As any parent knows it can be a minefield when choosing baby equipment, this is no different when it comes to which cups to give your child. There are so many choices and they can cost a LOT of money. I was given a tommee tippee flip up spout cup from the health visitor at one of my son's health reviews, then another from the local children's centre, and another at weaning clinic so my first few came free, and recommended by health professionals in my area.
So what's so special about this cup?
To be honest there's nothing overly special, its a basic plastic cup with 2 handles and a lid. the spout on the lid can be pushed flat to prevent spillage when out and about. They come in a wide range of colours, we currently own blue, green, aqua/turquoise, pink, red and orange ones.
I have found a few in the pound shop for £1 (if you hadn't guessed), but they can range in price to £2.07 at mothercare and over £3.99 on amazon.
So how are they?
We used them with my son and bought more when I had my daughter so they must be doing something right. They do pretty much what they say they do. they are easy for a baby to hold, and don't spill when closed. Of course if the cup is knocked over with the spout open it will spill but so will any other cup. One downside is if you fill the cup a little too full, when you push the lid on you get a fountain of milk over yourself, your worktops and the roof.
Both my children found this cup easy to use, with both I used at meal times with water from 6 months and from 12 months I substituted their bottles of milk for beakers of milk with no problems.
I can also vouch for how long lasting they are. I still have a few which were used with my son 5 years ago. I have however thrown some of the lids away as my son chewed on them and I didn't feel they were hygienic enough to use a second time around, but the actual cups are still in use and are used for practicing drinking without a lid and as a bowl for snacks.
Over the 5 years the design has stayed the same, so I can fit new lids onto old cups, and I can mix and match the colours. Ok that's a lie, I'm just too lazy to search around to find the right colour lid for the cup so just grab whichever is on top.
I would recommend this cup to parents of young children. they are no frills but do the job they are designed for. I have over the years used different, more fancy (more expensive) cups but we always come back to the trusty old tommee tippee beaker.
I have given this cup 4/5 stars, the star is lost for the times I've had to mop my roof when milk has squirted onto it. Other than that, great cup.
When it comes to baby/toddler cups there are hundreds about and range from around £1 up to £7 or £8. Its difficult to know where to start and how much to spend. Alot of it is trail and error and what works for your child. This is review is how it was for me but your child may love it.
I tried the tommee tippee cups as a first cup with my first and second daughters. Mainly I choose them as they were super cheap. I only paid 99p in aldis baby event. They are widely available in supermarkets, baby stores and online but prices vary slightly. They are available in a few different bright colours and I've owned the pink and orange.
Unfortunately for us neither of my girls liked them. They say the cup is suitable from 4 months but the spout is so different from a teat or nipple I dont see many 4 month olds taking to it.
The cup itself is pretty basic. The main cup is transparent coloured plastic with the tommee tippee logo and 2 curved plastic handles. I do like that you can see how much is in there easily. The lid clips on and then has a plastic spout with three holes that can be folded down for on the go.
I found the lid leaked alot and because you have to have the spout up to click it on properly I always got covered in juice when pushing it down. For my girls the liquid flowed far too quickly through the spout and they'd end up soaked. It definitely needs improving in that respect.
My toddler only uses the cup now without the lid and its fine for that.
its easy to wash and cleans up easily. I've used it in the dishwasher numerous times and its held up pretty well.
Overall it just wasn't for us. Its okay for older toddlers without the lid but no way can I see a 4 month old getting on with it.
Since my little boy has been 6 months old he has used a Tommee Tippee sippy cup to have his water in.
It's a plastic cup with two handles either side, a removable lid with a flipping sipping spout.
The handles are nice and thin allowing little hands to grasp on to then with ease allowing for easy drinking.
The cup itself have measuring markers on the side and holds 190ml, this is ideal for keeping tabs on how much your little one is drinking.
The removable lid makes filling it easy, but I do find this lid quite hard to remove. However I suppose it does need to be a snug for it to prevent leakaging.
The flip drinking lid is design for free flowing sipping but has holes in the tip to stem the flow. It flips up and down to prevent spillages. I find it also stops leaks in my bag. My little boy is 2 years old now and is more than capable of lifting it up and down.
There is an array of Baby Events on in supermarkets at the moment selling these for 99p when normally they sell for £1.48.
I've seen these for sale in orange, light blue, dark blue, turquoise and pink. All are vibrant, bright colours.
The age recommendation on this cup is 4 months + but as you can see I'm still using it now and my little boy is 2 years old but he has now started asking to have the lid off it to drink with.
The only down side to this cup that I can think of is if you try to put the lid on with the spout it can be difficult as there seems to be an air lock form preventing it closing. If you do manage to put the lid on and then raise the spout the liquid squirts out. (You have been warned!!)
I would recommend this cup to anyone with a child requiring a sippy up as is a simple but practical design.
Tommee Tippee seem to be an almost obscenely popular brand. If infancy was high school, Tommee Tippee would be the brand of the trainers (or coat, or bag) you just *have* to have to fit in (and milk would be the new marijuana, but I won't get into that).
The company make other products for a various stages of infant development: from bottles to cups and from teethers to dummies. They even sell their own branded thermometers and baby monitors. Tommee Tippee describe themselves as 'award winning' and their website also offers advice on a wide range of parenting issues.
You may not put much throught into what you drink out of (I once gave my friend an infusion of Fanta mouth-to-mouth), but according to Tommee Tippee it's as complicated as rocket surgery. There are a wide range of beakers, straws, sip cups, quenchers and trainers - no goblets as of yet - but by far the most popular Tommee Tippee product is the catchily named "Tommee Tippee Tip-It-Up First Cup Plus" we have here. According to the website Tommee Tippee have changed the name to simply "Tommee Tippee Basics First Cup".
The "cup" (as I shall call it) is about 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide and made of translucent plastic with a hard opaque plastic lid in a complimentary colour to the main body. Tommee Tippee guarantees all plastics used in their baby products are BPA free. As a first cup it is recommended for ages 4 months and above. It falls under the 'weaning' section of their website.
The cup holds 190 ml of fluid. The handles are sturdy and big enough for small hands to grip. The cup is available in pink, blue and orange. I have also seen it in red and purple. The cup is a free-flow type, which means a baby doesn't have to suck to drink - just to, well, tip it up. The 'spout' is the same hard plastic of the lid, but is hinged to fold down against the lid when not in use, supposedly stopping leaks. In theory, great. In practice, this does not work.
First of all, babies are smarter than we give them credit for. Sure, they may not read Voltaire or initiate discussions on fractal mathematica, but they can easily work out how to lift up the flip-top spout. Well, my niece could, and took great pleasure in soaking both herself, the kitchen and us.
This brings me to the biggest qualm I have with the cup: as useful as it is for 4 months and above, an infant simply uses it as a 'Baby's First' Super Soaker. If your child isn't into water fights, if they miss their mouth, the free flow design means the water will just spill down their front. Especially at first, as a baby transitions from being fed by breast or traditional bottle, it can be very messy and wet indeed. Fine motor skills are not the forte of babies. However, a tenet of baby-led weaning (which is how my niece was weaned) is that mess is how they learn. Tangentially, this cup is in-line with the baby-led weaning criteria (any drinking cup is, as long as it doesn't have a 'valve'). As for travelling with us out-and-about, we knew the cup leaks more than a sneezing sieve so we always put it in a zip-lock bag before going anywhere. I'd recommend the same method as there was always a small puddle in the corner of the bag.
As well as the drencher aspect, the hard plastic of the spout was very tempting for my niece to bite as she was teething. Unfortunately the spout obviously wasn't doing much for her, in fact, if anything I think it was hurting her teeth. A useful feature is the line within the cup to ensure you don't over-fill it. As the plastic is translucent it's pretty obvious how much water is inside and how much your child has drunk (or hurled around the room). As well as that, the cup, especially with water in, is reasonably heavy, and she took joy in slamming it around. I was worried she would hurt herself, and also the furniture and all people involved. I don't think she did, though...
The lid fits on top of the cup as you'd expect, but I found it was quite stiff to push on firmly. I had to use both hands and all my combined body weight to hear that 'click'. Once I gave it to her without waiting for that elusive click to signify it was properly secure, and my niece managed to knock the lid off. This was my own fault, but still enough to curse Mr. Tippee over. Likewise, the lid is difficult to take off to re-fill or clean. I commend the design for being so secure, but it does take effort to get there.
We ended up buying two of these cups, both in pink, as one never returned after she went home. Both cups were £1.49 from Sainsbury's. On Amazon at time of writing, the price varies from £1.99 to £14.50 (!), so they are cheap enough if you want to buy multiples to give to carers. It is obviously worth shopping around, and these cups are available at Argos, Boots, Mothercare, Mamas & Papas, Kiddicare and the usual supermarket stockists. One word of advice, though - as it is incredibly popular first cup at nurseries and playgroups, writing your child's name in permanent marker (or otherwise labeling it - though paper labels will easily become soaked, I'd wager) might be a really good idea and save some confusion in the long run.
According to the Tommee Tippee website this cup is approved and recommended by health experts. As a first cup, it is great value for money, but it is not without faults. It is dishwasher, microwave and steriliser safe (though I wouldn't recommend microwaving it as it would quickly become too hot for a baby to safely hold). At 19 months, my niece has out-grown it for pastures greener, but for over a year this was an extremely simple and extremely useful way for her to learn how to drink.
For more information on the Tommee Tippee company and the range of cups and bottles they manufacture, visit http://www.tommeetippee.co.uk/
I initially brought my daughter the Tommee Tippee Explora First Sips cup, however she did not get on very well with this due to the need to suck to get the drink out, due to the no spill valve. Already a huge fan of Tommee Tippee products I decided to buyt the Tommee Tippee first sips cup instead.
This cup is suitable from 4months of age and comes in the cup is in two parts the lid and the base and wieghs around 90g. There is a handy measuring guide on the side of the cup so that you know how much your child has drunk. To drink the child simply tips up the cup, there is no need to for them to suck, but a risk of spills.
The cup can be brought in supermarks, chemists and online at retailers such as Amazon. Cost varies from £2- £4.
This cup is extremely well made and durable but does not look at stylish as the Explora version However my daughter finds it much easier to drink from this cup, and really enjoys being a big girl. She finds to very easy to hold and grip and we have only had a few minor spills which is to be expected.
I would highly recommend this cup for little ones. My daughter started using hers at 5 months and absolutely loves it- so much so we have brought several more so we have spares.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
When my little girl began to learn how to drink we bought her one of these cups. I hadn't heard of them before but now that I see them everywhere and they seem to be the number one choice of cup for helping children learn to drink.
=== Tommee Tippee ===
Tommee Tippiee is a well known brand in the baby world. They make a variety of feeding products and I have a vague memory of having had a feeding cup of some kind when I was little. They make bottles and even sterilisers now too. It is a brand which people feel they can trust so I am not surprised that these little beakers are so popular.
=== First cup ===
When your baby is only used to drinking from a breast or bottle it can be a very strange sensation for them when drinking from something which is free-flowing. It can result in lots of coughing and spluttering and surprise as water or juice flows out freely. It can take a while for a baby to adjust to feeding like this and so having the right cup is important. There are lots of different cups and beakers available and what suits one may not suit another. We bought a few different kinds as Millie kept choking but in the end it seemed to be this cup which was the best for her.
It is very easy to use. It is a plastic beaker with handles on either side and a lid with a little spout on. The beaker itself has a few measurements on the side which is really useful so if you're monitoring how much you are putting in you can do. There is also a line to show you where not to overfill. The cups come in various different colours and some have little pictures on. This makes them really appealing to young children as they are bright and interesting.
The lid snaps on top of the cup just by placing it on and pushing it down. Taking it off can be difficult. The spout folds down so that the drink doesn't spill and I have found if the spout is folded down then it is harder to get the lid off so if you are struggling to pull the lid off always check that the spout is up first as this can make it easier to come off. I always take off the lid over the sink or of that's not possible then over a few serviettes as sometimes- because it is quite stiff to come off- it can result in some juice spilling. The difficulty of the lid to come off occasionally is the only criticism of this cup I can think of.
=== Learning to drink ===
This cup does teach children how to drink. The spout has three little holes in and it is free-flowing so whenever it is tipped up so water runs into the spout it will come out. This means that your little one has to learn how to swallow the liquid and move the cup away whilst they do so. At first this is a complicated process and you will find your little one will cough a lot, juice will run everywhere and it can be a bit messy but this is how they learn! I always hovered around with a cloth in my hand ready to wipe up all the spillages that would take place! Despite the spluttering that would happen it wasn't a traumatic experience for my baby, in fact, she liked it, she must have found it amusing and liked the juice so much that it would make her do it again and again!
Over the course of a few weeks my little girl learnt to hold the cup with two hands and hold it up to her mouth. She learnt that tipping the cup meant the juice would come out and that if she tipped it back down again it would stop. She learnt how to swallow the juice and then begin to tip it up again without it being a big dramatic coughing fit which resulted in juice spilling everywhere. After a few months she also learnt how to put the spout down but would struggle to pull it back up again on her own and this would result in some frustration but then she learnt how to pull it back up and then it was me who was frustrated as she would often do this and then tip the cup upside down on her highchair tray to watch the juice come out!
=== Fun ===
Drinking sounds like a very simple thing but actually this cup made it really fun! My daughter would be delighted every time she saw her bright blue beaker come out of the cupboard and the fun of feeling independent whilst using this was obvious. She would snatch it out of my hands wanting to do it herself and seemed to really enjoy lifting it to her mouth and attempting to drink. When the juice would fall down her neck and things she would laugh about it and seemed to enjoy nothing more than making a mess with it epecially when she learnt if you turn it upside down then it will drip away and she could make pretty patterns of juice all over the place!
=== Conclusion ===
This is a great first cup which will help to teach your little ones useful skills from learning about swallowing and drinking to little skills such as being able to move the spout up and down which helps to improve fine motor skills. For parents it is very practical as you can see how high you are filling it and how much is left (although how much has gone all over the table is a different matter!) and it's only small so you can put it in your bag and take it out with you. I always put mine inside a bag incase it spilt although we never had any incidents as just lying the spout back seemed to be enough. They cost from around £1-£3 depending upon where you get them from and I think they are well worth this. They are very easy to clean, we would just wash them up with soap and water and it would be clean, even the spout. We still have ours and when Millie is poorly she likes to have one for comfort and it's still in fantastic condition so well worth the money.
WHAT IS IT?
A baby drinking cup that is made by Tommee Tippee. It is called a Tip It Up cup because it has got a valve that should stop your baby from tipping juice out of it and making a mess.
DOES IT WORK?
It is a good baby cup but my daughter is only 8 months and she has already found out that if she shakes it in one way then she can spill her juice so it is not very leakproof.
I like the plain round design of the cup and the only decoration on it is the Tommee Tippee brand name on the front. My daughter has got the cup in an aquamarine colour and it is attractive and a good colour for girls or boys. It has got 2 handles and they are the right size and thickness, my daughter holds hers when she is sitting in her feeding chair and can hold it straight and tip it up even though she has not been using a cup for very long. The spout flips open and closed but I would not trust it not to leak if I flipped it closed and put it into my bag to be transported so I fill it up when my daughter needs a drink instead of in advance of time.
WHAT I THINK
I have already said that it is a good cup and I am happy for my daughter to continue to use it but I think she needs to be supervised all the time while she is drinking from it and that will be harder when she is a bit older and is walking around with her cup. I do not want spilt juice around my home so I will look for a more effective leak proof cup.
I like the straight design because it is easy to wash up and even the join on the spout is wide so you can wash it with a baby bottle brush. I only give my daughter juice in her cup and so it is very easy to keep it clean but if you use it for milk drinks you would need to clean it very carefully to stop milk getting trapped round the valve of the spout and making the cup smell bad. I would not use it for milk.
My daughter got used to it very quickly and the spout is soft so she chews on it when she is teething but has not marked it yet. She drinks from it and does not have any problems with tipping the cup up to drink, she started to use it about 3 weeks ago and it was this week that she got complete confidence to lift the cup, drink and place it back on her tray.
2 Dooyoo Stars because it does still leak when the cup is shaken or banged down even though Tommee Tippee and a lot of other mothers say it doesn't.
I recently purchased Jayden a Tommee Tippee Tip It Up Non Spill Cup, whilst he is still having his milk from his bottles, I was finding that a bottle wasn't really ideal if he wanted a drink of juice between meals. He received a dinner set as a Christening present which included a baby cup with a lid and two handles, however I found that when I tipped the cup up for him the juice came out too quickly and would spill so I decided to have a look around for a more suitable cup for his juice and came across this one.
The Tommee Tippee Tip It Up None Spill Cup didn't actually come in any packaging, it simply had a plastic label stuck around the middle of it which contained the name of the product in different bright colours, it also contained a small amount of product information as well, this was literally it for the packaging and this label could easily be removed by tearing along the perforated edge. There was a small information booklet about the cup rolled up inside it, there was nothing fancy about the packaging at all, however it did tell you all you needed to know.
The Tommee Tippee Non Spill Cup consists of a large plastic rounded container, this is transparent blue in colour, it then has a lime green circle with two large handles coming from it, this holds the teat of the cup in place and screws on top of the container, the two handles stick out either side of the container. The cup then has a clear plastic lid which is shaped and sits over the teat to help protect it and keep it clean when it is not being used, however this lid does not clip in place so it could fall off if the cup was tipped up or even become lost.
The teat is made from a soft clear rubbery type material similar to that of a bottle teat, however this one is more flat, hollow and rectangle in shape, it has a small opening inside it which seals the teat preventing it from spilling when tipped upside down or knocked over, however this opening will open when sucked by your baby to release the juice inside. The Non Spill Cup has a soft teat which is designed to help protect sensitive gums and it also supports your babies natural oral development.
There is nothing on the container part of the cup that says how much drink it will hold, however it is quite large, I find that the amount Jayden drinks only looks like a small amount in the bottom of the container, however the large container is useful if you are going out as you can take plenty with you in one cup meaning you do not have to take several to last the day.
The cup is aimed at babies from 4 months onwards, they also come in a range of colours suitable for both boys and girls, when I purchased mine there were only a couple of colours available either blue and green or green and yellow, we purchased the green and blue one, my husband is an Ipswich fan and would not have let the green and yellow (Norwich colours) in the house let alone allowed Jayden to drink from it!! Whilst these colours are more suited for boys I think the cup does come in more girlie colours it was just our Tesco didn't have them in stock at the time.
When you purchase the Tommee Tippee Non Spill Cup it comes fully assembled, however in order to clean it properly you do need to take it apart. When you put the cup back together you simply push the teat inside the green circle that screws onto the container making sure that the dimple in the teat lines up with the dimple in the circle, this ensures that the teat is positioned correctly for when you baby is ready to drink out of it, you them simply screw the whole things onto the top of the container ensuring it is screwed on tightly so that it cannot leak. Putting the cup back together is very simple and only takes a minute, however getting the teat back inside the circle can be a bit fiddly at times.
The cleaning instructions come inside the information booklet that comes with the cup, these state that you should wash the product before the first use. It then goes on to say that the cup should be washed each time it is used. This product should be washed in warm soapy water and then rinsed, or it can be put in the dishwasher, however you should not use solvent or harsh chemicals. You can also sterilise the Cup using steam with either electric or microwave sterilisers, it can also be sterilised using boiling or cold water tables or liquid solutions. Personally I just wash Jayden's up in warm soapy water rather than sterilising it and find this works very well at keeping it clean and ready for the next use.
Storage and Use
In their information booklet there is a section called storage and use, this includes different points which will help you to get the best out of your Tommee Tippee Non Spill Cup and include
* Inspect before each use and throw away at the first sign of damage
* Do not leave in direct sunlight or sources of heat
* Do not allow it to come into contact with solvent or harsh chemicals
* Not suitable for use in a conventional or combination microwave oven
* Keep all components out of reach of children
* Do not leave in sterilisation solution for longer than recommended as this may weaken the teat
* The teat can accommodate hot and fizzy drinks, however it is recommended that the cup is used only for milk, water or juice at these age stages.
The warnings section also appears in the information booklet and these are designed to help keep your baby safe when using the cup, these include
* Always use with adult supervision
* Never use the teat as a soother
* Always check food/ drink temperature before feeding
Price and availability
I purchased our Tommee Tippee Tip It Up Non Spill Cup from Tesco, although Tommee Tippee products are also readily available from other shops and supermarkets which have a baby section. The cup is usually sold for £3.99, however when I purchased it it was on offer for £2.00, personally I feel the cup is very reasonably priced even when not on offer, I would be more than happy to pay the full amount for this as it is of an excellent quality and in my opinion well worth the money.
Jayden has used his Non Spill Cup everyday since we purchased it and I have been extremely pleased with it, he can suck the teat in a similar way to his bottle and get just the right amount of juice out of it, the fact that it is non spill allows him to control how much he is drinking at once whereas with his original cup the juice would just pour out too quickly and he was unable to manage it, however with this cup the juice does not spill at all and there is very little mess when he is drinking from it.
The cup is reasonably light meaning he is able to hold it himself, the handles are of a decent size for little hands to grip, I find Jayden does now try to hold the cup himself as he drinks, although he doesn't always tip it up quite enough and ends up sucking air so I do have to help him a little, although he seems pleased to think he's doing it all himself.
The cup is excellent value for money and the fact that it means Jayden can drink his juice without getting a wet top makes it in my opinion well worth the money. I would highly recommend the Tommee Tippee Tip It Up Cup as it really does what it says, the juice does not leak if you tip the cup up or knock it over and it is perfect to start introducing your baby to using a cup without the mess. Jayden seems to be pleased with his new cup as well, before he had the non spill cup he would get fed up with his juice quickly and didn't show a lot of interest, I think because he found it hard to cope with the speed of the flow, however with this one he cant get enough of it and even cries once it is empty and wants it back again. I would definitely purchase this cup again in the future should this one need replacing.
Moving on from a bottle to a cup was something I wasn't sure on how to approach with my daughter, because I wasn't sure if she'd go from the sucking motion to the drinking motion easily. We tried a few cups, ones with natural spouts and so on, but then my mum gave me one of these. She'd bought it in Poundland, and they sold it in a vibrant pink or a turquoise blue. It's basic, but it looks nice.
The cup part has two handles and is see-through in either pink or blue with the Tommee Tippee logo in white on the front. The lid is opaque and in a softer pink / blue, and presses down to secure. The spout is well formed with three holes.
It's pretty easy to use, just fill up and go, one point to note is - this isn't a travel cup and has no way of securing the spout so I'd suggest buying the travel version of this cup too, which has a flip up spout, I managed to find it in Asda for £1 so well worth it. We use the non travel one at home and to go to nursery for afternoon milk.
My daughter finds this so easy to drink from, it took her a while to understand you need to tip it up to get the juice / water / milk out but once she'd picked it up from the other babies at nursery she was away.
It's very easy indeed to clean as there are no fiddly bits, I have to say though, we put ours in the dishwasher and I think it's shrunk slightly, because the lid is extremely tight now - which is great as my daughter can't get it off but I do have to use my teeth to get the lid off now! So you may be better off just rinsing it under the tap if it's not too dirty.
I really can't recommend this enough - for a pound, you can afford to buy plenty, we have one at each grandparents, one for nursery, two for home and a travel one, and they're worth every penny. They're easy to use and clean, and sturdy, too, my daughter throws them around and they're strong and shatter proof.
I have to give these five out of five - a premium brand in baby ware selling a great value item in nice colours which my daughter loves to use. Brilliant.
This cup is a hard plastic, with two handles for little ones to hold easily, the mouth piece can move from being in the up position for drinking, and bent down to close, because if you tip the cup upside down in the open position the drink will leak out. It's good that it doesn't leak at all when it's in the close position, so it's fine for putting in a bag, without the worry of it going to leak and the cup is not too big, so it can easily fit in the pocket of my changing bag or my handbag.
At first I found it really hard to open as it's a suction design, you have to push the lid off to open, it's not a screw top, I stuck it under the water, that helped to get the lid off, and it gets easier to open the more you use the cup. Also don't fill it up to much because when pushing the lid back on drink will squirt out of the mouth piece.
I bought this cup when my little girl was around 4 or 5 months. At first she wouldn't even try, I would just fill it up with a little water and occasional put it to her mouth to see if she would take a sip. It didn't take too long for her to start to sip, but at first because its free flow, she would take a bit too much and couth, but she soon got used to it. It was about 8 months before she could drink from the cup on her own.
My daughter still uses this cup, she is now 14 months old, I have got a couple other types of cups but she seems to drink more from this cup compared to others. It has measurements on the side of the cup which is meant to help you monitor how much your little one is drinking, but I have rarely used this because my girl loves to tip the cup upside down, and get the drink everywhere, so the reading is not very reliable. Though this type of cup is meant to prepare your child for when they start to use open cups, so I prefer to use this type instead of the non drip cups.
My daughter really likes this cup. I would recommend this cup, if you don't mind a little bit a mess.
This is a review of Tommee Tippee Tip-It-Up First Cup Plus which we have bought for our daughter a while ago in the attempt to move her on from rubber teats. You can use these from 4 months on and we wanted to try something else for water and juice.
The cup holds a small drink so would not be big enough for us to take out and about with us as my daughter drinks a lot through the day. The body has two handles and a pop on lid with a spout which has two positions so it can be stored without spilling.
We have tried this cup many times and each time it goes back in the cupboard as it just causes so much mess. The problem is with dripping. With the spout up, my daughter likes to hold it upside drown and watch the contents drip out and even give it a shake to make this happen faster. She fills up the tray on her high chair with the drink and happily rubs her hands around in it and dips her face in to lap it up.
I have cleaned the cup and sterilised it and it still looks as good as new. It will withstand the baby bottle brush easily and also seems to be pretty much chew proof too which is good as little teeth will make holes in the teats of other styled bottles and cups.
We had a total disaster with this cup and it really put me off but I have known people have real successes with this cup, particularly when battling with purely breast fed babies who have not taken to a bottle. We always used a bottle with expressed milk as well as breast feeding and cooled kettle water in between so our daughter became soon used to drinking from lots of different styles! I do think this style cup is worth a try as not all children will want to try dripping their drink everywhere but for us it is a problem.
We bought our cup from the supermarket for around £2 which is not a bad price. Tommee Tippee is a popular brand which is widely stocked online and in store so this style cup should not be hard to find should you wish to give it a try.
I ought to go through the container in the kitchen with all the abandoned bottles and drinking vessels we have tried in our daughters 20 months on this planet, it is immense! It seems the quest continues for the perfect solution... We tried the Tommee Tippee Tip-It-Up First Cup Plus and it went back in to the cupboard.
I have mixed feelings about these Tommee Tippee cups. When my daughter started trying solids at around 7 months of age, we bought her one of these for £2 from the local supermarket, Asda I think it was, so that she could have water with her small meals. They are certainly bright and eye-catching, light and easy to hold, and durable enough not to dent when dropped on the floor countless times. They are also BPA-free which is great news since BPA is in most plastic products and proven as harmful to little children and babies.
However, using this cup has never been that straightforward, as my daughter finds it more fun to tip her cup upside down and lose all the contents down her front, which means a clean up and a change of clothes, a damp baby and possibly also a thirsty one. It is simply too fun for a young child to play with this cup, which is fine if she is drinking from it too, but my little one was not, even a month after having it and seeing me demonstrate its use. In fact she started sipping from my glass of water, with my assistance, rather than drinking from this cup which I think she decided early on was a toy due to it's colourful and - in our household - wet nature.
The cups state that they are suitable from 4 months up which I personally don't agree with since baby bottles still need sterilising at that age which would indicate that these cups do too, however there is nothing on the labelling saying that they are steriliser-safe or that they need to be sterilised before each use, which makes them dangerous for use with babies as young as 4 months.
The cup does have a plastic lid which is easy enough to use, although trying to close it every time baby tips the cup upside down is not really a feasible feat. I never bothered to use this cup away from home as I could forsee the cleaning up that would be required thereafter. Eventually I gave up on this cup altogether and purchased a no spill Tommee Tippee cup which is perfect for my daughter as she can tip it upside down and the contents do not come out. She has no problem sucking from the cup and in fact now that she uses this one I have noticed how she coughs or chokes a lot less when drinking from this cup than with the previous one, which I now put down to the sudden flow of water it allowed which she was, being a breastfed baby, not used to at all.
So only 2 stars from me for this cup.
We bought a couple of these cups when we started weaning my daughter at 6 months old. The health visitors had advised against the 'non spill/anyway up' cups as babies have to suck too hard to get the liquid out. So, being an attentive first time mum I went out and purchased these Tommee Tippee free flow cups, which are also BPA free so another box ticked there. They are suitable from 4 months up and are dishwasher safe.
My daughter was breastfed and had refused a bottle from an early age. However, she had no trouble drinking water out of these cups, although initially we had to hold the cup for her whilst she sucked, it was only a matter of days before she was holding the cup herself. The handle itself is quite thin and the gap between the handles and the cup is nice and wide, both these features make it easy for clumsy little hands to grasp the cup.
The lid clips on securely, an important feature for a first cup as it will undoubtably be dropped (launched?!) from high chair height several times a meal so you need reassurance that you're not going to be mopping up the contents each time. The spout of the cup folds flat into a little indentation in the lid to allow for easy transportation without spillages.
Yes, if your little one waves the cup around or tips it upside the contents do come out! I may have been lucky but neither of mine did this excessively. Until they were one and started having cow's milk they would only ever have water in them anyway so it wasn't the biggest disaster in the world if they decided to explore and see what happened if they tipped the cup up - let's face it, they have to learn that drinks have to stay upright eventually so why not right from the start! It is also difficult for them to get the last cm of liquid out of the cup, but with both of my children, once they started getting frustrated about this I would take the lid off so they could drink it out as they would a normal cup, which was a good way of helping them make the transition to this step.
We are now using the same cups (plus a couple more) for my son. The ones that we bought for my daughter 4 years ago are still going strong - though they no longer say Tommee Tippee on them! But I can live with that!
Our three children always used the Tommee Tippee cup and the company has a long history of designing and manufacturing good quality baby cups.
These cups are very hardwearing as they get thrown chewed and generally bashed about. The plastic is hard enough to standup to a high level of abuse however its soft enough to prevent any danger to your young child.
These cups are great they do prevent spilling when turned upside down and also small enough to fit into most lunch bags so storage is easy.
I love the bright colours and the range is quite large orange being my favourite.
The cups have two handles allowing easy holding for your young one and also aids motor skills.
In conclusion these cups are very well built they are great to takeout with you on day trips and hold at least a mug of liquid. The lids can be slightly tricky to get off if you have wet hands but apart from that the the product really doesn't have any faults as far as i am concerned.
I would recommend this cup to anyone looking for a good quality cup for your child that works well
but is also good value. The cups are usually available in pairs from boots for a couple of pounds.
The cups have a long life span and are also soft on your children's gums
These cups are worth 5 stars and are a must for anyone.
==Tommee Tippee Tip It Up First Cup==
When Jack was around 9 months of age we bought him his first "sippy cup" so that he could give himself water as and when he needed it. This Tommee Tippee Tip It Up First Cup was the ideal one to buy as it has a movable mouth piece which can be tucked away to prevent spillage or opened up with relative ease to allow the drink inside out.
The cup can be found in most places that stock baby goods such as Boots or Superdrug and I ave also seen them in both Morrison's and Tescos. The Cup is around the £2 50p price range and comes in around 3 different colours that I know. There is a blue and pink and also a turquoise type colour. Jack has had a few of the blue and a few of the turquoise. We still actually use one of these in the night for his bedtime drink so there is no real change of spillage in the night.
The cups are designed for children aged 4 months and over and can be cleaned easily and also sterilised which is always recommended for any child under the age of 12 months. The two large handles on the side make the cup easy to hold for small hands and make the chance of dropping it fairly slim. The spout of the cup did get chewed a fair bit when Jack was a lot younger as it is a flat sort of shape which seemed ideal I suppose to ease the ache of teething pain. When jack was very small he did find it a little tricky to push the spout down and then bring it back out again but now he is that bit older this is no trouble.
The cups are a good size for smaller children and ideal for taking out and about although I did find that they are not entirely leak proof on the few occasions when we have taken the cups out and about. For us we tend to keep the cups now for just the night time drinks as Jack can easily handle a regular plastic cup around the house and a juice bottle when outside.
Now we have another baby on the way I can know how great these cups are and how well they last making them worth the money that we will surely be buying more for the next baby. They are affordable and easy to use and wash and all in all I can really find no fault whatsoever with them. I will have to award this cup a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and give then a high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
many thanks for taking the time to read.
Impossible to spill valve and soft coating on spout - gentle on gums.