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I have been using these beakers for my son for almost 15 months now, since he was about 9 months old. I only use them for milk that he has during the morning and before bed.
They are slightly transparent and have rubbery bits on the side which make them really easy to grip. The lids screw on and they have an additional lid that flips over the spout to keep it clean. This flip over lid sits cleverly in a dip in the lid so it doesn't get in the way. Under the lid is a two piece part that makes the beaker non-spill and easier for younger children to drink from.
Now my son is older I don't put the non-spill part in as this creates a free-flow bottle so it has multiple uses. I have continued to use these beakers as they are a good size and most importantly is that they have lasted for ages. I haven't bought any new ones for a long time. Whereas many of the other beakers and bottles he has have straws etc and they tend to break apart or spilt after few months and need replacing. These however have a rubber spout which does not wear very quickly. I have only had to replace these when my son was younger and teething as he used to chew on the spout and this did indeed create a hole in them.
I have only seen these in a few colours, a purple, blue & green. We have them in all colours and I often mix and match the beakers and lids. They are very easy to learn to drink out of. When I first moved my son from bottles to beakers we went through dozens to find ones he could work out how to use (some were quite complex for young babies)!. These are easy to drink from and leave your baby in full control of the amount of liquid they get.
I paid around £3 each for these beakers, usually these can be found on offer somewhere and I think I usually bought in the sale. They are great value for money as they have lasted so long. They are easily cleaned and all of the elements can be put in the dishwasher.
Over the last 1 and a half years I seem to have bought most of the beakers available on the market in an effort to get my daughters drinking more. One of my daughters likes the cup version of this Tommee Tippee Explora beaker. However her sister who hardly seems to drink anything prefers beakers without handles so I thought I would try this one which is the next stage and so larger and with no handles.
Suitable from 7 months this beaker is BPA free. It will hold 330ml so more than enough for most babies and toddlers. It is suitable for use in the microwave which is handy if you are using it to warm up milk.
It can also go in a steriliser or dishwasher. The dishwasher is a good option because the spout is quite fiddly to wash up by hand. It has a 2 part valve, a piece of hard white plastic and a clear soft plastic piece which fits into it. The valve is easy to remove from the underside of the lid for washing as it just clips in place and opens when your little one drinks meaning no spills!
The lid screws onto the beaker and this makes it easy to fill and close. It's good to know that the beaker is sealed and that water isn't going to leak everywhere although I always try and keep it upright when it's in my bag just to be on the safe side. The spout has a plastic cover which flips back into the lid of the beaker when not in use. This is handy for travel to keep the spout clean.
Although this beaker has no handles it does have rubber on the sides which gives your little one a good grip when drinking from this. The rubber extends to the base of the beaker making it more stable when it is placed down.
The beaker allows you to see how much has been drank by your little one but there are no markings to show you exactly how much.
Is it easy to drink from?
My daughter manages to drink from this beaker with no problems. She only uses it for water and still only drinks small amounts most of the time but I have seen her drink more so I know it's not the beaker. The easiflow valve means that she can easily control how much she drinks and not end up with water everywhere. She prefers beakers with straws or soft spouts like this one.
Is it toddler proof?
Beakers do tend to get thrown around a lot during meal times by the daughter who uses this one so it has been well tested. It has held up pretty well considering the daily falls it suffers. The plastic spout cover has broken off when it fell on this but this apart from that it is fine.
I like to buy beakers in different colours so if both my girls have the same one I know whose is whose. We have this beaker in pink/purple and turquoise/blue. The colours are bright and haven't faded with washing.
Price and availability
I bought my beakers in Boots when this beaker was on buy one get one half price in store. It is currently (March 2013) available online at Amazon for £4.16. Although this is quite expensive for a beaker it is lasting well.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this is a good progression from the Tommee Tippee easiflow cup holding a larger volume and getting your little one used to a beaker without handles.
Kai is 13 months and we bought this a couple of weeks ago because his sippy cup just seemed too small baby-ish now that he's walking and running around like a proper little dude. He was happy to make the transition to a beaker cup and I think he quite likes the design because its larger so therefor probably seems more grown up to him.
I was thinking about buying him a sippy with just 1 handle rather than 2 but when I saw this I knew it was perfect. Me and Malakai are out almost every day running errands and so on and this seemed like a great bottle to travel with (it is actually different to the pic shown, the design reminds me of being just like a mini sports drink bottle but for baby's!) and he could use it at home too.
Kai wasn't too sure what this was at first because its so different looking to his sippy cup but as soon as he figured it had a spout and straw he kept trying to drink from it (it was empty) and then when i told him it was for drinks he gave it to me so I could fill it up for him and he sat there drinking from it. The spout is silicone and so is the straw and after a couple of weeks there are lots of teeth marks because he chews on it, and I don't think there's any way of replacing the straw which really sucks.
This holds twice the amount that his sippy did, so I don't need to fill it as often. It is marketed as being completely spill proof and I can vouch for this - it really is. Kai is always rolling around with it, throwing it about and shaking it but we've never had any spills from it. It's never leaked in my bag when we've taken it out with us either. It is important to put it together correctly after washing it though or it will come open and spill everywhere.
I wasn't sure if Kai would be able to grip this well on his own because he's used to having a cup with handles but on each side the material is raised and he can hold it very easily, he's dropped it a few times but because its non spill this is not a problem. It was a good price, I think I paid about £4 and there were a few different colours, we have a green 1. It is light enough for Kai to walk around with but because he needs both hands to grip it he sometimes gets annoyed.
As my son is getting older im wanting to get him out of the bottle,and get him to try drinking for cups.As im in and out of the house a lot,with my son.i wanted something that would be durable,and non spill.So as i was doing a bit of research online about it.i came across the New Tommee Tippee Explorer cups.
This beaker cup is ideal when drinking on the go. Its has a soft and easy to drink from spout and easy grip sides and base,so my son can hold it with ease,and also the base stops it slipping on the side or table.
With a 330ml capacity its handy to take out,as the juice will last ages.With some beaker you might find you self filling it up all the time as the capacity is small.but this ones great.
It also has a brilliant Hygiene Cap.a flicking cup that covers the spout and does not come off,so even better if your out,as you don't have the worries of losing lids.
I found it brilliant,and wished i had it sooner as it was developed from 9M+.
This cup is truly remarkable.as it really is non spill.My son trows it,shakes it,bangs it and nothing not even a splosh of juice.It has a flow catcher on the inner side of the lid that stops the water coming out unless sucked.But if you put this on the wrong way round,like my partner did,it will just flow out.but not if it on the right way it wont.its fantastic.
When my daughter turned one, I wanted to try to get her to stop using her bottle in the morning and evening for her milk. I therefore went into Boots to have a look at what was on offer and found this one on offer so I bought it.
The Tommee Tippee Explora Easy Drink Beaker is designed for babies over 9 months old. It has an 'advance flo technology' which means that it is non-spill but is easy for babies to get the drink out. It has a soft spout and a plastic cover for the spout that is attached to the bottle so it doesn't get lost. It is also easy grip so baby can hold onto it more easily.
I bought this for my daughter when she was 13 months old. She didn't take to it straight away and spent some time just chewing on the spout. Eventually she realised that she could get her milk out of it, but was not so interested as she was in her bottle. It was very easy for her to hold and pick up and she was able to tip it up to get drink out of it easily. It is a bit tricky when the plastic cover falls over the spout as she doesn't realise she has to open it again before drinking from it.
I got her a cup with a straw from the same range at the same time and she much preferred that one to this. I think it might have been better if I had started using this one at the 9 months instead of waiting until she was a year old. It is a good cup and is BPA free which is good. It is non-spill so we don't get milk everywhere which is better than the bottle.
This costs about £4 normally and I would say that it is a good cup for the age range suggested but not as good when baby gets older.