Guide to Sippy Cups

Are you ready to graduate from bottles to sippy cups? Toddlers cannot manage to drink from glasses like us adults and need to be fed from a specially designed sippy cup. Babies are used to drinking from bottles and this habit gradually needs to be changed into independent drinking from glasses, like adults do. This ultimate sippy cup guide is everything you need to know about them and what may work for your toddler.

Ultimate Sippy Cup GuideA Sippy cup is usually made of plastic and comes with a lid and a spout so that the kid can suck the drink from the cup without spilling it. There may or may not be a handle in this type of cup, as different varieties are available on the market. The motor skills of the child are improved in holding the cup and sipping the drink from it. However, it is essential for the parents to know some basic hygienic facts about this cup.

Facts to be known about the usage of Sippy cups

  • Parents should look extensively at the market and get the Sippy cups that will be most comfortable for their babies. Usually, the ones with silicone spouts are the most favored, as these wide spouts resemble the feeding bottles with the same flexibility of the nipple material. There are also softer spouts that are more suitable for the breastfeeding babies, providing the same comfortable feel to the babies. The children generally do not prefer the hard spouts of these cups until they have fully transitioned.
  • The baby should be shown how to suck easily from a sippy cup, as he may initially show some reluctance towards using this new thing.  He needs to be taught that the spout of this cup is exactly similar to the nipple of his feeding bottle. If a baby still does not want to use this cup, he should not be forced to drink from this cup. Rather, the parents may wait for some time, before trying to convince their kid again for using this cup.
  • There are so many types to choose from, and I will touch on the pros and cons below.
  • If the sippy cup is not thoroughly cleaned after every use, there are high chances of the growth of molds within the spout or the valve leading to the spout. So it is best to rinse the entire cup well with water, to get rid of any trapped liquid inside and make it hygienic for the child. I’ve run them through the dishwasher and still see mold growth from time to time. Scrubbing by hand, boiling, and making sure the dishwasher is using hot water are all ways to help sanitize the sippy cup.

However, the child should not be allowed to drink from the Sippy cup while lying on the bed, to avoid the danger of choking. Moreover, the use of this cup is only for a transitional period, before the child switches to drinking from an actual cup, like grownups.

Types of Sippy Cups

Basic

The cheapest and most basic sippy cups are plastic, with a small plastic spout. The spout often has 3-5 holes for the liquid to come through.

360

The 360 is great for new sippy cup drinkers as you can’t fail. You can drink from the entire surface, there is no spout.

  • BPA free 2 pack toddler Sippy cup with dentist-recommended, spoutless design
  • 360-degree drinking edge eliminates spills completely
  • Cup automatically seals when child stops drinking
  • Easy to clean, with no extra valves or parts – top rack dishwasher safe
  • 12plus months
  • BPA free 2 pack toddler Sippy cup with dentist-recommended, spoutless design
  • 360-degree drinking edge eliminates spills completely
  • Cup automatically seals when child stops drinking
  • Easy to clean, with no extra valves or parts – top rack dishwasher safe
  • 12 plus months. Easy to clean with no extra valves or parts

Straw Sippy Cups

Some toddlers just prefer to drink out of a straw, which is the case with my daughter. After trying multiple brands with straws, my favorite is Tommee Tippee, as the straw folds down into the sippy cup when not in use, making it great for travel. She doesn’t struggle to suck through the straw even though it is not a no-spill straw.

No Spill

If your toddler likes to dump things, as my daughter does, you may want to start off with a no-spill valve on your sippy cup. They can still spill some, but it’s much harder and often requires more effort than they are willing to give. On the negative side, they can be harder to suck the liquid from and learning may cause frustration if they don’t understand why they aren’t getting any juice or milk right away. My daughter used to give up before she got liquid up the straw. Instead of giving her one with a no-spill valve, I just hung onto it and had her ask for it when she wanted it.

Handles or No Handles

One last consideration is whether or not to have handles on the sippy cup. Most brands make them with and without handles. Younger toddlers may have more success hanging onto handles. However, if your toddler has mastered holding their own bottle, chances are they don’t need the handles.

Transitioning to a sippy cup may feel overwhelming, but most toddlers take to it when they’re ready. They enjoy the independence of controlling their own cup. What kind of sippy cup does your toddler prefer?

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