Monday, September 19th, 2005
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.
A 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 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.