You have 32 cups and about 27 tops and then, of course, like, 22 straws floating around in a drawer in your kitchen, don’t you? How did we get so many different childrens drinking vessels? Where have the tops gone? Does my dishwasher eat straws? These are questions I cannot answer. I have, however, rounded up the best (non-straw) cups for your kiddos. We all want to simplify our lives, let’s begin here with the cups in that drawer!
The cups we chose are unique, each with different features and benefits. It’s up to you to decide which cup is best for your little ones but at least we narrowed it down, right? As always, these are the cups moms like you are giving their little ones day in and day out. These are the products that we know work well and stand the test of time...and the test of being hurdled across the backseat of your mom mobile. All of these products have undergone safety testing that meet or exceed the standards required in the U.S.
Here’s the deal: The lauded Norweigen company Stokke has just released a tableware set and it is gorgeous. While it is still new to the market and somewhat challenging to find for purchase, we foresee in the coming months that it will become readily available. The ergonomically designed cup is easy for children to hold, and encourages self-feeding. As with all Stokke products, this cup’s simple design is the most aesthetically pleasing.
Material: High-quality, food grade silicone.
Price: Sets range from $29 - $69. Right now, the cup is not available for purchase on its own, it must be purchased within a set. The price will depend on the set you choose.
Love it: With a removable sippy top it is perfect to transition from a bottle to open cup drinking. Beautiful. Strong and durable, great for outdoor use. Non-slip base and weighted bottom minimizes spills. Holds the right amount for tiny tummies. Microwave and dishwasher safe for hassle-free heating and cleaning. Silicone does not corrode or wear.
Not so much: On the pricier side, cannot be purchased as a stand alone item at this time, sippy top is not recommended by American Association of Pediatrics after the age of 1.
What are moms saying?: “It’s so good - a 10! It never spills even after it drops, easy to hold, just the right size and super well made.” - Liz A.
Bottomline: This cup is super promising, and looks to be our go to choice once it becomes more easily accessible.
Where can I find it? Sets are currently being sold on Amazon and at Nordstrom.
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Here’s the deal: This super cool product will make almost any cup in your cabinet into a sippy cup! The SNUG silicone sippy lids fit over any regular cup with a 2.5”–3.75” diameter and boon claims that the lid will prevent that cup from spewing its contents when knocked over or tossed off a high chair (not that that’s ever happened). It comes in a pack of three lids including many bright colors. Amazon also offers a pack of three lids and one cup for $2 more. These were designed to be used on the go when kid friendly cups are not available,
Material: 100% food grade silicone
Price: $9.99 (3 lids) or $11.99 (3 lids + 1 cup)
Love it: Mostly spill proof. Dishwasher safe, can be boiled/sterilized. Great for on the go.
Not so much: The small vent hold can cause a few drops of water to leak out. Sippy top is not recommended by American Association of Pediatrics after the age of 1.
What are moms saying?: “The SNUG spout has saved the day for us many times, when we are out and there is no kids cups around.”
Bottomline: These are your go to for tossing in the diaper bag or keeping in the car if you end up in a situation where there is no sippy cup at your disposal. For example, you get to a restaurant and they do not have cups with tops, pull out your SNUG spout!
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Here’s the deal: Your kid can’t drink out of a cup with a top forever so at some point, you’ve got to introduce an open cup. This kind of cup is best introduced and practiced at home with no time constraints. This is not the cup for when you’re on the go but the best part is eventually with plenty of practice and time, little Johnny will be able to drink from any cup at all...or at least that’s what ezpz says! So the designers created this cup to fit perfectly in baby’s hands and mouth. The material is soft yet non slip, protecting teeth and minimizing spills. A weight base and tactile bumps further minimize spills and the interior angle helps the water flow at an appropriate rate for our littlest ones.
Material: 100% food grade silicone
Love it: Designed to minimize spills and created to help the water flow at a comfortable rate, dishwasher safe, silicone does not corrode or wear the way other, designed to support oral and speech development, appealing design with an array of color choices, simplicity at it’s finest - no parts to lose!
Not so much: This is not your on the go cup and probably not your cup for when you don’t feel like being hands on, your kid is going to spill their water with an open cup there is no way around it, some moms report the silicone smell is too strong.
What are moms saying?: “I loved using this as a cup to help my son learn how to drink from a regular cup. Having the practice at home means when we are on the go, he can drink from most any cup, with a little help!” - Beth T.
Bottomline: You are not taking this on the go but when you’re ready to work on drinking from an open cup, this is the best place to start!
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Here’s the deal: In 2011, this family run company that has been around for 32 years, launched their line of affordable, durable, sustainable tableware. All products are made from recycled plastic milk jugs and come in a variety of sizes, configurations and colors. They are safe for kids and great for the environment, plus they claim to be virtually indestructible. They are sold in many grocery stores at affordable prices making them extremely accessible. These are your classic spout sippy cup.
Material: All products are made from FDA approved sustainable HDPE recycled plastic or recycled polypropylene.
Price: starting at $4.50
Love it: Much like their other products: extremely affordable, positive impact on the environment, super durable and dishwasher safe. Can be used with their straw cup lid if you prefer. Won’t spill with the no-spill valve, can order replacement parts as needed. Can remove top and use it as open cup if you wish.
Not so much: Does come with a cup, valve and lid - more parts to lose. While they have been tested for the microwave, the brand’s website warns it is not recommended to microwave these products. Sippy top is not recommended by American Association of Pediatrics after the age of 1.
What are moms saying?: “We are constantly losing cups and parts in my house, I don’t worry about these though because they price cannot be beat.” - Sarina A.
Bottomline: If you want a low cost, super durable sippy cup with a sippy spout, this is our recommendation.
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Here’s the deal: This unique cup is fairly new to the scene. The cup’s edge allows drinking from any side of the cup. Kids can tilt the cup and suck on the valve's edge, when the child stops drinking the edge automatically seals. The cup comes in four bright colors and offers the option of handles and even a slow flow lid for training your little water drinker earlier on.
Material: stainless steel and BPA free plastic
Love it: The travel lid keeps it from spilling. Comes apart for easy cleaning in dishwasher. Trains kids to drink from lidless cups. Dentists and pediatricians alike agree this style cup (without a spout/mouth piece) is best for oral development!
Not so much: Not completely spill proof, like say if someone decides to throw it across the room! Some moms report that the older the cup gets the more it leaks.
What are moms saying?: “Love the 360 cup, all three of my kids transitioned away from their bottle easily though we don’t take this cup on the go since it sometimes leaks in my bag.” - Danielle M.
Bottomline: This is a unique style of cup that everyone should try while keeping in mind it will leak in certain situations.
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