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I brought one of these for my daughter when we started weaning. It is lightweight cup designed for babies from 4 months plus and weighing about 60g. They come in a variety of colours including pink and blue. There are measurements on the cup so that you can clearly see how much your little one has had and the cup can hold 150ml.
The cup can be used in the microwave, dishwasher and steriliser and is very easy to clean, as it comes apart; cup, valve, sprout,lid and handles. The cup has a soft flex spout which is non spill and has a cover. Babies need to suck in order to get fluids out. The handles are easy for little hands to hold and can be removed and used with the closer to nature bottles as well.
The cup can be brought from Tesco and Asda and is on the Amazon website for around £4.
The cup is very stylish and well made however my daughter found it hard to get fluids from the cup, finding it difficult to suck from. She tended to want to use the spout more as a teething toy, which is a real shame as she found the cup very easy to hold.
We have tried the cup on many occasions with both water and baby juice but she still struggles with the sprout of this cup, despite being able to drink from other similar cups.
Defintely not for us.
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I purchased the Tommee Tippee Explora cup for my son when we started weaning at around 6 months. I purchased it in blue but it is also available in pink or orange. I had originally purchased a Tommee Tippee Easyflow cup but my son had discovered that if he tipped this up, water would go EVERYWHERE. Looking for a solution to this issue, I opted for this first sips cup which features a valve that stops the water coming out when tipped - instead it needs to be sucked quite hard.
The cup itself is blue in colour but transparent so you can see how much liquid is left inside. There are two rubber handles, one on each side of the cup, for baby to grip. The top of the cup is a white plastic dome that screws in place. This has a thick blue plastic teat that can be sucked to get the liquid out. There is also a clear plastic cap that can be placed over the teat so that you can take the cup out and about with you.
My son quickly got to grips with the idea of this cup but he really didn't like it. He would get really frustrated with the effort it took just to get a sip of water. The valve did stop us from having any leakages of water but it also stopped my son from actually drinking! He would get so fed up with trying to get the water out that he just gave up using the cup. You can remove the valve and convert the cup to an easy flow cup but, for me, that defeats the purpose of the cup.
I also found the cup quite difficult to clean as you have to pull the valve apart and clean all the separate components before piecing it back together - the easy flow cups are certainly much simpler!
The cup is not particularly cheap - at £3.99 - and I certainly have found cups that suit us better at a cheaper price. For us, this was not a success and therefore I would have trouble recommending it! Not a badly made cup, just not for us.
I wanted to try and get my baby used to a beaker early on and so at around four and a half months I bought this Tommee Tippee Explora first sips beaker.
I decided on this beaker as it has a rubber type spout and so it seemed like it would be a lot kinder to my babies gums rather the the hard plastic type spouts. They also looked quite nice with the clear beaker at the bottom with nice rubber coloured handles to make it easy for your baby to hold and the matching colour teat. I bought blue for my little boy!
The handles are the perfect size for your little ones hands as my baby had no trouble at all in holding the beaker and the rubber strips also provide more grip for your baby to keep hold off it.
The beaker is designed to be non-spill and it is! My baby has thrown this around and nothing come out and unfortunately this is where the problem lies! The beaker has markers on in mls/ounces so you can see how much your baby has drunk. And despite my baby sucking on the teat for a while the water never seemed to go down. So I tried it myself, and even I couldn't get anything out! If a grown adult can't drink from this how is a baby?!
Because of this after the first time I tried it, we ended up putting it in the back of a kitchen cupboard which is where we have left it. I would recommend everyone to give this a miss as it really is a waste of money.
I bought this cup for my daughter about 8 weeks ago. It cost £3.50 from Asda and came in pink, blue and yellow. The main reason I was drawn to this cup is it is designed to be non-spill and has what the manufacturer describe as 'advance-flo' technology this is said to be so sensitive that just the action of the baby putting the cup to the mouth will release the liquid. The cup also has a spout that is designed to be kind to teeth and gums.
The cup itself is transparent and coloured to match the handles of the cup, the cup has markers printed on it showing oz's and ml's so you know how much your baby has drunk. The handles of the cup are coloured plastic with a white rubber grip this makes it easy for your baby to hols the cup as the handles are shaped perfectly for little hands. The spout of the cup is also coloured and made of a soft rubber, under the spout there is a piece of removable plastic with a clear piece of rubber, this is part of the 'advanced-flo' system. Finally there is a plastic lid with the cup which keeps the spout clean and prevents any liquid escaping on the go.
The first time I gave this cup to my daughter she was able to hold it herself. This resulted in her tipping it upside down and throwing it around, I can confirm that no liquid escaped. With a little guidance from me she managed to get the cup into her mouth and start sucking. Unfortunately it didn't appear anything was coming out, her cheeks became a little red and eventually she gave up and just started to chew the spout, again nothing came out, eventually it got thrown on the floor. I tried myself out of interest to use the cup just to see why she found it so difficult to get the liquid out and when I did manage to get some out it was a tiny amount and it took a lot of effort to get it out. I tried a few times to use the cup with little success so I just threw it out. Another thing I noticed was that the flow valve inside the spout was a pain to remove and it has to be donw every wash as liquid tends to collect in there.
I wouldn't recommend this cup, I have since gone on to buy a free flow Tommee Tippee cup which was cheaper and although it isn't leak proof it works really well.
After having a lot of problems getting our first daughter to accept a drink cup we decided we would introduce a cup as early as possible with our second baby. When we got to around four months we had a look at the options and the Tommee Tippe first cups cup seemed to be the best option. We bought the cup from Tesco but you can get it at supermarkets, Boots and even online, we paid £3.97 for it but you can buy it from £3.19 to £7.95 so certainly one you should check prices on.
The cup is transparent with tommee tippee on the back of it and volumes marked on the front of it, the top and handles are white with coloured accents which you can get in peach, pink or blue. They claim that the spout is flexible enough to support healthy tooth development and protects the babies mouth and gums. I personally haven't tried but apparently the base and handles are interchangeable with other teats and bottles in the range and the cup is supposed to be suitable for a baby from 4 months old. The cup is non spill although from previous experience I have never found a cup that actually is completely non spill and they claim that it is as easy to drink from as a bottle making the transition from bottle to cup very easy.
When I got the cup home I set about opening it, the cup is not packaged as such but has a plastic sleeve wrapped around the top of it which I found difficult to unclip so eventually just used the scissors. The cup when dismantled has the cup base, then the handles sit over the top of the cup, the handles can only be put on one way as they have little indentations that must sit on the cup in the right place or the lid won't go on. The drinking lid has a anti spill function on it which can be removed for cleaning, I don't know the science behind how it works but it is the same as we have had on previous cups and it really doesn't last long before it does start to allow leaks. The drinking lid screws onto the base above the handles, it is very difficult to screw this into place and end up with the spout in the middle of the handles which obviously if your child is holding the handles the spout should be central to meet the mouth. Finally there is a transparent push on lid to prevent the spout getting dirty and this also has to be lined right for it to clip into place and sometimes when you think it is closed still pops off.
When we first introduced this to our baby we knew that she obviously wouldn't be able to do it herself so we held it is place for her, she didn't seem overly impressed but I knew this was normal and kept going, she finally did have a little drink and the look on her face was priceless. She then found that actually she just wanted to chew the spout, knowing we weren't getting anywhere I took the cup away for a couple of weeks. Trying the cup again got pretty much the same reaction and it really seemed that even when she did manage to use it as she should she really wasn't recieving much from it to encourage her. My daughter is now 7 months, she can hold the cup herself and suck pretty hard yet still the volume of liquid inside doesn't really go down and she gives up in the end and just chews on it.
This cup is certainly not the best or anywhere near it, it is bulky to fit in the steriliser with all the bits and the spout is too hard for her, my daughter uses this more as a teether than a cup and I have now given up and bought her a different one to try, not recommended.
Once my boys got to six months old I decided to start to introduce a cup for them to take liquids from. This was with the aim that by one year old they would be completely weaned off a bottle which is apparently more desirable as there are concerns that bottles can affect the development of a child's teeth. After speaking to my friends who have children of their own I had prepared myself for a battle and knew that we may have to try various different cups before we found a suitable one. One cup we did try was the Tommee Tippee First Sips Cup.
***Tommee Tippee First Sips Cup***
The Tommee Tippee First Sips cup is a "transitional" baby cup suitable for babies from 4 months old. The bottle is a short wide bottle with "easy to hold" handles. The handles and spout are made from a white plastic, with the cup itself made from a transparent coloured plastic. The handles are detachable and screw off once a baby is able to hold the cup without the need for handles. The cup has a soft flex spout which protects a baby's gums when drinking from this cup. The spout has an "advanced flow" valve for "easy drinking" which means a baby has to suck to drink from the cup. This makes the spout leak proof meaning you can tip the cup upside down and no liquid will spill out. The cup comes with a hygiene cap to put over the spout so it can be transported in a changing bag.
The three different parts of the cup (cup, teat and handles) are interchangeable with the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Range; therefore you could screw a Closer to Nature bottle teat onto this cup, or screw the handles from this cup onto a Closer to Nature Bottle.
The cup holds 150ml of liquid inside (5oz) so this is a reasonably small cup. The cups are BPA free.
The cups are available in 3 different colours which are blue, peach and pink. I purchased two blue cups purely as I felt the "neutral" peach cup was slightly too girly.
The Tommee Tippee First Sips Cup are available from Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Mothercare and direct from Tommee Tippee at www.tommeetippee.co.uk . A number of online retailers also sell these cups.
The RRP from Tommee Tippee is £3.99. I purchased two of these from Asda for £3.49 each. In comparison to other "first cups" these are slightly more expensive therefore for us this was an expensive mistake considering we purchased two of these and they were not used.
Trying the cup was quite a daunting prospect which I find is the case for most "new" products when you are a new parent as this signifies another stage in your child's life. Although the advice I had been given from friends was useful and had been warned that my boys may not be receptive to the idea of a cup immediately. This was definitely the case for my two boys.
I initially tried the cup filled with water for my boys. They were 18 weeks old at this point and drinking water from a bottle so I was unsure what the result would be. The first few attempts were unsuccessful so I tried with milk. My boys were a little more receptive to this cup with milk inside but did not really take much liquid out of it. In fact they never drank more than 30ml of liquid before they got frustrated and threw the cup down and screamed for milk or water out of a bottle instead which they would then gulp down.
From observing the boys drinking their problems and frustrations appeared to be that they were required to suck the liquid from the spout rather than it being a free flowing cup. They appeared to be sucking quite hard which appeared to be a lot of effort in order for them to take a drink.
The main problem with the cup however appeared to be the design of the spout of the cup. The spout is quite short however it quite wide. This feels quite chunky because the spout is also rubber. When my boys were drinking out of the cup when putting the spout in their mouth it did not look comfortable as it is wide. Although my boys were small babies I do still feel if they were average sized for their age this would have still been an issue.
The design of the cup aside from the spout is pretty good. The handles are very easy for a baby to grip even at a young age. The cup is easy to transport as it is a small size and fits neatly into a changing bag. The lid which covers the spout stays on firmly, however you do need to ensure that you press down hard to ensure it clicks on properly.
The cup is very durable. It was dropped a number of times and suffered no damage. The cup is also suitable to be put in a steriliser and a dishwasher. We did this with our cups on a number of occasions without any problems. The main problem concerned with cleaning is due to the design of the cup. The valve inside of the cup on the spout is very difficult to clean. You need to remove this so milk does not get clogged up behind here and go smelly/ mouldy. This is quite fiddly and not something you want to do every time you clean the cup but something you need to do considering you could be giving this cup to a young baby. By putting the cup in the steriliser you do not get rid of this build-up of milk.
Because this is a cup that only holds 150ml of water it is probably not so suitable for an older child who will drink more juice or water than the cup can hold. My boys drink water from their beaker and at 15 months old on an average lunch time they will drink at least 150ml of liquid.
After 2 months of persisting with this cup and trying another design of cup (which my boys liked) I decided that the Tommee Tippee First Sips Cup was not for us.
Aside from my boys taking a dislike to the Tommee Tippee First Sips Cup, it is not a cup that I would recommend. Firstly I prefer a free flow spout as from our experience and from speaking to other parents I think it is more beneficial to use a cup that a child does not have to use a sucking action to take a drink , in particular when weaning from a bottle to a cup.
Secondly I feel the design of the cup lets it down. The soft rubbery spout is ideal for protecting a baby's gums but the spout is extremely wide for a baby of 4 months old. Granted my children were particularly small but even now I feel the fact the spout was so wide was the main reason my boys decided they did not like this cup. I feel the design of the Tommee Tippee First Sips Cup makes it quite difficult to clean. The valve inside of the cup was difficult to clean properly because of this you need to take the valve out in order to clean it properly in order for it not to go mouldy. Not something you want to think about on a cup that you give to a young child.
For £3.99 there are definitely better "first cups" on the market.