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      12.07.2013 04:29
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      A family Favourite

      We have been using two of these since our little one was six months old, since the year mark it has really come into its own as it gives our child the chance to drink independently and feel slightly more grown up.

      We have a red and green Tommee Tippee beaker, it comprises of two parts, the body of the cup and the lid, they are easy to pull apart with a decent tug. The cup looks nice enough, it is around 8cm tall and made of clear coloured plastic, on one side the Tommee Tippee logo stands alone in small white letters, which isn't too distracting, while on the other side are measurements to ensure you know how much milk or formula you are putting into the beaker.

      The beaker holds 190ml of liquid which is more than enough milk for most toddlers, we use milk and simply pour 180ml into the cup, microwave for 30 seconds to warm it and then place the lid on.

      To avoid liquid leaking at the point when the pressure of the lid pushes down on the cup, your should raise the small nozzle used for your toddler to drink ensuring there is an air gap. This occasionally shoots a small amount of liquid into the air, so be careful with warm liquids.

      Once the lid is on the cup you can lower the drinking nozzle again until ready for your little one to drink. We generally allow our little one to hold the cup and drink as there are two small handles either side of the cup. As the nozzle releases liquid quite quickly we like to be on hand to ensure our little terror doesn't simply turn the cup upside down and redecorate the carpet (which has happened). In this sense it doesn't provide the reassurance of some toddler cups. But it has been something we've used for a reasonable period of time, from feeding them ourselves to letting them take the lead.

      The cup is small and easy to carry in a nappy bag or in your push chair, it isn't the most high tech piece of kit on the market, but does a good job. It is worth ensuring the nozzle is down or keeping the cup out of reach if your toddler is curious and able to raise and lower the nozzle, otherwise I can't find any faults with this cup. It is easy to wash up after taking the two parts apart and is microwaveable too.

      We got our cups in Asda for £4.99, they are currently available on Amazon in a variety of colours for £4.75.

      Overall dispute the occasional spurt of milk in the face and spilling of milk on the floor, I like this cup and have nothing particularly bad to say about it, I don't feel as confident leaving my toddler with it as I do some of the other cups we own which don't have any holes for liquid to leak through, but this is the only cup we use at bedtime and our little one really enjoys the independence of being able to hold the milk and drink it themselves.

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      29.04.2013 22:14
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      Easy To Use Beaker!

      My daughter Molly is nearly 15 months and has been drinking from a beaker since she was about six months old. She still has her bedtime milk in a bottle but her juice and water that she drinks during the day is given to her in a Tommee Tippee beaker.

      To be honest, the only reason we picked this beaker was because they were on a special offer in Tesco's at the time that we decided to get Molly a beaker. We bought two of the beakers for £1.50 which I thought was a more than reasonable price for a brand name.

      The beakers come in a variety of colours including blue, pink, green and yellow. We decided to pick a pink one for Molly as she doesn't actually have too many pink items as I try to make a point of not getting everything in pink just because she is a girl!

      The beaker itself has a handle either side which means that it is very easy for baby to grip. Molly often just holds it with one hand now that she has mastered drinking with a beaker. The nozzle to the beaker is obviously somewhat different to the teat of a bottle and Molly did take a while to get used to using the beaker. The flow of liquid does come out much quicker and your child does not need to suck as it is a free flowing beaker but like I said, Molly soon adapted her drinking method to the beaker. The nozzle of the beaker has three small holes that your child sucks on to release the liquid inside. The nozzle can be lifted up and down which is great for when you are popping the beaker in a bag as you can just snap the nozzle down and the liquid is contained within the beaker. The only downside to this is that it allows food to get caught up in the mechanism of the nozzle and it can be quite difficult to clean. Molly is an incredibly messy eater and quite often her beaker gets covered in lunch / dinner and can be a pain to clean up!

      Overall I would certainly recommend the Tommee Tippee 1st beaker. I think they offer excellent value for money, especially if you manage to buy them when they are on a special offer like we did. I like the fact that they come in different colours too. They are easy for your child to hold due to them having two handles and I also really like the lift up / push down action of the nozzle. One downside to the nozzle is that because it is free flowing, if you have a child that likes to fling their beaker around their heads during mealtimes (like Molly does!) then their juice / water can end up going everywhere. Lastly, another great feature of these beakers is that they are microwave safe dishwasher safe and sterilizer safe.

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      29.04.2013 20:19
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      Tommee tippee first beaker

      I don't know why but we always seem to misplace our baby cups. We either go to a friends house and leave it there or leave it in a restaurant and so my poor little baby boy has had to drink out of his sisters pink cup for the last few days now, that was until we bought him his own blue Tommee Tippee beaker!! I have been using Tommee Tippee cups and products ever since my children were born as I think they are very well made, well thought out and good quality products.

      When my children first starting drinking water and juice I had them drinking from the Tommee Tippee cups that had the handles on the side as these were really easy for them to grip hold of and drink out of but now they have got a little bit older I have moved them onto the beaker. I could always get them a bigger cup and a more grown up cup but they really seem to like them and I like them too so I can't see the point in changing for now. With this beaker it is just round the whole way around so my little boy can grab onto it easily with his hands and holds it perfectly. It's easy for him to carry about too as its not too large. The cup holds 200ml which is a nice amount of drink for a little one. I do have to refill them quite a bit but it keeps the juice or water inside nice and fresh and not stale as it can be in some bigger cups which have sat all day.

      Now, my little boy is 18 months old now and he is perfectly capable of drinking from a lid free baby cup but there are certain times when I still need him to drink out of a cup with a lid. For example when we are in the car this Tommee Tippee beaker is perfect as it has a fold down spout that does not leak when it is put down so its perfect if he drops it in the car. I also like to use these cups when they are having a night time drink in the lounge as they are all sleepy but the juice does not go all over my couch!

      The fold down spout really is quite leakproof when folded down although my son is definitely old enough to pull it up and down himself. He probably was doing this from about the age of 1 so its a great cup for them to be able to figure out on their own. The spout is free flowing which I much prefer than a cup with a valve as I think these are so difficult to drink from as you really have to suck to get any juice out and it seems like a lot of effort for a little mouth!

      The cup is easy to fill although the lid is rather tight and you need to make sure that the spout is up before you open or close this cup as the lid will never come off with the suction of the spout being down. YOu do need to make sure you close it properly too as you think you have the lid on all the way and then you realise its not fully on so you do need to give it a hard snap.

      The cup is microwave safe, dishwasher safe and steriliser safe. I was mine in the dishwasher every night and they haven't bent out of shape or shrunk or anything like that. They are made from BPA-free material so they are safe for your little ones and only cost a pound or two which is great value.

      I like them and will continue to use them and my little boy just likes the fact that he now has his own blue cup!

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      08.04.2013 15:36
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      A good sippy cup

      These sippy cups are designed for children 4 months plus. At this age babies need to start to be introduced to water and learning how to drink from a cup. This is a good age to begin to teach them what to do with one of these cups.

      * What is it?
      It is a plastic beaker with a lid on and a spout for a baby to drink from. The spout is only simple so it will pour straight out of it there isn't a valve or anything so this will help your baby to learn how to drink. It has a handle of each side to help them hold it and a lid on to stop spillages.

      * Varieties.
      You can buy these in different colours. We have a pink and blue one. I think you can buy them with pictures on too but they are all a standard size and shape.

      * Opinion.
      This is a really good starter cup. At first our baby had a lot of coughing fits and would spill it down him and get very wet but gradually he learnt how to drink from it. Through trial and error he worked out what to do and now he is an expert! He can hold it himself using the handles and has no problems with sipping it out of the spout. The cup has little measures marked on the side so you can see how much you are putting in these are useful. We just clean these in the general washing up but be very careful about cleaning the spout if there has been milk in it to make sure it's cleaned properly. Sometimes the lid is a bit more difficult to clean but using a washing up scrubber usually manages to clean it okay. The spout folds down so it stops it from leaking but it still drips a little bit sometimes. We think these are very good cups. There is lots of choice when you look at baby cups but I can't see why you would choose a fancy looking thing over this really as it works really well.

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        20.02.2013 12:40
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        A perfect 1st cup for your baby at a very reasonable price.

        When Oscar was first on solids, he enjoyed drinking water with his meals, but I used to just give it to him in his normal milk bottle. He struggled to hold it so I decided to buy him a training cup. I had read lots of reviews on this Tommee Tippee one, and when I saw it in Boots for £1.85, I thought it was a bargain so got it.

        At first, the lid is incredibly stiff to get on and off, which is good because babies and toddlers (as you probably know!) are very prone to throwing things! I also picked up a pack of 2 training cups from a pound shop for when out and about, and not only did the lids come off on the first throw, both also cracked by about the third throw! Oscar still uses his Tommee Tippee beaker now, over a year later and after being thrown countless times, it is still in the same condition as when I bought it.

        It holds 190ml of water/juice etc, but you do need to be careful if filling it up completely as it can shoot out the spout when you press the lid down. I can still faintly see a juice mark on my ceiling from filling it up too much around 6 months ago! I would recommend only filling to about 160ml to avoid this issue.

        The other issue I have with it is cleaning it. The 2 tiny holes in the spout are quite difficult to clean right through. I noticed one time when filling it up that the holes were quite discoloured on the inside. I soaked it overnight in very hot soapy water, and the majority of it rinsed out the following morning.

        It is great for popping in your bag if you are going out for the day, as the spout presses down to avoid leaks.

        Its 2 handled design means it's very easy for a young baby to feed themselves their water/juice. It comes in several different colours - blue, green, yellow, pink, red, purple, orange.

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        11.07.2012 14:57
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        Cheap & cheerful baby drinking cup from a brand you can rely on

        For those who have read my reviews may remember that I have 2 daughters, one is 3 and the other is 5 months old. I used these Tommee Tippee beakers with my first and have carried on with daughter number 2.

        -- Introduction and Description --

        These are a very popular style of drinking cup from Tommee Tippee. In fact they are so popular it has been annoying at toddler groups as a lot of the kids had the same cups and they kept getting muddled up. (This gave me a kick up the bum to label our stuff!). They are made from see-through plastic, with two handles to enable easy drinking. The lid is made from plastic as well with a fold down spout. On the side of the cup is liquid level indicators and it shows if you put juice in, how much you should dilute it. There are different colours available for these, we own a pink one and a lime green one. They are dishwasher safe too. The spout is free flowing so if the spout is left up with the cup tipped up - the liquid will freely flow as I have found out a few times!

        -- Price and Availability --

        This is a very cheap drinking cup and is widely available in most shops which stock baby equipment. At the moment these cost £1.48 in Asda.

        -- My Thoughts --

        These are great beakers and are just as I remember them a couple of years on. They wash well in the dishwasher, and are hardwearing. The three year old now wants to 'be a baby' and use them, which is fine until you find she has left it on the sofa with the spout up with blackcurrant squash spilling out onto the cream fabric sofa! (I am a very mean mummy and have now made a couple of new rules - drinks and snacks to be consumed in the kitchen!).

        Also, as the beaker is so cheap it is worth buying a couple as I usually leave them somewhere.

        Thanks for reading.

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        31.05.2012 22:01
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        A cheap first beaker that is certainly worth a try

        - Why I Bought -
        While I was pregnant last year I went a little crazy in Sainsbury's when there was an offer on baby feeding equipment and came away with a variety of items I wouldn't need for a good few months. One of my purchases was the Tommee Tippee First Beaker.

        - The Beaker -
        The beaker is very simple in design with only two parts. The cup itself is made from transparent light green plastic (also available in pink or blue). It has two handles for the baby to grab onto. The lid is also made from light green plastic but it isn't transparent. The spout is made from the same hard plastic so it is quite different to a bottle teat. This particular beaker has a free flow design rather than a valve. The spout can easily be pulled up allowing baby to drink or pushed down which stops any liquid getting out. The lid is easy to put onto the cup and remove again as the lid is not perfectly round so there is a ledge of plastic to pull up. Once the lid is on it is well secured. Of course it could be used without a lid for when baby learns to drink from a cup. Over all it looks simple but attractive and the range of colours are nicely suited to boys and girls.

        - Drinking from the beaker -
        I first gave the beaker to my son when he was four months old as this was the recommended age to use it from. I knew I would be weaning him onto baby food soon so I wanted him to get used to drinking water from a beaker. He instantly liked the cup and wanted to hold it all the time! He quite quickly got used to holding onto the handles and they were easy for his little hands to grip onto. The cup is light so it is reasonably easy for a baby to lift up, although this took my son a while to get the hang of. The free flow spout makes it easy for my son to drink out of but unfortunately it also makes it easy for him to soak himself! I don't mind this if we are at home but in a restaurant or at someone else's house this can be irritating. This is made worse by the fact that my son really enjoys shaking the beaker and throwing it on the floor! But overall he does get on well with the cup as has found it much easier to drink from compared to some of the valve beakers.

        - A parent's view -
        There are quite a few things I like about this beaker. Firstly it is transparent so it is easy to see how much liquid is left in it. It also has measurements up the cup so you can keep track of how much the baby has drunk (it holds just under 200 ml). I really like that I can put the beaker into the changing bag to take out with us and it won't leak. When the spout is down it is very good at stopping liquid coming out and as I have already mentioned the lid stays nicely secured to the cup. I also like that it is easy for me to take the lid on and off and to move the spout up and down but my son can't do this himself. I find the beaker very easy to clean, especially compared to the valve beakers, and it has survived the microwave steriliser too.

        - Price and Availability -
        I have seen these in most of the supermarkets as well as Boots and Wilkinson's. Prices seem to vary from between £1-2. I think it is worth this price. It does seem to be cheaper than many other beakers available.

        - Would I Recommend? -
        I would recommend this beaker as generally I have been pleased with it. It is easy for my son to hold and drink from which is the most important thing. It is also easy to clean, assemble, take apart and it doesn't leak in my bag. The only downside is that the free flow spout makes it easy for the liquid to freely flow all over my son! At under £2 I think it is certainly worth a try.

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          14.05.2012 22:04
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          A great first cup if your baby gets on with it, very messy if they don't.

          I started weaning my twins at 5 months so at just before this I went shopping for the bits and pieces I thought I would need. When it came to looking at beakers I just went with these Tommee Tippee 1st cups as my sister had used them with her kids. Both of them had drank from them with no problem so I didn't think I needed to look any further, sadly I was wrong!

          The Packaging
          It comes with minimal packaging which allows you to see the majority of the cup. It tells you that the cup is suitable from 4 months+ and is 100% BPA free. I always check that items are BPA free before buying as not all are.

          The First Cup
          It comes in 2 parts
          -The cup
          This part has handles on either side which join top and bottom with the cup. My little ones found it easy to hold onto and lift. I also really like that it has ml measurement marks on it as not many beakers have these and I found it useful to see how much had (or in my experience hadn't been drunk)
          -The lid
          This just pushes onto the beaker but you need to remember to keep the spout folded down or water shoots out of it. I found it much harder to remove the lid than other beakers I've used since as it's a really tight fit. It often ended up with the water going everywhere that I took to only removing it in the washing up bowl to avoid more mess.
          The free flowing spout folds flat into the lid of the cup for travel. I thought having a free flowing spout would make it easier for the babies to learn to drink (they were over 5 months when I introduced the cup) but both would tip it up to drink and end up drenched. I got so fed up of having to change them everytime I offered them their cups that after a few weeks I tried a valve beaker instead.

          Cleaning
          As this cup doesn't have the lots of parts like the valve beakers do it is really easy to clean. It can go in your steriliser too.

          Colours
          When I was looking the only colours available were pink, green and blue. As I wanted different colours for my girls it would be nice if there were 2 'girl' colours available.

          Price and availability
          These first cups are currently on offer at Tesco for £1.50 normal price £1.79 which I think is a good price and not too much to have wasted if your baby doesn't get on with it. I bought mine it Boots but they are readily available from Tesco, Amazon and many other baby product stockists.

          Would I recommend?
          They are definitely worth a try as a first cup so I would recommend it.

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          08.02.2012 16:51
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          The cup to buy if your baby refuses a bottle

          My baby daughter refused to take a bottle so as soon as she was old enough I was desperate to start her on drinking out of a cup in order that I could give her her milk in this way when out and about.

          On browsing the internet I saw that most cups seemed to be geared towards babies aged six months and over to work in tandem with weaning, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the Tommee Tippee First Cup four months plus in Tesco. At just £1 I thought it was certainly worth trying on my daughter who just happened to have turned four months at the time.

          At first, I put some water in it and put it to her mouth. She seemes bemused at what I was trying to do to her but it did not produce a negative reaction like a bottle. In this way she slowly started to take a few sips of water but no more.

          It was a long, slow process to get her to drink any quantity of liquid from it and when I eventually started putting milk in the cup she would only drink about 50ml so it only served as a top-up to her usual feeds. With perserverance however, she got to the point where I was able to feed her a reasonable amount of milk from this cup while out and about.

          I did temporarily experiment with an open top cup to see if she would drink a greater quantity of milk from that and while she seemed to enjoy drinking out of this more, a large proportion of the milk would be spilt.

          With the Tommee Tippee First Cup there is a lot less spillage in the early days and none at all as they get better at drinking from it.

          The cups come in a variety of colours. We currently have a pink cup for milk and a yellow cup for water but the plastic is clear enough to see how much milk is left inside. It has two handles to allow your baby to learn to hold it and a lid which snaps on and off. At first these lids can be quite stiff to remove but they do loosen up.

          The cup is easy to clean as the spout is free flow so does not have any valves to keep clean. The free flow mechanism also makes it an ideal transitional cup for a breast fed baby who is not used to sucking on a plastic teat.

          There is a measuring guide on the side of the cup in milliletres to allow you to see how much milk you are putting in and the spout folds down so you can hand the cup to your baby to practise using it without them tipping the milk out. It is not a cup a baby can be left alone with with the spout up as it would make a real mess if they shake or drop it.

          My only real criticism of the cup is it is not big enough to hold a bottle's worth of milk so it can require refilling. Otherwise it is a godsend of a cup and the one I would recommend to any mother whose baby refuses to take a bottle.

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          19.08.2011 22:42
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          A basic cup for a reasonable price!

          I had tried a few beakers when I started weaning my daughter a few months ago with little success. I decided just to try a simple straightforward cup. I saw this in Asda for just £1.95 it came in several colours including red, pink, blue and green.

          The beaker is a straightforward design, it is made of a sturdy brightly coloured plastic with matching handles and a lid. There are also markers in ml's and oz's on the side so you can see how much your child has drunk. The spout lifts up and folds away from travel. The cup is suitable for all forms of steralisation.

          When I first used this beaker with my daughter she had to be supervised, as soon as the cup is turned upside down it does leak. She was able to hold the cup herself although the handles weren't as well designed for little hands, I think they should have some rubber on them. The spout of the cup has two little holes through which the liquid comes out, no effort is required from your baby the liquid simply comes out as soon as the cup is tilted. My daughter had no problem using this, the liquid seems to come out at a steady flow so she doesn't end up spitting a lot out of coughing because it is flowing too fast.

          The cup washes really well and even after being steralised several times it is still as bright as ever.

          I have bought this cup in a few colours now as it is ideal to start off with, unfortunately it is not great on the go as even when the spout is folded down liquid still tends to collect there and leak.

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          09.10.2010 16:35
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          An ok first cup for baby

          I Brought these cups for £1.59 at Lloyds pharmacy. After Connor was having his jags we were advised as he was 4 months we should be weaning him off bottles and on to beakers cups. We tried a few non spill cups but he found it really difficult to get anything out of them so we decided to try a free flow cup to see if he would take to them easier.

          You can get them in various colours we have blue, green and a pink one.
          Although they are coloured they are still slightly transparent so you can see how much liquid is in them. They are suitable for 4 months+ and cost between £1 -£3.
          It is round like a normal cup but has two thin handles on either side for baby to hold on to. The lid clips on to the top of the cup and on the lid it has a flip up spout for the child to drink from which can be put back down so its easy to carry with you.
          There is a level on the back of the cup which is designed to show you how far to fill with juice so you use the correct dilution amount for small children. I did find this handy as i found I had been putting a little too much in for baby.

          The reason I love these cups is that they are petite and small so even small children can hold the themselves when they have liquid in. Also the handles of either side of the cup are perfect for there little hands to get a good grip. They are designed not to leak to a certain extent but not so much that the child can not get anything at all away from the beaker.
          This brings me to my one problem they do leak sometimes a few times when I have took them out on a hot day and filled there cups I have realised something leaking in my bag and it is these cups. Also if baby drops the cup the lid can come off completely with the force of hitting the floor. However this is acceptable seems as its not designed to be completely leak free like some of the non spill beakers.

          I will continue using thee cups and this will now be my third child that will put them to the test. They are very easy to clean and can be used in my steriliser which is very handy.He is currently being weaned on to them now at 4 months although he does nee a little help from mummy:-) The one thing I will say is these are not good for travelling as described but are perfect for at home where a few leaks will not be minded.

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            03.09.2010 18:31
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            Great product to help your little one to get used to cups

            When my boy was just under 6 months, I went to a talk about how to look after little one's teeth. The talk was aimed at scaring new mums witless about the perils of squash and how important it was that babies learnt to drink from a beaker as soon as possible.

            Now I must admit that I drifted off in part of the talk, but I did remember afterwards that it was recommended that this type of beaker should be used rather than the non-spill variety. Now I really wish I could remember why the non-spill ones were so bad, but I can remember the specifics, but think it was something to do with teaching a child to drink rather than suck.

            So anyway, ever obedient, if not observant, I stocked up on these little beakers - they come in a variety of brightly coloured shades, and I paid just 50p each for mine at my local community children's centre shop. I have seen them in supermarkets though for a couple of quid.

            The beakers are made of a strong and sturdy plastic, and have survived very tough handling from my boy - ie being dropped on a stone floor multiple times a day and nothing seems to crack them. They have a lift off lid for easy filling and two handles of just the right size for little fingers either side of the beaker.

            The key feature is of course the lift up lid for drinking which can be snapped down again to take the drink out and about with no spills or leaks. Our cups are continually upside down in my handbag, and we haven't had a spill yet so pretty reliable.

            The first beaker has just two holes in the lid for the drink to come out, but as your little ones progress they can move up to three holes so they can get more liquid out at a time. The final stage is a clear plastic lid with a large hole cut out and when they can master that it is grown up cups all the way.

            I must say my boy took to these cups really easily. I started just by offering him a small amount of water in his beaker at mealtimes, then eventually when he was weaned to cows milk at 1 he went straight to having it from a beaker without having to worry about using bottles at all.

            All in all these are great beakers - yes a bit of water does come out if knocked over, but then you would expect that. The only other negative is that there is a bid of fading of the plastic after prolonged use and dishwashing, but I can live with that. Good value and long lasting - what more could you ask?

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            11.08.2010 08:49
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            A great little cup

            You wouldn't have thought it would require much thought but then you'd be surpised. It seems to be that if a product is made for babies, the market is so competititive that there will be twenty different options available. This is all very confusing for my small brain and in the past I have been completely baffled by no-spill valves, insulation, handles, spouts and lids. They are not cheap either, I was horrified that you can pay up to £5 for a childs plastic beaker.

            When my little girl got to about 5 months, I wanted to start offering her water. As breastfed her, I didn't want to use a bottle to I looked for a simple beaker that she could drink from.

            When I was trying to search for the best option in my local supermarket, this Tommee Tippee 1st Beaker was the one that appealed. I believe I paid about £1.49 for this little cup a couple of years ago but I had a quick look on the internet and I struggle to find a current price. It may be due to the nature of the market that this little cup has been pushed out to make way for something else but I'm sure that you if you keep your eyes peeled you will spot it in pharmacys and small independant shops.

            The cup is small and has large handles on each side. It has a plastic lid that fits on firmly so liquid does not escape. The lid has a fold down spout in the centre and when lifted this allows the liquid to flow free out of the spout. There are no valves which can make it really tricky to drink. I have tried some of them and I struggled to drink through them so a new bubba would have no chance.

            This cup is basically back to basics, no gimmicks or trick... it just is what it is. It's sturdy and simple and for me it was the perfect option. My little one managed to drink from this pretty much straight away and it remained with us until we lost it. This is unusual as most cups I have used since, I have ended up throwing away as they have started leaking or have cracked.

            I think that this little cup is fab value for money and I will be searching for one for my latest arrival.

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              10.08.2010 09:33
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              my number one beaker

              Every time we make a new purchase for our little ones the task begins again. Which one do we buy there are just so many different products out there to choose from that do similar jobs. Your little ones first beaker is no exception to this. There are short ones, fat ones, free flow, valves and the list goes on and on.

              So when I chose the tommee tippee 1st beaker I couldn't be happier with my choice. It is a free flow beaker which all health visitors go on about. It is made from plastic and the plastic teat folds down to stop any leaks when it's in your bag. They wash very well and I have had one for two years now although my eldest rarely uses one now as he is 2 ½ years old. You can sterilize these beakers but I have to say I have never done this so don't know how they fair.

              The beaker is about 7cm tall and is round and fat. It has a handle on either side perfect for little hands to hold. Both my sons have started with these beakers at about 6 months old and although they found it a little difficult to start with they soon got the hang of it. With my first son I did try at 4 months but the free flow was just too much for him although it does say it is suitable from 4 months. The teat has two holes in and the flow is probably about medium. Up until my son was 2 he used this beaker as his main drinking beaker and had no problems. He found moving onto an open cup from his beaker easy and we had very few spills.

              The beaker comes in a range of colours for my two sons we have a red one, blue and green. The beaker is slightly see through which is great you can keep an eye on the amount in it. On one side is the 'Tommee Tippee' logo and on the other is a useful measurement guide in milliliters. It holds 190ml which is about 7oz. So it isn't a bad size. It is handy if you want to know for dilution purposes. We use ours just for juice or water. I have never used them for milk we have a healthy eating cow cup for that.

              This type of beaker will not be for everyone. Yes it is free flow so if you leave your little one to it they will experiment and pour their juice on the floor! They do get bored of it after a while though. When the beaker is turned right upside down the flow is a lot slower then when just tipped which does help in these situations! The lid does fit very well it has a good seal, there is no leaks.

              It is available in most large food stores, chemists, boots and baby stores. The price ranges but is about £2 in most places. You can spend quite a bit on fancy beakers but I find this one does the job just as good.

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                06.03.2010 21:33
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                Overall great cup

                This is the cup that I see most children seem to have, I always wanted my son to use this as its one of the cheapest on the market (around £1.50 a cup from memory) to be honest. when we started out weaning I gave him some water in one of these cups and he didnt really take much, he got water everywhere and it wasnt really going well, so off to Tescos I went to try a different cup, this time I got a non spill one, the Tommee Tippee Explorer cup I thought the rubber top might feel slightly more like a bottle to help him, he also didnt like that, so I got an Ameadus Cow Cup, again we had the same problems, so cup after cup and we are now back to the trusy Tommee Tippee first cup, he is still very messy with his water at times at 8 months but he has got so much better, and I now realise those first few attempts were really down to the fact he didnt know what water was. now he is used to water he will attempt from many cups but I much prefer the tommee tippee.

                I am now trying to get milk taken from a beaker so I am using this, its great at its transparent and has level markings so you can see what your child has drunk easily, although the cup isnt big enough for him to take his full bottle so I do have to refill if he takes it from there.

                The sippy part of the beaker lifts up and down for travel which is great, and actually very leak proof, I was concerned it would leak everywhere but I havent had this problem at all.

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