Things to consider when purchasing a sippy cup:
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 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.
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.
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 are easy to take apart, wash and reassemble.
In a perfect world, every sippy cup would be 100% leak proof 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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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.
The Thermos Foogo Sippy has remained incredibly popular through the years. Trust us, your 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.
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 your ready to go ahead and buy what you need to make your own sippys.
Here is the link for the sippy adapter.
Thinkbaby is known for their 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.
Do you already have a favorite non plastic sippy cup? Let us know about it below.
In this DIY Mommy Hack, we’ll show you how to turn your mason jars into a glass sippy cup. Glass sippy cups are often hard to find and pricey, ranging from $12 to $19 per cup. Our mason jar sippy cup will range in price from $3 to $10 depending on the size of the mason jar. Let’s get started!
Place the Nuby spout inside of the ring provided with the mason jar and screw the ring onto the mason jar.
In a rush and just want to buy a ready-made mason jar sippy cup? Check this out!
If you are looking for a hard spout glass sippy instead of a soft spout like the Nuby spout listed above, here are some options.
Ball Sip and Straw Lids These are little plastic disks that sit inside the ring of the mason jar. The hole can be used to sip from or use the straws to create a glass straw cup.
ILids ILids are neat because the top opening can be sealed shut when you are not using the sippy. *ILids are wide mouth so you will need to purchase wide mouth mason jars.
Cuppow These are plastic inserts that sit inside the ring of your mason jar.
Glass Guardian is a family based veteran owned business that makes high quality silicone bottle covers right here in the USA. The best part is that these covers fit onto most 8oz mason jars. What we love is that unlike some other brands that just wrap around the sides of the mason jar, these fully cover the bottom of the mason jar as well. Plus there are little raised circular bumps on the covers which helps improve the grip for little hands.
As with all glass products we recommend only using them with adult supervision.
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Recently several moms have contacted us for recommendations of not plastic straw kids cups. Here are our Top 5 Picks. Straw cups are a good choice for older toddlers and school-age children, often they are leak-resistant and hold quite a bit of liquid.
Here’s what we are looking for:
Thermos Funtainer – Best Leak Proof Option
The Funtainer is a 12 oz insulated 18/8 stainless steel straw cup. The top part of the straw that kids drink out of is made of silicone and the bottom part is made of a firmer plastic. My daughter used this cup from K to 3rd grade here in Arizona and even after a long hot day there would still be ice in it. It has a super easy push button for kids to open and the lid simply needs to be pushed down for the cup not to leak when inside lunch boxes or backpacks. Dishwasher safe.
Foogo– Best Leak Proof Option for Younger Toddlers.
Perfect for toddlers the Foogo is a smaller version of the Funtainer (above) and holds 10oz. it is recommended for ages 18 months and up.
Pura Kiki Straw Cup – Best Zero Plastic Option
The Pura line contains zero plastic components, it is an 18/8 stainless steel non-insulated cup with a silicone straw system. It comes with a silicone cap that you can fit over the straw, but this may not be easy for most small children to accomplish. This would be a great option for home where the cup would not be transported in a backpack and possibly leak. The cup is easy to clean and recommend for ages 3 months to 4 years.
Jabricks Kids Straw Bottle – Cutest, Insulated and Leak Proof
Here is a insulated stainless steel straw bottle with a cute fun design that does not leak when closed. It holds a little over 9 oz. and has handles, which is a plus. It is dishwasher safe and has a plastic straw. Their Amazon product information states it is made from FDA-approved and BPA-free materials.
Buggygear Glass Straw Bottle – Best Glass Straw Bottle
This is a 14oz glass insert that fits inside a plastic shell, similar to, but larger than the Green Sprouts Sip n Straw cup. The borosilicate glass is stronger than regular glass and helps protect against breakage. The straw is silicone and the cup is dishwasher safe. Recommended for 18 months and up and for supervised home use because after all, glass can break.
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The stainless steel Pura baby bottles and sippy cups are a great alternative to plastic. If you have decided to stay clear of any plastic baby and sippy bottles, and now you are on the hunt for a stainless steel baby bottle that can also be used as a sippy cup, Pura baby bottles are the bottle you have been looking for.
In general, I tend to lead parents to a hybrid style bottle that will grow with their child. In other words, a baby bottle that can then easily also be used as a sippy bottle. For glass, I usually steer parents to the Lifefactory glass bottles (I will write more about Lifefactory soon). And for a stainless steel hybrid bottle, Pura is the way to go.
Pura designed their line of baby and toddler bottles with a few simple concepts in mind featuring:
Yes, you can, but as a lot of parents find out over time, your baby or toddler may tend to prefer a brand of nipple or sippy spouts over another. So instead of having to spend your money and time looking for a perfect fit, Pura makes it easy.
Pura bottles come in either a 5oz. or 11oz baby bottle size or an 11oz. sippy size. There are even some fun sealing disks that can turn the bottle into a great storage container for snacks while on the go. Below is a chart of all of the nipple and sippy tops that are compatible with the Pura bottles.
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Minnesota has become the first state to legislate a ban on Bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles and sippy cups.
Interestingly, but not surprisingly, the FDA continues to maintain the chemical is safe.
Other states (California, Connecticut) are set to follow suit and this precedent by Minnesota will only serve to make further bans more likely. Canada has already banned BPA from numerous baby and toddler products.
Unfortunately, even in Minnesota, you’ll still have to wait until 2010 before the ban goes into effect.
While we applaud these efforts we must point out that most (all?) proposed bans target only a very small range of products used by infants and the youngest of children. Important product categories such as feeding and food storage containers, amongst others, are still not being addressed, not to mention the continuing risk of BPA in older children.
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