Mission Impossible: Sippy Cup

Sippy Cup. These two words have been haunting the A Savvy Mom household lately. To an ordinary person, these two words mean the utensil toddlers drink juice from, but around here, they mean mission impossible. Almost.

When Baby ASM was about 8 months old, we began introducing a sippy. We ran to Target and bought the Nuby No-Spill Super Spout Grip N’ Sip. Actually, we bought 6 of them. They come in super cute colors, are inexpensive, and have a soft but durable rubber spout. We started by giving baby ASM just a little bit of water in her cups to let her get used to drinking from something other than her bottle. And herein lies the problem. When there is only a small amount of liquid in the cup, Baby has to tilt her head so far back, she is looking at the ceiling, just to be able to get the liquid to the spout. She is not yet coordinated enough to be able to hold the cup and tilt her head so far back, so we have to hold it for her. It is really uncomfortable for both of us. On the bright side, if we fill the cup up with more water, she doesn’t need to tilt her head so far back, and she’s able to hold the cup on her own. But when she gets down to the last few drops; head tilting must commence.

The next cup we tried was the Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup. This time, we only bought one. There is no spout or straw on this cup. When pressure is placed on the rim, the seal opens and allows liquid to flow out and when the pressure is removed, the seal closes. This technology is great at preventing leaks. Unfortunately for us, Baby ASM did not like the fact that there was no spout. She would bring the cup to her lips, move it around a little, then look at it funny. She was able to get some liquid out but it came out a little fast and she coughed when it hit her throat (I’m sure after some more practice she would have gotten used to the flow).

One day, when I picked Baby ASM up from daycare they told me she had been “A little naughty.” Their words, not mine. Apparently, she had taken a sippy cup from another kid and taken a swig of their milk. Her teacher informed me that she was inconsolable when they took the cup from her and gave it back to its rightful owner. This sippy cup had a straw. Back to Target we go.

This time, we bought the Munchkin Click Lock Weighted Straw Cup. Once again, we bought 6 of them. You’re probably thinking, “Didn’t you learn your lesson yet?” And I hear you, really, I do. But hear me out. Whatever we buy, we have to have enough for home, daycare, and some in the wash, which means one or two is just not enough. Here’s the good news on these cups – Baby ASM loved them. She was able to use the straw to suck her milk right up and she could hold the cup on her own using the two handles. Because of the weight at the end of the straw that follows the liquid around in the cup, she was able to drink all of the liquid, even the last sips left at the bottom, without any extra head tilting. Perfect! OK, not perfect. These cups leak. Especially when they go from being cold to warm. Think taking them from the daycare refrigerator and driving them home. During this warm-up, the liquid pushes through the straw and leaks everywhere. This is still not a deal-breaker as far as I’m concerned. But there is a deal-breaker. In order to clean these cups, you need to remove the straw from the cup and the weight from the straw. Then you need to use the tiny cleaning brush that came with the cup to clean the straw. When your hands are wet with soapy water and you are trying to clean a tiny rubber straw with a tiny cleaning brush that is attached to a flexible handle (why would they do that?!?), it is impossible to do a thorough job. There has to be a better solution!

Hello, Amazon! Please help me. This time I ordered two different cups and I only ordered one set of each (I’m getting smarter!).

The Nuby No Spill Cup with Flex Straw description says that the valve requires a squeeze and suck action to allow liquid to flow. I’m not sure what kind of Hoover Vacuum sucking action is required, but Baby ASM could not get liquid out. She tried a few times, on a couple of the cups, and then I gave up on this one.

When you have a baby, you hear the phrase, “Every baby is different,” nearly 10,000 times before their first birthday, but seriously, Every. Baby. Is. Different. Hopefully, your mission to find the best sippy cup is not as cumbersome as mine was, but if it is, keep trying. You’ll eventually find the one that’s right for you and baby.

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