Choosing the best sippy cups for your toddler can be a challenge, but these cups can help—and many will last as your toddlers grow into preschoolers. (No more throwing those plastic sippy cups in the trash!) Here are the best sippy cups for toddlers on the market, which have been vetted to be BPA-free, durable, and easy for toddler’s to drink from. (Updated January 2018)
How to Choose a Sippy Cup for 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.
- Decide on a material.
The healthiest options include stainless steel, glass, silicone, and BPA-plastic.
- Decide if you want a straw, spout, or regular lip.
Many feeding and speech therapists recommend 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.
- 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.
Best Stainless Steel Sippy Cup
Munchkin Miracle 360
This sippy cup for toddlers is beloved by 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. (One of my kids has yet to master it!) 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.
Best Transition Cup for Baby
Nuk Learner 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. It’s also an appropriate size at 5 ounces, so it won’t be too heavy for a baby to drink from either. (This Advent cup is similar and is similar to the one we first used, despite the fact that we needed to replace the spouts regularly.
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 and they have held up well over the past two years and are the ones we regularly take on the go. 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 been using ours for almost four years now.)
Best Straw Sippy Cup
Silikids Siliskin Straw Top and Straws
Straws are recommended by many speech and feeding therapists and we use these reusable silicon straws daily. Paired with with half-pint mason jars, small juice glasses, or another toddler cup, 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.
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 so practice makes perfect! We like these Duralex glasses and these silicone cups for ease of holding and durability.
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 it needs to be replaced fairly often. It’s farther down on my list for those reasons, though the stainless steel base of it is fantastic.
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!
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