Choosing the Best Sippy Cup

choosing the best sippy cups

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Over the course of raising three kids, we’ve come to own a ton of sippy cups. I just walked down to the cabinet where we keep these things, and I stopped counting at fifteen different models. And yet, we only ever need a few of those — the true winners, the sippy cups that won’t leak and are loved by the kids. Finding them wasn’t easy. We had plenty of disasters — cups that leaked, or had too many parts, or made the kids scream with frustration.

The good news for you is that you get to avoid all of that. I’m going to tell you how to choose the best sippy cups for your kids; all you have to do is go and get some.

Features of the Best Sippy Cups

Sippy cups are an important transition from the bottle, and your child may use them for a couple of years. Our 4-year-old still does, not because she’s incapable of using an open cup, but because she tends to spill a lot and her younger brothers (if they get a hold of her cup) will guarantee that this happens. Here are the features that we looked for:

  1. Leakproof. First and foremost, your child’s first sippy cup should be absolutely leakproof. You’d be surprised how many fail this simple requirement. If you lay the cup on its side and liquid comes out, that’s a problem. Why? Because your child will probably be drinking mostly milk, and spilling milk on carpets, furnishings, or just about anywhere is bad news.
  2. Easy to use. During the infant stage, we loved Dr. Brown’s bottles because they seemed to reduce infant gas, but dealing with five or more independent pieces was a real bitch. Sippy cups should have a simple design; 3 pieces (cup, insert, and lid) is about my limit. Any more than that, and I guarantee I’ll never be able to find them all when my toddler is screaming.
  3. Child-approved. This is the most difficult but important test of a sippy cup: whether your child will use it willingly. Sippy cups that are difficult to hold or drink from will frustrate your child and make the bottle-to-cup transition ten times harder.

Best Sippy Cups for Babies

First Years Insulated Sippy Cup The First Years Insulated Sippy Cup
  • Spill proof and leak proof; one piece lid (no insert)
  • Insulated so the surface won’t sweat
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe (top rack)

Sippy Cup Review:

These were some of the first sippy cups that we got for our daughter, though ours were Sesame Street and not Disney. I like two things about this one: the fact that it’s insulated, which prevents sweating and keeps the milk warmer longer, and the fact that it has just two pieces: cup and lid. No insert required, which makes this a quick, easy cup to use. The spout is a small hole with a silicone valve; it works well unless the valve gets distorted; we found this out the hard way after putting it on a dishwasher rack too many times.

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Playtex Sippy Cup Playtex Sipster First Sippy Cup
  • Two handles for easy gripping
  • Soft, tapered spout eases the transition from bottles
  • Designed by a “feeding specialist”, whatever that means

Sippy Cup Review:

We also have one of these models, which I loved when the babies were little because of the handles. These provide an easy grip, though they hog space in the cabinet and dishwasher. The spout is fairly leakproof yet easy to drink from.

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Nuby Sippy Cup Nuby No Spill Cup With Reversible Valve
  • Durable plastic cups in various colors
  • Reversible valve for two flow speeds (slow and fast)
  • Semi-transparent so you can see what’s in them

Sippy Cup Review:

We own more of these cups than any other, because they’re inexpensive and they work. The insert is reversible, so that you can set it for slow (baby) or fast (toddler) flow speeds. They’re pretty durable and bright colors; another advantage of having several is that we can mix-and-match cups, lids, and inserts just to get one together. Fair warning, though, if there’s one cup that can be forced to leak by banging it on the table or high chair tray, this is it. Otherwise we love them.

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Best Sippy Cups for Toddlers

Gerber Sippy Cup Gerber Graduates Spill Proof Sippy Cup, 7 Ounce
  • Tapered shape for easy gripping by little hands
  • The lid and patented valve fit other Gerber Graduates cups
  • BPA free, top rack dishwasher safe

Sippy Cup Review:

The best all-around sippy cup that we’ve found for our toddlers is made by Nuk under the Gerber Graduates brand. This model, the 7-ounce, is tapered for easy gripping by those tiny hands. The lids screw on tight, and the whole cup is both hardy and completely leak-proof.

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Nuk Sippy Cup Gerber Graduates Spill Proof Sippy Cup, 10 Ounce
  • Hourglass shape for easy gripping
  • Leakproof single-piece lid (no insert)
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe (top rack)

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Here’s our current go-to cup, because our toddlers actually drink about 8 ounces of milk at a time, so we need the higher capacity. These use the same lids and inserts as the 7-ounce capacity cups, though, which is handy. The hourglass shape is easy for toddlers to grip and carry around as well. Buy a pair of these and you won’t regret it.

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The Sippy Cup Holder Strap

Sippy Cup Holder Booginhead SippiGrip Sippy Cup Holder
  • Unique grip material to hold sippy cup securely
  • Adjustable length (up to 12″) for strollers, car seats, etc.
  • Made from durable, machine-washable materials

Sippy Cup Holder Review:

Last but not least, I thought I should at least mention this clever product from Booginhead. It’s a cloth sippy cup holder that anchors your little one’s cup to a stroller, high chair, or other baby containment apparatus. The part that goes around the sippy cup is made from a unique, grippy material that holds it tight. You can adjust the length of the strap as needed, up to about 12 inches. These are incredibly useful for walks, restaurants, and other places you don’t want the sippy cup to fall to the ground.

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