Sippy Cup Roundup

Once your baby starts drinking something other than boob there are a lot of options for sippy cups. You can spend anywhere from $1.50 to $10 for a cup that will probably have it’s regulator lost, the lid swapped out, and end up under a piece of furniture in your living room or in the floor of the car for a week or more at least once. So what’s the most important thing to look for in a sippy cup?

If plastic doesn’t bother you, then don’t spend a lot of money. Plastic ones don’t last very long, and they can be hard to clean. Not to mention mixing up and losing lids. The difference between the cheap ones and the more expensive ones mainly is how well they prevent spills. Rubbermaid Take-alongs are $2.99 for 5. Can’t beat that. When it gets really gross or you lose one, no big deal. I’ve also seen sippies for $1.50 at bargain stores. It’s the best option if you are always losing things.

If you don’t have a ton of space – The thing I hate most about the sippy stage is all the room lots of sippy cups take up in my cabinets. Silikids and SipSnap are both brands that make silicone lids that snap over any glass or cup to turn any drinkware you own into a sippy. You can also use them on your own cups to make any cup a travel-friendly one. No more searching for bottoms and tops that match.

If you hate plastic, no need to fret! These days glass and stainless steel sippy options are plentiful. Kleen Kanteen and Thermos both make stainless steel options that will last you into elementary school if you can keep up with them that long. They are easy to clean and in my opinion, stainless steel makes water taste amazing. If you prefer glass, Lifefactory and Greensprouts both make glass options that have built-in protection against falls and breaks with a silicon outer shell. These options can be pricier, but I have heard many mommas say they gladly traded out owning five to ten plastic cups for just two stainless or glass options.

Straw top or Spout? 

Whether you go straw or spout depends on the age of your child. Older toddlers figure out the spouts pretty easily, but they can be harder for younger kids. I do recommend buying only one kind since it takes different skills to drink out of each kind, and little kids can get frustrated when the method for one doesn’t work for the other. Another thing to consider is that if your child gets really attached to doing things a certain way, straws are readily available just about anywhere if you leave your cup behind, and that can help avoid a meltdown.

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mother of three girls who go through sippy cups like water!

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