I just wanted to pop on and make a quick little post updating our use of these!
Mason Bottle offers a “Bite Straw” insert as well as a regular 3 holed straw that goes along with the silicone bottles. It’s recommended for toddlers to use the “spill-proof bite straws” as they do not leak. I wanted to try both options so I made sure to order both.
I visited Mason Bottle’s website to add some links to this post and noticed that I do not see the Toddler Tumbler on their shop page. Just the silicone bottle and regular straw inserts. I am not sure if this means they have discontinued that design or maybe they are working on product improvements, which is AWESOME!
Once Stella passed the bottle stage, I was super excited to use these “Toddler Tumblers” as sippy cups. Although most of Stella’s other sippy cups used a bite straw technology, these were a lot fatter of straws than she was used to. She found it difficult to drink from these and I am not sure why, honestly, they went unused for a while. She is one and a half now and is just now getting the hang of using these. They are great because I find with some of her other cups, which are weighted straw cups, still tend to leak when pressure builds in the cup, and the liquid will rise up through the straw. These do not have that issue as the straw attachment is not weight but a normal silicone straw that you have to manually push into the straw lid. I would much prefer for the straws to be pre-attached to the lids but I understand that sometimes the straw lengths have to be cut in order to fit different jar sizes and if you make a mistake (like I have a few times) you could be left with an unusable straw. Since I purchased several of these tops and straws I was able to just grab a new straw if I messed up cutting one, however, if you only purchased one this could be a bit of a problem.
Some cons I have found with these:
Even when pushed all the way into the straw top, the straws can become dislodged and flop around inside the cup. This makes it impossible for the liquid to come out of the top unless tipped up so that liquid can go into the spout itself.
Although these are pretty leak-proof as far as the straw top is concerned, my child has found a way to get some water out. She will stand on the squishy silicone and of course, water will find its way out. So this is really not the Tumbler’s fault, but my very active toddlers need to stand on things at the moment.
Due to the product being made of silicone they are squishy, which is why I liked them in the first place, but with that does come so drawbacks. Stella had one of these in her car seat on a trip out and about. When we arrived I was in shock, somehow squished the Tumbler down enough to dislodge it from the ring that keeps the lid attached. There was a mess everywhere and now I am paranoid about leaving these with her, whether it be in the bed or car when I am driving. This is not a normal occurrence though, and usually, just something that comes out of being trapped in a car or crib out of sheer boredom and curiosity.
Regular Straw Top
When Stella could not use the bite-straws, I really wanted to get some use out of these Tumblers since I had paid good money for them. She loved using the regular straw top, but it was not leak-proof. If she even squeezed the Tumbler a stream of water would come shooting out the top. So, we decided that we could only use these with glass jars until she could control the squeezing a bit. It still was not leak-proof. If tipped upside down it would still leak as it was a normal straw.
As Stella got older, I realized the best use for these were thick liquids, such as smoothies, apple sauce or oatmeal. These became our go-to every morning breakfast squeeze cup. Using the thicker liquids was not as easily spilled and usually, she would suck them down in one go. Now with all that being said, I would still have to watch and make sure she did not squeeze too hard or step on these. They still had the potential of spraying straight out, and that was something I had to teach her not to do and she still prefers these to the bite-straw version.
I even enjoy these on jars for myself on occasion, it keeps little hands from being stuck inside my drink cups.
After trial and error, and finding what works best for my individual child’s needs, we have really enjoyed the Toddler Tumbler. Nothing can be perfect and there is always room for improvement. Now that Stella is a bit older, she is now learning to use the bite-straw more easily and we are slowly starting to use it for a water cup, as well as, a smoothie cup.
One sweet little trick I came up with to help minimize the unnecessary squeezing for kids that were used to having handles was to slide a Dr. Brown’s transition cup handle in the standard size over the Tumbler. It kept Stella’s hands on the handle and not the Tumbler itself. They only cost around $5 and gives you an all silicone bottle or sippy cup some handles for anyone whose kid prefers them. Also, I don’t think Mason Bottle sells just replacement clear straw inserts if you mess up cutting them, but that is something I would need to contact them to ask. I have found that silicone straws you can buy at most stores to fit the tops as long as you cut them to length.