As the mom of an infant and a rambunctious toddler, I am always on the lookout for products that will make my life as a mom easier. One of the most important things I look for is whether or not a product does exactly what it claims to do. As far as so-called "Spill-Proof" sippy cups go, I have been disappointed many, many times. As a matter of fact, if I had to count how many cups I have had to list on Freecycle to find new homes, I'd guess it has been dozens. I have had an awful time finding the best sippy cups for my babies. Many of them leak where the top screws on, many gush liquid all over through their spouts, despite the claims of being spill-proof, and some cups have not been durable and have cracked after only a few uses. This is terrible, especially in public, since my daughter loves to shake her cups wildly and will usually end up wearing her milk rather than drinking it. She may think it's funny, but I don't. Who wants their baby bathing publicly in their milk or juice?
So I have been on a mission that I like to call The Quest For The Perfect Sippy. I've looked high and low, bought inexpensive brands and name brands alike. I am thrilled to announce I have found the perfect, must have sippy cup: The Tommee Tippee Explora! Tommee Tippee is a brand I am already quite familiar with. You may recall that several months ago, I reviewed their totally awesome Closer to Nature bottles. They also have sippy cups in a few different styles (straw top or spout), breast pumps, chewers, etc. Tommee Tippee has long been a trusted leader in infant products, and for good reason: Their products are durable, easy to use and clean, and they're built to last.
I received a 2-pack of the Tommee Tippee Explora Sippy Cups to review. I was actually shocked that I hadn't tried these sooner, as a friend has been singing their praises for months now! The cups I received were brightly colored in vibrant pinks and purples and are very feminine. (Perfect for my little girly-girl!) Sophie took to these cups right away. I think she somehow knew these were for HER and she wouldn't have to share them with her baby brother!
The Explora comes in several models for each stage of baby's development. I received Stage 2 cups, which are ideal for babies 9+ months. Technically, Sophie could use the straw tops, too, but she doesn't seem to like straws for some reason. Each Tommee Tippee Explora is BPA-free, dishwasher and microwave safe, and yes, they truly ARE spill-proof sippy cups. Tommee Tippee uses Advanced Flow Technology, which allows baby to drink on demand with no issues and still keeps drinks in the cup where they belong when not in use. Sophie put her Explora cups to the ultimate test, too! She runs around with them, shakes them, and even throws them, and we have had absolutely no problems with leaking! Yay!
One thing I appreciate as a mom is that the Tommee Tippee Explora cups are also very easy to clean. There is very little guesswork involved, as the valve is 2 pieces that are simple to assemble and disassemble, and they then snap right into the cup. Another thing I absolutely love is the fact that these cups have a Hygiene Cap that allows the spout to remain covered and germ free when baby isn't using it. This cap is attached to the top of the cup and simply flips over the top. Genius!
Overall, I have to say I am in love with this amazing product. There are less messes, fewer headaches, and these cups are incredibly durable. My only complaint? They're not overly unisex. Having a boy and a girl, I generally tend to buy products that they can share. However, these cups are so fantastic, I don't mind needing to buy separate sets for my babies. I would definitely recommend the Tommee Tippee Explora cups to anyone looking for a cup that does exactly what it promises to do. I know you'll be pleasantly surprised and finally put an end to your sippy cup woes! I have!
NEW FROM TOMMEE TIPPEE:
But that's not all! Tommee Tippee has recently launched a new web application: the innovative free digital storybook The Day Baby Was Born™, a simple way to capture moments of pregnancy and the birth day through the gathering of Facebook posts, a selection of birthday news and facts and the collection precious memories through a pregnancy journal.
Whether you’re bronzing babies first shoes, saving the front page of the newspaper or, buying out the craft store for scrapbooks – capturing memories go hand and hand with motherhood. In fact, it comes before baby even arrives. Or – you have piles of attempted ways of saving those memories. I know I have TONS of keepsakes that are scattered throughout the house in various boxes and bins. Organization can be quite the harrowing task, especially when you have 3 children to attend to!
I absolutely LOVE the customizable storybooks available through this new site. You can add in all kinds of info to fully personalize this digital storybook. From photos, memories, and even news snippets from the day a child was born, this book has every element to immortalize Baby's special day. You can even include messages from family and friends as well as a letter to baby! I almost wish I were pregnant again so I could make one of these fantastic chronicles of the journey from pregnancy to birth. (I did say ALMOST,lol...2 babies 12 months apart was enough for right now!)
Definitely be sure to check this out. This unique storybook is beautifully designed, totally customizable, and is a wonderful way to share your joy with family and friends!
HOW TO CONNECT WITH TOMMEE TIPPEE:
You can learn more about Tommee Tippee products on their website.
Tommee Tippee products can also be found at Toys R Us and Babies R Us!
You can also follow Tommee Tippee on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of their latest products and promotions!
One very lucky follower will receive a 2-pack of the best sippy ever, the Tommee Tippee Explora! How cool is that?!
Please use this handy Rafflecopter form to enter!
This giveaway is open to residents of the US (18+ please) until 12:01AM EST on 11/07/11. Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced here, tweeted, shared on Facebook, and contacted via e-mail. The winners will have 48 hours to reply and claim their prize. If I receive no response, I will be forced to draw a new winner.
***Disclosure:I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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