It’s not just food that growing bubs get to enjoy upon reaching the six-month milestone. They also begin sipping water along with their regular milk or formula, and they’ll need a baby sippy cup on hand for the job.
A baby sippy cup is the perfect thirst-quenching companion for little ones who start drinking water or are transitioning from the breast or bottles. Not only do they help encourage a healthy habit of sipping water throughout the day, but they can be great for oral and fine-motor development.
When you’re on the hunt for a first sippy, look for a kid-friendly design that’s easy for little hands to grasp, and ideally one that is leak-proof. If your bubba and your bag come home dry, it’s a win-win situation.
19 baby sippy cups for thirsty kids
We’ve compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search for a fab sippy. In no particular order, here they are:
These scratch, break and stain-resistant kiddie cups are crafted from organic plastics and wood pulp to well and truly see you through toddlerhood. They’re dishwasher safe and they come with silicone bases to keep them from slip-sliding around tray tables and benches. Pick a colour, any colour, and you’ll find it in this range.
This BPA-free silicone sippy is safe to pop in the microwave, dishwasher, freezer and even oven! In a choice of rabbit or cat designs, each cup has small studs on the base help to prevent toppling and two easy-grip handles to help the youngest of sippers maintain good control.
Great for breast milk, formula or water, this cup has an almond-shaped spout or straw specifically designed for an easier transition from the bottle or breast. Available in fab colours, these sippies can be used with or without handles depending on bub’s vibe for the day.
Fabulous for young teeth and gums, these soft silicone cups are fuss-free, hygienic and completely adorable – and we love that they come with measurement lines for keeping track of how much bub is sipping. With a wide base, these durable winners are both stable and stackable.
That’s right: glass. But worry not, for this could just be the most smash-resistant glass cup on the planet, and in fact, it comes with a drop guarantee. Equally impressive is that the medical-grade, shock-absorbing silicone sleeves change colour if the contents of the cup is too hot!
Whether you have nowhere to store more cups, or you’d rather bub uses the same cups as the rest of the family, these universal lids by Boon are the answer. Made of 100% silicone, they come with a comfy spout and stretch to fit most cups. Genius!
Totally gift-worthy and sporting some of the sweetest prints ever seen on a sippy, these training cups are both gorgeous and practical. They’re crafted from biodegradable, eco-friendly bamboo fibre and come with easy-grip handles and a weighted straw for successful sipping at any angle.
This contemporary cup is one to see you right through the toddler years and beyond. With two parts, it can be used as both a leak-proof sippy, and later, as a regular bamboo cup. Colours include pink, blue, yellow and green – and we want them all!
For designer personalisation and massive Scandi vibes, this sensational melamine sippy ensemble is impossible to beat. Cups feature your choice of letter (based on the renowned font by Arne Jacobsen) and can be used together with matching handles and sippy lids in rose, black or white. Each piece is available for purchase separately.
Arabella + Autumn
Made of pure silicone and available in some of the prettiest hues around, these sippy lids have been designed to fit snuggly around any cup between 7cm – 8cm. Rather than a spout sipper, these lids feature a straw design, so there’s no need for bub to have to tilt the cup to take a slurp.
It’s not just a cup, it’s an entire training system. This eco-friendly set includes multiple parts for each stage of learning: use the straw in the early days, progress to a spout when bub is more confident, and use the bamboo-fibre cup on its own when the art of sipping has been mastered.
Suitable for minis from four months of age, this learning cup is water-tight, simple to use and comes with easy-grip removable handles for tiny hands. It has a soft bottle teat perfect for sipping milk or water and it disassembles easily for washing.
Backed by dentists for contributing to dental wellbeing, this aptly named winner enables bubs and tots to sip from any point around the rim, just like a regular cup. With a spoutless design and no straw, it’s also super quick to clean.
This next-gen sippy comes in a rainbow of colours and boasts an innovative and award-winning design. The weighted straw means that littlies can sip from this at any angle and the simple flip-top lid makes it easy for young tots to access. A great transition from breast milk or formula to independent sipping.
Massively versatile and cute as a button, this Haakaa gem comes with two lids for transforming it from sipper to a snacker – and back again. It’s made of soft silicone and has a special valve for a smooth flow when drinking water, breast milk or formula.
Lion + The Lamb
Made from compostable plastic, these pretty little sippers are sturdy, strong and ridiculously cute. Available in three muted shades (Rose, Oat and Sea), they’re BPA free and suitable for bubs from six months and up. We love!
The Easiflow is a lip-activated cup that seals after each thirst-quenching sip. The no-spill design makes drinking throughout the day easy, and with only two sections, it’s nice and easy for parents to clean. With no spout or straw, this clever little cup comes recommended by dentists.
A durable option for growing tots, the Replay sippy is available in a wide range of bright colours. They have a removable silicone valve hidden inside and despite being sans handles, they’re perfectly designed for little hands to hold.
Behold the cup that keeps milk warm or cold. This insulated winner has maximum temperature retention, which makes it perfect for road trips with tots in tow. Perfectly shaped handles are easy to hold and the soft spout is suitable from six months.
Little Baby Paw
Decked out in adorable, unique designs, these are some seriously cute sippies indeed. Made from 100% food-grade silicone, they’re mould-resistant, dishwasher and microwave-safe and totally shatterproof.
What is the purpose of a sippy cup?
Sippy cups are useful for babies transitioning from breast or bottle to using an open cup. They also help little foodies develop their coordination skills and independence at meal times.
At what age do babies use sippy cups?
Many babies begin using a special cup at around the time they commence solids. According to Raising Children, once babies reach six months of age, they’re able to begin sipping small amounts of cool, boiled water in a cup with their meals and during the day. Importantly, breastmilk or formula still remains a baby’s primary drink right up until their first birthday.
What type of sippy cup is best for baby?
Most mums agree that the best sippy for bubs is one that doesn’t leak. Also, look for a cup that’s easy for tiny hands to hold. Some babies prefer having handles to grip, others like to ‘cup’ their hands around the mug. Sometimes it takes some trial and error to find the perfect sipper for new little foodies.
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