Product Type: Tommee Tippee kids equipment
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Tommee Tippee Easiflow Cup
Member Name: loopy-lou33
Tommee Tippee Easiflow Cup
Advantages: Looks great.
Disadvantages: Easily chewed. Not easy to clean.
Tommee Tippee Easiflow is a name that covers a range of different training cups based on different stages of a child's development. The particular product that I am reviewing is the cup pictured above, which is labelled as suitable for children nine months and over.
When it came to training cups, I was always a fan of the "non spill" variety, as I found that toddlers very rarely leave cups upright after taking a few sips, and this can lead to very soggy carpets. I have used a wide variety of different training cups over the years, and one of my favourites was the anywayup cup. However, the Tommee Tippee Easiflow caught my eye for several reasons. Firstly, the cup was made by a well known and trusted British brand. Secondly, it cost less that £3. Thirdly, I liked the style of the cup, which looked quite "space age", as well as the fact that it was non spill.
The easiflow cup is really big for a training cup, a whopping 350ml capacity. The cup is made of transparent blue plastic, which is a really appealing bright colour. A drawback with this cup is that it has no handles, unlike the 6 month version. The only form of grip on the cup is slightly rubberised panels on the sides of the cup, but when the cup is filled to the top with liquid, it can be very heavy for a child, and easily dropped. A nice design festure is the soft spout, which a child needs to apply gentle pressure on to get the liquid to flow. This type of spout claims to be better for dental development that hard plastic spouts, and I do tend to agree.
Another interesting design feature is the little "UFO" style plastic dome which flips over the spout to make it safer for travelling. This prevents the spout from getting dirty and is added protection aginst spills. This makes it ideal for carrying in a bag on days out.
Despite all of it's good features, my Easiflow cup didn't last very long. My son chewed on the soft plastic spout until I deemed it unsafe for use, although you can buy replacement spouts. He also managed to chew away some of the rubberised coating on the side of the cup. Not great if any gets swallowed. I did not find the spout particularly easy to keep clean, and this is a common drawback with non spill cups. And talking about "non spill"...it certainly did not prove to be leak proof!
In the end, I threw the lid away and we use the main cup part as a regular beaker. It works just fine in this capacity, and is a lot more use to us now than when it was a baby cup. I did not bother buying any replacement lids or spouts, because in the end, I did not find the design of the cup very practical, despite the fact that it looked nice.
Summary: Looks good. Shame about the performance.