There are so many toddler sippy cups and bottle options out there that it’s hard to decide just what to buy. If you’re trying to transition your baby from a bottle to a toddler cup, it can also be tricky to find something that your baby will actually use and not just throw on the floor.
My criteria for a toddler cup and bottle is pretty simple: be leak-proof, not plastic, and super easy to clean.
Leak-proof toddler cups – Even the best cups can leak, so it’s important to do your research and see if the cup has leaked for others. For example, the Munchkin 360 cup that I talk about in the video below claims to be leakproof. However, if the cup falls on the floor, water will splash from under the silicone seal on the lid. Super frustrating when your toddler is always dropping their cup.
Avoiding plastic is a little tricky when it comes to toddler cups. Most of the cups out there are plastic. I prefer using stainless steel bottles with a silicone sippy nipple or straw. Again, not everything is perfect. The downside to stainless steel bottles is that if you put milk in them, the milk will go bad very quickly. My workaround was to put ice in the bottle if I was putting milk in it. Otherwise, if you’re just using water, stainless is a perfect choice.
Finally, having a bottle or cup that is easy to clean is a must. Some cups have three or four pieces, some are hard to remove, and it’s important that those hidden areas get cleaned or else they WILL get moldy. Ewwww. The stainless steel bottles are typically pretty easy to clean and have few parts. Invest in a good bottle brush and straw cleaner and you should be good to go.
Take a look at this video where I go into more detail about the cups I’ve used and why I prefer some over others.
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If you’re interested in some of the cups I’ve mentioned in this video, you can find them here on Amazon.
Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup
ZAK Designs Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Bottle
Thermoflask Kids Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Buying a quality cup or bottle for your toddler can last you for years. My oldest son is 8 years old and we still have and use one of the stainless steel bottles I bought him as a baby.
Happy shopping and good luck keeping all the liquids contained!