When it’s time to wean off of the bottle and introduce water, milk/milk alternative, there are so many sippies out there that it’s hard to know which one to choose. We’ve done the “leg work” for you!
1. Transitioning learner cups
Transitioning to a sippy cup can be an emotional transition for baby and parents. Some babies aren’t ready to go straight to a straw cup, so these transition learner cups are helpful during this time.
Favorite transition learner cups:
- Nuk Learner Cup – we love this cup for babies who aren’t quite ready for a sippy cup, but are needing a larger “learner” cup to make the transition as smooth as possible. The handles are helpful as they learn to hold and feed themselves and it comes in a smaller size (5 oz) and larger size (10 oz) which is helpful depending on the stage and size of your baby!
- ThinkBaby Sippy Cup – this sippy cup is also a great first step from coming off of the breast or bottle and the handles help them develop fine motor skills!
- ThinkBaby All-In-One Set – you can buy this whole set that has sippy cup tops and straw tops for when your baby is ready to transition to the straw (all on the same base!)
**Keep in mind that according to most SLP’s (thanks Tiny Talkers!), the best cups to use for promoting speech development are ones with a straw or an open cup. We know that some baby’s need a transition cup and these are our recommendations, but the goal in the end is for your baby to take a straw or open cup!
2. Straw cups for beginners
Straw cups are important for speech development in your baby, so the sooner you introduce these the better!
Favorite straw cups:
- Thinkbaby straw cup – we love the handles on this cup and it doesn’t spill!
- ZoLi Bot – this is Kate’s favorite weighted straw cup because it lets your baby drink from all angles! It also doesn’t leak like other cups do!
- OXO tot sippy cup with straw – Kate has been using this one for Roey!
- Nuby Cup with Flex Straw -this is the cup that Renée puts smoothies in for Palmer; they also work for any other liquids! Spill proof and super budget friendly!
- Lollaland weight straw cup – this one functions very similarly to the zoli bot listed above!
- b.box weighted straw cup – this one also functions like the zoli bot and doesn’t leak!
3. In between straw + sippy cup
Some babies reject the straw cups and the nipple transition learner cup, so this miracle 360 trainer cup is the perfect solution. It automatically seals when your baby is done sipping!
4. Water bottle with straw
“Big kid” water bottles can be exciting for your little one once they master a straw cup.
Favorite water bottles for kids:
- Swig kids water bottle – Kate’s favorite! This water bottle keeps liquids cold for up to 12 hours (keeps milk fresh!), doesn’t spill. Our favorite part is the rubber base that prevents scratches on surfaces (and doesn’t make noise when slammed down!)
- Camelback kids BPA free water bottle – we like this one as a more budget friendly option! It also doesn’t spill and has a kid-safe bite valve.
- also comes in stainless steel too!
5. Training open cup
The end goal of the sippy cup is to end up using a regular open cup like adults do! Below are our favorites for getting to this point.
Favorite training open cups:
- ezpz tiny silicone cup – this cup is designed to fit baby’s mouth and hands, protect developing teeth and doesn’t slip in baby’s hands!
- green sprouts learning cup with handles -this one also helps your toddler learn to independently drink and the handles make it a little bit easier to learn!
Not sure how to make the switch? Check out our Transitioning to Milk/milk alternative E-Guide Calendar! It includes a step by step, day by day process to get your baby off the bottle and drinking milk/milk alternative.
Need one on one help? We offer sippy cup consultations for babies over 5 months!
**This post is educational and not meant to take the place of your provider. Bumblebaby makes a small commission on some of the items listed above