There are so many cups sold for babies, kids, and toddlers that it’s enough to make your head spin. So, instead of purchasing more than you need for trial and error, here our top picks for straw cups. Not only do these work great for babies, but they will also grow with your kid into toddlerhood.
Written by: Jessica Diamond, MPH, RDN
There are so many cups sold for babies, kids, and toddlers that it’s enough to make your head spin. So, instead of purchasing more than you need for trial and error, here our top picks for straw cups. Not only do these work great for babies, but they will also grow with your kid into toddlerhood. We also break down which work best for milk when you hit that transition around 12 months.
Wondering which cup style is appropriate for your baby or kid? Check out:
And check out our free download, A Guide to Milk, and our article, Milk Weaning: The Three Major Transitions for Toddlerhood for all the details on when and how to introduce milk to your baby or toddler, milk versus milk alternatives, and which nutrients to focus on in toddlerhood.
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Favorite Open Lid Cups: Most typically developing kids are ready to drink from an open lid cup around 6 months. We know, it’s wild to imagine! You can purchase small training cups, or you can use cups you already have at home, like mini Dixie cups.
EZPZ Silicone Tiny Cup for Babies: This cup, designed for babies 4+ months, is the perfect first open lid cup for your baby. It was designed by a pediatric feeding specialist to specifically fit a baby’s hands and mouth and serve up to 2 oz of liquid. The soft silicone is soft on their gums or teeth and makes for an easy grip. It’s also designed to provide an even flow of liquid for safe drinking, along with a weighted bottom to make it less prone to tipping over. And it’s BPA, BPS, PVC, latex, and phthalate-free!
Favorite Straw Cups
Training Straw Cups:
Once your baby or toddler has learned how to drink from a straw cup, it’s time to introduce non-training straw cups that will carry them through toddlerhood and into childhood. In fact, we love drinking from many of these cups ourselves!
Glass and Silicone Cups:
Stainless Steel Cups:
On-The-Go Straw Cups: We recommend using a straw cup over a sippy cup, and there are plenty of great convenient, spill-proof options.
Silicone Cups: There are also some cups made of food-grade silicone that are a nice, light option for at home. Just know they aren’t as spill-proof!