Product Type: Tommee Tippee kids equipment
Newest Review: ... not like you will be throwing them away often so it is definitely worth the money. Each cup has a design on it such as jungle, ladybird, fo... more
In all honesty? Not impressed.
Tommee Tippee Easiflow Insulated Cup
Member Name: pinkprincess24
Tommee Tippee Easiflow Insulated Cup
Advantages: easy to use, child can open it themselves, no leaks
Disadvantages: tricky to clean
Tommee Tippee is one of my favourite and most trusted brands. For that reason, whenever my daughter needs cups, plates or whatever - Tommee Tippee is the first brand I look for.
My daughter was really good at weaning from her bottles (also Tommee Tippee). In fact, she literally came off them with no fuss at all, and straight on to her first Tommee Tippee sippy cup. From an early age she has been able to use straws with no problem, so we knew she would be fine with any straw-based cup as so many of the next stage cups are.
We came across the Tommee Tippee Easiflow Insulated Cup in Mothercare, the age range was 12 months+ and we felt confident our daughter would be able to use it easily. We purchased the pink version, but the beaker is also available in purple, green or blue. It cost £3.99, but the prices in Mothercare are much higher than other places. I have seen the same beakers in supermarkets for approx £2.50, sometimes even £2 when on offer (like Asda's Baby Events). To be honest either price is fantastic compared to the prices of other baby beakers, and its not like you will be throwing them away often so it is definitely worth the money. Each cup has a design on it such as jungle, ladybird, football etc which makes it look colourful and interesting which appeals to children.
The beakers are BPA free, but they are not microwave or dishwasher safe due to the insulation capability. This suited me fine as I had to wash the straw bit by hand anyway, and my daughter was not having formula anymore - but if you wanted to put warm baby milk in there, it might be a bit annoying having to heat it in another cup first and then transfer it. (You can wash it on the top rack of the dishwasher, but the cup bit only). Suitable for all types of sterilisation.
The cup holds 12 floz, which I found was just the right amount for my daughter's juice. The beaker is designed to keep drinks cooler and fresher for longer, and is narrow enough for little hands to get a good grip on it. The beaker has 2 layers, and the inner layer also depicts a picture (ie. jungle scene) adding to the overall appearance of the beaker.
The lid simply screws on, and it is interchangable with other tommee tippee beakers such as the 'active straw' or 'active sippy'. I find this really handy, as when my daughter progressed to the active sipper cup, it meant I only had to buy a couple of them as the lids would also fit on her old 'easiflow' beakers.
The liquid is drank via a straw - the child sucks the straw and chews it, which opens a small hole in the straw that lets the liquid out. In my opinion it would be much simpler and easier for the liquid to come out via simply sucking the straw, as it might be confusing to the child if he/she then tries to drink from a normal straw, as chewing it would actually stop liquid coming through. Nevertheless, my daughter grasped the concept almost immediately and had no problems getting the liquid out. The beaker can be drank from any angle, which is good for toddlers who aren't used to drinking 'properly'. There is a lid that slides over the straw to keep it clean which is great for when we go to toddler groups etc.
The straw is designed to direct liquid away from the front teeth which I think is a brilliant thing to do as we all know that sugar is not good for teeth. My daughter has sugar free drinks but even the acid in the juice can cause tooth erosion, so if this can be avoided with a beaker like this, brilliant! She was also able to open and close the lid herself which I think is great as it means she doesn't have to stop playing etc. to get me to open it for her, and she can then be a bit more independent. She loved the fact she could drink as and when she wanted without asking me or her daddy to help her!
My daughter had this cup for about six months, and in that time there was absolutely no damage to the beaker despite it being thrown, dropped, bitten etc. When we moved onto the active sipper, I kept the beakers and threw the lids, so they really have been a good investment! In all the time we used it we had absolutely no leaks either, so it is ideal for putting in a nappy bag.
The only real downside is that cleaning the straw is not very easy, and if it was milk in the straw then I can see it becoming a bit unhygienic. We never put milk in the beaker so I can't say for sure how difficult it would be, but getting to the straw and cleaning it can be quite fiddly.
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Summary: a great cup!
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