The Tilty (Spilty) Cup

The Tilty (Spilty) Cup

The Tilty (Spilty) Cup

Little Bud’s first birthday is quickly approaching, and the ever important sippy cup issue has really started to nag me.  I knew that making the transition from the bottle to a big boy cup would be hard.  I braced myself for the tantrums and bouts of crying that I knew would surely come.  Surprisingly enough, I think I had myself worked up over nothing!

Based on the stellar reviews of Dr Brown’s sippy cup during the Great Sippy Cup Battle, I knew this one was the way to go.  I ran up to the local baby store to grab one.  Thankfully, I was able to get out of there without becoming too overwhelmed.  Seriously – after looking at “The Great Wall of Sippys”, how can a mom ever be expected to pick the right cup?!  Much love to the mom squad at rated by mom who made my choice so much easier.

My little man took right to good ol’ Dr Brown without so much as a peep.  He loves the cool handles that make it oh so easy to hold and he now gets to have snack time with Big Bud.  No more baby bottle for my big boy.   Eeeeh – not so fast.  The cup itself is awesome.  Little Bud’s technique – not so much.

How do you make a toddler understand that he actually has to tilt the cup waaaaaay back in order to get the liquid out?  Needless to say, Dr Brown has made many a flight across the dining room, ending with a spectacular crash against the wall.  Poor little guy ended up with sippy neck syndrome (like taco-neck syndrome, but with an added bump on the back of his head from slamming it into the wall while trying to get a drink).

Being a dedicated Amazon Mom, I am always surfing their site for great new baby products.  Lo and behold, I ran across the Tilty Cup.  I thought my problems were solved!  This neat little sippy proclaims it is the only sippy cup I will ever need!  Bingo.  The Tilty has an ergonomic design that keeps the liquid at an angle, making the dreaded sippy neck syndrome a thing of the past.  Being the impulsive type that I am, I whipped out the debit card without a second thought.  It looked like my prayers were answered. The Tilty (Spilty) Cup

After receiving my package (and fairly tackling the UPS driver in my excitement), I have to admit that I am a little let down.  I guess I was just expecting something of a little higher quality.  These cups really remind me of a cheap little take-n-toss.  No big deal though – I can live with that.

The next thing I noticed was that the lids don’t even screw on.  Not such a great thing for a toddler (or the cleanliness of my kitchen).  I’m no Nostradamus, but I can just about foretell the doom in this situation.  I had visions of chubby yet skilled hands figuring out how to pop the lid off within about 5 seconds.

The bad news doesn’t stop there.  There is no valve.  I repeat – THERE IS NO VALVE.  Meaning, this is not a spill proof cup.  I was horrified.  Oh great.  Maybe I should have read the Amazon description a little closer and I would have realized this in advance.

Ok.  So I have resigned myself to the fact that this is going to be one of those highchair-only sippys.  No big deal – or so I thought.  Immediately upon sitting down for snack time, Little Bud turned his cup upside down in his lap, spilling milk all over himself (see the proof in the picture below).  He must have got a kick out of it, because his next trick was to redecorate his highchair in milk and mushed up little crunchies.  Awesome. The Tilty (Spilty) Cup

Not only is this cup not spill proof, it also gushes liquid out of the spout in roughly the same style as Niagara Falls.  Oh yes – Little Bud no longer had sippy neck syndrome and was actually able to get some of the liquid into his mouth.  This cup was even able to sidestep Bud’s usual pitching across the room.  Thing is, I’m just not sure that’s such a great thing.  Now I need to repaint the dining room and reupholster the chair his space-saver is strapped to. They ought to just rename it the “Spilty Cup” instead.  I think that would be more accurate.  (Notice the large wet spot on Little Bud’s pants & shirt!)The Tilty (Spilty) Cup

Maybe I am being too hard on this poor little sippy because I know there are tons of moms out there that love it.  It’s probably meant for older kids who have a little more experience.  Then again, why would an older kid need a cup to teach them how to tilt their cup back to get the juice?  Here’s a message for my friends at the Tilty Cup Company – your idea is great but please add in a valve and screw on lid!  I am getting tired of having to redecorate.

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Veronika Smith, Editor Veronika is a full time working mother of the two craziest, greatest boys ever, ages 9 months (Little Bud) and 10 years (Big Bud). This Kentucky mom holds a degree in business from Indiana Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing a second degree in nursing. She is a slave to all gadgets that promise to make her life easier and increase her "productive abilities". With her most recent family addition, this obsession has stretched to include the wonderful world of baby-sized gadgets! She also has a passion for fashion and the nose for a great deal. Several friends have (unflatteringly?) referred to her as the bargain bloodhound. They don't call her the coupon queen for nothing!


  1. Tilty cup company has the worst customer service I’ve ever encountered! You can only contact them through messages in their website, and they just simply don’t get back to you. I ordered two double pack cups, and only received one. I would like my money back if they don’t have the cups in stock, but they just simply don’t respond at all!

  2. Our 10-month-old formula-fed twins understand to tip the cup back and understood this for months now. We used Avent sippy cups – but with the Avent bottle nipple (they are interchangeable) for the past few months. But now we are transitioning them to the Tilty because I think their issue with the Avent sippy cup is that they don’t understand to suck. The valve doesn’t help. And it is not recommended for their dental health to have the valve either. So far, they were excited with the Tilty but I wished it had handles for them to grab on to. Still, I think we will stick with the Tilty and give up the Avent sippy cups to fully transition them entirely off the bottle. I think the Tilty might do the trick with patience from us. I don’t care if they make a mess – they are learning right now and it seems unreasonable to me to expect a baby to be always neat. But if we need them to be neat, we’d probably not feed them right then or hold the cup. The Avent bottles and sippy cups leaked too.

  3. My bottle fed daughter is 30 months old and still doesn’t understand that she has to tilt the cup back to get the liquid out ¬__¬
    My breastfed son grasped the concept at 7 months, lol.

  4. I’m sorry you do not like the cup. I love them. My daughter took to them very well around 8 months or so and she is now drinking like a champ. They are meant to mimic drinking from a real cup. The makers claim that by 18 months, your kiddo will be able to use a real cup if you proceed with these cups. They promise to reduce the mess, not eliminate it fully. You should go and check out the Tilty Cup website to see why they will never add a valve to the cups. The goal is to teach kiddies how to drink from a cup, not to facilitate the life of mom and dad (though that WOULD be nice!). To anyone considering these cups, read up on them prior to buying them to see if you personally agree with the philosophy or not. They are not for everyone. I curse them at times, but in the end, my daughter will be drinking from a cup WAY before my I originally thought possible.


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