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Philips AVENT Classic Bottle to First Cup Trainer Review

Philips AVENT Classic Bottle to First Cup Trainer
Price:   $8.00 List | $8.49 each (in 2-pack) at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to clean, interchangeable nipple/spout
Cons:  Harder to drink from, plastic
Bottom line:  Uninspired low scoring cup, might be okay for AVENT bottle users
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Manufacturer Age Recommendation:  4 months+
Available Capacities (ounces):  4 oz
Empty Weight (ounces):  2.2 oz
Manufacturer:   Philips

The Skinny

While this sippy was easier to drink out of than many of its competitors, it still was only average. It scored well for leakage, with a perfect 10, but it didn't score as well for ease of cleaning or eco-health. The cup offered a lightweight construction and was relatively easy to clean, but it just wasn't a cup we could get excited about. This cup did not score well overall, which made it a cup we could not recommend.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

Last Updated:
Tuesday
March 4, 2014

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The AVENT Classic Bottle to First Cup Trainer is a lightweight, 0% BPA plastic cup made by Philips. The cup offers removable handles, the ability to change spouts/nipples, and includes a soft spout that is easy on gums. This cup is widely available online and in stores. It does not come in other colors or styles.

Performance Comparison


This photo shows a variety of transition sippy cups; note that Pura Kiki (pink sippy on right) is pictured here with silicone nipple. For transitioning  either a softer Pura Original Spout or firmer blue XL Sipper Spout can is substituted.
This photo shows a variety of transition sippy cups; note that Pura Kiki (pink sippy on right) is pictured here with silicone nipple. For transitioning, either a softer Pura Original Spout or firmer blue XL Sipper Spout can is substituted.

Likes



This cup offered removable handles  and a familiar bottle body design
This cup offered removable handles, and a familiar bottle body design
The dual handle construction, and interchangeable mouthpieces, are the primary things to like about this cup. Many parents use AVENT as their baby's first bottle, and it makes for an easier transition when baby starts trying to use cups. The familiarity with the cup size and shape can aid in the learning process.

The clear body is also a nice feature that allows parents to see how much fluid has been consumed. The liquid is easy to see, and the volume amounts are clearly marked on the side of the cup.
Little testers had no trouble holding this cup
Little testers had no trouble holding this cup
For babies using this cup for feeding, with formula or breast milk, it might be a nice bonus to be able to see at a glance how much has been consumed.

The cup is also lightweight, and easy for baby to hold on to for long periods of time. It is clear that nothing superfluous has been added to this cup to avoid any added weight, and baby's little hands were considered when making the squat body, and side grip handles.

Dislikes


Our primary dislike of this cup is the body material being made of plastic; because of this, it scored poorly in our eco-health metric. In the case of cups and bottles, we feel stainless steel and glass are the better options, given their basic inert qualities, and guaranteed non-leaching properties.

In addition to eco-health problems, this cup suffered from ease of use issues with a drinking spout that was more difficult to drink out of than many of the other cups we tested. If a baby can't make a cup work easily, they will lose interest quickly. This also meant the up did not align to the American Dental Association's desire for a valve free cup. Given the extra sucking action required to make it work, we felt this could potentially have a negative impact on oral hygiene. It wasn't the worst cup we tested, but it was pretty close.

Conclusions


The AVENT product line is a popular brand with parents. It is easy to use, has interchangeable mouthpieces, was economical, and is widely available. However, our tests indicated that the cup was difficult to drink from, harder than average to clean, and made of plastic. The eco-health issue gives us pause, but even if you take that out of the equation, this was not a cup we could recommend. If the cup had been easier to drink from it might have fared better overall. As it stood, the cup scored below average, which put it in the bottom third of all the cups we tested.

If you are looking for an economical sippy cup, you might consider our Best Value winner, Gerber Graduates Sip and Smile. This cup was easy to use and easy to clean, plus it didn't leak at all. This sippy scored the highest of any plastic cup we tested. Given the plastic materials used in this cup we suggest avoiding exposing the cup to unnecessary heat. This includes microwaves, dishwashers, and leaving in hot cars. Because some plastics degrade when heated.
Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz

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