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      03.10.2012 22:28
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      overall good drinking cup

      Firstly this sippy cup was recommended to me by a friend who was really please with it and the fact that after few months of using, it was not leaking. I must admit purchasing this sippy cup was an impulse buy as well a while ago whilst browsing in Boots. I didn't need yet another sippy cup for my daughter who is not fussy with the drinking cups and will drink from anything I give her. But I like to have variety of cups for my daughter (I think I have obsession now) and with the initial recommendation from my friend I was intrigued and so into my basket it went. My daughter often leaves the cup on the floor or the sofa I normally look for the spill free cup (few I had before actually started to spill eventually) and I had high hopes for this one as it promised absolutely no spills. Explora Active Sipper cup is made by Tommee Tippee. It is definatelly brand I do trust and have had a number of products from Tommee Tippee which proved to be of very good quality.

      Out of the three available colour I chose pink/purple one for me daughter. This sippy cup is on rather large size compared to other few sippy cups I have at home. It doesn't have a liquid measuring chart on it but it 300ml of fluid (around 10oz) which is pretty average for sippy cup in my opinion.

      The cup is insulated and it is quite clear by looking at is as it looks like a cup within the cup. The outer cup is transparent and has ridges on it; I assume its purpose is to help your toddler to hold it. Mine cup has some cute birds and flower on it but I have seen different designs as well. The inner part is clearly visible and has pale pink circles on it. The design of it is actually quite cute in my opinion. Cup has screw on lid with protruding spout for toddler to drink from.

      My daughter has had this sippy cup for quite a few months now. Cup is recommended for babies 12 months. I got mine when my daughter turner 12 months and she had no problems drinking from it and took on it very well. I can safely say that so far this cup has impressed me, it has not leaked at all even though I has been used a lot and bashed around quite a bit. Because it is little bit bigger, I tend to use other smaller cups I have for when I go out as it takes less spaces in my bag and its less heavy.

      Cup is very easy to clean, I use bottle brush and warm soapy water to give it a clean and leave it to dry. Cup is BPA free.

      I have purchased mine from Boots and I think I paid around £4 for it. I have seen active sipper in some supermarkets too and also widely available on line in three different colours and some has different designs too. Price may wary depending where you buy it from but normally around £4 mark.

      Overall I do like active sipper cup, I am happy with it as it doesn't leak and it is easy to clean but most importantly my daughter likes it too and I would be happy to recommend it to anyone.

      I will give it 4 out of 5 starts due to its big size which i find sometimes a bit inconvenient.

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      17.08.2012 09:45
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      It's not our favourite cup

      Since my daughter started drinking water, we've been through all of the baby/toddler friendly beakers under the sun. I'm quite picky and want my daughter to have a cup that doesn't spill as it is often left on the floor, on the sofa, anywhere... unless my daughter actually listens to me when I tell her to put it on the table. I often have the beakers in my handbag when we go out too so non spill is essential. One of the first toddler cups we tried was this Tommee Tippee active sipper from their Explora range.

      The cups are widely available in places that sell baby related items, I've spotted them recently in Asda and Boots to name a couple of stores. The going rate for one of these is usually between £3.50 - £4, though I've seen them as part of a two for £5 offer in Asda in the past. There are available in three different colours, pink, green and blue, each one has a cute little design on the front. We had the pink version.

      The design on the sippy cup is quite nice, it has a stick up spout that has a nice quite subtle in the way in which it pops out from the lid of the cup. It's a nice size so that 12 month olds can fit it in their mouths with ease. For this reason I believe the 12 month age recommendation is about right, however my daughter tried this cup a little before her first birthday and could drink from it without any problems.

      The cups hold 300ml of liquid, this is good and bad. It's good because children do get thirsty and it saves going back and forth making drinks, but my daughter found it particularly difficult to lift up if I filled it right up whilst she was young. The last time we used this cup was a couple of months ago and it wasn't as difficult. For 12 months old I would definitely recommend only filling it up half way.

      The leak test proved quite successful at the start of the cups life. Tipping it upside down and jiggling it around didn't cause any water to drip out. The cup has a valve system inside the lid which stops liquid dripping out, this is comprised of two separate pieces (one hard plastic, one soft). The cup doesn't stay leak proof for long, after a few weeks it starts to leak where the lid screws onto the cup, it doesn't matter whather you have put the lid on correctly, it will leak anyway.

      Each time the cup is washed up each piece of the valve has to be separated then washed up and once dry put back together and into the lid. This is easy to do and it all slots back into place nicely. Most of Tommee Tippee cups have a valve but this is the only cup I've come across that has started to go mouldy. I have no idea how it happened as I washed the cup up just like I do any other and have had more of these cups since then and not experienced it but there appeared to be a tiny bit of mould starting to grow in one of the corners of the valves, it's safe to say that one went straight into the bin!

      This isn't my favourite toddler cup by a long mile but it is one I occasionally purchase if my favourite isn't available to buy with my shopping. The mould issue with the valve on one of the cups I've had did put me off for a while but I haven't come across the problem again and it does leak after a while so it isn't the greatest toddler cup but it is bearable by both me and my daughter, she can drink with it without any problems.

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        21.06.2012 11:36
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        A good cup with little leakage

        Finding toddler cups which do not leak is like climbing mount everest! I had the same problem with my eldest child that I am now having with my younger daughter and it seems no matter which cups we buy they leak.


        These cups were recently on offer at 2 for £5 so I bought this one and one of the active sporty cups from the range, the offer is a really good saving as the cups are about £3.69 each. The cup comes in three different colours, pink, blue and green and having a little girl I selected the pink cup.


        The cup is pink on the base and has a picture on of some trees, flowers and birds and is see through, inside you can see the main part which holds the fluid and this is covered in little circles and then the top which screws on the sup is a purple colour with a lilac area where your child drinks from. The top has a raised part which is where the hole is for the fluid to come out and it sits nicely in your childs mouth and makes it easy to drink from.


        The cup comes with a simple plastic cover on the top which is pretty easy to remove as you just need to pull the tab out at the back, the plastic informs you that this cup is insulated, is guarenteed easy drinking, states it is truly spill proof and is suitable for 12 months and up. When you open the cup there is a little booklet inside which tells you about the range of Tommee Tippee cups and shows you how the valve works and how to clean it.


        My daughter is 20 months old and this is the second one of these cups she has had, she finds the cup easy to drink from and it generally doesn't leak however once the value becomes loose in it's fitting under the lid it does begin to leak. The last one of these cups we had lasted about 2 months before it started to leak and about 3 months before the leak got too bad that it needed replacing which is why I have bought another of these cups as I think this is about the best I have found. The cups value is pretty easy to take apart and put together however with it being small and having so many grooves it is hard to clean properly however I have a very small bottle brush which I got the a Dr Brown bottle and it works perfectly for getting it clean.


        I would recommend this cup and my daughter loves her cup too, the colours are bright, the pictures are cute and for a cup which will last a couple of months the price isn't bad either.

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          11.06.2012 13:36
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          Nice cup from Tommee Tippee

          As I have said before, I have always been a loyal Tommee Tippee advocate and so progressing on from the first sip cup I bought my daughter these Tommee Tippee explora cups. I wanted a cup that was going to prevent spillages, was easy to use and of course was BPA free and so of better quality. 

          *** Advantages ***

          As an ideal feature, this cup has a sipper spout that helps to develop children's open cup drinking action and is just like a grown up cup. It has a valve inside which is perfect for preventing spillages! I can hold this cup upside down and not a drop will leak from the spout! A blessing for me who has a clumsy 2 year old who also likes to throw her cup around!

          Another good thing about these cups are that they are insulated so keep the drinks cooler for longer! I have definitely noticed that on a hot day, giving her quite cold juice in this cup when we are out and about it doesn't get warm in the heat and so is a lot more refreshing for my daughter to drink :)

          This cup can hold a lot more than other cups I tried with my daughter as it is 300ml capacity.  This is ideal as like myself, she drinks quite a bit sometimes so it means I don't have to keep refilling it constantly as it holds a larger amount! 

          *** Disadvantages ***

          I have noticed it will leak from the sides extremely easily if the lid is not screwed on properly! (and sometimes even when it is on properly!) My daughter likes to have water throughout the night, so I normally leave this cup with water beside her bed and if she falls asleep with the cup lying down on the bed, I often find in the morning a damp patch on the bedsheets where she has left the cup lying on the side. This is pretty annoying as these cups aren't cheap and I'd expect them to be perfect! 

          Another downside is cleaning. It's good to give it a good thorough clean, and inside the cup there is a valve which is comprised of 2 parts; a plastic part and a soft, clear side which both need separating when washing. Getting in the little corners of the valve seems to be tricky for myself! I use a regular kitchen sponge to clean this with and so have to use my baby finger to try scrub in the crevices! In addition, I let everything dry out on the draining board and as the valve pieces are quite small I often seem to lose the pieces! Involving  me hunting around to try and find the 2 pieces when I want to put it back together to give my daughter her water for bedtime! 

          All in all my daughter has had about 6 or 7 of these cups as they somehow keep going missing! Between our house, nursery, grans house and nan & grandads these cups kept vanishing from our cupboards so I've consistently bought more. They come in 3 colours and regardless of her being a girl Shes got 2 of each colour! I bought mine for around £2.99 in boots but prices may vary. I'm yet to find a cup that is 100% leak and spill proof, but in terms of doing the job this one is the best I've got :)

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          04.04.2012 14:33
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          Not the item to purchase if you are looking for a cup to keep milk warm

          Nothing makes me more nervous than purchasing a new cup for my daughter. To date there is only one cup she will drink out of happily and that is the Tommee Tippee First Cup - and even that took a lot of hard work.

          What I was really looking for as I browsed the shelves of Tesco was a Thermos flask style piece of kit so I would take her warmed milk out and about with us in something other than a bottle in an insulated bottle bag. Firstly, my daughter has always refused to drink from a bottle so it is a little at odds to be carrying her milk around in one and also my daughter is one now so I felt it time to move on and find something a little more toddler-like for her milk.

          I felt instantly defeated by the shelves filled with sports-style bottles as I had no doubt my daughter would struggle with the technique required to drink liquid out of these. As already stated, she has never taken to a bottle which requires the same kind of sucking action. Even cups with valves have proved difficult for her.

          So I moved on from these and then I spied the Tommee Tippee Explora Active Sipper for children aged 12 months and over. Unlike the others is has a little lip from which a child can sip and a valve which can be taken out - which would be ideal for my daughter.

          The cup also clearly stated it was insulated which was just what I was after. It look like it would do a good job at this as it was made up of a clear external beaker decorated very prettily in flowers and birds, then there was a space inside which created a vacuum just like in a Thermos flask, before coming to a smaller purple-coloured beaker right inside into which you pour the liquid. The lid screws on and off and is also purple in colour but this particular cup does come in a variety of other colours and designs, some of which are more suitable for boys.

          This cup appeared to be the ideal cup. I could store the warm milk inside and keep it warm whilst on the go and there was a good chance my daughter could drink straight out of it, if I removed the valve, saving on taking an extra cup out with us.

          The Result
          My daughter loved the design of the cup. It immediately caught her eye and she picked it up - she did this quite easily despite the cup having a rather large circumference - and began examining the pictures on it in delight.

          I decided to try out the insulating ability of this cup before going out and about with it, so warmed up my daughter's mid-morning milk around two hours ahead of schedule before tipping it into the cup and leaving it to stand on the dining table until it was time to drink it. The test was - would it still be warm.

          Two hours later I poured the milk into my daughter's usual cup and it was tepid. The cup hadn't kept it warm at all. A great disappointment.

          I didn't want this cup to be a waste of money so I decided to put some water into it and offer my daughter a drink, with the valve in place and then without. As I suspected, with the valve my daughter couldn't get the water our. Without the valve, and even with me holding it, the water came out far too fast from the considerably large hole in the lip of the lid and spilled down her front.

          I had one other use for this cup that I could think of. I decided to put some water in it and, valve in place, take it out in the nappy bag as a water flask. No water escaped from the cup whilst we were out even though admittedly I had made sure it was wedged in the bag in an upright position. Nevertheless it was the best use I could get out if it. My search for a child's Thermos flask continues.

          Conclusion
          If you, like me, are looking for a container to take warmed milk out and about in, do not purchase this insulated cup because it is not insulated. However, if you are looking for a pretty cup and your toddler is good at drinking out of cups with valves this is a very good cup to buy.
          If like me your child is a little more fastidious about the container she drinks out of again give this cup a wide berth.

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          19.01.2012 12:39

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          Buy it!

          Like many parents I have spent a fortune on different cups and beakers trying to find a good one!
          And this is the best!! It says 24 months+ but my daughter used it from about 18 months with no problems at all, I wish I'd found it sooner!

          My daughter likes to have a drink at hand for whenever she wants it rather than keep having to ask and I needed a non-spill beaker as I have cream carpet! I have bought so many 'non-spill' beakers in the past that either leak everywhere or the valves are so strong my daughter was unable to get anything out of it which led to her getting upset and frustrated. This beaker is so easy to use, it's non-spill but you don't have to suck hard you just put your mouth to it and the drink comes out! No idea how it works but it's fantastic and does not leak!

          This beaker is very easy to clean and you can re-assemble the non-spill valve in a matter of seconds. There is a small piece of plastic and a rubber valve which fit together then push into the lid and it's done. Then just fill the beaker and screw on the lid and it's ready to use. So much easier and quicker than other non-spill beakers I've tried. The lid easily screws on and off for an adult but not so easy a toddler could remove it.

          The beaker is narrower around the middle so it is easier to grip for small hands and my daughter has no trouble holding it with one hand.

          This beaker is designed to help your child move from spouts to normal cups so the mouth piece is shaped like the lip of a cup. My daughter can now easily drink from a normal cup but I still use this about the house to prevent spillages.

          I bought my daughter the pink version but it also comes in green or blue which would be perfect for boys or if you have more than one child.

          Overall I would recommend this beaker of all I've tried (and that's a lot) this is the best

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          31.10.2011 13:56
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          the best so far!

          When we decided my daughter was ready to move up from the Easiflow beakers she had been using, we wanted something that was close to a normal cup. At home, she was really good at drinking from normal plastic beakers, but we needed something we could take with us when we were out and about, especially in the car.

          We came across the Tommee Tippee Explora Active Sipper in Mothercare for £4.99. This is quite expensive for a beaker, but as they do last a while, we bought two anyway. They come in pink (which we bought) blue or green. Since then I have seen them in supermarkets and Toys R Us for around £3.50 which is much better. The blue and green beakers have stars and planets on, and the pink ones have rainbows and clouds. They are all colourful, bright and appealing to children. The age range is 24 months+ but my daughter happily used it around 18 months perfectly.

          Like the Easifllow, they have an inner layer which keeps drinks cooler and fresher for longer. The beakers are made of plastic and are quite wide, but easy for little hands to get a good grip on. BPA free, dishwasher safe (all parts), and suitable for all types of sterilisation. I especially liked the fact that all parts are dishwasher safe, as a lot of my daughter's previous beakers were either completely not dishwasher safe or only had some dishwasher safe parts which was a bit of a nuisance.

          I already had 2 Easiflow beakers, and the lids of the Active Sipper are interchangable so they fit these too which is brilliant as it meant I could still use the old beakers and therefore not have to buy new ones! The cup holds 300ml which isn't much but it's enough as I regularly change her drinks anyway.

          The lid is a soft rubbery material with a spout that has a small hole in - this is where the child drinks from. Unlike other beakers, this means the child cannot just tip the beaker, the child needs to actually suck in order to extract liquid. The beaker has a rubber seal which prevents leaks, and if dropped the cup does not leak. However if you shake it hard enough you can get quite a few drops out, but it's not something that is easy to do! My daughter has often dropped, thrown etc. the beaker with no damage to it at all.

          If thrown hard enough (for example when I have dropped it by accident from a height, like the kitchen surface) the beaker's lid can slightly loosen and then it will leak and require the lid to be removed and then screwed back on. This has happened a few times to me. However when my daughter has thrown it this has not happened, so it is quite rare.

          The cup is easy to clean unlike the straw-based versions she used to have! You simply take the lid off, remove the white plastic valve cover and silicone valve, put them all in the dishwasher or clean with normal soapy water. To put back together, you insert the silicone valve into the lid and then place the white cover over, being careful to ensure the valve is totally through the hole as otherwise no liquid will come out (it took me ages to get the hang of this). Also make sure both covers are firmly pressed into the lid to avoid leaks.

          All in all, this is a fantastic beaker which my daughter still uses all the time. It is easy for her to use, easy to clean and holds a decent amount.

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            31.07.2010 10:00
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            5 out of5

            I originally bought one of these for my son and liked them so much that I bought extra ones to keep in the house for the children that I look after!

            They are made by Tommee Tippee and I got mine from Toys'r'us. They cost roughly £3.50 each and come in green, pink and blue.

            At home we have all 3 colours. The blue and green bottles have planets and shooting stars on them and the pink bottle has rainbows and sunbeams- they are very cute!

            The cups are made out of plastic and are quite chunky-ideal for little hands to hold. They don't have handles which the kids thought was great because it was more like a grown up cup! The cup has an insulated base and also an inner cup which helps to keep the liquid inside nice and cool.

            The lid screws on and off easily and the cup holds around 300ml. There is a soft rubberised spout with a small hole at the top and this is where the kids drink from. It took the kids a couple of goes to figure out how to get the drink but after they cracked it they loved it! They have to suck slightly on the spout to get the liquid out. This is very useful because when the drink gets discarded and dropped on the floor, or knocked over there are no spills.

            The cup does't leak either as the inner cup prevents any excess liquid from coming out. There is a small rubber seal around the inner cup which prevents the liquid from seeping through.

            The cups are dishwasher safe but aren't suitable for using in the microwave due to the spout. They are ok to steralise as well.

            These cups are recommended for use from 24 months but I have children younger than this who use them. They are a godsend when it comes to messy kids and it has saved on a lot of cleaning in my house!

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            18.05.2010 08:29
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            not worth the money

            When my son was 18-20 months I bought this cup and initially I liked the look and I was drawn into the marketing that it is for children from 24 months to help them towards the final step to drink from a cup properly.
            At £5, it is very expensive but TT do deals occassionally so you can get them cheaper.
            The cup looks great and it is insulated to keep their drink cool.
            It was also much easier to clean with just 3 easy parts compared to other cups I had tried and most others for this age bracket usually have lots of tubes and bits to assemble.
            The first cup I bought,my son used with ease and I was impressed with it, however I have hard flooring at home and when the cup fell on the floor, it didnt stay intact, the lid came off and the entire contents poured over the floor.
            I wanted to have faith in the cup so I bought another one, just incase there was a fault with the first one.
            The same thing happened.
            I didnt use the cup anymore and donated them to a friend who gets on well with the cup and just went straight to using a cup which my son picked up within days and yes occassionally we have a cup poured over the floor however at £5 for the explora cup, this is much cheaper mess.

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            14.03.2010 16:59
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            A non spill beaker that is easy for children to drink from

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            The beaker is made of plastic and has a screw lid. The beaker itself is insulated so to keep the drink inside cool if you wish it to be. It also has a pattern on the front. The lid is made of a solid plastic and the bit you drink out of is slightly softer. It has a funny shape to it and has a hole for the drink to come out of and a hole for the air to come out of. When the lid is off you notice you notice the special bit that makes it easy flow and non spill.

            My Opinion
            Now this beaker is aimed at children aged 24+ months but my daughter has been using it since she was around 20 months. She used to use the one with the straw but when trying to drink out of a cup she couldn't quite figure out the shape to put her mouth to drink from it and juice would go everywhere. Hence the purchase of the Tommee Tippee Explora Active Sipper.

            Once home I opened it up and took it apart as instructed to wash it. I found this an easy process and found it easy to put back together to. I put the juice in and tested it myself first. I firstly tipped it upside down above the sink and it didn't spill anywhere, so far so good I thought. Next I tried to drink from it and found this easy to do, not much force was needed to get the juice out. I then gave it to my little girl to try, she did find it awkward at first but by the end of the day she was drinking out of like a pro. It has been very hard wearing to as the amount of times it has been dropped or thrown and it is still in good condition and still no leaks. My daughter now can drink out of a normal cup without spilling it and I believe it is to the fact that she has this beaker. I would recommend this beaker to all parents and grandparents alike, this was a worthwhile purchase and I will purchase this again for my next child.

            Price and Availability
            The Tommee Tippee Explora Active Sipper is available in Boots, toys'r'us and some supermarkets and is available online. It is priced from £3.99 and comes in three colours pink, green and

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            08.09.2009 18:22
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            Fabulous cup for on the go kids....

            My son is nearly 3 so is pretty able to drink from a normal cup but for some reason this product caught my eye when shopping in Morrissons as I thought it would be handy for "on the go" drinks. I've been a fan of Tommee Tippee products since he was born and they've never disppointed me yet.

            This cup cost me £3.99, which is a bit expensive in my opinion, but having tried several cups that claim not to drip or spill and finding that they did, I was happy to pay it if it lived up to it's claims.

            The cup is insulated (it had an inner cup and an outer sleeve) so it keeps drinks cold and means i can give my son milk in it and know that it'll be ok for him to drink throughout the morning and not get warm and begin to turn.

            There is no handle on the cup but the size of it fits fine in my sons hands and he has no trouble drinking with both hands or just one hand if he's busy!

            The spout with it's Advanced-Flo technology is the bees knees! It allows him to drink effortlessly from the cup and is made from a softer material than the rest of the lid which I would imagine would be kinder to his mouth.

            There is no seperate lid or spout to lift up and down on this cup and so washing the cup is really easy. There are 3 parts to the drinking bit, the actual lid and 2 parts that make the active-flo spout, and it is very easy to take apart for washing, and reassemble afterwards where some "sippy" cups can be quite tricky. The whole thing is dishwasher safe.

            My son tends to leave this cup lying on it's side and with other cups have found them to leak, but this one hasn't done so... Even with a good shake, very few drops of liquid escape.

            The Tommee Tippee Explora Active Sipper is made from BPA-free plastic, has a 300ml capacity and is available in pink, blue and green (we have the Blue one with rockets and starts pattern.)

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            Suitable for 24m+