- Toddlers can drink from all around the rim which allows for an easy transition to grown up drinking
- No spout, no straw, no mess with hygiene lid; Easy to clean, assemble and can be sterilized
- Orthodontist recommended
- BPA Free
- Handle for independent drinking
Nice try, but doesn’t compete with regular toddler drinking cups…
Let’s face it, parents with toddlers have long been waiting for that magic sippy cup to come along. One that doesn’t have 10 pieces to take apart and wash, one that
• does not leak, one that your child will accept, and one that helps teach them how to drink like a big kid. This is what we want! When I first saw the concept behind this AVENT “My First Grown Up Drinking Cup” I thought, here, this might finally be it!It’s not.While I was originally very excited to try it out, I was very disappointed with it’s performance. The design seemed like a very good idea, a sort of plate in the center of the cup gets pushed back (very easily) by the nose or upper lip when drinking, this breaks the rubber “seal” allowing liquid to pass through. The child can drink from any angle on the cup. So, as a reviewer I couldn’t just give it to my 3-year-old daughter to try out, I wanted to try the flow for myself. I drank from this cup myself, and was frustrated! I don’t want to give it to my child because it’s a very dissatisfying flow. No one likes to have liquid slowly leaked into their mouth when they’re thirsty and really need a drink! My 3-year-old and 11-month-old like to gulp it down. So I really don’t think this drinking/sippy cup works well in that respect.As far as leaking, upon it’s first use, I tipped it upside down over the sink, and a slow but steady drip came from the cup. It is not leak proof. Furthermore, seeing as it takes very little pressure to push back the sealing mechanism, this cup could very easily create a decent sized spill if it leaned against a toy the wrong way. This is at least one thing most modern sippy cups have going for them, they need at least some suction to spill a true puddle.Finally, after giving the product some thought as far as it’s “training” capabilities, I decided there’s no point to a drinking cup like this. Here’s the thing, your toddler or young child is
• , at some point, going to have to learn to drink from a real adult glass. There is no way around it, this doesn’t teach a child not to spill, it doesn’t teach a child not to pick up a glass recklessly, or how to learn to balance a glass in the hand so that liquid stays put. So the entire concept of this being like a “real cup” doesn’t mean much to me. At some point, all children have to learn the motor skills it requires to balance a glass in their hands without spilling, and like it or not, that’s going to require some spillage and some messes. The only thing sippy cups or even “drinking cups” like this teach a child is how to drink from that exact cup. There is no magical training cup that can teach them to know how to handle a real glass.That said, seeing as this cup does still leak and provides very slow flow, I can’t see how this product could possibly be better than your standard sippy cup out there. If you’re looking for leak proof, I say go with one of those Nuk sippy cips that come with caps–because there is no true leak-proof sippy cup (not that I’ve been able to locate yet–and we’ve seemingly tried them ALL!) And if you want to try and teach your child to drink from a “grown up drinking cup”, skip this and hunt down an unbreakable mug or cup with handles and start giving your child water in it to practice. I can’t recommend wasting your money on this product.
Serves no purpose, not worth it
I have tried dozens of different sippy, straw and trainer cups and this is the worst one so far.My 18 month old got VERY frustrated with this cup. I tried it myself as well, and unless you really press your nose into the plate in the center of the cup, the flow is very minimal. Not only that, but I think it actually hinders the transition to a normal cup, because one of the biggest hurdles is knowing how far back to tip the cup. With this cup, you can tip it upside down, but unless you press the plate, nothing is coming out. Also, like other avent sippies, the valve is multiple pieces that should really be taken apart at each use and washed unless you want mold growing in there – even with just water. They say not to use this cup with juice either, and I think milk would really get in the nooks and crannies as well.So at least its leakproof then, right? Sort of. It’s true that it doesn’t leak if the plate isn’t pressed, but it doesn’t take much to press the plate a little and allow a slow dribble. For that reason I wouldn’t use it as an accident-proof cup for in the car or other unsupervised use anyway. A straw cup works much better for that purpose.If you’re restricting to water anyway, spend a couple weeks transitioning to a regular cup and save yourself the hassle of another unnecessary “transitional” stage. Sure, there will be some spills, but it will be over faster, and you can use a straw cup (which would still have adult applications later) for the times you need something less messy.
Not my favorite
I wanted to love this cup. I am so sick of the piles of sippy cups and sippy cup parts, that I was hoping to find “the one”. This cup was not it for us. First off, I miplaced the instruction booklet on how to assemble the cup. No big deal, right? Wrong. The cup assembly is definitely not intuitive, I thought I had it set up right and tested it out myself, ending up pouring water all over myself. Of course I decided to test the new cup out right in the middle of dinner, you know, that time of day when everybody is cranky, hungry, and tired, what a mess. Turns out I was able to get the correct assembly instructions from Avent’s website, but really?!? Of all the sippy cups that we have purchased I have never needed to use an instruction manual. Once we got the cup assembled, it was okay. My little guy did not take to it, but I will keep trying.