Smart shopper and mom to twins plus one, Katrina M. tells us all about a sippy cup product test she conducted recently. "Sippy cups or spilly cups: that is the question!"
There are so many sippy cups available and when you’re trying to get your kids off the bottle, you will try just about ANYTHING to get them to take a cup.For the twins in my family, it took us may different cups until we found one that worked for us, and worked for the girls. It’s like playing match up trying to find what goes with what.
And the worst part is that it’s a pretty pricey game! I have found that sippy cups can start at $5 and work their way up to a pretty penny, depending on how green and how yuppie you want to go.
Our search for the perfect sippy cup took us to a few different companies. We tried 2 different types from Playtex, the Avent Magic Cups, Tupperware sippy cups, and the Take & Toss.
The first type we tried were the Avent Magic training cups. They are rated at 6 months and up. They are easy grip, dishwasher safe, can be sterilized, and say they are no spill.
The thing was with this cup is that it was very hard for my kids to figure out how to get the liquid out. To this day my 2-year-old twins still can’t get any liquid out of the cup! Even trying it myself I had to really suck on it. There’s a flat, long peice that you have to suck out. If you have been using a bottle, it is a little on the hard side to figure it out! This one was a no-go in our house.
$22 (set of 4)The second brand we tried was the Tupperware. A consultant from our twins club sold them so I thought I would give her a shout, do a show at home and try them out! We bought the Bell Tumblers and the Sipper Seal lids.
These cups are great. I do find, however, that they drip. They are very easy for the kids to use as you don’t need a large amount of suction to get liquid out.
The bad part about these cups is that if your kid leaves it tilted over, they do drip. And they can drip out quite a bit. BUT they work great for the bath as bath cups! My girls have 2 cups in the bath tub they play with.
The third type we tried out was the Take & Toss by The First Years. They are great cups but aren’t the type for you if you are looking for perfectly matched cups and lids. The fact is that the cups and lids for these don’t match. So if you’re anal about the cups and lids being the same this isn’t the brand for you.
These cups served us well though. The girls loved them, they were able to suck enough liquid out, but unlike the Tupperware ones, the Take & Toss didn’t drip all over the place.
The bad thing was when the twins got their teeth and started gnawing on the sippy cups, they learned if they bit really hard on the sippy part, the lid would pop off the cup, covering them in whatever liquid was in the cup.
Other notable points:
They were pretty cheap and work great in the dishwasher.
No staining from any liquids we have put in there and we even put in some dark juices.
They also work great in a pinch for carrying around dry snacks for the kids.
The cups are BPA Free and microwave and dishwasher safe. We have never used them in the microwave though.
Playtex BPA-Free Insulator Sport Straw Cup
I have used different products from the Playtex family over the years and found them to be good quality.
The first Playtex cups I bought for the kids were the Insulator Sport straw cup. I got them at a good price at Zellers for Christmas gifts for the girls. I was looking for a to-go cup that wouldn’t spill and was easy for the girls to transition to big kid cups. I thought this would be good for them to get used to a straw.
Some good points:
They are BPA free
They have a twist and click lid so you know that it is locked in place.
The bad part about these cups is the straw. It comes apart in two pieces and is very hard to clean and put back together. When we put it back together after washing once, it started to leak on us and it also started to squeal to let in air after the girls were sucking hard on the straw.
The girls LOVED this cup but I couldn’t handle the mess.
Playtex BPA Free Coolster Tumbler Spill Proof Cup
The second Playtex cup I got was on the recommendation of the Playtex person when I called about the leaking and squealing straw cups. She suggested trying the Coolster Spoutless cups (above). It looks like a coffee mug you get at Starbucks!
They are great and they have a sippy cup seal inside that is easy to clean and it makes it NON-DRIP! This one just screw on and I found it was the best of all the cups. It goes in the washer easily and it’s PBA FREE!
My Kids’ Top Picks
Out of all these cups, Rebekah uses the Take & Toss for her prescription formula, and Heather uses the Tupperware cup for her soy milk (though when she spills she gets demoted to water), and for out and about we LOVE our Playtex Coolster cups! The girls love to take them with them on daddy-daughter day when they go to Starbucks for fruit while Daddy gets a coffee!
My Top Pick
Out of all these cups, I have to say my fave is the Playtex Coolster Cup! It’s the one that is going to be going with any gifts we get for birthday parties the kids are invited to! And the best part is that they look like little adults with the coffee mugs!