Making the transition from a bottle to a cup is a key step in your baby growing up. It’s an important milestone, but moving to an open cup can be a messy process! Fortunately, there are some excellent sippy cups on the market designed to bridge the gap between bottle and cup, giving your child more independence while preventing spillages.
When you choose to start trying with a sippy cup is entirely up to you; some cups are designed for babies as young as four-months-old. It’s generally agreed, however, that children should be starting to use a sippy cup by the time they’re 12 months and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that children should be fully transitioned from bottles to cups by the time they’re 18 months old. This is to help prevent tooth decay and other dental problems. If your bub is ready to make the switch, the following are some of the best sippy cups from which to choose.
Best Sippy Cups
1. Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup
A favorite with parents everywhere is the Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup. This BPA-free toddler training cup comes with a spoutless design, meaning there are no straws or spouts to clean. Instead, this sippy cup enjoys a 360-degree drinking edge that automatically seals when the child stops drinking. The handles are easy for little hands to hold and the no-spill design will make it past even the toughest of toddler tests!
2. Green Sprouts Glass Sip’n Straw Cup
If you’re looking for a plastic-free sippy cup, the Green Sprouts Glass Sip’n Straw Cup is a great option. Made with PVC- and BPA- free materials, this sippy cup comes with a glass insert, meaning that liquids don’t come into contact with plastic, which can absorb odor and tastes. There are two handles, perfect for small hands, and the cup comes with two interchangeable tops—a spout and a straw. It’s not as durable as some of the other sippy cups, but if you do break the glass insert—and there’s a high probability that this will happen!—then you can purchase replacement inserts separately. This sippy cup was designed for babies ages 6 months and up when using the sippy spout, and 9 months and up using the straw top.
3. Fun Grips Hard Spout Sippy Cup by NUK Gerber
One of the best sippy cups on the market for children aged 12 months and older is the Fun Grips Hard Spout Sippy Cup by NUK Gerber. These hourglass-shaped cups come with grooves that make it easier for little hands to grip onto. The cup also comes with a bite-resistant spout and the Seal Zone Technology means that you’ll avoid leaks and spillages. These BPA-free cups come in packs of two in a range of bright rainbow colors.
4. Munchkin Miracle Stainless Steel 360 Sippy Cup
Another good plastic-free sippy cup option is the Munchkin Miracle Stainless Steel 360 Sippy Cup. This excellent sippy cup shares the same dentist-recommended spoutless edge as the standard 360 sippy cup. The advantage of this cup, however, is that the base is stainless steel, which will help keep water, milk or juice cool when you’re on the move. There are no handles and the stainless steel can be harder to grip so it’s a good option for kids 12 months or older. The sippy cup comes with a lid that provides foolproof protection against spills on the go.
5. DOIDY Cup
This might be one of the more unusual looking sippy cups around, but some parents swear by it. The slanted shape was designed 40 years ago to teach children to drink from a rim and not a spout. It can be used (under supervision) with babies as young as four-months-old. Because this is an open cup, it’s definitely best used at home while your little one gets used to it.
Best Straw Sippy Cups
6. CamelBak Eddy Kids BPA Free Water Bottle
Easily one of the best straw sippy cup options is the Camelbak Eddy Kid’s 12 oz Water Bottle. Free from any nasty chemicals, these bottles are perfect for on-the-go toddlers. They have been specifically designed for smaller hands to use, but share the same patented CamelBak Big Bite valve as the adult designs, with a stem tube and a shut-off valve. Choose from more than 40 styles from watermelons and unicorns to spaceships and dinosaurs. Finally, there’s no fiddly cleaning involved with these bottles; all the parts are top-rack dishwasher safe.
7. Philips Avent My Bendy Straw Cup
There’s a reason why the Philips Avent My Bendy Straw Cups are some of the best straw sippy cups around, they’ve been developed with experts and are recommended by dentists. The unique bent-straw in the cup means that kids can reach every last drop while staying in a natural drinking position. These 10 ounce cups are sold in packs of two, with four bright and cheery color options and come with a flip-top to help prevent leaks on the go. These straw sippy cups are recommended for children 12 months and older.
8. Munchkin Click Lock Weighted Flexi Straw Trainer Cup
If you’re looking for a straw sippy cup for younger kids, try the Munchkin Click Lock Weighted Flexi Straw Trainer Cup. This cup can be used by children as young as six months thanks to the clever weighted straw technology. This genius bit of engineering means that no matter what angle your little one holds the cup at, liquid will still come out of the straw. There are removable handles, a flip-top lid, and all parts are top-rack dishwasher safe.
Best Transition Sippy Cups
9. Tommee Tippee First Sips Soft Transition Cup
Specially designed for baby’s first sips, the Tommee Tippee First Sip Soft Transition Cup is one of the best sippy cups to transition from bottle feeding. It’s BPA-free, non-spill and comes with a soft silicone spout that’s easy to use while being gentle on gums. It can also be used with a bottle nipple. The easy-grip handles are removable, for when your little one is ready to progress to holding the cup directly. The cup also comes with a handy lid to keep the spout clean and prevent any leaks when you’re out and about.
10. Nuby No-Spill Super Spout Grip N’Sip
These colorful transition sippy cups don’t just look good; they’re also perfectly designed for kids as young as four months old. There are easy-to-grip handles on both sides, the soft spout is kind to gums and the “touch-flo” valve controls liquid speed. It’s also easy to clean, hard-wearing and doesn’t leak.
11. Munchkin Latch Transition Cup
The Munchkin Latch Transition Cup might look a little like a space rocket, but it’s one of the best sippy cups for weaning from a bottle. It’s been designed specifically for kids ready to take that first step towards drinking independence, and comes with a soft, flexible spout and easy-to-hold handles. This transition sippy cup can hold 4 ounce of milk, water or juice and, when your bub is finished, everything can be easily unscrewed and put in the top rack of the dishwasher to clean. This sippy cup can be used for children aged 4 months and up.
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Katja Gaskell is a travel writer and family travel blogger based in London, U.K. after 12 years on the road in Australia, India and Mexico. She has written guidebooks for Lonely Planet, reviewed hotels for the British boutique hotel site Mr & Mrs Smith and has contributed articles to publications including BBC Food, Angels & Urchins, Lonely Planet online and more. She is also the European Editor of Twist Travel Magazine. Katja is a firm believer that you can – and should! – travel with your kids everywhere. Find Katja on Instagram and her own site globetotting.com