After about 4-6 months your baby will be ready to sip from a cup and it’s often difficult to decide which one will be easy to use. Truth is; none of them are simple for a child to start off with. It takes time to get used to this new way of drinking.
What we’ve done, is started at meal times and let them experiment with some water. It’s then more like a toy until they realised there’s water in it. My daughter was much faster at picking this up because she was watching her big brother drink from his cup at meal times.
We’ve been through a LOT of ‘sippy’ cups and after they were either thrown on the floor, water spilled everywhere, cracked when they took a tumble or we lost a piece and they leaked. Or, as with one of them, mould developed and it began to smell because of the intricacy of the structure.
Here are a few we would recommend:
1. SMASKA is a Training beaker from Ikea and great for meal times. It has a strong flow and small enough for tiny hands to hold and has a cute animal design. The flow is consistent and they are very cheap to buy. Great for mealtime at home but maybe not for the car or night-time as they might leak. Good starter cup!
2. Tommee Tippee These normally come in packs of 2 and are great first cups. The handles easy to grip, gives children independence and they’re nice and light. The straw like funnel is small and easy to manage. The lid is very securely, even when it’s dropped. Take care when cleaning because the holes in the straw are a little difficult to clean. This cup can go in the dishwasher and the straw folds over so you can pop it in your bag without fear of it spilling.
3. Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer and Sippy Cups tick all the boxes. They’re a bit trickier to get the hang of but once your darling does, you’ll not need any other cups or beakers. They’re non-spill, durable and easy to clean. They come is 2 sizes; 200ml and 300ml, come with handles or without and there are loads of fun colours.
What we love about these is children can take them to bed because sometimes during the night they get thirsty, especially in summer, and we don’t need to worry about them being spilled or leaking on the bed. Price: £8 for 2 – but vary depending on size and quantity.