Your Guide To Choosing The Best Sippy Cup For Your Toddler
How do you choose the right sippy cup for your little one, once she is ready to be weaned? Here is a comprehensive guide on what exactly you should watch out for and where you can get the best one!
Once your child is six months old and ready to be weaned, you may start teaching her how to transition from bottle (or breast) to drinking from a sippy cup.
But with so many different kinds of sippy cups to choose from in the market, how do you know which one is the best for your little one?
We give you a comprehensive breakdown of what features you should take into consideration when buying your tot’s very first sippy cup, where exactly you can get it from and what are the safety concerns to watch out for.
Not everything is made of plastic nowadays and it’s possible to find a sippy cup for your toddler that is made of other materials — sometimes even a combination of different materials.
There are three main types available in Singapore, which are:
Pros: Lightweight and easier for your toddler to handle, fairly inexpensive, easily available in Singapore.
Cons: Some plastics which are not BPA-free can potentially leak chemicals into your child’s drink, and a plastic sippy cup is not so durable.
Pros: Stainless steel is eco-friendly, easy to clean and very durable.
Cons: It might be a little heavy for your little one to handle on his own and costs a bit more than plastic sippy cups.
We recommend: Kid Basix Safe Sippy 2 ($29.90) from Baby Online, Innobaby Sippin’ Smart Straw Stainless Cup ($29.90) from Motherswork, Nuby No-Spill Click-It Stainless Steel Insulated Soft Sipper ($35.91) from Agape Babies.
Pros: Glass is a recyclable material which makes this an eco-friendly option for green parents out there, and it is also the easiest to keep clean.
Cons: It can easily break and shatter if your little one accidentally drops it, it’s also a bit heavier than a plastic sippy cup, the price tag is more on the higher end and it’s hard to find in Singapore.
We recommend: Green Sprouts Glass Sip N Straw Cup ($32.90) from Motherswork.
Sippy cups come in various shapes, forms and sizes, so which is the right type for your child?
Pros: Can fit more liquid inside so there will be fewer refills to make, and may fit in some cup holders (such as in the car, at the cinema, in some highchair trays, etc).
Cons: If filled full it may be too heavy for your tot to handle, taller sippy cups are usually made of plastic, and they might be a little bulky.
Pros: The wider bottom is easier for your tot to set down, it is easier for little ones to handle on their own, and it takes up little space in your diaper bag when you go out.
Cons: Holds lesser liquid so heavier drinkers may require many top-ups, and does not properly fit in most cup holders.
What else should you look out for when choosing a sippy cup for your tot? Go to the next page to find out!
Not all sippy cups have the same features and you’ll have to carefully consider what you think your tot needs according to her age and development:
Pros: Easier for your tot to handle on her own.
Cons: Might hinder the sippy cup from fitting in a cup holder, and there’s a risk that the handle might break off which can be dangerous for your little one.
Pros: Lasts longer and is easier to clean.
Cons: If your tot is drinking and moving about, there is a higher risk that a hard spout could injure her teeth and gums if she accidentally bumps into something or falls down.
Pros: More comfortable for your little one to drink from and makes the transition from bottle or breast to cup a bit easier too.
Cons: Might not last long if your tot likes to chew on the soft spout, and can also harbour bacteria if not cleaned properly.
We recommend: The First Years Disney Minnie Soft Spout Trainer Cup ($10.99) from ToysRus, MAM Starter Cup ($14.90) from Posh Baby Shop, NUK Hello Kitty Silicone Spout Learner Sippy Cup ($18.90) from Pupsik Studio.
Pros: Easier for your child to drink from as she does not have to lift up the whole sippy cup, and is also better for oral hygiene.
Cons: Must be cleaned thoroughly as bacteria can easily grow inside the straw, some straws need to be changed frequently due to wear and tear, and drinking from a straw tends to cause “back wash” of liquid into the sippy cup!
Pros: Is similar to a regular cup so your child might enjoy drinking just like mummy and daddy, and also allows your tot to drink from any angle.
Cons: Some kids might find this kind of sippy cup a little tricky to use at first and it may require a bit more effort to drink from.
Sippy cup safety concerns
As with all of your little one’s items such as toys, bottles and clothes, there are a few safety issues you should take note of when it comes to sippy cups.
Bacteria and mold
No matter how meticulous you think you are in cleaning your child’s sippy cup, bacteria and mold might grow in those tiny crevices that your scrubbing brush can’t reach.
If the sippy cup is worn, has scratches or is damaged in any way, this could potentially harbour bacteria or even leach chemicals into your child’s drink, causing her to become sick.
If in doubt, just toss it out.
Since you are now introducing your little one to solids, you might also be tempted to put juice or milk in her sippy cup for her to sip on throughout the day.
Remember not to let her bring it to bed with with as the sugars found in such drinks can pool in her mouth which may lead to tooth decay.
It is best to just fill up the sippy cup with plain water and limit your child’s intake of sugary drinks to just during meals or snack time.
Children are curious by nature and as your little one develops, she will become more active and want to explore her surroundings — sometimes while in the middle of snack time!
Make sure that your tot does not drink from sippy cup as she’s walking about or in the middle of playing, as this may potentially cause an injury to occur.
If a sippy cup spout is in your child’s mouth when she falls, it can cause cuts and other injuries to her face, teeth or gums.
Remind your child to sit down or stand still when drinking from her sippy cup before continuing with her activities.
Is your little one ready to use a sippy cup yet? Which kind of sippy cup has your child used before? Do you have any tips to share with other parents? Please leave your comments below!