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Munchkin Dora Reusable 12 Oz Cups: the kid loves it. Me? Not so much...
Jan 31, 2009 (Updated Feb 1, 2009)
Review by Grace Jurado
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Has Dora on it, Can be disposable if you wish
Cons:Not spill-proof, Can be hard to press down the lid tightly shut
The Bottom Line: Munchkin's Dora Reusable 12 Oz. Cup can be disposable or reusable, but will not necessarily keep you dry.
We have been really happy with the Elmo Take and Toss Cups that we have, so when I found similar cups with Dora the Explorer on them, I didn't bother to look closely at them; I just bought them. My two year old is a major fan of Dora and was very excited to start drinking out of her Munchkin Dora Reusable 12 Oz Cups. One look at the spout and I was not so excited.
Recommend this product?
The Reusable Dora Cups are disposable cups made of a durable thin plastic, which can be washed with soapy water if you want to re-use them. On the bottom of the cup it says they are safe for the top rack of the dishwasher, but the plastic is so thin that I'm afraid to test that theory. The cups area transparent green, with a picture of Dora the Explorer on them, and can hold up to twelve ounces of liquid (which is a lot, for a toddler). The lids are a transparent purple that snap onto the cup, and have huge spout that occupies the front half of the lid.
What I liked so much about the Elmo Take and Toss Cups is that they had a decent spill-proof spout. The Dora cups don't have that. The spout just has three little holes on the top, and when you turn the cup over, all of the liquid trickles out the spout. As far as I'm concerned, there is very little advantage to using the Dora Reusable Cup over a regular cup with no lid.
The clash of the titans
So, here's the deal: I bought these cups for use on trips to the zoo or mall, but I wanted something that would not spill or leak easily, so we have not taken these cups on any trips with us. My daughter absolutely loves her Dora cups. She does not need a lid when she drinks at the table at home, but she really wants to drink out of this Dora "cup with a lid" instead of her regular cups that have Dora on them.
Every time I try to convince her to drink from a regular cup at meal time, like her sister does, she grabs the Dora one out of the cupboard. Although the cup holds twelve ounces, I never fill it more than half, because if and when the cup gets knocked over, my table is going to be a sopping mess. We have also endured a couple of leaks because the lid was not snapped on tightly. If you get these cups, you need to push down all around the lid, like with a Tupperware container, before giving it to a child to drink out of.
Despite the overflowing love my daughter feels for the Munchkin Dora Reusable 12 Oz Cup, I really don't like it. I think it is too big for toddlers, and the fact that it has virtually no spill protection leaves me baffled at how this could be a useful cup on road trips. The only recommended use I can think of is if you get a bulk package at Costco to use as a novelty cup at a children's birthday party, but it's still likely to spill.
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