We started giving Mazen water when he was about 7 months old and we went to Arizona for vacation. It was hot and in the dry heat he seemed to be thirsty beyond his breast milk intake. As his solid food consumption has increased over the past 4 months, he now drinks water with his meals and I offer it to him on walks and throughout the day as well.
When we first started offering water we used a bottle because he was familiar with how to drink out of it. That way we could gauge exactly how much water he really wanted rather than using an unfamiliar cup. We have gradually transitioned to a sippy cup, but it’s been a long road finding the best one. For the longest time M couldn’t drink out of it by himself – we had to hold it up to his mouth for him.
Then we discovered THE STRAW. What a genius invention. I can’t remember exactly how M learned to use a straw, but I would let him practice on my adult straws and he seemed to get that pretty quickly. Learning the baby cup straws just clicked for him one day (after lots of straw chewing first!)
Here are the sippys we have tried and their pros and cons in order of preference:
Babies R Us brand sippy $4.99
Cons: No handles so it’s hard to hold, sippy mouth is hard to sip, leaks from top
Love: Baby-friendly top, good handles
Cons: A bit leaky, M couldn’t figure out how to tip it up, not the cheapest
Love: price, the click + lock feature is awesome, big handles
Negative: M doesn’t drink out of it well
OXO Tot Straw Cup $6.99
Love: straw, awesome locking lid tucks straw away, chic colors
Cons: straw is high flow so it spills out easily but would be good for thicker smoothies and things, price, no handles so hard to hold
Love: straw, price, click lock is great, no leaking
Cons: no handles so hard to hold
Love: this was our favorite for a long time. Handles are great, straw is great once M learned to use it, love the straw flip for upside down drinking, if necessary, spill proof, lid is nice
Cons: surprise puddles started leaking from the rim during our Williamsburg trip. A huge negative with fancy cameras and cell phones in the diaper bag! Price is high. Straw is hard to clean (I wouldn’t serve smoothie in this)
Loves: Our current favorite because it has handles, flip straw, no leak and low price
Cons: None so far
So the Nubby wins – for now. I’m sure our preferences will change, and I’m keeping all of these in case Mazen learns to sip the spouts in time.
Every baby is different, so what’s your #1 sippy?