Sippy Cup Recommendations?

Updated on October 03, 2006
C.G. asks from Keller, TX
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Hi there,
My 6 month old is showing an interest in wanting to drink out of a cup. I have a Circo Target sippy cup - but I don't like it. I bought the Playtex Stage 1 today (haven't tried it yet). I'm totally open to any suggestions on what worked best when first introducing the sippy cup.
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Thank you all so much for your responses! I know there is much debate between sippy vs. straight to the cup. Looks like Nuby is the top pick so I'll try that one!! Again - thank you!

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K.K.

answers from Chicago on

Love all the Platex cups! Skipping to a regular cup sounds great in theory but boy is it messy. My 2 1/2 year still carries around her sippy with water in it.

My 10 mo old has been using a sippy for about a month and a half. we took the stopper out for a few times and then put it back in.

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C.G.

answers from Chicago on

I like the NUBY No-spill cups by LUV N CARE- they seemed most like the bottle nipple to my Baby boy and even as a Toddler he likes them. They are reasonably priced as well- Otherwise the AVENT Sippy runs a close second- both have soft rubber like spouts for my Toddler that he really likes better than the hard plastic most others have.
Hope this helps!!

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J.M.

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C.,

My son is 8 months old and we are still experimenting with sippy cups, he seems to like smaller ones. His favorite is one from the Disney store. We did use it without the stopper first and now he is getting the hang of it with the stopper in. He only chews on the sippy cups with longer, rubbery sippers. I also had tried a regular cup first which was progressing as well as a sippy cup until he discovered he could put his hand in it and play with the water. We are going to wait to try the regular cup again.

Good luck!

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K.

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Nuby (the soft nipple ones)....I get them at Target - they're great and do not leak...also, take n' toss sippy cups (I think first years) - do not leak.

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B.D.

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Hello C.,
I bought one of my daycare kids a Parents Choice. I don't remember what it was called but I can describe it to you. We got it at the Super Walmart, the regular Walmart might have them. They look like a bottle with handles, it comes with a sippy piece or a nipple that can be interchanged. I bought for $2.47. The piece is the same type of material as a nipple so they can easily suck on it.
B.

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K.B.

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I personally don't like the soft tip sippy cups. To me they are way to similar to bottles. I have had the experience of them leaking (my sister-in-law LOVES them). I like the Gerber or Playtex hard tips and my kids only used them for a short time and went to drinking out of cups.

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S.A.

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HI C.,

I love the Nuby cups. They are the perfect transition from bottle. I started my son on them at 4 mths. At first, he would just bite down on the spout. But they're great because when he bit down, it opened the spout allowing liquid out so he learned that there was stuff in there. Eventually, he started to suck. When he did that, I gave him the Gerber cups withthe soft spout and handles. Now at 7 1/2 mths he's a pro. (We're just working on tilting the cup back.) But since he learned to suck, he can also drink from straws and he can drink a little from a regular cup.
I hope this helps! LOVE the Nuby cup!

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N.N.

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My daughter is 6 mos as well and we are using the Playtex one that you bought. It seems easy for my daughter to use, and from what I saw in the store, the handles on the Playtex one are the most user-friendly.

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L.R.

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LOVE the Nuby cups!! My daughter took to them right away and has been using them ever since.

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D.M.

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Try going to Wal-mart they have some with the rubber tops non spill and they r only 1.50 or under sometimes.

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D.P.

answers from Chicago on

I see lots of mixed info on the Nuby but my son loves them. He uses the ones with the soft silicone tops. I like them because the leakage is minimal - as long as you make sure that the lid is on tightly and assembled correctly when it is completely dry.

Good luck!

Denise

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S.B.

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Well, the ones that worked best for me, are the playtex no leak ones. When Lexie was a baby, and she is now 10, they truly did not leak, but now, they do not make them as good as they were back then, but this one is the one that is the best. I would start the baby out on that one. I used those with all my kids and they were the best ones.

S. Bailey CLD
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www.tendermomentsdoula.com

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S.T.

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My 9 month old has been using the Gerber sippy cup; it changes colors based on warmth and coldness and it only comes out when he sucks on it. No unwanted leaks/spills.

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H.M.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi C.,
I started trying the sippy cup with my boys when they were six months also. We are just trying our 3rd type now. I started with the Nuby cups because they had very soft top almost like a nipple on a bottle. I stopped using them because they started leaking after being washed a few times. We then used the Playtex 1st sipster and they had a hard time, but seemed to like it. I am now trying the Gerber ones, which I think are lighter, and I like them too.

Good Luck...

About me, I have 8 1/2 month old twin boys, and we live in Trevor. I think the email said that you live near Trevor also.

H.

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A.C.

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C.,
What i did was get little, sturdy, glasses -- similar to the ones you get when you order a small orange jice at a restaurant. My little guy loves to drink from a glass, and though i hold it for him, it gives him the real experience of drinking from a glass. He actually perfers it to the sippy cup he has when he is not in his high chair. And if i have a glass of water when he is playing, he often wants to drink out of it -- and i encourage that too.

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K.

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Why not skip the sippy cup and go stragith to a normal small plastic cup? It's a skill that you'll have to teach your child at some point and deep down, drinking from a sippy cup is not a skill he/she never needs to learn. A 6 month old is perfectly capable of learning to drink from a normal cup. Otherwise you might try a cup with a straw - at least that's a skill they'll use throughout life :)

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T.H.

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We personally like the gerber cups the best, especially the insulated one. Granted it's not hourglass shaped but our kids are able to hold it. But it seeems to leak the least and is really easy to put together. We don't like Playtex because of the inserts. They seem to leak a lot for us. Make sure the bases fit cup holders. We ended up buying a couple of cups that the base is too wide on and they end up on the floor more often. Avent has just too many pieces to put together and they still leaked a lot for us. Hope it helps.

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G.M.

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Try the Nuby cup. I'm sure you can find it almost anywhere, I've seen them at Walgreens, Walmart and Meiiers. It has a rubber top, similar to a bottle nipple, made a huge difference for my son. Also- they are the only ones I have found that are truely spill proof. (however, be sure the lid is on tight)

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T.

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My son likes the Nuby sippy clubs.

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K.

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Gerber the one with two handles and a soft tip.
Easy to hold and soft on new teeth.

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H.D.

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My kids all were able to drink from a cup by 8 mos. old. Put a cup (I used a regular plastic cup) in the tub and put about a half an inch to an inch of COLD water in it. Help them the first couple of times and then let them try it themselves. When they have dumped the cold water down the front of themselves once or twice they usually figure it out. Let them play with it, wash it out and leave it for next time. When they have mastered using it in the tub try it with a bit of milk or juice at the table. One of my issues with sippy cups is that it regulates the amount of liquid FOR them and they still have to transition when they go to a regular cup. The fewer things you have to "break" them of the better! =)
H.

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L.J.

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hi cristine,
my daughter is now 2, but she took a sippy cup at around 6 1/2 months. I tried all kinds from o.99 to 5.99. My daughter like the Nuby from Wal-mart. They are about 1.39. They worked great for her and me because they are not that expensive. Well, good luck!

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C.U.

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Nuby is the way to go, we gave my daughter one at 6 months and the day she turned 1 year she never had another bottle again!
You can get them at Walmart for like 1.50 each.

J.N.

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Hi C.!

I tried cups with handles on them with both my kids. All they did with those was swing them around and bang them. We really like Playtex Insulator cups. They keep things cold, good when we're on the run and my kids use them easily. Good luck!

J.

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K.C.

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My son had trouble when I first gave him a sippy cup and someone suggested removing the stopper so that he would get the idea that there is something to drink in the cup. We did that (with water so if he spilled it I wouldn't care) and then the next time I gave it to him with the stopper and he just sucked harder because he knew there was something in there to drink.

Good luck.

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N.S.

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nuby is the [email protected] walmart!

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S.C.

answers from Chicago on

C.,
I have two favorites for sfirst sippy cups. My first vote is for avent cups. they are soft and flat. They even come with lids to keep the spout clean. Also they are leak proof. My second is nuby brand. The whole top is soft plastic and esy for the babies to suck on. However they don't have a plug so they do leak a little in the right situation. Bith are great for young babies. I hope this helps.

S.

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L.B.

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i really like the avent sippy cups , i used them with my twins and i will with my new baby to , they are easy to take apart , and clean , they have a soft sippy spout which i find to be nice because my kids chewed on theirs they are durable and spill proof. they have handles you can buy for them for when they are first starting out on them , they have color changing ones , and if you are still giving a bottle too you can always use their nipples on the sippy cup too...

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S.R.

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Hi C.,
I saw that a number of people said to try the Nuby ones, and I did as well for the first sippy cup, but once your child gets the hang of it, drop the Nuby and go for one with a harder top. My son learned very quickly that if you play with the top of the Nuby cups, you can get water out and would get water all over his shirt. He was just a mess, so go check out the Gerber ones with the harder tops.
S.

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A.L.

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My daughter would never drink from a sippy cup and I tried several. The only cup she would take was the Playtex cups with the straws. I still use them for travel because they don't leak and are convienent.

I think having her drink from a straw made it easier for her to transition to the cup and she was drinking out of a normal cup by the age of 18 months. Don't get me wrong there were accidents as kids are not that coordinated at that age, but she was able to drink straignt from the cup most of the time.

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A.H.

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We used the Nuby brand sippy cup. I think you can find this at Target. It worked VERY well for us. Good Luck!a
A.

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A.S.

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Playtex cups aren't bad, but we foudn that our son liked the Nuby cups better at first. They have a soft sillicone top not totally unlike a bottle so it is easier for them to get the idea. Then you can switch to a hard cup later when they get the idea. The cups are only like a dollar at Walmart.

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