We started using these cups when my little guy was about 18 months, and they are now the only cup he uses regularly (at 21 months). (We like them so well that we have multiple cups in multiple colors!) Initially, it took him a few days of pouring water all over himself before he got used to the fast flow, but since then he rarely spills while drinking. There are a few drops of liquid that remain in the top of the lid after taking a drink, and they will dribble out if the cup is upended. If I allow my son to play with the cup, it's easy for him to depress the lid while the cup is tipped, allowing the liquid to flow out freely. Because this is practice for a "real" cup, however, he is not allowed to play with it and turn it upside-down, so we don't often have problems with messes at the table.
Pros: minimal mess if knocked over; good practice for drinking from open cups; nice circumference for small hands; fits into my single-bottle-sized cooler and most cup-holders
Cons: not spill-proof in the hands of a child; several lid/valve pieces to clean (and it takes a few times of assembling all the parts to get the hang of it); handles are not removable
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