If you have ever been to a Wal-Mart, you might be familiar with the Nuby brand sipper cups that are usually in a large display somewhere near the baby aisle. Here’s my opinion on these very popular cups that seem to run out as fast as water at many Wal-Mart locations. I have personally visited a Wal-Mart and seen the huge bin full, only to return the very next day and see it almost empty.
Firstly, before I tell you what I think on these cups, you’ll need to know a small bit of history on two of the children I tested them on.
I happen to have two mischievous little munchkins who used to enjoy tipping their sipper cups upside down and shaking them vigorously until something would come out. If that didn’t work, they’d squeeze, remove whatever straw might have come with it, bang the cup to knock out the spill-proof insert, or do whatever else it took to get their sippy cups to leak.
Having gone through numerous expensive sippy cups to find one they couldn’t get to leak, I ran out of options, except the then 88 cent Nuby cups at Wal-Mart. I believe they are 99 cents now, but as prices always go up and down at Wal-Mart, I can’t be certain. Anyhow, I said to myself “Anything’s worth a try at this point” and I tossed two colors of the 9 ounce sipper cups for each child into the basket, plus a few extra for some children I babysat for at the time.
While we were in the Wal-Mart Supercenter, the children had already begun to examine these cups, as if they were already attempting to discover how they could get them to leak. I sighed, thinking all just might be lost for us in spill-proof department. We finished our shopping, checked out and headed home.
As soon as we got home, I sterilized all the parts to all of the sippy cups, during and after putting away the groceries. I like to soak any new dishes in extremely hot, soapy water, with vinegar added to kill any germs that may be lurking. Then, I clean them thoroughly and air dry them.
So, now that the cups were sterilized and clean, the then baby and toddler wanted to use them right away. I gave them water for the first trial in case the cups happened to leak. The cups come with a hard plastic insert that goes into the nozzle of the lid. Since other cups like this had banged loose previously, I wasn’t so sure this was my solution, but it was all I had left.
They both willingly drank the water. They also shook, banged, tipped, and even spun the cups around. Guess what? To their surprise, and my shock, the cups didn’t leak. Day after day, they attempted to make them leak, but to my delight, I had finally outsmarted them; and to think it was the cheapest option of all that worked. Eventually they figured out it just wasn’t going to happen.
As for the kids I babysat for, they couldn’t make the cups spill either. Although I will admit that they weren’t quite as adamant about trying to spill them as my kids seemed to be.
After that, we stocked up on those, but I will say that they never wore out like other cups seemed to, so we actually ended up giving some to a friend when we moved out of state and the ones we kept are still as sturdy as ever and still not leaking. Sometimes we use the dishwasher to clean them and sometimes we wash them out by hand. Either way, they hold up well.
I give these cups a solid 5 out of 5 and will even go so far as to say that if their price was competitive with other brands, I’d still purchase them again and plan to use them when I open my early learning center.