Review: Playtex DrinkUp Cup

Little Miss has graduated to the Playtex DrinkUp Cup. This cup looks a lot like a regular adult plastic drinking glass because it has no spout. It has a special no-spill circular valve that means Miss can pick it up from any direction and drink. All it takes is a little sucking on the cup’s lid and liquid flows.

Playtex DrinkUp cup in its store packagingA potential drawback is that the cup is not transparent, and thus you cannot see how much liquid is remaining in the cup. It doesn’t bother me though because all you need do is shake the cup to gauge its content.

We have Playtex stage 2 and stage 3 (small and tall) sippy cups. The DrinkUp cup is stage 4.

Playtex categorizes its baby and toddler cups into four unexplained stages. Reading the Playtex web site, I infer the stages are as follows:

  • Stage 1: A baby’s first sippy cup (slim spout, special handles).
  • Stage 2: No handles.
  • Stage 3: Taller cup which holds more liquid (uses a different spout).
  • Stage 4: Tall cup with a difficult to remove straw (the DrinkUp doesn’t use a straw though).

It’s odd that straw cups are stage 4 because we had Little Miss using a straw before she learned to use a sippy cup.

At 15 months of age, Little Miss loves her DrinkUp cup. She drinks more and faster from it than her tall stage 3 sippy cups. She’ll reach for her "glass" and, as Mom says, "guzzles and chugs." Last night at dinner she had us laughing as she finished each swig with a satisfied "ahhh." It’s been a good 4 or 5 months since I tried to teach Little Miss the "ahhh" conclusion to a good swallow. Maybe she is remembering her schooling, or maybe she’s a few weeks away from belching at the dinner table.

The two pieces of the Playtex DrinkUp lid

The DrinkUp Cup lid consists of two pieces. The purple inner piece sits inside and under the red one, but they do not seal together until they are screwed to the cup base.

We bought the cup at a brick ‘n’ mortar Babies R Us, but its web sites do not list it. A couple of the first web vendors I found were teebop.com and kidssurplus.com.

Comments

3 Responses to “Review: Playtex DrinkUp Cup”

  1. Lauren says:

    This is a great cup! I just recently found some new on ebay since they have been discontinued for a few years now. My son is adjusting to it quite well. He prefers to place his top teeth over the “tip n sip seal” and activate it by biting it. Hey, whatever works!! :) I bought these because they are so different and so NOT the average sippy cup since they are spout-less. My son has never been fond of “spouted” cups anyway as he flat out refuses to drink from them, so we have always had to be creative when looking around for the right cups.

    July 5th, 2008 at 12:38 pm

  2. Charity DeLay says:

    HELP!!!!
    My son has a cleft lip/pallet. In the struggle to come across a cup that will work for him we are at a stand still. His Doctors do not want him to learn to drink for any sippy cup that takes suction. The first reason being he is missing his pallet and it will be difficult and a waste of his energy trying to get liquid out of a cup. Then the most important reason being that his next surgery when they repair his pallet he can not suck on anything for a minimum of 2 weeks. If he does it could tear the freshly closed pallet.

    I came across Drink Up Cup by Playtex, it appears to be the perfect solution. However they are discontinued. Please help me track some down.

    Thank-you

    August 27th, 2008 at 7:16 am

  3. Gretchen Hercules says:

    My son has autism and has fine motor skill issues. We gave on of these to the day care center and they love it. No more spills but he is not on a sippy cup. It was a gift so I would like to get more for home.

    June 5th, 2009 at 10:30 am