Product Type: Tommee Tippee kids equipment
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Thumbs up From Son, but not From Mum!
Tommee Tippee Tip-It-Up First Cup Plus
Member Name: Flowerpotted
Tommee Tippee Tip-It-Up First Cup Plus
Advantages: It's bright, inexpensive and a nice size.
Disadvantages: It leaks!
I brought one of these simple baby cups when my son was around a year old. He had only ever been breast fed or bottle fed expressed milk, so when the time came to introduce other liquids (in this case cooled boiled water), I decided to go and buy whichever beaker I saw fit as I stood in Boots and browsed. I chose this Tommee Tippee Beaker as it was bright (I got a green one), looked sturdy, was reasonably small for little hands, was a nice price at just a couple of pounds odd- and I had seen other babies and toddlers using them. The blurb on the card attached to the beaker promised me faithfully that the cup would not leak or spill and that it was an all round indestructable and reliable baby item. I was pretty keen to try it out!
It sat in the cupboard for a few months as I found it hard to drop breastfeeding, so it wasn't needed until he was 15 months. When I handed him the cup, he immediately rejected it! Now, I could go on to tell you the entire story, but it's largely irrelevant to the product as I then purchased four other types of beaker in a bid to get him to accept his water from a different receptacle other than a bottle, and he didn't want any of them. Anyway, to cut a long story short, when he eventually chose his weapon, he chose this beaker. At first, he struggled with it. Despite its small hole, he still choked and spluttered on the water as he could not come to terms with the fact that the hole allowed a faster flow of water than his baby bottle. But bit by bit, he learned to use it, although it wasn't a quick process- it did take a few months for him to fully accept all of his water drinks from a beaker. However, in the interim, he enjoyed holding the chunky handles, which are shaped nicely for little hands to grasp and he eventually worked out how to flip the spout up and down, which provided some excellent entertainment. He enjoyed handling the cup as it's a nice bright colour and an all round good toy for a baby who's easily pleased! I was more than happy to let him play with it as my health visitor had advised me to let him get used to it. But it wasn't the sturdy little number it had promised to be...
**Tommee's Tripped Up**
The 'impossible to spill valve' spilled water out when tipped upside down, thus providing much more fun for baby, but not for mum. But the grumbles don't stop there I'm afraid. Although initially, I was impressed with the tight fit of the lid (I had to take it off under water if it was full so as not to throw the contents across the room), it would seem that the wonder lid is not so effective when your child knocks over (or throws it) from high chair to hard tiled floor. On contact with the tiles, the lid became ajar and the water leaked over the floor. Hmmm, not as robust as I thought. So was that an end to the leaky antics? No, it also leaks slighty from the hinge of the spout when it's bouncing around in my bag. These factors considered, it's not as fit for purpose as it claims to be I'm afraid! My other grumble would have to be that it's quite tricky to clean the lid. The spout and its nooks and crannies requires a bottle brush to tackle it, otherwise it can get a bit scummy if not scrubbed! I've kept hold of mine for this purpose. A slight pain but not a major issue. There are liquid measure marking on the side of the beaker, which go up to 190ml, however these are embossed transparent lettering and therefore difficult to see, especially if you have a darker coloured juice inside. However, you get to know how much you're putting in there anyway, as long as you don't mind estimating.
**But it's Still Going Two Years on!**
Purely because it's my son's favourite beaker! He turned three yesterday, and still loves drinking from his old faithful beaker. Yes it leaks in my bag (but just a bit), but he no longer chucks it or plays tip the water over the house, so I get on with it a bit better these days. The Tommee Tippee logo which was once bold and white has come off completely (infact that only took a few months to wear off), and it's a bit battered, but he loves it.
This beaker gets three stars on my son's behalf! He would give it five I'm sure- so it's mummy who knocks two off for the inconveniences!
Summary: Buy the beaker as a cheap portable drinking receptacle-but don't expect any marvels!!!