Best Not Plastic Sippy Cups, Our Top 5 Picks

By Kristie Turck •  Updated: 10/27/17 •  5 min read

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Finding the best not plastic sippy cup for your baby is a daunting task.  We will focus on buying considerations and share our Top 5 Not Plastic Sippy Cup picks.

Things to consider when purchasing a not plastic sippy cup include

  1. material
  2. style of sippy spout
  3. handles
  4. easy to clean

What material is the sippy cup made of?

Choices will include, plastic, glass, stainless steel, silicone, and biopolymer.

Biopolymer is an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic made from items such as corn or rice husks.

While plastic has its place we try to avoid having plastic touch our babies’ food and drink.  Plastic leeches chemicals (you may have heard of BPA/BPS).

We are still discovering the nasty ill effects that chemicals in plastics (for that matter chemicals in general) have on our health.

While it is difficult to find sippies and bottles that work well with zero plastic components the key is limiting the amount of plastic that touches your child’s food and drink.

Soft or hard spout sippy cup?  

Soft spout sippy cups usually make for an easier transition from bottle or breast.  They usually have a silicone nipple that is shaped like a sippy spout instead of a teat.

Hard spout sippy cups are more durable and sometimes come with a flip-top or easy to close option.

Handles or No Handles?  

Babies love to grip things and sippy cups designed with handles are perfect for babies’ little hands.

Many brands have handles that can easily be removed so that your baby can use the cup with or without handles.

Easy to clean sippy cups.

You probably have seen the gross photos in the news or social media showing bacteria and mold growth on the inside valve area of certain brands of sippy cups.

We recommend looking for sippy cups with a simple design that is easy to take apart, wash and reassemble.

Should a sippy cup be leakproof?  

In a perfect world, every sippy cup would be 100% leakproof and spill-proof, making our lives as parents just a little easier.

Here is the thing, all sippy will leak a little.  Actually, you would not want a sippy that your baby has to suck on with all their might.

Cups that are overly difficult to suck from can lead to developmental problems and ear infections due to the softness of babies’ palettes.

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Best Not Plastic Sippy Cups

1. Munchkin Miracle Stainless Steel 360 Sippy Cup

This sippy cup has it all!

The main part of the cup is made from vacuum-sealed 18/8 stainless steel.  Stainless steel is a great alternative to plastic.

This cup is durable and lightweight making it easy for older babies and toddlers to hold. It is insulated makes it a good choice for keeping drinks cold or if your little one prefers milk on the warmer side.

The Munchkin Miracle cup is also spill-proof. When your child is finished drinking it creates a leak-proof seal.  The sippy cup is valve-free, which means your child does not need to suck to get the fluids out of the cup, a preferred option of dentists.

In addition to the stainless steel cup, there is a small plastic component that twists onto the cup (the leak-proof piece) and a silicone-like disk that is placed on top of the plastic component.

Replacement pieces for the Munchkin Miracle Sippy Cup are readily available as it is the same pieces used for the plastic version of this cup.  Order your cup Here.  Order replacement parts Here.

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2. Thermos Foogo Insulated Soft Spout Sippy

The Thermos Foogo Sippy has remained incredibly popular through the years. Trust us, you are more likely to leave this sippy somewhere than have it break.

It is double-walled 18/8 stainless steel for insulation and has a semi-soft sippy spout.

The base of the cup is nice and wide, holds 7oz. of liquid, and is top-rack dishwasher safe.

There is a removable insert for the valve that must be removed for proper cleaning.

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3. Comotomo Sippy Cup

Turn your Comotomo silicone baby bottles into a sippy cup with these soft sippy nipples.  This is a great way to re-use a product you may already have!

You can read the post on how we turned ours into a sippy cup Here.

Or if you are ready to go ahead and buy what you need to make your own sippy.

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4. Thinkbaby Stainless Steel Sippy Cup

Thinkbaby is known for its high-quality products and rigorous product testing.

We like this cup because it is 18/8 stainless steel (non-insulated), lightweight, has handles, and also includes measurement markings on the side of the cup.

This sippy cup holds 9oz. of liquids.

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5. Penguinni Stainless Steel Cups with Silicone Lids

The Penguinni soft silicone lids can quickly turn regular size glasses and stainless steel cups into a safe non-plastic sippy cup.  Or you can use the little stainless steel cups provided with the lids for a stainless steel sippy cup.

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