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October 13, 2010

Tommee Tippee Cup Review

How many of you have constant battles with your sippy cups? They say they are leak proof right? But how many of your 'leak proof' cups leave little dribbles of juice or milk all over your house? I know personally, my lovely (older than dirt) but in very good condition couch which is white with purple flowers all over now has lovely pink stains everywhere from strawberry milk. How did it get there? From a 'leak proof' cup being turned upside down and left to dry. (Why do I have a white couch with a toddler? It was free!) So finding a solution, or should I say a cup that really does not leak can be a challenge. UNTIL...

No really these cups are great. I was sent a 2 pack for my toddler to use. I received the Explora truly spill proof drink cup. Let's take a look at them.

Adorable prints for both boys and girls. I picked out the boy pack with construction trucks and air planes. My son loved them and tried ripping them out of the package before I could get a picture. We had to rinse them right away so he could use them.

The top of this cup is kind of cool. It has two holes which allow for liquid to go out one and air to go in the other to replace the space that liquid was taking up. It also dips inwards so when E-man is drinking from it his nose isn't getting all smooshed. My favorite thing about this cup is the spout. Its really cool because its very similar to a 'big kid' cup with the rim.
The valve system in this cup is quite different from anything I have seen. There are two pieces that you put together and then place on the lid. There isn't a way to put this on wrong either. It fits only one way. I have other cups that you have to look for little arrows pointing you in the right direction but this one is pretty straight forward.
Here is the other side of the valve. There is a clear plastic piece that goes over top of the white plastic piece. The system of the valve is really neat.

Here are the three pieces of the top of the cup. The lid, and two valve pieces. They all snap together really easily.
Here is what TommeeTippee has to say about their cups:

explora® truly spill proof drink cup x 2 - blue / green
* 2 x 9floz/266ml Cups
* Unique drinking spout for Kids on the Go
* Advance-flo™ technology for easy drinking
* BPA Free
* Insulated base, keeps drinks cooler for longer
* Stage 5 Cup
* Truly non spill & leak proof

The Clever Bit

Unlike other valve systems our active sensor valve is designed by a physicist to be both so sensitive that liquid flows on demand, yet truly spill and leak proof

The explora® cup range is progressively staged to help children transition through all their drinking phases and needs with specific grips to fit little fingers and unique spouts to meet the needs of every age and support natural oral development.

My experience with the Explora Spill Proof Cups:
-When I received these cups I was very happy with the look and design of them. The pictures on the site did them justice! My son was very happy with them too, he loves anything trucks and planes so I knew finding a test subject would be no problem.
-I washed the cups up right away, do to a toddler wanting a drink from his new cups. I opened them up and saw the valve system and was blown away. It looked so complex but was easy to take apart and put back together.
-We've been using the cups for at least a month now and I am very happy with how they work. When I filled it for the first time I resisted putting my finger over the mouth hole and shook the crap out of it. Nothing came out. Very impressive. Usually I have milk flying all over the place if I do that but non came out of the Explora spill proof cup!
-I let my son have a go of it, He dragged the cup all over the place, tipped it over, shook it, dropped it, threw it, and hauled it in his dump truck. No spills, no leaks, happy mommy!
-Some cups will have a slow consistant drip drip drip if its left on its side, these cups I have found to not continue to leak out the mouth piece.
-The only thing I noticed about this cup that is 'bad' but not really is that if there is any liquid between the valve and hole it will come out if bumped or on its side. That is the liquid that the baby has already sucked out but not taken in. But beyond that little bit of liquid nothing else comes out.
-I have to say that I am extremely impressed with this cup and very happy with its performance.
-The base of the cup is wider than any of my other cups so I had to squeeze it into a cup holder on the stroller.
-The valve will not pop out of the lid if the cup is dropped like other cups that I have.

Tommee Tippee offers other great products as well including bottles, bibs, bowls and more. Check out their other great products here.

Would you like to purchase a cup for your little one? Head over here! The price on these cups is $7.99 for two, which I think is a great deal. Also, the price is average to all other 2 packs of cups.

***TommeeTippee sent me two cups to use and review. The review is entirely of my own opinion and your experience may differ from mine. I was not paid in anyway to do this review.***


Kirra said...

Thank you for this review!
I have JUST found this cup and it's exactly what my 18 month old needs!

And thank you so much for showing a photo of the lid! I googled it and only found two images.

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