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Sippy cups may help an infant learn to drink as they develop their motor skills. Sippy cups can help prevent damage to growing teeth and avoid spills.
This article looks at some popular sippy cups that may be suitable for infants and toddlers at different ages.
Please note that the author of this article has not tried any of these products. All information is research-based.
If possible, it is best to breastfeed or formula-feed infants until they reach 6 months of age. Caregivers should avoid introducing solid foods, water, or other beverages until the infant can sit up independently, hold things between their thumb and forefinger, and show an interest in eating.
However, they can provide an infant with a sippy cup to help them learn how to drink from a cup.
For this age group, a caregiver should aim to look for:
- cups with two handles for gripping
- a flow-restricting valve, so that the child does not get too much to drink at once
- a weighted base, to help keep the cup upright
The cup’s lid should fit tightly and be able to withstand plenty of cleanings.
According to some 2018 research, bisphenol-A (BPA), which is a widely used chemical in plastic products, may cause some health concerns. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consider BPA to be safe.
Despite this, the FDA amended their regulations regarding the use of BPA in sippy cups in 2012 — not for safety reasons, but because manufacturers no longer used it.
The manufacturers of the three cups below state that they are BPA-free.
1. Playtex: Sipsters Stage 1 Training Cup
According to manufacturer Playtex, these sippy cups are suitable for infants aged 4 months and over. They also claim that these cups are spill-proof, break-proof, and leak-proof.
The Sipsters cup has a valve that helps prevent spills and keeps liquid from flowing out too fast.
Playtex also state that these cups are free of BPA.
As the infant gets older, the caregiver can remove the handles.
2. Munchkin: Gentle Transition Trainer Cup
According to Munchkin, the manufacturer, this cup has removable handles that are easy to grip.
It also has a soft, silicone spout and a lid to help prevent spills. It is also BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
3. Philips: Trainer Cup
According to Philips, this cup is leak-proof.
It has two soft-grip, rubberized handles to help make it easy to hold. When the infant is ready to move on to new cups, a caregiver can detach the handles.
This sippy cup is also compatible with other tops from the same company.
In addition, the cup is both BPA-free and dishwasher safe.
Cups for this age group can include traditional spout cups, as well as cups with straws and ones that do not have spouts at all.
Sometimes, finding the right sippy cup at this age is a matter of trial-and-error.
4. Grosmimi: PPSU Straw Cup
Although it has a straw, this cup is spill-proof. The manufacturer achieves this by including cross-cut straws that prevent leakage or back-flow from coming out of the straw. It also uses silicone materials.
The handle also rotates, which helps the infant navigate the cup more easily.
The bottle is also dishwasher, microwave, and boiling safe.
5. Thinkbaby: Stainless Steel Sippy Cup
This sippy cup is a stainless steel cup that the manufacturer claims is spill-proof. It has a cross-cut in the spout to reduce the chance of spills.
The manufacturer states that the handles are easy to grip, and it includes a travel top.
It is also safe for the dishwasher.
6. Dr. Brown’s Options+: Wide-Neck Transition Bottle with Spout and Silicone Handle
This bottle has a soft, wide-mouthed sippy spout. The manufacturer claims that the wide spout helps reduce the risk of air bubbles and gas.
The handle is soft and easy to grip, and the caregiver can remove it when the infant no longer needs it.
At this age, sippy cups tend to have no handles and a curved shape.
7. Munchkin: Miracle 360° Sippy Cup
This cup has no spout or nipple top. It can help train the infant to drink from a normal cup but prevent the spills and mess that can occur during that transition.
The Munchkin Miracle Cup has a 360-degree design that means that the infant can drink from any angle. When they apply pressure with their mouth, the liquid comes out. Once they stop drinking, the cup automatically seals.
The cup comes apart in three pieces for cleaning. The manufacturer also has a stainless steel alternative.
8. Tommee Tippee: Insulated Sportee Bottle
These spill-proof bottles are double-walled to help keep drinks cool. According to the manufacturer, these bottles:
- have a non-spill valve
- are lightweight
- are gentle on gums
- are easy to clean
They are also BPA-free.
9. Dr. Brown’s: Milestones Sippy Cup
These cups have a durable, bite-resistant spout designed for long lasting use. They are also BPA-free.
The cup has a one-piece valve in the spout’s top, which can reduce spills while also slightly restricting flow.