What’s The Best Sippy Cup For Transition From Bottle?

Published: October 6, 2017


best sippy cup for transition from bottle


As your baby grows and transitions into a toddler, you may find yourself wondering what the best products are to help make that transition a little easier. Before you buy a variety of sippy cups, there are some features you will want to look for so you don’t waste your money or end up cleaning up the drips and leaks from a not-so-leakproof sippy cup.  Not only that, but you want to make it as easy as possible for your baby to develop into an independent sippy-cup drinker.

There are so many different options to consider when choosing the perfect sippy cup for your baby. From spouts to straws to 360 cups, no wonder why many parents aren’t sure where to start. Some parents like to use trainer cups before introducing other options, and some prefer to go straight to the more advanced models.  Whatever your preference, you may find the information below useful when making your selection.

Key Features

No Chemicals

No parent wants their child to drink BPAs, petrochemicals, pesticides or any other chemical that may affect their health, growth or hormones. A chemical-free sippy cup is a must – no exceptions.

No Leaks

Let’s face it – we have enough messes and spills to clean already – do we really need more? Most parents are adamant that a sippy cup needs to be leak- and spill-proof.  Many cups that are labeled as leak-proof aren’t, a fact many parents have discovered the hard way. Sippy-cups designated specifically as training cups tend to allow more leakage than other options.

Easy to Clean

Have you ever tried to clean dried milk out of a tiny spout that is smaller than a pea?  If not, consider yourself lucky.  When my daughter was in the sippy cup phase, the bane of my existence was soaking and scrubbing the plastic inserts in the cups she used.  Rarely did they come clean, and I spent quite a bit on purchasing new, clean cups. You will want to make sure the cup you choose is easy to clean to save yourself some time and frustration.

Best Sippy Cup for Transition From Bottle

NUK Jungle Designs Learner Cup

The NUK sippy cup is specifically designed for transitioning between bottle and cup. It is spill-proof and has a soft tip to protect baby’s growing teeth. The easy-grip handles offer a surface perfect to fit in baby’s hands. The handles can also be removed for easy cleaning or once baby has developed the ability to hold the cup without the handles. This cup is BPA-free, easy to clean, and is dishwasher safe (YAY!). The NUK sippy cup can hold up to 10 ounces of liquid, so it is great if your baby needs a little more milk or water to keep them full.

Philips Avent My Little Sippy Cup

These cute little cups are great for transitioning from a bottle to a sippy cup. The handles come with soft grips that help baby hold on to the cup, and the handles are attached to the lid, so you don’t have to worry about them falling off. These cups are BPA-free and dishwasher safe as well.  An added bonus you get by using Avent cups – their cup parts are interchangeable, so you don’t have to search for which lid goes with which cup! These cups hold up to 7 ounzes of liquid, so they are a little smaller than the NUK model.

nuSpin Zoomi Straw Sippy Cup

The nuSpin sippy cup has a valve-free straw, as opposed to a spout like the cups listed above have.  Some parents love the straw, and some parents prefer the spout.  The straw allows for easy drinking, and it reduces baby’s risk of developing tooth decay. NuSpin specifies the cup is not only BPA-free, but it is also phthalate, PVC, nitrosamines, latex and lead-free. This cup is also dishwasher safe, and it is easy to clean.

The Verdict

If this will be the first sippy cup you purchase for your child, I recommend using the NUK or the Phillips Avant models.  Transitioning directly to a straw sippy cup works great for some children, but it can also lead to spills and leaks and a big mess.  The NUK and the Avent cups will allow your baby to develop the hand-eye coordination they need to become independent sippy cup drinkers.

For me personally, I would start with the Avent model.  All the parts are interchangeable with other Avent cups, and they are a little smaller than the NUK cups so I think it is easier for babies to begin with because it is lighter and has gripped handles.

The good news is, sippy cups are not so expensive that it will break the bank if you want to buy a couple different versions and see which works best for you.

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