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Between my 2 daughters I think we have been through just about every type of baby and toddler cup there is trying to find one that doesn't leak and is easy to use and we found that the Tommee Tippee Explora range was about the best there was, we even still use one of their beakers now even though my daughter is nearly 3 as she has a thing about spilling drinks.
The Active Straw beaker comes in 3 different colours as far as I have seen, pink, blue and green we ended up with the green beaker as there was no pink available in the store at the time. We bought the beaker from Tesco but they are available in all supermarkets and they currently cost around the £4 mark which is a decent price in my opinion as this one does work.
The beaker comes with a very simple plastic hanger on it which can be used to hang the cup up in the shop other than that there is no packaging. When we first bought the beaker we washed it before use as I would advise anyone to do, the beaker is meant for children from 12 months old although we found Emily wasn't able to suck strongly enough at this stage and I think she was about 15 months old before she started using it.
The cup is made of hard plastic, it has curved sides with ridges which make it easy for little hands to hold onto, the lid has a sort of see saw of plastic so that if you push down on one side the straw pops up and if you push down on the other side the straw goes back inside the lid, this bit was pretty stiff to begin with and Emily couldn't do it herself for a while but it soon loosened.
The cup is insulated and BPA free, the inside of the cup isn't as big as the outside of the cup so holds less than you would expect but this is down to the insulation. The cup is really easy to wash and even the piece inside the lid which makes the cup non spill is easy to remove, clean and put back.
The cup was brilliant it held enough juice for if we popped out for a couple of hours and never once leaked in the changing bag, it was dropped on many occasions and it never leaked which i'm sure most parents will know is a fantastic quality in a toddler cup. The only drawback to this cup was down to my own child and that was that she insisted on chewing on the straw and no matter how much she was told not to she seemed to do it without actually realising what she was doing. Eventually the straw was chewed that much that we had to put the cup in the bin but as I was so impressed with the cup we bought a different one from the range instead so that Emily no longer had a straw to chew on.
I give this cup 5 stars, even though it only lasted us a couple of months I would expect this cup to last a long time if your child doesn't chew the straw.
When my son was between 12 and 18 months and had learned to drink confidently by himself from a 'sippy' style cup I decided to look for something else for him to drink from, to help him develop to the next level. On browsing the shelves at Tesco, I came across an active straw beaker from Tommee Tippee for around £3.50. My son had alway drunk from Tomee Tippee cups/beakers so I felt that it was best to continue with the range and purchased one for him.
Ours looks a little different from the one above. It is a blue clear plastic beaker, with wavy lines on and has a bright green lid. This has a purple flip top on that can be pushed up to reveal a straw and pushed back down again to retract the straw and seal the beaker once more. The straw is also thicker than that pictured here and more flat in shape. It is made of a soft, rubber like material rather than being a hard plastic straw - at least at the mouthpiece anyway. To use, my son simply sucks the straw and the drink moves up the straw into his mouth.
So, to use my son finds this a nice shape to hold in his hands and is perfectly happy drinking from it. He doesn't need to work too hard to remove the drink but, at the same time, if it tips up the drink is not easily spilled from the straw. My son has also worked out how to open and close the straw mechanism and, whilst this was stiff at first, can now open and shut this at will. As it is a clear plastic, you can see how much drink remains in the beaker so you can see how much your child has drunk. My son only drinks water so this is helpful to us as this is less easy to see than coloured juices.
The big downside of the beaker for me is that it is tricky to clean. The beaker itself is fine but the lid and straw attachment can be really fiddly. The mouthpiece pokes through the lid to attach to a more solid plastic straw and to clean properly, this needs to be completely removed. To clean inside the mouthpiece and straw I use the thin end of a bottle brush or a cotton bud. The real problem is putting the beaker back together again. This is not easy and requires patience. Not exactly good for when you are in a hurry.
Overall a decent straw beaker for toddlers and one that doesn't leak too. Just a pain to clean!
Tommee Tippee are a brand I trust for my kids and one that I have been using for quite a few years now so I know they produce good quality cups and feeding items and ones I am willing to pay a little extra for.
I bought this cup for my little girl a few months ago now as I was getting fed up with her small Tommee Tippee first cup and having to fill it up all the time as it was fairly small. This beaker from Tommee Tippee is a lot larger and so can hold a lot more juice/water and so I can fill it up just once or twice for her during the day and she still has lots to drink. The bottle holds 300ml so that is quite a good amount for a little child in my opinion.
The favourite thing about this bottle for my little girl is the straw. She absolutely loves drinking from a straw. I was thinking that the novelty would wear off but no, she still loves her straw cup! The lid bit flips open to show you the straw and my daughter finds this easy to do and likes that she can do it herself. The great thing about this straw is that is a soft plastic material so its gentle to a child's teeth and gums which is good as my little girl does like to chew on this straw sometimes.
The bottle is easy to hold as it is designed for little hands to grip and she finds this easy to do and then very easy to drink from this beaker. This beaker is also very easy to add drink to. The top is a screw on lid so you just unscrew it and pour in the drink. The seal is very tight and we've had no problems with this cup leaking. I think the bottle is also easy to clean and I just run the tap through the straw to clean it and this seems to work well as we really only have water or squash juice in this bottle.
What I also like is that this cup is insulated to keep drinks cooler and fresher for longer making it ideal for on-the-go drinking. I often fill it in the morning and then we take it out with us during the day and it stays nice and fresh which is nice.
We've got the cup in quite plain colours, we've got it in the pink solely because its for my little girl but I think you can get it in other colours. I also think I have seen versions of this cup with lots of different designs too so there will be something that you find that suits your son/daughter.
The beaker is cheap, it only cost me approximately £3.99 and is one my daughter finds easy to drink out of and more importantly enjoys drinking out of so I would recommend it to mums.
My daughter loves her Tommee Tippee beaker and that is the main cup I use for her drinks. However she is mad about straws but still struggles to hold the cup herself and sip with the straw without something spilling so when I saw this Tommee Tippee straw cup, I thought this might be the answer - a robust cup with a straw that was all enclosed so no worries about spillages, plus it would hold more juice than the little beaker that my daughter currently takes.
This Tommee Tippee Active Straw cup is suitable for children from 12 months plus, probably because of the straw element, but I'm sure it could be used by younger children who had mastered the sucking mechanism required with a straw. This cup can be picked up in the supermarkets or online and prices vary. I picked my one for my daughter in Tesco and it cost me around £4. It comes in a variety of colours but I chose a purple coloured one so it would be slightly girly for my daughter.
When I first bought this cup I was pleased to see that firstly it claimed to be non spill and secondly it was BPA free. The cup is also insulated to keep the drink inside cool for longer than a plain cup, which again I thought was good coming into the better weather. This cup has been designed to help young children learn how to use a straw with a soft silicone spout to make it comfortable to drink from, which is always good when you have a teething toddler. You can also put this cup in the dishwasher, which now that we have moved house and own a dishwasher, this was an added bonus to me!
When I presented this cup to my daughter, who had already mastered a straw in a cup, she was quite excited and couldn't wait for me to fill it so she could try it out. This was when some issues arose. Firstly the flip lid. I had no problem flipping to open the straw, but it was very stiff and so my daughter after countless tries still could not manage it, and actually was getting really cross. She likes being independent and she likes to be able to flip the lid on her little beaker, so she was no pleased about this lid, and to be honest, I think it is far too stiff for a young child to manage on their own and surely the point of these kind of cups are to make children more independent.
The second problem arose when my daughter starting drinking. She struggled to suck much out of the straw at any reasonable pace, quite unlike the way she does with a normal straw. SHe started to lose interest as she simply wasn't getting a lot of liquid out. She came back to it at different points to try to drink more and when she eventually got about two thirds of the way down the juice was very difficult to get sucked up, meaning she couldn't drink her last bit of juice.
I tried this cup again on several occasions and found the same difficulties each time - the stiffness as well as the difficulty with the straw. So, I left it and decided to revert back to her beaker cup.
On a positive note to finish, the claim to be non spill was true and my daughter tested this claim every time she used the cup, tipping it upside down and getting nothing out!
All in all, this cup was disappointing, especially since it was from a respected brand. I cannot recommend this cup.
At 15 months old my son was still using his Tommee Tippee first cup beaker and I was getting annoyed filling it up every 5 minutes as it just didn't hold enough squash for my little boy. So while I was in Morrisons I decided to look for another beaker that was more suited to his age.
I found this Tommee Tippee beaker which said it was suitable for 12+ months and so it was Ideal. I also liked that it came in a range of colours and so I bought the Blue and Green version which also had a little picture of a UFO at the bottom, which was quite cute.
It is quite simple for your toddler to use they simply have to flip the lid up and suck the straw. I was worried he may find the flip lid hard to open but he found it easy! I have to admit when I have tried sucking the juice threw the straw I have found it quite hard work as you have to suck quite hard to get the drink to come out, however my little boy doesn't seem to mind and it stops him from chocking from drinking too much at once. The flip lid is also good as it stops any of the drink from leaking it when my toddler leaves it lying on the floor!
Another good feature of this cup is that it is insulated and so it keeps your drinks cold, which is great especially if it is a hot day!
The straw to it is a soft flexible plastic which is good as it can't hurt my boy's mouth when he is using it. I would say though that my little boy likes to chew straws and so I am now on my second beaker in a year as he managed to split the straw and so it didn't suck the juice up any more!
The beaker comes apart fully so you can clean all the bits well, it can be a bit fiddly to put back together but once you have done it a few times it becomes easier. I would definitely say you need to take it apart to clean it though as there are bits where the drinks really stick too!
I would advise people to buy this cup as my little boy loves it and so do I!
I do not recommend this beaker. Firstly, it is a nightmare to wash the non-spill mechanism! It's comes apart into 4 pieces which you have to dismantle in order the wash properly, plus the lid and beaker and then is very fiddly to put back together. The beaker does come with instructions but should a child's beaker really be so complex it needs instructions?!
The design is nice and my daughter found it easy to hold but always had a red nose after she'd had a drink as the lid that flips up to reveal the straw is in totally the wrong place and pushed against her nose!
Also the internal straw isn't very long so even when it's still half full you have to top it up else the straw isn't in the drink.
The Tommee Tippee Active Sipper is by far a better product and easier to use for the child and easier to clean for the parent!
My daughter got used to using a lidded smaller cup for drinks during the day and a bottle for her milk at night. I decided to buy this bottle for her day drinks when she was 13 months old as her other cup wasn't big enough to hold much drink during the day.
The Explora Active Straw Beaker is an insulated bottle with a flip top containing a concealed straw. It is designed for toddlers over the age of 12 months and is supposed to be easy to drink from for any age. It has a 300ml capacity and is non-spill.
I really like this cup. My daughter took to it straight away and had no problem using the straw. The straw easily reaches to the bottom of the cup so she does not have any problem drinking everything from it. The bottle is an easy grip cup so she can pick the bottle up easily and carries it around the room on her own. The fact that it is insulated will mean I can give her cold drinks in the summer and they will stay cold which is a good feature.
She still can't open the flip lid on her own which can be a slight problem as she gets a bit frustrated with it but she knows to come to us when that occurs. Even when she leaves the lid open after drinking, the drink does not leak out of it. The only other problem with the cup is that it is a bit hard to clean the straw. Even when I pour water straight down the straw it does not seem to clean it much.
I am really pleased with this beaker. It cost me about £4 and although that is a bit expensive for a cup, I think this one is worth the money and it is already getting a lot of use.
Very disappointing. My children couldn't open the straw, and when I opened it for them the bottle did not allow water to be sucked up.
I bought two of these, one for each of my daughters aged 1 and 3, who had used similar Tommee Tippee straw bottles happily before. My elder daughter told me it wasn't 'working' and when I tried to drink out of it, nothing came out. I took the bottles apart, reassembled them (not easy to do!) and they worked. I assumed they were now fine, washed and reassembled them, but again they did not allow any water to be sucked up. I told a friend who told me she had bought the same bottle for her 1 year old and couldn't understand why she wasn't drinking on a hot day. It was only later in the day she realised that the straw was not allowing water up. I am going to have to try to find more of the old style bottles that do work, or experiment with a different brand. Nuby do one I think. Definitely do not buy this product!
My LO did not get the whole sippy cup idea, and refused to drink anything but about 5 to 10 mls of water out of typical cups. However, one day he 'borrowed' his friend's cup with a straw, and totally loved it. I immediately rushed out an bought this one, and found it to be great. As it's non spill, you can trust your little one to get to know how to use it, a thing which I found I couldn't do with the normal tommee tippee sippy cups. The fact that it has a hideaway lid is great for transporting it too.
On the downside, I found the straw quite hard to clean, and it seems to be made for older kids- My son used it from 7 months, and as it is so large and doesn't have handles, he found it quite difficult to hold. I found a cup which had a straw but also was smaller and had handles to be better for that age to use. However, I have kept this one in the cupboard for him to use when he is older and needs more to drink.
Overall, a great product for a toddler.
My daughter has been drinking from a straw since she was about 7 months old. She can't use a sippy cup, even now at 15 months, and she started refusing water from a baby bottle, so someone suggested we try a straw, and that worked! As such, we've tried a lot of bottles with straws, some of which we still use, some got lost or broken.
Most recently, one of our favourites got broken, so I went to get a replacement. Now, my daughter likes milk or water. Sometimes she has a different dirnk, milkshake or yoghurt drink or maybe a fruit drink, but she's not big on juice. She likes to have milk in the day as well as water, and we go out a lot, so an insulated bottle is brilliant.
This bottle is insulated, so I got this one. They only had one in the shop, I think they're quite popular. I'm pleased to say that after a full day out, her milk is still in good, drinkable condition... if there's any left! The insulation really works. It also helps because the straw doesn't become clogged up with sour milk, helping the whole thing be easier to clean.
She loves it, because it's easy to hold, and easy to drink from - it's just a straw. However, and I can't work out how this is done, it's also non spill, even if you turn it upside down. I conclude that it's magic.