I’m just a girl standing in front of a straw cup asking it not to leak. If you’re reading this, you already know...they all leak. The real goal is to track down the straw cup that leaks the very least. You have been there and we’ve been there too--the bottom of your diaper bag is soaked in water because the damn cup leaked again. We did the legwork for you and put all the straw cups to the test. We looked for cups that were easy to clean, safe to drink from, and of course, durable AF. They have undergone crash testing. Yes, our children have rocketed nearly all of these products across the kitchen.
As always, all of the products we recommend here have undergone safety testing that meet and often exceed the standards required in the U.S. We have included four of the very best straw cups for your kiddo’s to use and abuse day in and day out. As a bonus, there is a very special teaching tool for when you first introduce the straw cup to your infant!
Here’s the deal: So this is not your typical straw cup where the straw pops in and out. It is a tumbler...let me paint a picture for you--it looks like the cup your iced coffee comes in. This type of cup is typically a nightmare because kids will do one of two really awesome things when you hand it to them. One, they’ll yank the straw out or two, they’ll turn the cup upside down to make a lovely puddle on your rug! So Contigo developed a tumbler that is straw yank-proof! It is top rack dishwasher safe and comes in tons of cute designs.
Material: 100% BPA free plastic or stainless steel
Price: Start at $9.99
Love it: Straw is hard and it unscrews, making for easy and thorough cleaning. It is impossible for little ones to pull the straw out of the hole. A very nice price!
Not so much: The skid proof bottom makes it hard for toddlers to get it out of their car seat cup holder making for a very frustrated toddler. Not ideal for on the go. More ideal for kids that have mastering drinking from straws, not transitional. Some may feel hesitant about the brand in the light of the 2019 recall on a different model of children’s cups.
What are moms saying?: “I love that my daughter can’t get the straw out of this cup no matter how hard she tries!” - Emily K.
Bottomline: If you want a mess-free straw tumbler for your toddlers, this is the one for you!
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Here’s the deal: ThinkSport/ThinkBaby launched in 2006 with the goal of creating safe, sustainable, functional products. This cup was designed to help little ones transition from bottles to straw cups. The Thinkster is available is a variety of bright colors and different materials depending on your preference.
Material: Plastic is free of BPA phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, PET, and biologically harmful chemicals or stainless steel.
Love it: 10% of every purchase goes to charity, you choose from five different causes. Can use the handles or not. Great for on the go, straw pops in and out so it is protected. Fits in car seat cup holder and easy to get out.
Not so much: After a year and many projectiles, it leaks on it’s side.
What are moms saying?: “Of all the cups we tried to transition our daughter from the bottle to the straw cup, this was the best we could find.” - Ashley A.
Bottomline: When transitioning from bottle to straw cup this one seems to leak least, offers an accessible price point, and has a soft, yet easily cleaned straw.
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Here’s the deal: Pura offers the only cup on the market of its kind - 100% plastic free. It is a stainless steel bottle, with a silicone straw and insulation sleeve. This product comes in various sizes from 5oz up to 28oz with the insulation sleeve comes in a variety of colors.
Material: Stainless steel and silicone, proudly 0% plastic
Price: starting at $19.99
Love it: The first (and only) 100% plastic-free straw bottle on the market. Transitional tops from baby bottle all the way to open mouth. Reviews across the board say leakage is very minimal.
Not so much: The mouthpiece cover is not attached to the bottle (another thing to lose/forget). You can put them in the dishwasher, though Pura advises you hand wash. All the different mouthpieces are sold separately. On the pricier side.
What are moms saying?: “This is the only plastic free bottle on the market so it’s an easy choice for us!” - Maggie H.
Bottomline: If you are concerned about plastics, this is the cup for you! Also, it can be the cup you use for the long haul and seamless used between children of various ages.
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Here’s the deal: Camelbak is widely touted as a very popular and well-loved water bottle. The designers took the adult version of this water bottle and created a child-safe version that is free of choking hazards.
Material: BPA-Free Polypropylene and medical grade silicone
Price: Starts at $15
Love it: Easy for little fingers to operate. Mouthpiece is safely protected when in the down position. Practically leak proof. Straws are strong enough and easily come apart for cleaning. Dishwasher safe.
Not so much: Not for children under 3 years old. Can be a bit too big for some car seat cup holders.
What are moms saying?: “This cup has been great for our toddlers and is perfect for taking on the go for the day.” - Kelly C.
Bottomline: This is an awesome basic on the go water bottle, it’s not recommended for under 3 years old (though confession, my 2 year old uses one, oops) which makes it not accessible for all kids.
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Here’s the deal: Pediatricians and occupational therapists agree after children transition from bottles, straw cups are the gold standard and sippy cups are really not useful and in fact, are bad for the children’s soft palate (no judgement mamas, we all have sippy cups in the cabinet). Teaching little ones from a straw cup can be really tricky. I have had so many friends ask how I got my kids to drink from a straw. Enter the Honey Bear - the go-to therapy cup! This cup was originally designed as a therapeutic tool and was used by speech and feeding therapists (and still is) but then it was discovered as a really quite effective for younger children!
How to use: The cup looks like a honey bear and its soft enough to squeeze. You will put a small amount of water in the cup, hold the straw up to baby’s mouth, squeeze the bear’s belly so that a bit of water squirts into baby’s mouth. Do this 1-2 times a day and don’t give up. This will help baby understand how straws work.
Material: Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
Love it: This cup with teach your child how straws work and once they get the hang of it, your little one will be able to drink from any straw!
Not so much: This is a tool to teach children to drink from straws. It leaks and the straw can be pulled out. It is not your everyday cup. Not dishwasher or microwave safe.
What are moms saying?: “Darn, this thing really works!” - Jillian D.
Bottomline: You need this cup. That’s all.
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