Question for the afternoon lull

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luangwa's picture
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Question for the afternoon lull

So, when you were a mom the first time.

Did someone need to tell you that the valves on sippy cups need to be removed when the cup is washed?

or

Was this obvious to you because you tend to be a germ-a-phobe and just knew that stuff grew up in that spout and the only way to get it clean was to remove the valve.

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Did you end up figuring this out after several freshly filled 'clean' cups ended up with 'floaty gunk' mysteriously appearing.

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Did someone point this out to you after your toddler shook a freshly filled 'clean' cup and saw 'flaoting gunk' in the cup?

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haha ew! I only ever buy take n toss, so never worried about the valves.

EmilyC3's picture
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I'm a dork.....I read it in the instructions that come on that little piece of paper inside the cup Smile

Karrie5's picture
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lol I read the instructions too. Smile

Allie01979's picture
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having worked in daycare I knew, but I did learn the hard way not to but the valve in and screw the cap on tight after washing it all....same thing happens lol.

mist1006's picture
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Read the instructions too

stupidcomputer's picture
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With H I was a total germ a phobe... I had a little brush to clean the sh!t out of the valves... Siena is lucky if I pull it apart for the dishwasher.

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Someone told me. Not like giving me instructions, but someone was complaining about their own gunky cup and I filed it away for future reference.

But usually I use the take and toss so it doesn't matter.

brandifawn's picture
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I have lots of nieces and nephews and had seen that they come apart so I knew.

toothy35's picture
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i've always used cups with straws, too.......no need for valves!! LOL!!!!! i'm too cheap to pay that kinda $$ on those fancy schmancy valve needing cups!!!!! LOL!!!!!

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I grew up with a ton of nieces and nephews so i knew all about them but i have to be honest...i read the instruction booklet too ROFL

and the rice krispie guy his swinging in my face right now on the computer screen ROFL

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I don't know how much the take and toss ones are, but the valve sippies aren't that expensive! I got 4 for $10 or $12 (can't remember) ... we probably have 8 of those that I've used through Cadence and Ella so not a bad investment! Well, those + various other onese that the grandma's have purchased. Smile

Anyway, for a long time we only had one sippy and it only ever had water in it. And I started seeing the floaty junk. Haha. So I religiously seperate valve and lid for washing now.

But I was talking to a friend with a child over a year old and she talked about having to throw out so many sippies...haha, I enlightended her. ROFL

http://www.amazon.com/Playtex-Insulator-Spill-Proof-Princess-Designs/dp/B002SM62D2/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1308162422&sr=8-6

Okay, I just looked up what we had, and I must have gotten them on sale, but I want to say it was $10.81 for the 4 pack of those at Sam's Club.

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I found that the toss and takes tend to leak although that's prolly cause my kids shake them upside down to make them leak so we use the take and tosses at home all the time but when we go out they have straw cups that they use....but you need to seperate all parts of those too LOL

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I still take the sippy everywhere, and like Peg, the tossabke ones just leaked all the time because of what Colby did to it to test it out. I think I just guessed the valve had to be taken out, I'm not a direction reader lol! I have gone thru 2 rounds of sippys, but think it's cheaper for us to have the "keeper" ones since that's what I take outside with us, on errands, etc.

Gee that wasn't a question on sippy use, but now you know!

luangwa's picture
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I don't find them expensive at all. Of course there are def those that are like $4-$5 a piece, but just like everything else you don't need Dora the Explorer on it. I buy the .99 cent Nuby's.

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"EmilyC3" wrote:

I'm a dork.....I read it in the instructions that come on that little piece of paper inside the cup Smile

ditto!

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I'm too cheap to buy a bazillion straws (:wink:), and find the valve sippies useful to take in the car, etc.; you only need one per kid for day, and one per kid to keep by the bed at night (the cat would drink from their glass, not to mention if it got knocked over).

I take them apart to clean them - I don't remember why? - my guess is, while cleaning them, if it comes apart, I would take it apart, and keep going until there were no more parts...if that makes sense?

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"luangwa" wrote:

Was this obvious to you because you tend to be a germ-a-phobe and just knew that stuff grew up in that spout and the only way to get it clean was to remove the valve.

yep, germophobe here. lol But like Karina, I just take things apart to clean them. What are these instructions everyone is talking about? I don't remember seeing instructions... totally would have read them, though!

My DH often 'forgets' to pull them apart for the dishwasher and has questioned the necessity of doing so. But this is also the same man who thought that putting swim diapers on before leaving the house would save us time at the pool. Wink

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I don't really remember but I figured out they come out. It was either the directions or just seemed like they must come out. MIL on the other hand has a sippy at her house and she did not know they came out. NASTY!!!!

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I think I had seen other people take them apart. I never read instructions on anything, so I know that wasn't how I knew. And I doubt I was just that smart. LOL

When the older girls were little, they didn't have sippies with valves. Not so spill proof, but no valves to get gunky.

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I think I'm just a smarty pants and I knew they came apart to be cleaned. Biggrin
Honestly though, it's been so long since I bought my first sippy cup...that I prob looked through the instructions first.

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Wow - it has been awhile, but I am pretty sure I read the instructions.

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"EmilyC3" wrote:

I'm a dork.....I read it in the instructions that come on that little piece of paper inside the cup Smile

Ditto!

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Ok, so no one here discovered that they needed to be taken apart everytime because they found left over floaty gunk in the stuff their kid was drinking?

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"luangwa" wrote:

Ok, so no one here discovered that they needed to be taken apart everytime because they found left over floaty gunk in the stuff their kid was drinking?

Nope.
Did you??

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"tybaysmom" wrote:

Nope.
Did you??

LOL You just never know when I'm fishing for something, do you? Sometimes I am, sometimes I'm not.

So no not me, I'm too much of a germaphobe and just HAVE to take apart absolutely every little piece of something to clean it.

When Jax was in school, I would frequently meet the woman I baby sit for and pick 'M' up so her mom wouldn't have to drive out to my house the whole way. (I'm about 10 miles out of town). Several times, she would hand me a cup filled with apple juice and it always had what looked liked dried up milk floating in it. And i would just non-chalantly ask 'is this a fresh cup, there is stuff floating in it?' Mom would examine the cup and looked perplexed and say, "Gosh, I'm pretty sure that is the cup I grabbed out of the dish washer this morning." And thinking she was somehow getting chewed food from her mouth back in the cup, I would say "how in the world are you getting backwash into a valved sippy cup?" So fast forward to Monday. Mom has an early morning appt and pretty much gets M up with just enough time to nurse her and get her dressed and gives her a sippy of juice and some cheerios for the car ride to my house, because she'll eat breakfast here.

M has cups at our house, so the only time I get a cup filled from her home is when she is brought early in the morning. So, in they come and lo and behold M has floaties in her sippy cup and her mom notices them and is all perplexed by it. Then it dawns on me and I ask......."are you taking the valves off when you put them in the dishwasher?" Nope, didn't know you were supposed to do that.........