several times I have gone to get this from the cupboard and it has fallen onto my tiled kitchen floor.
Overall, I really like this cup, it is ideal for when we go out in the garden and because of the excellent price, I would give 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
Hello Kitty is a Japanese brand owned by Sanrio. At 36 years old, Hello Kitty (or to give her full name: Kitty White), has a graced everything from a commercial passenger jet to a "personal massage device".
Pushing that thought from my mind so I am able to live my life, Hello Kitty also graces the design of this drinking device, the Hello Kitty Cup and Straw. Very exciting stuff.
The Hello Kitty Cup and straw is in two parts: a transparent pink cup and an opaque red lid, with an affixed white segmented straw. The straw also has a red cap on the end that is secured to it. It is available from Home Bargains from the price of £3. On the Home Bargains website, it is currently sold out. Our cup has a design featuring Kitty surrounded by red and white bows; an alternate design pictured here has Kitty sitting down and looking inquisitively out, along with a pink lid and pink cap. Also available are a matching plate and bowl, which we own.
My dad bought this for my 18 month old niece, but the Home Bargains website recommends it for 3 years + due to small parts. I have a four year old niece who also uses this.
First of all, the lid is a double edged sword, being both easy to take off and put on again (it's ridiculous how difficult child-proof seals are! I'm 19!). I do not feel secure giving this to my 18 month old, as if she drops it the contents will open and splash everywhere; she is also a curious baby and would peel the lid off anyway so I never leave her or my 4 year old cousin unsupervised. There is a 'lip' to on the lid to aid getting my nails underneath, a nice touch.
The straw is the bendy kind, kind of segmented or ribbed is how I would describe it. It is nice and sturdy; I don't think it can be bitten off or chewed and that's a great touch. I am slightly concerned about milk or fruit juice settling in the depressions inside the straw and festering... but then again, I would never leave the straw unwashed and I would not recommend anyone to do that either. The straw is wide enough that it is easy to get water inside, as well as to suck, I imagine, though I haven't tried it myself personally. Some people will think it's quite young to give this to a toddler, but my 18 month old niece has been sucking from the breast since she was born and has no problems with straws. The straw is bendable, which serves absolutely no purpose, but it is sort of fun, I suppose. The straw is attached to the lid so there's no risk of it getting lost; this also minimises waste by not poking a new straw in the lid every time the cup is used and throwing used ones away.
The little red cap at the end of the straw is supposed to minimise spilling in a bag or picnic basket. I can see where the designer is coming from, however, the red cap gets in the way of drinking. I have to hold it back so my 18 month old niece can drink; the 4 year old has no problem. I can also see the cap getting grubby, as I can foresee thinking to wash the straw but not the lid, which catches droplets of whatever is in the cup.
The cup holds around 350 mls (a rough estimate), and I wouldn't recommend milk as I can see it going sour in the straw, as mentioned above. It is not recommended to use this cup in a microwave, a dishwasher or a steriliser. It washes best in warm soapy water. The cup is easy to dry by hand, as well, having not many nooks or crevices.
Finally, I cannot find any information on Home Bargain's site about BPA used in this product. BPA is a chemical in plastics that can cause damage in foetuses, infants and children. After looking around Sanrio's website, it seems all of the cups I have looked at are BPA free, but there is no mention of this in Sanrio's policies or in their FAQ. I think it is likely this cup is BPA free, but the fact I am not 100% certain is both disturbing and disappointing.
I feel this cup was a good buy, despite worries over BPA. While my 18 month old shows interest only in Kitty, not so much in holding the cup or drinking from it, my 4 year old cousin likes it. The available matching products suggest this could be a picnic set, or a first meal-time set. It is incredibly bright, and though I am usually against segregating children's products by gender, I do think it will appeal to mostly girls. Who cares if your son or nephew likes it, though? It's just a cup. Just a cup is a pretty good summary - unlike many 'first cups', it lacks smart features (such as leak-proofing). But for older children at the right stage of development, 'just a cup', with a fun design of their liking, is all they need.
My niece's score (18 months): 3 stars
My cousin's score (4 years): 5 stars
My score (19 years): 3 stars
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