Dr. Brown's Training Cup is a great choice for transitioning from breast or bottle feeding to drinking from a cup. This learner cup also can be used interchangeably with other Dr. Brown's lids, so it grows with your child. It is touted as truly leakproof; however, that comes at the cost of many components to clean and assemble.
No leaks, but a lot of parts. If you have a baby who likes to bang, throw and toddle about with his or her sippy and you're concerned about spills, the Dr. Brown's Training Cup is a great option. According to expert testers and the testimony of many parents, when properly assembled, the Dr. Brown's cup takes an "act of god" to leak. The sip-activated valve won't even leak if you squeeze the nipple, according to parents.
That said, the leakproof design comes at the cost of many components. While most parents say that the dishwasher-safe cup is easy to assemble, disassemble and clean, some find the many pieces a hassle. Also, the multi-piece, sip-activated valve must be placed properly in order for babies to draw water. There were posts from frustrated parents who had difficulty with this aspect of assembly and couldn't get the cup to suck properly. Some parents also had issues with the unanchored handles, which they said allowed the sippy valve to spin away from and challenge the baby. The cup can be used without handles.
There is a divide here among parents who fall into two camps. Some parents find cleaning a few extra parts and more careful assembly a fair trade-off for a truly leakproof cup. Others would prefer fewer pieces and less involved assembly.
Stands up to rough use. The smaller 5-ounce Dr. Brown's Training Cup comes with a soft, silicone nipple that teething babies and toddlers may be able to chew off, posing a choking hazard. The 9-ounce bottle comes with a hard spout that teething babies won't be able to chew through. More than one parent say that the cup has survived many crashes to hard surface floors and concrete without cracking, shattering or even scratching.
The cup is made to last into toddlerhood with a 9-ounce bottle with a hard spout for babies who are teething. It is also sip-activated and can be purchased separately and used with the 5-ounce bottle.
A good transitioning cup for babies. The Dr. Brown's Training Cup in the 5-ounce size features a soft, silicone spout that most parents say makes it easy to transition from breast and/or bottle to cup feeding. A few parents of infants say that their babies don't like the cup's thinner spout -- but just as many say that this is the only cup their baby will drink from. This first-stage cup's sip-activation feature prevents small babies from accidentally taking in fluids or spilling their drinks on themselves. Parents can track fluid consumption in ounces and milliliters with measurements on the side. There are optional handles for easier holding. All materials are BPA-free plastic. This leakproof cup travels well.
Review Credibility: Very Good With classic thoroughness, Hollie Schultz puts 10 popular sippy cups through their paces -- testing them for how easy they are to suck and for leaking -- upside down, shaken, banged on the table and tilted on their sides. She even tests to see if the cups can be "milked" -- squeezed by a toddler in the upside-down position to release lots of liquid. The Dr. Brown's Training Cup is BabyGizmo.com's #1 best pick because it doesn't leak and it is easy to suck.
Review: Baby Gizmo Sippy Cup Battle: To Leak or Not to Leak!, Hollie Schultz, July 23, 2010
Review Credibility: Very Good This buying guide provides a brief overview of the topics as well as a three category "what to look for" guide that covers handle, leak-resistance and safety. The article includes five sippy cups they recommend for beginners. The Dr. Brown's Interchangeable Training Cup is named "Best Convertible Sippy Cup" and is recommended for its soft silicone spout, handles for easy holding and lid interchangeability that allows it to grow with your baby.
Review: Best Sippy Cups, Editors of MomFinds.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Dr. Brown's Soft Spout Training Cup receives an average rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars based on about 75 customer reviews posted on Amazon.com. Most parents posting are using this cup for babies and young toddlers and say it is a good learner cup. Most say that the cup is leakproof, but there are many parts and if they aren't assembled correctly, the cup will leak. The handles on the cup are not fixed, and some parents say that they are unnecessarily hard for little babies to use.
Review: Dr. Brown's Soft Spout Training Cup, 6 Ounce, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good The Dr. Brown's Soft Spout Training Cup receives an average rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars based on over 10 customer reviews posted at Diapers.com. Most parents say that the Dr. Brown's cup is easy to use and wash and that it has a portable, sturdy construction. A few say it is difficult to get liquid out of the cup for drinking. Parents rave about the lack of leaking with this cup.
Review: Dr. Brown's Soft Spout Training Cup - 6 oz, Contributors to Diapers.com, As of January 2013