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Best Sippy Cup: Tommee Tippee
Tommee Tippee Explora Li'l Sippee Cup
When talking with parents, I find that there are a lot of baby and toddler products that moms and dads universally dislike. At the top of the list has to be toddler sippy cups. These cups are meant to train kids to drink from something other than a bottle. While the idea is great, it's pretty well known that they never work like they claim! Ask any parent about sippy cups, and you should be prepared for rolling eyes and a barrage complaints.
Baby Sippy Cups
Sippy cups are supposed to teach kids how to drink from a cup, while not allowing the kids to make a huge mess. They all claim to be spill-proof, but somehow toddlers find a way to make them leak everywhere! I resorted to just giving my kids water in sippy cups, so at least they would only leave puddles of water behind instead of drinks that stain.
Sippy cups also usually break down, and anything that the child puts its mouth on becomes cracked or broken. It's no surprise that babies and toddlers have an oral fixation, so the mouthpiece of a cup that is made for them should hold up against that.
Finally, sippy cups are usually VERY tough to assemble and disassemble, making cleaning them next to impossible!
Which Sippy Cup is Best?
With two kids, I have spent a lot of money on sippy cups, only to be disappointed almost every time. But not long ago, I found the best one I have ever used: the Tommee Tippee Explora. You may have heard of Tommee Tippee as a brand known for breastfeeding equipment and bottles. However, they also produce baby monitors, pacifiers, and a full line of tableware for toddlers.
The Tommee Tippee Explora "L'il Sippee" cups come in a variety of models for ages 4 to 24 months. I was late to discover the cup, and my youngest child started using the flip-top version when she was around 18 months old.
While the Tommee Tippee Explora does still have its issues, the good far outweighs the bad with this cup.
Tommee Tippee Review
The Tommee Tippee Explora Li'l Sippee cup has surpassed my expectations. Granted, after two kids and many cracked and leaky sippy cups in my trash can, my expectations were low. However, I'm happy to say I won't need to be disappointed by another sippy cup again! Even with a few issues, it is still the best cup I have used.
One of the biggest complaints of sippy cups is that, despite the manufacturer claims, they leak. Even when my kids completely mistreat the cup, I have not seen the Tommee Tippee cup leak. The valve in the straw is one piece, so there aren't any issues of leaking due to incorrect assembly. Most cups have valves that are two parts, and they leak if you don't have everything lined up perfectly. I don't know about other moms, but I definitely don't have extra time in my day to spend squinting at a tiny valve to make sure everything is lined up right!
The flip-top version of the Explora cup has a straw, which my daughter loves because it looks like a "big kid cup." In addition to being fun, the straw is marketed as being "bite proof." One of the biggest issues I've had with other cups is that my kids either bite through the straws, or they crack the top of the cup.
I have to say, I have had the straw on one of these cups crack, presumably from biting or chewing. However, it took a long time, and it has only happened once. Even with that, it still performed better over time than other cups.
The Explora cups are also dishwasher and microwave safe. Additionally, they have a cap that can be pushed down to hide the straw. This is supposed to prevent the straw from getting dirty when not in use. Although my daughter is pretty strong, she is not always able to open the cap to get a drink. So, she's pretty much stopped closing the cap altogether, which means the straw gets dirty whenever it hits the ground. I do wish the cap were easier to open, especially for kids.
Like other sippy cups, the Explore Li'l Sippee is quite difficult to assemble and disassemble, making cleaning difficult. In the video below, you can see how troublesome it can be. Once disassembled, the cup is easy to clean...but putting it back together is an activity I dread!
Assembling the Li'l Sippee Cup
If you're frustrated with toddler cups, give this one a try. Despite a few issues, it is by far the best sippy cup I have used.