Each year I revise my list of the best sippy cups for babies and toddlers to help you spend your money wisely on transition cups, sippy cups, stainless cups, and no-spill cups. Here’s to tossing less terrible cups in the trash!
Sippy Cups for Toddlers
Navigating the aisles of toddler and baby gear can feel super daunting and it often seems impossible to know which sippy cup is best to buy for our kids. There are SO many options! To help, this list will go through the popular styles and materials, share my best picks, and give you reasons behind each choice.
How to Choose a Sippy Cup for Babies and Toddlers Step-by-Step
There are a few factors to consider when choosing a sippy cup for a baby or toddler, so I’m going to start with a quick look at factors involved in making this decision. It can be so confusing to go to the store or to Amazon since there are SO many options. And, everyone you ask seems to have a favorite one. This list of factors to consider should help.
1. Decide on a material.
The healthiest options include stainless steel, glass, silicone, and BPA-plastic. These also tend to be very durable.
2. Decide if you want a straw, spout, or regular open cup.
Many feeding and speech therapists recommend open cups and straw cups, but they can be a little tricky to clean at times. (Definitely use the tiny brush they come with and change out the straw for a new one regularly!) This can also be personal preference and what your toddler seems to like best. I personally like to use a range to avoid a kiddo getting too committed to just one type and it may take some trial and error to find one that works.
3. Consider the longevity of the cup.
Some of the stainless and glass cups are more expensive upfront, but they also tend to last for years. Chances are, unless you lose it, you’ll have a stainless or glass cup for the duration of your toddler’s childhood. (We currently send the stainless bottle I bought when my oldest was one with her everyday to kindergarten!)
Best Overall Sippy Cup for Milk and Water
Lifefactory Glass Bottle and Sippy Caps
For the past 4 years, these are the cups we’ve relied on. They hold up incredibly well, are great for storing leftover liquids in the fridge, and are made from glass, which eliminates any concerns about plastic. The Sippy Caps can be tricky for some younger toddler to manage—my older daughter took a while to learn them, the youngest took to them instantly—so let your toddler practice if needed. This gets my vote for the best sippy cup for one year olds.
TIP: This sippy cap comes with a plastic insert, but we’ve always removed it for greater drinking success.
Best Transition/Trainer Cup for Baby
Avent Trainer Sippy Cup
Have a kiddo just learning to drink from a sippy cup? Try this one! It’s easy to hold and easy to drink from and is the one I used with both of my girls. It’s a great way to serve water to a baby just learning to use a cup. It’s also an appropriate size at 5 ounces, so it won’t be too heavy for a baby to drink from either.
There is also a great Nuk sippy cup option for a trainer and transition cup with a similar design that I like too.
TIP: You can start serving water with meals starting at 6 months, or whenever baby starts solids in consultation with your pediatrician.
Best Sippy Cup for 2 and 3 Year Olds
Klean Kanteen 12-ounce Stainless Steel Bottle
We have two of these stainless steel sippy cups, one for each big kid, and they have held up well for years. These are the ones we regularly take on the go and use around the house. The sippy cap is great for younger toddlers and the sport cap is a nice option for slightly older kiddos—though your toddler may prefer one over the other.
The stainless prevents any concerns about plastic, it helps to also keep beverages cold, and it makes for a very durable toddler sippy cup! We’ve had one of ours for nearly 5 years now.
TIP: If something happens to the lid, they sell replacement ones, which makes the cup potentially last even longer.
Best Insulated Cup for Kids
Last summer, I invested in these cups for our now 1 year old and 4 year old to use when we’re outside in the summer and they are totally awesome. They are easy to drink from, keep liquids cool, and are easy to clean. Do make sure to clean the straw often (as in take the straw off the base and clean it with the little brush it came with!). We love this so much that we regularly use it around the house too.
TIP: This is an investment at one of the higher priced bottles, but as long as you can keep track of it, it should last for years. (I once drove across town to retrieve it when we left it at a playground…)
Best Stainless Steel Sippy Cup for Toddlers
Munchkin Miracle 360 (and the newer Straw Cap)
This spoutless sippy cup for toddlers is beloved by so (SO!) many parents. Kids can drink from anywhere around the rim, so it’s incredibly easy to use… once they figure out how it works. (Note: It can take some kids a loooong time to figure this cup out!)
This newer stainless steel version is great if you prefer a plastic-free toddler sippy cup. They are fairly leak-proof when they fall over, but they are susceptible to toddler tampering so you might not want to let yours roam free with this one.
TIP: Be sure to take the two pieces of the lid apart when washing and drying to prevent mildew.
Best Straw Cup for Toddlers
Other than the straw cap that goes with the 360 Miracle Cup that I mention above, I also like these two weighted straw cups. They are easy for little ones—babies and younger toddlers included—to figure out how to use and as long as you’re diligent about cleaning the underside of the tops and replacing the straws regularly, they should last a while.
TIP: Straw cups are recommended by many speech and feeding therapists due to how it positions the child’s tongue, which is partly why these are so popular.
Runner Up: Alternate Straw Cup Option for Older Toddlers
Silikids Siliskin Straw Top and Straws
Paired with with half-pint mason jars, small juice glasses, or their silicone cup (pictured above), these will last and are the perfect way to serve toddlers smoothies. They are also great for taking on the go since you can pair them with almost any cup since the cap and straw are much smaller than a sippy cup. (I use the straws for my own smoothies and find them to be very durable.)
TIP: Some toddlers will play with these and will pull the straw out, so we tend to save them for ages 3 and up.
The Best Open Cup for Toddlers
For many meals at home, we use open cups to let the kids practice their motor skills and also because we want them to eventually drink from a regular cup. Practice makes perfect! Ezpz has a new tiny cup designed to be easy for babies and toddlers to hold and drink from. And at only 2 ounces, you don’t have to worry about too much being spilled and it’s super durable and lightweight.
We also like these Duralex glasses. which are incredibly durable and are juice glasses that the rest of the family can use too. And this stainless steel one that comes as part of a set from Kiddobloom.
TIP: Add only a small amount of liquid to a baby or toddler’s cup to reduce the amount that can potentially spill.
What about the Pura Kikki Bottle?
In my experience, the sippy tops and the straws on the Pura Kikki Stainless kid’s water bottle are hard to clean and they need to be replaced fairly often. It’s farther down on my list for those reasons, though the stainless steel base of it is fantastic—and that you can get a flat top and use it as a storage container after the kids are done with it. And people love it!
What about a no-leak sippy cup?
Many parents love this no-leak cup from Replay Recycled, which is made from recycled plastic milk containers. Honestly, almost every cup we’ve tried leaks at least a little bit when turned upside down, so it’s a tough thing to promise. I’d love to know if you’ve found a trusted one!