A sippy cup, sometimes called a trainer cup, is designed for when your child has the motor skills to use a cup, but not the coordination to keep from spilling. There are several different sippy cups to choose from, but it’s safe to say that if it leaks, you don’t want it. Here are the best performers to try on your new little sipper to see which one sticks.
1. Handle. Sippy cups cup in all shapes and sizes—tall, short, with handles and without. Take a look at what your baby’s bottles looks like and how she handles that. If she seems comfortable with that shape and size, you’ll probably want to start with a sippy cup with a similar shape.
2. Leak-Resistance. Even if the sippy cup you like comes with a top, it should still be leak-proof. Chances are your little one will only carry it upright and the last you want is a trail of liquid behind her.
3. Safety. Much like your baby bottle, plastic sippy cups should also be BPA-free. Always check a cup’s packaging to ensure it doesn’t contain biphesnol A.
Dimensions: 6 ounces
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Pros: At six months, when your pediatrician will likely recommend that your baby start drinking water from a sippy cup, you might want to try one with a very soft spout. This one from Dr. Brown’s has a soft silicone spout and features handles for holding. You’ll also love that this trainer cup grows with your baby. Once your little one is ready for a firmer spout, you can simply buy new spouts instead of a whole new trainer cup.
Cons: Because the spout is sip-activated, it will take your baby a while to get the hang of sucking the liquid out. But be patient–the sip-activation is so worth it because that’s what makes the cup leak-proof.
Pros: Thinkbaby has a conversion kit available to transform their popular BPA-free baby bottles into sippy cups. This is great if you’re already using their bottles, but even if you’re not, purchasing the trainer cup on its own is still a great choice. They’re safe, easy to clean, and resemble the bottle for a seamless transition to drinking from a cup.
Cons: Unlike other sippy cups, the Thinkbaby is sold individually. Comparatively, that’s a little on the pricey side for a single sippy cup.
Price: $13 for 2
Dimensions: 7 ounces
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Pros: If you’ve ever watched your child throw his head back to get a drop of water out of his cup, you can immediately see why this Tilty cup is appealing. It requires less head tilting to receive liquid, and because it doesn’t have a valve, your child drinks rather than sucks on the spout, which is recommended by dentists. This one is particularly useful in the stroller or car seat where there is less room to move.
Cons: Tilty cups can be hard to find in stores, so chances are you’ll have to buy yours online.
Dimensions: 7 ounces
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Pros: The Thermos brand has introduced the Foogo sippy cup which provides superior insulation technology, enabling this sippy cup to keep liquids cold for up to six hours. In addition to being a great insulator, this cup is tough—there is no chance it will crack or break—and it really is leak-proof.
Cons: Expect to pay a pretty hefty penny for this sippy cup’s patented insulation technology. You could buy four of another brand’s sippy cups with the money you’ll spend on one Foogo.
Pros: If you prefer a straw sipper to a spout, Munchkin’s Mighty Grip sippy cup is a great option. It’s easy to use because it’s shaped to fit naturally in little hands, and the straw flips out for easy access (and back in for keeping clean). It comes in a bunch of cheerful color combinations and is priced right.
Cons: Because of the leak-proof design, it may take your child some time to get the hang of using the straw.
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