Sip Better: Toddler Cups to Reduce Spills

Look who’s a big kid!

Toddler drinking out of a cup and eating pizza
Not sure a pint glass is the best idea...Pexels/Anna Shvets

Transitioning from a bottle to a toddler cup is a big step in independence—and an even bigger possibility of spills. That’s why it’s important to find a toddler cup that can withstand topples intact. Toddler cups also need to be frequently cleaned. Looking for cups that can be easily taken apart and washed in the dishwasher will save you some time and sanity. Finally, sometimes toddler cups are a matter of preference—certain kids gravitate toward different lids, feels and looks. Try a few and find out which one works best for you and your little one.

Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup, Green/Blue, 10 Oz, 2 Count

Toddler Training

Inside lip prevents liquid from escaping, even when it’s tossed in a bag or a stroller.Munchkin

Some parents prefer skipping the traditional sippy cup with straw and going straight to drinking out of a cup. While it’s a decision based on what you and your little one prefer, one major benefit of going straight to a cup means fewer pieces to clean. Consider ease of cleanability when picking a cup for your tot, and go over dishwasher guidelines. Many cups are dishwasher safe, making cleaning up a snap.

Munchkin Click Lock Weighted Straw Cup, 7 Ounce, Pink/Orange, Pack of 2

Take It To Go

A flip-top lid stops spills; design allows infants over six months to handle independently.Munchkin

A toddler cup gives plenty of opportunities to teach older babies how to sip, but nothing is more frustrating than a drinking apparatus a toddler just can’t get the hang of. Look for cups that are ergonomically designed to work no matter how your infant may hold it—this allows them to safely and comfortably drink in the stroller, while the liquid gets inside their mouth...not down their shirt.

First Essentials by NUK Gerber GraduatesFun Grips Hard Spout Sippy Cups, Girl, 10 Ounce, 2-Pack

Unbreakable

Made from no bite, no break material with a no-spill seal that locks liquid in place.NUK

Material matters: Look for a cup that’s BPA-free and can withstand regular dishwasher use. It’s also a good idea to have a few different cup options: Ones with larger straws or spouts may be best saved for smoothies. A toddler transitioning from a bottle to a cup may like an elongated cup that reminds her of her bottle, especially when she’s drinking milk. Many parents try a few different options to find the best that fit their routine, and their toddlers’ tastes.

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