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Quitting the bottle
I have just completed the fun process of weaning my son, who is nearly 14 months, off the baby bottle and onto cups. This is important as milk from baby bottles with teats can damage their teeth and also (although I must admit I do take this with a pinch of salt) affect their speech development. Either way I felt it was time for him to move onto cups! He loves his milk and I wasn't sure how he'd react to a new cup...
I bought this in Tesco for about £3 - it is currently £3.99 on their website but I think it was 1/3 off when I bought it. There are a few different colour options, but the one I bought is green, with some blue and orange detailing on the lid.
No spills here!
According to Tommee Tippee, this cup is:
Guaranteed easy drinking
Truly non spill
Dishwasher, steriliser and microwave safe
This is a nice cup to look at. It is bright and colourful but without being too over-the-top, and the main part of the cup is see-through so you can easily see how much liquid is inside. It is actually quite large - it holds up to 360ml. The top of the cup screws off really easy so it can be filled quickly. The part of the cup you drink out of is like a thick straw. It is really easy to clean as there aren't lots of sections, and of course you can pop it into the dishwasher if you like.
My son has used this cup, although I have found that he prefers to drink his milk from another cup he has with handles. However he will drink water out of this. I was pleased that this really is difficult for children to spill water out of - my little boy manages to get milk out of his other "non-spill" cup, but this one does seem to work. My four year old daughter likes drinking out of it too! There is no lid or anything to cover the spout of this cup but as it really is non-spill, this isn't a problem - I can pop water in it when we go out and as it holds plenty of liquid, there is more than enough for them both to share while we're out.
Overall I think this is a good cup, and I can imagine we will still use it for a good while. And when my son is older he can use it as a cup without the lid, as it doesn't taper in at the top or anything. It looks nice, it's easy to wash, and it's easy for him to drink out of too. So five stars from me.
One of my toddlers refused to drink milk from anything than a bottle so due to her being slightly underweight she had continued to have milk from a bottle whilst her sister used a beaker. As she has been eating better recently and is now 2 and 1/2 I decided to try giving up the bottles again. To involve my daughter in this choice I let her choose a new beaker to have her milk from. The butterflies and flower design on this Tommee Tippee Explora Active Sporty beaker caught her eye and the decision was made. The beaker is suitable from 12 months and is BPA free so I was happy with her choice.
No more bottles
Day 1 of 'no more bottles' I explained to my daughter that her bottles had gone to the new babies as she was a big girl now and was going to have her milk in her new beaker. I poured in 100ml of milk using an old bottle as a guide which seemed a very small amount in this new 360ml beaker, I thought having to tip it right up to drink from would make it harder for her so I added some more.
To start with she seemed happy to see her new beaker until she realised that she wasn't getting her bottle but I kept explaining that this was her new milk beaker and she did have a few sips. I knew not to expect her to drink as much as she had been from a bottle but was hoping for a bit more than this.
The amount of milk she was drinking from this beaker didn't improve as the week went on but I was throwing away so much due to having to fill it up so much.
The beaker has an anti spill valve which works really well and no milk split when the beaker has been thrown on the floor. This valve is the same as the easiflow beakers and cups but where they have spouts to drink from this beaker is an 'active sporty' with a molded rubber straw. Both mu daughters find it easy enough to drink water from this beaker so although it wasn't successful for milk they are still in use!
The lid of this beaker is a simple screw top giving easy access to wash up the beaker and the lid. The anti spill valve is two parts that slot together and push into the lid. It has a piece of plastic that you can push against with your thumb to easily remove it. We've only had these beakers for about a month but they are still looking in really good condition and the design hasn't worn away at all.
This beaker is dishwasher proof and microwave safe which was handy for taking the chill of the milk before giving it to my little girl.
Price and availability
This beaker is widely available from supermarkets and Boots among others. I bought mine from Boots on a buy one get one half price so it is worth shopping around. Currently (April 2013) these beakers are 2 for £6 in Asda, £3.99 each. This is quite expensive but I have found that the more expensive beakers do tend to last longer than the cheaper alternatives.
Would I recommend?
Yes, it is a good quality beaker and the molded straw makes it seem more grown up than the spouts. The 360ml size makes it ideal for older toddlers who are drinking more. Both my girls will happily drink water from it but sadly my little girl never took to it for drinking milk from and so I ended up buying a smaller Nuby straw beaker which is working well.
We've tried every toddler cup under the sun in the search of a totally leak proof cup. We've found one cup that leaks less than all of the other cups we have tried so this is the one we buy most often. It's the Tommee Tippee Explora active sporty sipper.
This cup is available in three different colours, blue, green and pink. Each of these different colours has a different design on the front. They have recently updated the different designs on the on the front of these as my daughter has a couple of these that aren't sold anymore. Out of the new range my daughter has only had the pink one so far but I'm sure that will change soon! The cups are available to purchase from places that sell childrens items, I usually buy my daughters in Asda as they do offers such as two cups for £5 when they normally cost around £3.50.
The cup itself can hold 360ml of liquid. This is good for long days out and such where you don't get a chance to refill it much, but when my daughter was younger I used to fill it half way so it wasn't too heavy for her. The pink colour of the cup is transparent so you can see how much is left anyway. Inside the lid of the cup is the valve system that stops liquid flowing freely out of the spout. It is made of two part, one hard plastic and one soft. When lifting the cup upside down I don't experience any leaks, most of these types of cups drip a little, or leak through where the lid secures on the top of the cup but nothing like this happens with this cup.
The spout is a nice shape, like the name suggests it has a sporty style to it. It's around 1.5cm in diameter and sticks out of the top of the lid a couple of centimetres too. As the cup is totally leak proof, the drink has to be sucked out of the spout like a sports bottle. This spout is made from a soft type of plastic, for some reason my daughter began using the spout the chew on like a teething toy and after a while the rim around the top would quite often be chewed that much it would hang on by a couple of threads and obviously posed a choking hazard so had to be thrown away. Now my daughter has all of her teeth she doesn't tend to chew it like she used to but still does it sometimes.
Cleaning the cup is easy, I just wash it up before I do my normal washing up. You have to ensure you have separated the valve pieces away from the lid and wash each piece individually. Once it's dry the valve is easy to slot back together and clip back into the lid.
Although my daughter did have a tendency to chew the spout of this Tommee Tippee cup it has still been our most liked toddler cup we have come across, mainly due to the fact that we haven't experienced any leaks with it. I keep going back and purchasing this cup so I definitely recommend it.
My daughter always mana get her cups to leak and the best we had found was the Tommee Tippee active sipper cup, I was buying a new one as she had managed to get her old one to leak and they were on offer at 2 for £5 so I decided to try one of these cups too.
The cups are usually £3.69 each and so the offer of 2 for £5 is a pretty good saving although considering the cups last a couple of months I don't really think the selling prifce is bad anyway and they are a decent make which you can trust to be safe for your child.
The cups come in pink, blue and green and I chose the pink one for my little girl, the pink is very bright like a cerise colour and has a turquiose lid which screws on the top and a small piece of hard rubber also in cerise for your child to drink from. The drinking spout is more like a straw but there is no straw part inside the cup so your child has to tip it up to drink however this is good for my daughter as when we give her a straw she tips the cup anyway so doesn't get anything. The cup has pictures of flowers and butterflies on the front in bright colours and there are ridges at the back of the cup to make it easier for your child to hold.
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 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 she finds this cup very easy to drink from, the cup hasn't leaked up to now and she has been using it about 4 weeks now although it has the same type of value ass the Active Sipper cup in the range and I know the value does become loose in it's fitting the more you remove it to wash it so I do expect it will start leaking in another few weeks. 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.
I introduced my daughter to a cup at 4 months, however because I breastfed her for a year she was very reluctant to drink herself and it was only at the age of 13 months that she could use the first stage of cup confidently. She now drinks a lot more than what she used to and so I decided to look for a bigger cup. I came across this one in Tesco for £3.99.
The recommended age for this cup is 12 months and over. My daughter is currently 15 months. The cup comes in 4 different colours 2 for girls and 2 for boys. We picked a pink cup with a purple lid, the cup also has pictures on the front of flowers and butterflies.
The cup is made from sturdy plastic and is BPA free. The cup is described as being non spill and is guaranteed for easy drinking. The cup holds 360ml of drink. The cup has a contoured shape to make it easier for your child to hold.
My daughter has struggled in the past to drink out of certain cups as she never had a bottle as a baby she doesn't seem to grasp the concept of sucking the juice out. However with this cup she can easily get the juice out, the spout is rubbery and it doesn't take a lot of effort to get the juice out. It is however also non spill, this has been tested by my daughter who has waved this around several times and dropped it off the side of her highchair, it doesn't leak at all. The cup is also easy to grip and fits in her hands perfectly.
The only thing I don't like with this cup is that it doesn't come with a lid to protect the spout. I have also noticed that with the spout because it is made from a soft rubber my daughter has made little teeth marks in it where she has bitten it. However for the price I would definately buy this cup again. I would give this 4 out of 5 stars. The cup is really robust, holds a lot of juice and my daughter likes using this cup as she feels grown up drinking out of it!
Tommee Tippee explora
With baby grandson now hitting the 18 month mark it was time to buy some new cups (I am a real sucker for recommended ages!).
The cup will apparently grow with the child and because of the type of spout, it promises to be truly non spill. The spout itself is quite strange looking with no pop up part, just a spout with a hole. The technology used to engineer it means that just by putting your mouth to it, will release the liquid and then letting go will make the spout seal up again. I did have a go because I was fairly sceptical and imagined him throwing drink all over the place and it does work. When the cup is put to the mouth and tilted slightly there is a very steady flow of liquid and then when released it seals up, so even if tipped upside down, no liquid is spilt. Good stuff!!
The cup itself is blue with dolphins on the front although there is a green and a pink one available as well. It has a 360ml capacity which is great if using it on the go- no really frequent re filling required. The back of the cup has some ridges obviously so it's non slip, and because of the design we find that grandson is able to hold the cup and drink independently.
The instruction leaflet inside the cup tells me how to keep it clean, whether washing by hand or in the dishwasher, and to do this it's important to separate the lid and the valve. It's very quick to do and I feel important to ensure no nasty bits of juice are lingering in the components.
Made by Tommee Tippee the cup cost me £2.99 from Toys R us which I felt was a very good price for a trusted name.
The website is www,tommeetippee.com, and has information on the different cups suitable for different ages.
A very good cup which has lived up to the claims. The cup is very sturdy and has taken plenty of drops to the floor from high chair without looking battered and worn. Even with lots of washings the picture of the dolphins has stayed intact and grandson's little gnashers don't seem able to destroy the spout.
The age recommendation is a good one, allowing children to drink independently without parents and carers worrying about spillages.
I like the fact that it has quite a high liquid capacity and have bought a green one for his impending visit to Italy so that he can use it on the go.
Highly recommended drinking cup.
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