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“Imagine a world in which drinks didn’t spill at all- not in your diaper bag, not on your nightstand, and not even onto your eager-to-learn child. No, it’s not a miracle, exactly- it’s the Munchkin’s Miracle 360 cup.” This is part of the product description on Munchkin’s website about their Miracle 360 cup. Upon reading it I thought, whoa, bold statement Munchkin. Because like every other parent to toddlers on the planet, I know that a sippy cup that doesn’t spill is the holy grail of children’s products. Everyone says they have it, but no one actually does. Here at the Review Shrew I love nothing more than a product that makes a very bold claim. Challenge accepted Munchkin, hold my beer.
Here are the product details according to the website:
- BPA free
- Comes in 6oz, 7oz, and 10oz. They also come with or without handles.
- Recommended for children 6 months and up.
- For cold beverages only
- Dishwasher safe in the top rack
- Dentist recommended
When I read that they were dentist recommended this piqued my interest. What makes these cups better than any other sippy cup? Apparently it’s all in the muscles used to drink. When your child drinks out of a sippy cup with a spout or a straw they’re using the muscles involved in sucking. However, the Munchkin’s spoutless design is what makes it dentist recommended. There is a valve all the way around the entire perimeter of the sippy cup. In order to drink, your child only has to tilt the cup and suck anywhere on valve’s edge. This mimics the way we drink out of an open top cup and helps support normal muscle development in a child’s mouth. Boom, now you know what they are referring to when they say “dentist recommended”.
Here’s a fun fact I didn’t know until researching this product: prolonged use of sippy cups in young children can be responsible for dental problems later on and has even been linked to speech development problems. It is recommended that your child stop using sippy cups by age 3….so I’m screwed. I guess we’ll just call this parenting fail #726.
We have used this product in my house for the last year. We use it every day and while I do think it does a better job of preventing spills than all the other cups we’ve tried, it doesn’t live up to it’s product description that says, “completely eliminates spills”. (Watch the full demonstration video and you can see exactly how it still leaks.) When it’s turned upside down the valve will hold and there is no leak. This part is amazing and probably it’s number one selling feature. When my child is acting like a jerk and decides to walk around the house holding her cup upside down, she no longer gets the satisfaction of dumping water all over the floor. The furrowed brow of confusion that sets in is met with my triumphant laugh and a win in the parenting column. It really is the little things.
Now, I would say it is spill proof in the aforementioned way, however, with all toddlers, where there’s a will there’s a way. If they shake the cup hard enough while it’s turned upside down, then they are going to be able to get liquid out of the cup. The amount depends on the ferocity of their shaking and their determination to make a mess.
The biggest flaw I see with this cup is the propensity for the valve to release and leak water when the cup is thrown or dropped. My daughter loves to throw her cup and every single time it hits the floor it leaves a puddle of water (see video). This is the biggest reason why I can’t say the cup lived up to it’s leak free claim.
I going to give a quick run down of the pros and cons
- Dentist recommended-can help to prevent common orthodontic problems.
- Only 3 pieces to the entire cup so it makes for easy washing and assembly. Seriously, the easiest sippy cup I’ve found as far as this goes.
- The flow of liquid is perfect. With some sippy cups the flow is too slow and my child gets really frustrated while with others it is too fast and they’re always choking. The flow of the liquid with this cup seems to be perfect.
- It’s spill proof-ish. In the video I demonstrated how it doesn’t leak and how it does but it’s the only sippy cup I’ve found so far that I can throw in a diaper bag or my purse and not worry about it spilling all over.
- This cup has won several awards:
- The Bump’s Best Baby Award 2016
- The Cribsie Award 2016
- National Parenting Publications Award-Silver Winner 2015
- It’s spill proof-ish. It doesn’t leak when it’s held upside down, which is the first cup I’ve ever found that can actually do this without requiring the cup to be locked or the spout tucked away. However, when shaken vigorously or thrown, it does still leak.
We have used this cup in my house every day for the last year. I have been pleasantly pleased with it overall. I wish it was 100% leak and spill proof but it is better than any other cup I’ve found so far. I would recommend it to anyone with the caveat that you know your child will, at some point, find a way to get liquid out.