My little baby turned ONE this past week. 🙁 where did the time go?? She’s gotten rid of a lot of her “baby” habits, and replaced them with big girl habits: like climbing stairs, driving her frozenmobile, eating like a boss and drinking out of cups. Well, she stopped taking a bottle many months ago so drinking out of a cup actually came out of necessity…
Sweet pea LOVES water. I have my water bottle that I constantly drink out of (gotta stay hydrated! I don’t wanna risk a milk drought) and she usually steals the straw away from me to guzzle up. The only problem is, she’s a walking hurricane and if she has her way with it, she’ll be kicking my cup across puddles of water on the floor.
Clearly, we needed another drinking cup solution so I was very excited to receive the Playtime Toddler Cup from Playtex to test and review!
First: the straw! It’s a fixed silicone straw which means a) she can’t pull it out and wiggle it all over the place, and 2) it’s soft and pliable so even if she shoves it far into her mouth, she can’t hurt herself. Not that it’ll go that far, because not enough of the straw is exposed enough to actually hurt herself. (Note: The cups also come in a spouted version, but we haven’t had much luck with spouts…)
It’ll take a bit of practice to get water going out of the straw if your child isn’t used to working for it. My water cup was obviously made for lazy adults, and requires very little suction to operate. Sweet Pea got used to this so when nothing came out of the Playtime cup at first, she was a bit confused and started gnawing on the straw instead (of course). I got discouraged for about 5 seconds, but then pretended to drink from the cup myself. After less than one minute after I gave it back to her, she got the hang of it and started chugging away.
The lid: it locks into place with a distinctive click and visual indicators to let you know it’s in the right spot (fancy way of saying “hey, line up those arrows!”). But when it locks, it doesn’t spill.
I’ve tried a few” no-spill” cups like the Munchkin weighted straw cup and the Tommy tippee cup. I don’t know if I somehow managed to buy two defective cups, but they both leaked for me. The Playtex Playtime cup doesn’t leak if it’s tipped or turned upside down. The only time you’ll get a leak is if you literally throw the cup and *science* forces water out of the straw. It is a hole after all, but it does a pretty good job of keeping in the water contained under normal, less hostile conditions. And even then, only a few drops will come out, but I’m guessing this is in proportion to the height at which it was dropped, meters per second squared, dot dot dot, geek geek geek… Just kidding. But really. Spills are no longer an issue over here.
Oh and that’s the other thing. Sweet Pea is literally a hurricane, and she loves dropping/throwing/destroying stuff. I think she’s dropped this cup maybe 50 times, at various heights. Off the high chair, off the car seat, off the couch, off the table, and off her 30″ tall wee self. It’s still intact! I haven’t seen a crack or a chip yet. This thing is sturdy. We also have all tile and hardwood floors, so it’s not like it’s landing on some cushy broadloom. Playtime means business, and this cup didn’t RSVP to a tea party.
The shape and size is a good ratio to sweet Pea’s mini hands. Not too big, but enough to hold a significant amount of liquid so that I’m not constantly refilling it. She can easily hold it with two hands, and it’s not so heavy that she can’t handle the weight when it’s full. The sliding straw shield is also a handy way to keep it clean when she’s chasing it across the floor… the dry, dry floor.
The cup itself is double walled, and claims to keep beverages up to 2x times cooler than other cups.
What? How long is 2x longer? What is x? What an arbitrary fact! Luckily, I remembered the scientific method from grade 7. Experiment time!
Purpose: define x.
1) Pour water from refrigerated pitcher into Playtime cup, and standing water cup.
2) Return pitcher to fridge.
3) Set timer for 10 minutes.
4) At 10 minutes, pour refrigerated water into cold control cup.
5) Drink from each cup, record temperature “coldness” on a scale of 1-10
6) Dump cold control cup, return pitcher to fridge.
7) Repeat steps 3-6 until test cup temperature matches standing water control cup.
Would I buy the playtex Playtime cup? Absolutely. I love how there’s no handle, and although that might seem inconvenient for now, it helps that she’s not relying on it for later. The best part is that it *for reals* doesn’t spill, not *book of lies* doesn’t spill like some of the other cups I’ve tried.
It also comes in eight different designs, 2 each of: Batman, Superman, My Little Pony, and Thomas the Tank Engine. Superman and Friends is exclusive to Walmart, so don’t get your little man of steel all disappointed if you’re hunting for these cups somewhere else.
They are available at major retailers across Canada and have a suggested retail price of $7.99.
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