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My daughter Molly is nearly 15 months and has been drinking from a beaker since she was about six months old. She still has her bedtime milk in a bottle but her juice and water that she drinks during the day is given to her in a Tommee Tippee beaker.
To be honest, the only reason we picked this beaker was because they were on a special offer in Tesco's at the time that we decided to get Molly a beaker. We bought two of the beakers for £1.50 which I thought was a more than reasonable price for a brand name.
The beakers come in a variety of colours including blue, pink, green and yellow. We decided to pick a pink one for Molly as she doesn't actually have too many pink items as I try to make a point of not getting everything in pink just because she is a girl!
The beaker itself has a handle either side which means that it is very easy for baby to grip. Molly often just holds it with one hand now that she has mastered drinking with a beaker. The nozzle to the beaker is obviously somewhat different to the teat of a bottle and Molly did take a while to get used to using the beaker. The flow of liquid does come out much quicker and your child does not need to suck as it is a free flowing beaker but like I said, Molly soon adapted her drinking method to the beaker.
The nozzle of the beaker has three small holes that your child sucks on to release the liquid inside. The nozzle can be lifted up and down which is great for when you are popping the beaker in a bag as you can just snap the nozzle down and the liquid is contained within the beaker. The only downside to this is that it allows food to get caught up in the mechanism of the nozzle and it can be quite difficult to clean. Molly is an incredibly messy eater and quite often her beaker gets covered in lunch / dinner and can be a pain to clean up!
Overall I would certainly recommend the Tommee Tippee 1st beaker. I think they offer excellent value for money, especially if you manage to buy them when they are on a special offer like we did. I like the fact that they come in different colours too. They are easy for your child to hold due to them having two handles and I also really like the lift up / push down action of the nozzle. One downside to the nozzle is that because it is free flowing, if you have a child that likes to fling their beaker around their heads during mealtimes (like Molly does!) then their juice / water can end up going everywhere. Lastly, another great feature of these beakers is that they are microwave safe dishwasher safe and sterilizer safe.
My little one was quite stubborn when it came to taking her beloved bottle from her - we found that there was only one particular type of beaker with a straw that she would even attempt at using. But, as she got a little older we were able to introduce a wider range of cups, one of which is this Tommee Tippee 1st cup. It's recommended age is from 4 months and upwards, but my daughter was around 15 months when we started to use it for milk and water. Ours came from Wilkinsons and cost a very reasonable £1.50 - it was available in a range of colours at the time, we have the pink ones but Nan and Grandad also own an orange one for her. Other colours include blue and green. They are BPA free.
The first cup is around 12cm tall and 10cm in diameter. It also comes with 2 handles on either side - Tommee Tippee also do very similar beaker style ones that are slightly taller but don't have the handles on which we also own but the handled one went down better when we were first teaching her to use a cup, just as she had more to grip on to. It is a very basic product - it has a plastic lid on top that comes off to fill it up, this then clicks back on and into place. As far as I know, the top can click on at any point, but as it contains a small sipper towards one side of it, I always ensure that I click the lid in place so that the sipper is exactly situated between the two handles to make it more convenient for my daughter to use.
The sipper part is also basic - there are no valves for example that stop it from spilling out - if this cup is held upside down, or even on it's side, the liquid will come out and at quite a fast pace. When my daughter was first using it, I made the mistake of putting milk in it first off and she just left a trail of milk wherever she went! Not good on carpeted surfaces or rugs. It wouldn't be quite as bad with water though. The sipper can be pushed downwards into the lid so that it doesn't leak which is a great idea for when we're out and about and it's in her changing bag, but it's a bit useless in the house because she isn't able to lift it up herself yet to get her own drink. She did learn after a little bit to hold it upright, but at the beginning I think she liked watching the liquid come out because it was something new to look at!
Although the cup is coloured and the lid is a solid colour, the main cup section is transparent pink so it's easy to see when it needs to be refilled. I think these only hold around 190ml of liquid maximum so I find that we're filling ours up quite a bit but on a positive note it means that the cup remains a nice and compact size for when we're travelling. They are dishwasher, steriliser and microwave safe - I can only vouch for the dishwasher though. Ours has been through a number of times and always comes out fine.
I would recommend these to anyone at that stage of weaning from the bottle to a cup as for only £1.50 I feel that it's one to try that won't break the bank. We've found it a very handy item to have in that process so for us it was great value. I've given it four stars, as it does leak everywhere at first but it's not a huge deal with older babies and toddlers as our little one understands now to keep it upright.
Thanks for reading :o)
The Tommee Tippee first cup is simple and brightly coloured. It is a freeflow design which teaches your baby how to drink, rather than a spill proof spout which needs to be sucked. Babies love to shake this cup and see the water spill, so it can be a bit messy, but it's all part of the learning process. The spout flips down to prevent spillages whilst transporting it in your bag. The cup has markings in ml on the side, so you can use it for milk as well as for water. My son at 9 months prefers this cup to a bottle for having his milk. He hasn't quite mastered using it himself yet. I tend to hold one handle and he holds the other.
I used these cups for my first son too, they are all you need to get you through weaning and toddlerhood. I eventually stopped using it when the quantity of liquid my toddler needed became more than this cup will hold.
If you're reading this you're probably in the dilemma every parent faces, what is the best cup to teach my little one how to drink? Well Tommee Tippee, aside from being a great brand in itself, is well known for its baby and toddler friendly products, each being BPA free which equals great for baby.
The free flow cup comes in different colours and is a simple, entirely plastic design, meaning easy to clean, sterilise and no need to worry about rot setting in (cups for toddlers can have this problem). It has a measure on the side is bevelled which is great as it won't wash off and goes from 17ml to 190ml so if you progress to giving milk in the sippy cup you can accurately measure what they're having. The two side handles make it easy for babies to hold this light weight cup and get used to another form of drinking.
Filling is easy, just take off the top, fill and pop back on, I also found the flip down spout brilliant for travel when I didn't want to use a bottle.
The free flow system means that if you tip it upside down it will leak, but this design teaches your baby to sip rather than suck, which they would have already mastered at this stage anyway. My son did get rather wet, a lot, but that's to be expected during weaning anyway! He took to this cup brilliantly, and at 13 months still occasionally uses it even though we upgraded to the next stage a while back.
One thing I love about this cup that doesn't feature on his current cup is the fact its opaque, and we always had an indication of how much he was drinking and if it needed a top up, and my son loved shaking it watching the water splash about!
I'd thoroughly recommend this cup as a starter cup, not only is it great for baby and their development in this area, its hygienic, sturdy, a friendly design and hard wearing. We'll be using it for this next baby too. Oh, and its cheaper than chips!
The amount of baby first cups on the market is crazy - there are hundreds to choose from, and as with most things it's trial and error to find one that your baby likes after months of only ever feeding from the breast or bottle. Well after four children, and success with the Tommee Tippee first cup every time, I can confidently recommend this to any parent and save them the hassle and money wasted on other cups!
The Tommee Tippee first cup is a really simple design, with a basic push on lid and flip top spout. There's no rubber seals to rot, or fiddly valve systems which makes it far easier and quicker to wash up. The lack of valves does mean it's a free flow cup, therefore spillable - but the spout when flipped down does prevent it spilling, plus it's widely thought to be much better for a baby to drink from a free flow cup so they learn to sip, rather than suck, which is better for their teeth and reduces the habit of comfort sucking.
It has a capacity of 190 mls, or just under 6.5 ozs - which is the perfect amount for a baby to drink, and being a smaller size means it's not too big or heavy to hold. The cup has measurements on the side of 17ml, 50ml, 100ml, 150ml and 190ml, so it can be used for formula accurately.
There are two handles either side which makes it very easy for a young baby to grasp. The flip top spout has two holes in it, and we've found the flow of liquid just right for a baby - not so fast they end up spluttering, yet as they get older they can still drink efficiently from it by drawing harder on the spout.
I think this is the best cup you can buy for a young baby - I've never seen or heard a bad review for it, and certainly all my children have used it happily after struggling with other types. And one of the best things is it costs under £2 (I think £1.89 from Boots)! Many other cups can be over £5 and almost impossible to draw liquid from - not to mention the unhygienic valves which are hard to clean. I wouldn't buy anything else in future.
As the little guy gets older I am finding that I need a whole host of new equipment just to meet his every day needs, the big one being that he now needs to drink water and not just milk. Cue endless trips to Boots to walk up and down the weaning section before deciding what to buy. If I'm honest I bought this one because it was the cheapest as well as the fact it can be used from 4 months plus.
*WHEN I USED IT*
I bought this before I started weaning my son so he could have this as a "toy" in his high chair before I introduced the concept of there being another source of nutrition other than mummy's boob! We used it (in none toy capacity) from 5 months through to 7 months. To be honest we would probably still be using it now if I hadn't gone on holiday and forgotten his cup having to buy a new one which he took to like a dream but that's another story....
When I went out looking I knew I wanted a free flow system to get my little one used to drinking rather than sucking. A free flow system is where no valve is used so you can tip it upside down and water just drips out. Not great for leaks!
The cup itself is a simple design with 2 handles either side easy for little hands to hold onto. It holds up to 190mls but I have never filled it more than half full as it gets too heavy for my son to hold and lift to his mouth. The cup is made of coloured but clear plastic so you can see how much liquid is in there (or how much has been drank/spilt)
The lid is made of opaque plastic which is a push on top. The spout is a flip spout that closes when pushed down (so no leaks in your bag). A big tip when taking the lid off make sure the spout is open because otherwise what I assume is a vacuum is created making it difficult to prise the lid off, requiring lots of force and water being thrown everywhere!
One final point is that the cup is BPA free - good for babies!
*MY SON AND THE CUP*
From the get go my son has loved this cup, he liked the independence of being able to pick it up himself and the 2 easy grip handles have made that possible for him.
The lid and spout are all made from hard plastic, while not good when the bang themselves in the head, great when they are teething, even when the cup was empty he would spend hours biting down on the spout which must have offered some relief for painful gums
There have, however, been many many occasions when it has been more fun to tip the cup up and watch the water drip out. I think this is more my little one than a cup fault because even now he likes to drink and then open his mouth so the water dribbles out....
*WHY WE STOPPED USING IT*
As I said I forgot it when we went on holiday so "upgraded" to the next stage cup, again my little one took well to this and as the next cup wasn't free flow we relegated this one to the back of the cupboard as the free flow meant he was getting soaked every time he used it and needed a full outfit change.
However, we have now found a new use for this, it has left our kitchen and now lives in the bathroom, its a great cup for hair washing!!
It's cheap (c.£2), its cheerful, its a great starting point. And if your little one doesn't take to drinking out of it then its a great bath addition!
What is this product?
This is a Tommee Tippee Basics First Cup made from BPA free plastic. The cup holds 190mls of liquid and features a scale on the side to show much much liquid is in the cup. The cup has two handles and a lid with a retractable free flow spout. These cups are suitable for use from 4 months old and come in a variety of bright transparent colours with pink, blue and green the most commonly stocked.
What do I like about this product?
If you have read some of my other reviews, then you'll know that I like brands and products which stand the test of time (like Clarks, Sudocream, Germolene). if my Granny and my Mum used it, I'm willing to pay more for it. That's the first plus for this little basic cup - I had one as a baby 30 odd years ago and design remains the same!
I love the simple, no nonsense design. It is a cup, it is not an all singing, all dancing musical toy. Often in life, simple is best. The size of the cup is in perfect proportion to what a baby from 4 months can
manage in terms of the size of the handles, the weight of the cup and so on. The lid fits firmly so even my two year old has not yet managed to get it off (hopefully I haven't just jinxed it...) and my mother in law at 70 finds it near impossible to get the lids off too. (my tip - the back of the lid has a little lip which sticks out over the edge of the cup, I lever the lip against the sink and the lid pops off easily).
I also love the design of the lid and spout on these cups. The spout can be folded away when not in use and retracts into the lid itself, thus making it completely leak free. I never once have experienced a leak with these cups and little hands cannot lift the spout up themselves (more on that later). The spout is free flow, which means the baby does not have to suck to get the liquid out - although once my daughter was a bit older she found the liquid didnt flow fast enough for her so did and does suck at it. The free flow system mimicks real drinking from an open cup so it is the first step and stops them soaking themselves every time they want a drink.
As I mentioned above, there is a scale on the side to show how much liquid is in the cup and this also features a marker to indicate the suitable juice to water ratio for babies - genius as long as you want to fill the cup almost to the top with juice.
Finally, I love the price! Some other reviewers of this product have mentionned that it is worth paying more for a good cup - well I got mine for £1.50 which was just about the cheapest one available, so for me it is top quality at the lowest price and the reason for that is that they have not gone bonkers trying to come up with a super sonic, amazing, revolutionary design and have just kept it simple, low cost and brilliant.
What do I dislike about this product?
There isn't much to dislike but the downside of the retractable spout is that babies will quickly learn to open it themselves and pouring water everywhere is a fun game!! Also, they are supposed to be dishwasher proof, but I find the plastic on the cup goes quite cloudy and I feel it then looks dirty all the time. I haven't found any negative effects on the lids so I tend to just pop them in and hand wash the cups - the lids get more grubby and are more fiddly to clean properly anyway.
Do I recommend this product?
Absolutely! i love the simple design, low price and if you mix and match cup and lid colours, it's quite nice (my favourite is blue cup / pink lid). I don't know anyone who hasn't got Tommee Tippee cups for their kids and I still use the 9 months plus ones without handles for my 2 year old (lid on when in the car, etc, lid off at the table).
Both of my children took to drinking out of beakers quite well considering they were pretty much breastfed 99.9% of the time. They had the occasional bottle of expressed milk, but they weren't that familiar with them as they simply weren't needed. My concern with that was how were they going to deal with using cups/beakers etc? Actually, very well, thanks to this item.
I was introduced to this particular cup when my son was a baby and he had a general review with the health visitors ( around the 6-8 month mark ). After his general check up, just to make sure I was happy with his development ( which I was-perfectly healthy ), the health visitor gave me some free items which included this cup in blue, toothpaste and some other useful bits and pieces. Even though he was breastfed at the time, I thought it was an ideal way to introduce water or juice to him.
Tommee Tippee are a company that produces products designed for mums, babies and young children, which range from breast pumps, nursing pads, weaning bowls, bottles, dummies, beakers, cups etc. Their products are available everywhere and tend to be reasonably priced. The reason why their products are bought by so many families out there is because they are practical, useful, well designed and generally make certain aspects of parent/motherhood just that little bit easier.
Whats special about this cup and how does it look?
This cup is designed for the use of babies from the age of 4 months old. They are dishwasher, microwave, steriliser safe and are BPA free ( an ingredient that helps plastic to become more durable and hard wearing, but there has been some evidence to indicate it can cause issues with health ). They are actually recommended by health professional for children to use and are specifically designed for little hands and mouth so easy to hold, use and comfortable.
I have had quite a few of these cups in different colour variations because of having two children, one being a boy the other being a girl. I have had blue, blue and green, yellow, orange you name it. So they come in various colours, but the plastic isn't completely opaque, so you can easily see how little or how much liquid is in them but the colour is clearly seen. They are not too big being 190ml in size, so can satisfy the thirst of little ones quite easily.
The cup comes in two sections: the lid and the cup itself so no major parts need to be put together hence easy to clean. Top simply is screwed on gently to use.
They are double handled with the top being where the spout is housed. The spout can be flipped down to run flat with the top of the cup for no spillage or just generally not in use, or flipped up so child can use it.
What do I think of this product?
I think its such a basic and simple design but so effective. Both of my children found using the cup very easy and this meant this was an ideal cup for them to first use. With my son I spent a small fortune buying different bottles/beakers/cups trying to find one he liked and would use, and it was this one that I got free that gave no problems at all.
This cup is easy to clean, great to travel with I loved the fact that you could pop the spout down which was easy for me to do and easy for my kids to do also( they soon got the hang of that one! ) Considering that these are one of the cheapest cups out there ( generally around the £1.80 mark in supermarkets but every few months for £1.00 when theres an offer on such as a Baby Event ) they are fantastic.
The only issue that I ever had with this product is most young children have them. So if I was at playgroup and brought my sons cup with us, chances are it would get mixed up with another childs. So I would like to see some patterns/designs on some of them, or more striking colours, just to make them stand out alittle more..
Would I buy again?Yes I would.One of the cheapest and best childrens cups ever!
I chose a Tommee Tippee cup for my daughter when she was ready for one as it was a brand I knew and trusted having used their bottles. I had also had several other baby items in their range and was always really happy with my purchases so wanted to give this a try.
The cup states that it is an easy cup to use to transition from a bottle to a cup so this was another reason that it appealed to me. The cup was really reasonably priced it was £2.50 from Tesco.
The cup is perfect for little hands. It is very simply made and has two handles (one at each side) so it is really easy for your little one to get hold of and keep hold of it. The cup is made from a thin plastic and is brightly colored so it appeals to babies. It is also quite light so it is easy for the baby to lift.
I have never had any experience of the cup leaking. On the packaging it says that it is leakproof and I would have to agree I certainly never had any issues with it. The lid lifts off easily for you to fill the cup and then fits securely back on.
When I started using it in the high chair and my little girl was very young it would sometimes get knocked onto the floor but even this did not cause it to spill or break so it is well made.
I think that the fact the spout on the cup is free flow means that it is easy for babies to get a drink out and similar to a bottle in that way so they do not get frustrated.
I have tried other cups that you have to suck to get the drink out and my daughter really seemed to struggle with this and much preferred this free flow design.
The design of the cup means that if you are packing it away for travel you can simply close the spout it just flips up and down so this prevents it from spilling. As your child gets a little older they will be able to do this themselves.
I would recommend this as a first cup for any baby it is ideal and easy to use at a reasonable price.
When we started weaning Kai we would sit him at the table with us in his high chair and he soon started showing an interest in our plates, bowls & his main obsession was soon our cups and glasses, he would strain to try and get hold of 1 so we decided he was ready to have his own cup, obviously a sippy.
The first one we bought was rubbish, Kai struggled to hold it because of the design of the handles and so we looked into what other ones were around and decided on this 1 which we bought from Tesco. It was about 6 months ago when we bought it so I can't remember how much it was but it can be easily found for under £5 so it's not expensive.
To be honest I didn't want to buy him a plastic cup because of how many chemicals are in plastic things, but I checked the manufacturer website and it does say that it is BPA free which put my mind at rest. The first thing that I like about these cups is the massive colour option and the relatively simple design. We bought a purple one but there's lots of choice.
The first bad thing that I will mention is the packaging. For some reason the manufacturers decided to stick some cardboard over it with the handles sticking out do it was hard to tell how big the actual cup was. Kai was always thirsty when we started weaning so I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be constantly refilling it, but I took the risk and it does actually hold a good amount (160ml I believe).
Kai loved his sippy as soon as we gave him it, and he immediately knew what it was for and got the hang of how to drink from it quite quickly, which of course is because he had a sippy previously but even if your baby hasn't had a sippy before it shouldn't take long for them to get used to it. The cup needs tipping right up because it has no valve so sucking on the teat doesnt get much liquid out. Kai didnt understand this concept so I did have to help him at first and there were a few spills.
The handles on both sides are a really good size (so the cup isn't fiddly or hard to grip) without adding any extra weight to the light weight cup so even when it was full Kai didn't struggle with it. As it is plastic it is very easy to wash. I'm not sure if its officially dish washer safe but I put it in our dish washer a few times and it was fine but a quick rinse before sterilising was normally good enough. The large teat was good when Kai was younger because he could easily drink from it and I liked that it folded down so that we could take it out with us without worrying it'd spill.
My reasons for purchasing this cup were simple-
I had been to an postnatal group when my son was 8 weeks old. Being a first time Mum I took to heart what I was told and cups were on topic. I was told that non spill cups made it harder for a baby to get drink out of the cup and free flow was better. I saw this going cheap in Asda and decided to get it. When my family knew what type I was using they got the same type for me. I now have about 5 all the same!
They are very simple to use- they have two handles making it easy to hold for a young child (my son started using his at 5 months, by 7 months we only used bottles for milk and he reliably drank from this). The lid simply clicks on rather than screws so it's very easy to remove and replace when refilling the drink.
The only gripe I have with this is you have to be careful how much drink you put in this. If you fill it too high when you snap the lid back on it wont go on spout down and spout up the drink flies in the air! I once made my son a beaker of tea (no sugar, half milk so no it wasn't boiling!) and as i snapped the lid back on tea flew in the air and splattered onto the kitchen ceiling (I still havent fully got that stain out!). I just want to add incase there is any doubt I didn't fill this drink right to the top, there was a 1-2 cm gap from drink to end of cup! There may be some way around this but I haven't found it!
The flip up lid claims to make it ideal for travel. I have however once put it in my changing bag- fully clipped on with the flip lid down only to find soggy nappies and soggy spare clothes. I now always put the beaker in a plastic carrier bag before putting it in the changing bag- just to be safe!
There is also a second stage cup which I think is used from babies to graduate on to from this. It's simply a cup like this, a little thinner and taller with no handles. Tyler prefers this one though.
Tyler is now 19 months and is taking more of an interest in cups. Presumably this is because they are what he sees me drinking from- if I'm drinking for a bottle he wants the bottle, if I'm drinking from a cup he wants the cup. He can't control a cup reliably yet though. I like the fact I can take the lid off this and use as a cup while obviously aiding him then snap it back on.
They're pretty easy to wash. They are dishwasher safe- I don't have a dishwasher myself and just handwash them but when staying at my mum they've washed just as well in a dishwasher.
The cups are advertised for 4m+. I didn't use mine that early as my son found the drink came out too fast and disliked using it.
If you turn the cup upside down drink comes out. Many babies won't do this on purpose and you'll probably only have minor spills. My son unfortunatly learnt that water came out the cup a month or two ago and if not watched he will upend his cup in any toy with holes, his highchair, his lap or his toys when giving them a pretend drink! This is a tad annoying but I can't really put it as a disadvantage as its a free flow cup so what do I expect!
These are very cheap, you can currently pick them up at Asda for just £1.48. None of my cups have ever broken despite being taken out with us numerous times and being thrown across the room at times by my toddler so for under £1.50 I think that's excellent value for money.
I'd highly reccomend, especially to those taking that step from bottle to beaker!
I would give it 5 stars but have to take off 1 for the leaking incident and my tea stained ceiling!
I cannot speak highly enough of these cups! When I had my first child (of 3) six years ago, I tried all the expensive cups with non-spill valves, faffy lids, singing and dancing promises and the like - and they were terrible! The valves generally meant it was harder for the child to get the liquid out; the faffy lids snapped off, etc etc. Then I was recommended to use this cup and I haven't looked back!
The design is simple - the spout flips up for child to drink or down to stop liquid coming out; there are two easy to hold handles, making it easy for even little babies to grasp. The size of the cup is great as it is not too big for babies. The spout has freeflow holes in so if you tip it up liquid comes out, but this is a good thing for me as I would rather my baby can access drinks easily than worry about the odd drip (it is never a large amount).
For my kids, these cups have lasted until they are ready to drink out of a cup without a lid - I never bothered with bigger cups in this design as this one works great and holds enough. When you are ready for no lid, you can simply remove the lid on this one and use it without, as it pushes on rather than screwing on.
They awsh really well in the dishwasher, and come in different colours. One tip is that I mix and match the wrong lids on mine when taking out and about (e.g. pink cup with green lid) to distinguish which one is mine, as they are very popular and it is easy to get mixed up.
They wash easily becaause of the free flow - it is easy to rinse the spout, and I also put mine in the top rack of the dishwasher and they never have any problems. They are sturdy and hardwearing, and I go to toddler groups where these have been used for years without needing replacing. Fab!
There are loads of cups available for babies, the main variations being that some cups halve valves and require the baby to suck in order to get the drink, and others that are free-flow, where simply tipping the cup will result in some of the drink leaving the cup. We needed a free-flow cup. We used the Tommee Tippee First Cup (suitable for ages 4 months and up) and also some cheaper free flow cups from Poundland. They were the same size and shape, but within days their inferiority was apparent.
The Tommee Tippee First Cup is well designed and long lasting. Made of durable plastic (BPA free) it is a two handled cup with a lid that pushes off. Tightly fitting, this lid is very hard for me to get off so is secure in the hands of Baby CrazyEgg. To remove the lid I have to hold the cup with two hands and push the lid up with both thumbs. The lid has a small area that stands proud of the cup to enable you to do this. This was a feature that was missing from the cheaper cups so they were harder to operate. Some had screw on lids, but, although they were dishwasher friendly, I found that after washing them the lids would not screw back fully. Not only was this not great from the point of view of keeping liquid in the cup, but it also made drinking more difficult as the drinking spout could not be positioned centrally between the handles.
One important design feature of the cup concerns the drinking spout. The spout is on a pivot so that it can be flipped down and no liquid can escape from the two small holes. This means that you can transport liquid without spillage, and if Baby takes a mind to wave the cup around and bash it repeatedly on their tray, you can minimise the clearing up by flipping the lid down, and they can continue to enjoy their larks. Again, this was a feature that was absent on the cheaper cups.
When the spout is in the closed position it is contained within the lid of the cup. This means that if it is dropped no force is applied directly to the spout: it is safe, protected and secure within its hollowed out area. This hollow is longer than the spout so it is very easy to take hold of it and flip it back up when the drinking resumes. Moreover, this hollow is good in that it will house baby's tiny nose when they are drinking. With the cheaper cups Baby CrazyEgg was found to be squashing her nose against the lid, something that she did not like, oh no, did not like at all. This would perhaps be less of an issue if your baby was adept at sucking, But Baby CrazyEgg was somewhat out of practice.
The handles on either side of the cup are comfortable for tiny hands to grasp and the lid ensures that they do not pour the entire drink over themselves. The cup holds a maximum 190mls which is enough to cause a small flood in the kitchen or wherever the drinking takes place, as well as requiring that you give Baby a full clothes and nappy change. You may discover this if you interpret your Baby's squeaks as "Hey Mum, why don't you take off the lid and let me show off my excellent fine motor skills and co-ordination?" You may also discover that the cup is large enough for Baby to reach a hand in and give the contents a good splosh round. Baby CrazyEgg is able to do this at 16 months, but is particularly small being just on the 0.4th centile.
The cup is available in a variety of colours, but usefully, they are all translucent meaning you can see how much of the drink has been drunk, or at least, left the cup. It is also useful in combination with the measurement markings on the side of the cup, when drinks need to be diluted, or specific amounts given, though the measurements are approximate and slightly odd in that they start with 17mls, then 50ml, 100ml, 150ml and 190ml.
The cups and their lids are suitable for use in a dishwasher and we have previously sterilised them in a Milton tank. The cups have been in use for about six months and despite being thrown or falling from high chair to tiled floor on many occasions show no signs of damage or wear and tear.
My son had a Tommee Tippee First Cup when he was a baby, and to be honest, he still uses it now but without the lid. I choose the Tommee Tippee First Cup because it was in my local chemist and it looked like a good design and a very good price - and so I opted for it. The Tommee Tippee First Cup cost me £2.50, but it is currently available from Lloyds Pharmacy (www.lloydspharmacy.com) for just £1.99. I think this price is excellent because it is a cup that will last you through babyhood and toddler hood and so it really does offer you value for money.
The Tommee Tippee First Cup is a cup which the manufacturers say can be used from four months only. From my experience, I actually think that four months is a little too young, but my son was able to comfortably use it from about 5.5 - 6 months old. The cup is made of plastic and comes in a variety of colours. My son has a blue cup which is slightly transparent and so it's possible to see how much liquid is in the cup. The only decoration on the cup is the Tommee Tippee logo. On the side of the cup are two plastic handles which are wide enough for a young child to get their chubby little hands comfortably around. I like the fact that there are handles on both sides of the cup because this allowed my son to hold the cup with more stability, but it also allowed me to hold one side of the cup to help stabilise it if he wasn't concentrating on what he was doing. On the top of the cup was a plastic cover, which is obviously something that helps young children from spilling drink everywhere. The lid fits on securely and does not come undone unless deliberately pulled off. It is easy for me to remove, but it was stiff enough for my son to not be able to remove without a lot of effort! There is then a flip up and flip down plastic spout which allowed my son to drink directly from - and obviously because the spout is small, it regulates how much he could put in his mouth at any one time! I like the fact that the spout can be flipped down which essentially closes the spout and so it can be stored in a bag without leaking.
The Tommee Tippee First Cup is dishwasher proof and the only damage over the few years I've owned this is the fact that the Tommee Tippee logo looks a little warn. The cup has no scratches or cracks, despite extensive use, and there are still no leaks. Like I said, now my son uses it as a normal cup without the lid, but it is still good to be able to use the lid when we're out and about.
Overall, I think this is a good cup for young children and I recommend it.
- Why I Bought -
While I was pregnant last year I went a little crazy in Sainsbury's when there was an offer on baby feeding equipment and came away with a variety of items I wouldn't need for a good few months. One of my purchases was the Tommee Tippee First Beaker.
- The Beaker -
The beaker is very simple in design with only two parts. The cup itself is made from transparent light green plastic (also available in pink or blue). It has two handles for the baby to grab onto. The lid is also made from light green plastic but it isn't transparent. The spout is made from the same hard plastic so it is quite different to a bottle teat. This particular beaker has a free flow design rather than a valve. The spout can easily be pulled up allowing baby to drink or pushed down which stops any liquid getting out. The lid is easy to put onto the cup and remove again as the lid is not perfectly round so there is a ledge of plastic to pull up. Once the lid is on it is well secured. Of course it could be used without a lid for when baby learns to drink from a cup. Over all it looks simple but attractive and the range of colours are nicely suited to boys and girls.
- Drinking from the beaker -
I first gave the beaker to my son when he was four months old as this was the recommended age to use it from. I knew I would be weaning him onto baby food soon so I wanted him to get used to drinking water from a beaker. He instantly liked the cup and wanted to hold it all the time! He quite quickly got used to holding onto the handles and they were easy for his little hands to grip onto. The cup is light so it is reasonably easy for a baby to lift up, although this took my son a while to get the hang of. The free flow spout makes it easy for my son to drink out of but unfortunately it also makes it easy for him to soak himself! I don't mind this if we are at home but in a restaurant or at someone else's house this can be irritating. This is made worse by the fact that my son really enjoys shaking the beaker and throwing it on the floor! But overall he does get on well with the cup as has found it much easier to drink from compared to some of the valve beakers.
- A parent's view -
There are quite a few things I like about this beaker. Firstly it is transparent so it is easy to see how much liquid is left in it. It also has measurements up the cup so you can keep track of how much the baby has drunk (it holds just under 200 ml). I really like that I can put the beaker into the changing bag to take out with us and it won't leak. When the spout is down it is very good at stopping liquid coming out and as I have already mentioned the lid stays nicely secured to the cup. I also like that it is easy for me to take the lid on and off and to move the spout up and down but my son can't do this himself. I find the beaker very easy to clean, especially compared to the valve beakers, and it has survived the microwave steriliser too.
- Price and Availability -
I have seen these in most of the supermarkets as well as Boots and Wilkinson's. Prices seem to vary from between £1-2. I think it is worth this price. It does seem to be cheaper than many other beakers available.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend this beaker as generally I have been pleased with it. It is easy for my son to hold and drink from which is the most important thing. It is also easy to clean, assemble, take apart and it doesn't leak in my bag. The only downside is that the free flow spout makes it easy for the liquid to freely flow all over my son! At under £2 I think it is certainly worth a try.