When your child gets to a certain age, they may be ready to ditch their bottle of formula for a sippy cup with their new favorite juice and work towards learning how to drink from a regular cup like Mom and Dad. But when you start looking for a sippy cup, how do you know which sippy cup is the best choice for your child?
To make things a little easier, we did the shopping for you and compiled a list of our 10 Best Sippy Cups of 2018 to give you some ideas of the different sippy cups out there for you and your little one.
We hope that with our recommendations, we can make the transition easier for your little one as they grow up right before your eyes.
Ready? Let’s get started.
How To Choose A Sippy Cup – Buying Guide
When your little one is ready to make that transition from bottle to a sippy cup, you want to make sure that the cup you choose meets certain criteria for what you may be looking for. Without meeting these criteria, the cup they use may end up causing more messes than it should ultimately stop. When we compiled our list, we made sure that each one met at least one of the criteria below before we would recommend it to you:
Having a sippy cup that is leak proof is a no brainer. Owning a sippy cup that leaks is one of the worst things that you might have to deal with. Screw on tops can be much more secure that snap on lids and have a stronger seal that won’t leak when tipped in any direction. When you buy one, fill it with water and toss it around, turn it upside down, drop it to ensure that the cup still holds everything inside before you give it to your little one.
When you child begins to use a sippy cup, having a cup with handles can make it easier for them to grab the cup and hold on tightly. As they get older though, they are less likely to need the handles. Having a cup where the handles can be removed, can make it easier for them to use the cup and take a drink.
If your little one is starting to use a sippy cup with a straw, they may not understand that they need to lift the cup up to get the liquid out. With a weighted straw, this allows your child to get their drink no matter what the cup’s orientation is.
Ease of Cleaning
Sippy cups can have a lot of parts and each part can have a little nook or cranny that their drink can get into and dry and be very tough to clean. Finding a cup where you can see everything and not have to deal with any hidden compartments in the lids were harmful bacteria can get trapped will make your life easier every time you need to clean the cup.
Soft Spout or Straw
If the spout or straw on your little one’s sippy cup is too hard when they begin using one, they may not like it and not want to use it at all. Finding a cup with a soft spout or straw can help make the transition easier because the nipple from the bottle they were using was also soft so they will be comfortable using it. As they get older, you can slowly transition them to harder spouts and straws.
Benefits of a sippy cup
Transitioning from a baby bottle to a sippy cup can have a a lot of benefits not only for mom and dad who don’t have to make bottles anymore, but more importantly, for your little one, there can be some major benefits to switching to a sippy cup and putting the bottle away for good. These benefits can include:
Every day, your little one’s teeth are growing and developing. If they spend a large majority of their time drinking from a bottle, the teeth that they do and don’t have yet could be at risk for permanent damage which could lead to tooth decay
Health and Nutrition
Part of your little one growing up right is getting the proper nutrition that they need to grow big and strong. If your little bundle of joy loves the bottle and sips from it constantly, that could mean that they aren’t getting a balanced diet of the right foods and sucking on a bottle too much can lead to more ear infections.
When your child grows from a newborn to a baby and beyond, there are many different milestones that they will hit along the way to growing up. If they are spending all of their time sucking on a bottle, they won’t be able to practice talking to say their first words to you. By clutching their bottle with both hands, they limit themselves from playing and exploring the world around them.
Breaking the bottle habit when your little one is around one year old will be much easier to do then rather than wait til they are an older toddler, hence the “terrible two’s” adage. Starting them as soon as they are ready will help make the transition much easier. Not only on them but on the parents too.
Different types of Sippy Cups
As your child ages, the type of sippy cup that they will use will adjust as well. This will help them grow into becoming more accustomed to using a regular cup when they are old enough. The different types of sippy cups are:
Generally designed to be used by babies between 4 and 9 months old, these types of cups will have a soft spout to protect their soft gums and two easy grip handles so your little one can hold onto the bottle easily.
A toddler cup is designed for the age gap between 1 year and 3 years old. These types of cups can come with hard and soft spouts or with a straw mouthpiece. Designed with a contour shape so they can be gripped easily, these types of cups can typically hold between 7 and 11 ounces of their favorite drink.
Kid Bottles are designed for older kids who may take them to school, camp or any other outdoor activities. Insulated, these can keep cold drinks cold for a long period of time and are typically used by children between 3 and 6 years of age.
My Babies Planet Overview
Choosing the right sippy cup is not only an important decision for you, but obviously for your child as well. The right sippy cup can help them transition to regular cups much quicker and much easier.
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- muscle development, kidshealth.org