The Battle of the Sippy Cups
Transitioning to a sippy cup can be a hard for kids, with all four of my children I found myself in a constant battle of finding the right cup for my kids. I would like to say it got easier with each child but that simply wasn’t the case at all. My oldest child took at least five different tries, the second child was breast fed so we just couldn’t get anything to work for him, my third child has sensory issues, developmental delays, and Autism so it took us a while to find the perfect fit, and then with our fourth child we had the same battle. At one he showed no signs of wanting to give up his bottle, so we ended up trying a variety of sippy cups.
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Thanks to my Nuby Parent connect I didn’t have to break the bank to find the right sippy cup for our fourth child. They sent me five cups to review and share my thoughts with my readers. I’m sure you know that with kids sippy cups can get lost or misplaced and that’s why you see only four in our photo. My son put one down somewhere when I was taking the photo but we had already been testing for a month. I’ll start in order of how I suggest you start trying out and then share with you which ones my son loved the most.
This is the blue bottle in the photo above – Busy Sipper 2 Stage Cup. It comes with two inserts and I loved it for transitioning my son from a bottle to a cup. He immediately took to this bottle because of the shape. It reminded him of his regular bottles so he didn’t dismiss it right away. This cup has two stages of nipples. Stage one is the soft silicone spout, it doesn’t spill and perfect for moving from a bottle nipple to trying out sippy cups. It has a faster flow than a baby bottle nipple so I suggest giving it a try once your child has mastered a fast nipple. For my son that was around 14 months. It could be sooner or later for some kids. There is also a stage 2 free flow pull-up sipper and I didn’t use that with my son. He’s just not read for a free flow sipper yet. I find that he makes a huge mess when we give him an free flow sipper. This bottle also comes with a clip, but we never used it at all. This is a 12 oz bottle/cup, and you can purchase it at Walmart.
This is the Wash or Toss Free Flow Spout Printed Cups. These are sold in three packs and can be purchased at Target. I’ve used these with all my children. My autistic son only drank from these when he first started out with sippy cups. I love them because they are very affordable, easy to clean, and disposable. I love having these when we are traveling. If I forget to bring a cup I know I can head to the store and pick up a three pack, and if they get lost or broken, I can easily replace them for a low price. These cups come with fun designs that are colorful and engaging. Be careful with these because the tops don’t have covers so they do cause spills. The cups are 10 ozs and the lids are easy to snap on and off the cups. Although it was easy to snap on my son wasn’t able to get it off on his own. These are definitely a great travel cup.
The Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill Soft Sipper is a 7.5 oz trainer sippy cup. It’s perfect for introducing your child to independent drinking. It’s small enough so they get a nice amount of fluids. This cup will keep drinks cool up to 10 hours, so it’s a great travel cup or one for overnight feedings. Nuby suggests trying this cup at 6 months plus. The handles are perfect for holding so your child doesn’t have to try to hold the base of the cup. The soft spout works great between a regular nipple and the one on the cup. My son liked chewing on his and gritting it on his teeth. He still like using it now.
This is another insulated sippy cup, this cup is a 9 oz cup and recommended for kids at 12 months and older. This is the Insulated Stainless Steel No-Spill Flip-it. The is perfect for helping your child transition from using a spout and pulling up in a straw. This was the last cup we tried with my son in the set. One he was pulling up from this straw it was easy for us to get him to pull up in any type of straw in any cup. At this point we stopped with his bottles completely. I slowly threw them away once we introduced each cup and got him to drink both milk and apple juice from the cups. This cup also keeps liquids cool for up to 10 hours and it’s great for traveling. This one is probably one of my favorites. You can purchase this cup at Babies R Us.
The No-Spill Insulated Cool Sipper is the perfect cup to help transition to using an open cup. Recommended for kids 18 months and older. This was the cup my son was using the most because we wanted to get him into drinking from an open cup. This is also the cup not pictured. This cup holds 9 oz of fluids and keeps drinks cool longer than regular cups. The soft silicone spout worked great for our son because he didn’t like cups with the tough plastic tops. This cup is lightweight and easy for him to get a good grip. You can find these cups in two packs in stores and online at Babies R Us.
So there you have it five great options for sippy cups from Nuby. Each one has different benefits. For us my son immediately took the Busy Sippy because it was shaped like a bottle. He used that for about a week before taking the Insulated Sipper with the handles, shortly after that he took the Cool Sipper and then the Take and Toss. The last cup he took was the Flip-It with the straw. It took him a while to realize he had to pull up to get his drink and not just tilt the cup up like the others. Now after months of trying all kinds of cups he drinks from anything with a straw and he can also drink open cup.
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