With all of the strange things that children put in their mouths, the last thing parents want to worry about is their drinking cups. However, due to a recent recall, it might be time to start worrying. On Friday Tommee Tippee recalled over three million sippee cups due to a mold risk. Yikes. But luckily here are some instructions on how to tell if your Tommee Tippee Sippie Cup was recalled.
First, a list of the recalled cups. The cups span the ages of 4-months to 12-months putting many of its youngest users at risk. The recalled cups are: 4m+ First Sips Transition Cup, 7m+ Trainer Sippee Cup, 9m+ Sippee Cup, 12m+ Sportee Bottle, 12m+ Insulated Sipper Tumbler, and the 9m+ Cute Quips Sippee Cup.
If you can't exactly remember the official name of your Tommee Tippee cup, don't worry. The Tommee Tippee website has a very handy visual guide with images of the recalled cups, so it is easy to match your own Tommee Tippee cups with the recalled ones.
According to the Tommee Tippee website, the cups that were recalled were the ones listed above and sold between December 2014 and March 2016 in the United States and Canada— which means 3 million of those cups are out there. So if you're a Tommee Tippee kind of mom, be sure to check your cabinets.
So what is causing this mold risk, exactly? Right under the lid of the cup is a removable, one-piece white valve. The valve can remain moist when the cup is infrequently cleaned, therefore mold grows easily on the valve.
If you own one of the recalled Tommee Tippee cups and it appears to be okay, it probably is not. Tommee Tippee advises to not use the cups, even if you think it is alright. Have a recalled cup? Luckily, the company is offering replacements for every recalled sippy cup.
If you have a cup with a white valve, you can send it back to Tommee Tippe — even if it was a gift and you no longer have your receipt. Then, fill out the online form provided by the company and follow the rest of the instructions. Once the website receives your old cups, you will get new ones sent to you. The form also allows you to choose one of two replacement type cups.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Tommee Tippee's parent company, Mayborn, has received more than 3,000 reports of mold in the cup's valve. In addition, there have been 68 different reports of children experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea from drinking a cup with mold in the valve.
If you are affected by the recall, don't hesitate to run to your cabinets and remove the cups from your home — but don't throw them out. With Tommee Tippee replacing the recalled cups, you will have plenty of new and safe cups in no time.