For most of my son’s table food life, I’ve been pretty much devout about making my own food. He started on the plain old Gerber organics, but it was short lived. Yes, it’s convenient, but it’s also expensive, and, not only did I want my son to have diverse eating tastes and a love for food in general, but I wanted to see before my own eyes what was going into that food. That said, whenever we went out, I caved to convenience. It’s kind of hard to carry homemade baby food around with you, when you’re out all day long, but I still preferred for him to have homemade. So when I found out that Foogo was coming out with a food container, I was ecstatic. It was the first of the Foogo line that I purchased, and I fell instantly in love with it. If you’ve already read Kathy’s review on the Foogo sippy, you’ll know how sturdy they are. The inside holds plenty of food (10 ounces) if you have a babe on purees or a young toddler. I was surprised at how much space is in this thing. I can fit two meals for my son in here. I don’t have to compromise for convenience anymore. I love it.
Now, the straw bottle. I purchased this before I actually purchased the sippy. We had been using the Born Free sippys, which are nowhere near leak proof. My son wasn’t really ever keen on the valves in conventional sippy cups. I’m sure it had a lot to do with age, but if he had to work too hard to get liquid out of his cup, I could pretty much guarantee it would be a dry diaper kind of day. Rather than put up a fight over the whole thing, I knew that he was able to get liquid out of a straw and I thought since he had learned, that he would be all over it. Not so much. He had forgotten how to use the straw, and promptly pushed this “thing” out of his way, and was over it within two seconds flat. That said, while he may not be ready for this yet, this is still a really great bottle for toddlers. The straw is made of silicone, which takes a better beating against chewing toddlers, and is built right into the lid, another nice feature. It’s two parts, both of which are dishwasher safe.
Now onto the age old question: Does It Leak? Well, it’s a straw bottle, not a sippy, so yes, when the lid is open, and you turn it upside down, it will leak all over. The pressure release is right on the lid, and while it says leak proof on Thermos’s site, when the lid is snapped shut, it still does leak minimally if the lid is closed and you turn it upside down or on its side. Which is why I would recommend this for older toddlers. This is a much better choice when left in the up right position.
I’m definitely saving this for when my son is older, but after that failed experiment, I finally bit the bullet and bought a Foogo sippy, which surprisingly, valve and all, my son took to like a duck to water. Maybe he was ready, maybe he’s attracted to the shiny, I don’t know, but I do know that even despite the weight of it, he’s actually picking it up himself and drinking more water. I agree with Kathy, the world should love this sippy.
Of course, all of these products are available in both pink and blue (sorry, the food container only comes in blue) at our favorite site, The Soft Landing. We’re pimps, we admit it, but we’re pimps for a good cause, keeping babies safe.