The Short of It
Parents may be getting a little carried away with posting pictures of their kids' moldy sippy cups on Facebook.
ICYMI: On Feb. 10, dad Craig Beresford posted a picture of his daughter's sippy cup to Facebook after finding something hiding inside the crevices he wasn't expecting: mold.
Not surprisingly, Beresford's post quickly went viral when other parents started checking their kids' cups and uploading photos in the comment section after they all discovered the same gross mold.
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Now other disgusted sippy cup owners are jumping on the moldy picture bandwagon, posting gross images of cups all over Facebook—on special mom group pages, on their own timelines, and in the comment sections of other people's posts.
This one went viral after being shared in a group last Thursday (it's been translated from French): "My friend wondered why her son was still sick," wrote Marie-Pier S. L'Hostie. "So he has broken the anti leakage of his glass to beak "Tommee tippee" to discover the mold on the inside of the anti-leak. He called the company, and the lady at the end of the wire has laughs at his face. Several moms on other groups have also discovered mold following my post on another group so I you sharing. If you please, those who have these cups, pay attention! We wash it by hand or in the dishwasher, the mold settle here anyway!"
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Penny Powell posted the same message. L'Hostie's photos were shared more than 46,000 times; Powell's more than 100,000. Their comment sections have been filled with other moldy consumer images, prompting the following response from Tommee Tippee via the company's Facebook page:
"We learned, as a result of posts, that some people were not satisfied with the result of the sippy valves used in our sippy cups: We apologize for the inconvenience and we assure you that we are actively working on the subject."
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In the meantime, parents continue to post moldy cup shots, even in the comment section of the company's apology post.
Look, we get it. This is all pretty disgusting. And we're glad this issue is getting the attention it deserves. But I think the incessant posting is verging on overkill, so maybe we should dial it back a little.
And not for nothing, it's for this exact reason I used disposable sippy cups for both of my own kids.