The First Years Take & Toss Straw Sippers (4-Pack)
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They last with repeated use for several months then ours eventually develop a crack in them from being thrown on the floor. I do hand wash mine even though they state top-rack dishwasher safe and I believe that helps them last a little longer. My sons are at the age where we are transitioning them from sippy cups to regular cups and these are perfect for that in-between stage.
These are also labeled plastic type 5 which is polypropylene which is considered safe and does not leach BPA (bisphenol-A) into foods and beverages like some plastics can. That makes me feel better and sets my mind at ease about using these with my children.
Make sure that you put the lid on the cup and then insert the straw. If you are refilling and take the top off with the straw still in and then replace, liquid will come shooting out the straw.
If you want a nice simple, good value basic cup with lid that can take a normal straw? They are perfect.
Basically these are a thick plastic version of a fast food to-go cup. We have been using the 1st cup from the pack for 2+ months now and still haven't had to move on to cup #2 (note-we don't have a dishwasher). We use this with crazy straws, bendy straws, etc. I haven't actually used the provided straws much (I'd rather use cheap disposable straws bought in the 100 pack and toss them than wash a straw, call me wasteful). i was just talking about these at our play group yesterday and found many moms in our group prefer the nice simple basic Take n Toss line over ridiculously fancy sippy cups. Sometimes simple (and cheap!) really are best.
A side note for any parents with special needs: my daughter does "straw therapy" for speech and these fit Talktools straws perfectly too.
We found that the other Take & Toss style, with the vented spout,The First Years 5 Pack Take And Toss Spill Proof Cups, 10 Ounce had two problems: (1) It leaked when tipped over (enough to cause carpet stains) and (2) Our daughter got frustrated by how long it took to drink an appreciable amount through those tiny vent holes. They really were the worst of both worlds!
The straw-cup style is great, though. I use them myself. My daughter, now 6, still likes them. Most of them have survived years of top-rack dishwashings. The cap snaps on tightly and the straw forms a pretty snug seal with the hole in the cap. The straws are as tough as the cups, but if they do get chewed or mangled, ordinary soda straws work fine in these cups. And-- hurrah! huzzah!-- there are only 3 straightforward parts to the cup: cap, straw, and cup. No fussy little valves to clean.
The straw cups come in a 7-ounce or 10-ounce size, and I'd suggest skipping the 7-ounce. The 10-ounce is light enough for a baby to hold, while still containing enough thirst-quenching liquid for older kids.
However, I took off one star because these are not good cups for toddlers under 2. Both our kids tended to remove the straw and dump the cup's contents all over the place, until they got old enough that this trick was no longer interesting. They also didn't quite "get" the concept that the straw has to stay fully inserted or it won't work. So, we stuck with Playtex twist-lock straw cups until they were 2.
Just want to add, I still love this cups. After only couple days of having it, all the straws were flat on the top (bitting issue). I tried to do what other reviewer said, use a regular straw. It works! My son loves it better with the bendable straw, make it more comfy for him to drink. Again, it's not spill proof (it drips if you flip it) but he's over that issue.
March 22, 2011
I don't know why I always thought this is one of those cheap items that won't work. I couldn't be more wrong.
My son is 2 years old. Though he able to drink from regular cup, I want something that I can just handed to him without having constantly alarmed he would spill something. He has a thermos straw cup but sometime he just didn't want that (I'm guessing he wants something light to hold). We also have couple those spill-proof straw cup but he hates them because it makes the liquid harder to suck.
Couple months ago I got him a cute snowman cup on a local store. It's not spill-proof (there's a tiny hole on the top to make sipping easy) but as long as he didn't turn it upside down, everything is fine. He loves it, until I notice the bitting issues and to fix it, I cut the straw part that's ripped. Last week it reached to point that I couldn't do anything to safe it, so here we go with searching, browsing and reading all review.
I read about this one (actually the one with cute designs) and went to local store to get it (I need it quick). Though I still have so much doubt in my mind, it was cheap, only $3 for 5 of them. Nothing can go wrong with that much of money. Went home and tried it..... Voila.... my son loooves them! And I love the fact I have many of them that I can fill each cup with different beverage.Read more ›
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They really don't leak, even after multiple uses. I learned quickly not to put the top on with the straw already inserted - it becomes a geyser. Read morePublished 17 months ago by VT Bound
my doughter friends are super happy when we give them water in one of this!
My mommy friends end up buying it for there kids too, easy to wash!
We opted for straw cups over sippy cups because of the recommendations about oral development. I have found the options much more limited than those for sippy cups, which is why it... Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by S. Brett
I use this cup for both my kids. Never tried sippy cups but I have tried other straw cups but the mechanisms that keep the liquid in them from being spilled is harder to wash and... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by NYCS
these dont spill, and i have been using them for 5 mts, not really tossing them :) straws are thick and durable. colors are nice.Published on December 4, 2012 by Mother of 3yr old girl
Like other viewers I am trying to find cups for my daughter who is graduating past sippy cups. These have a good size to them. I don't feel like I have to constantly refill them. Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Sarah P
Until it gets knocked over or turns upside down. Lol only cups my son will drink out of for his milk. Straw is hard, no valve so it is fast flowing and not leak/spill proof. Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by ohsosilly