If you're like me, you are always trying to make sure you drink enough water every day. And now that you're a parent, you are also trying to make sure your children drink lots of water.
Over the last year, I've tried a number of sippy cups in my endeavours to keep my daughter well hydrated, and this review details the best of the bunch.
The four sippy cups reviewed
The first cup I tried for my daughter was the Nuby No Spill Flip and Sip Cup. It's suitable from 9 months onwards, and once she mastered the straw, it was very easy for her to hold and use. I like that you can keep the straw covered with the flip down lid, and the two handles were easy for her little hands to grip.
The straw allows a fast flow of water, but as it's rigid, anytime she lifts the cup up to horizontal or higher, she starts sucking air instead.
Nuby No-Spill Flip and Sip Cup $14.99 from Woolworths
The biggest dislike for me was that it has lots of nooks and crannies for food and dirt to get caught in, and that it's fiddly to disassemble for cleaning, and then reassemble. Not impossible, but just a bit time-consuming. Also, the handles mean that it doesn't fit into small areas, like bottle compartments on nappy bags.
The next cup we tried was the Wow Baby Cup. I desperately wanted them to be the cup that worked for my daughter, as they are such a clever design: they don't spill at all, and they teach children how to drink from a real cup, as you have to tip it up to get the liquid out.
Wow Baby Cup $12.99 from Woolworths
Unfortunately, she just never mastered the action of sucking out of it. You have to press your upper lip against the silicone seal and then suck anywhere around the rim for the liquid to flow into your mouth, but it seemed like a lot of sucking was happening but not a lot of drinking.
I tried it, and found it really hard to drink from. When I gave it to hubby to try - he found it impossible.
I've heard such good things about these from other mums, that I wonder if you tried this first for your baby, whether they'd master it. But because my daughter tried other spout and straw cups first, perhaps that "ruined" her for Wow cups. Just a theory.
In any case, I love the design of the cup, and the silicone bit just pops out really easily and gets washed on the top rack of the dishwasher. No chance of disgusting mould building up inside, as was recently reported.
Sip Snap Tot was the next option I tried. It comes in a pack of three for $24.95, although I did find them for $5.95 including delivery here. These aren't actually sippy cups, but are stretchy silicone covers that you can put over the top of any drinking vessel. They come with a convenient carry case so you can keep one in your nappy bag, and if you're out at a cafe without a sippy cup, just pop it over any drinking vessel (obviously not a delicate glass one).
Sip Snap Tot $24.99 for 3 and a carrying case, online
This is handy if your little one wants to be drinking out of the same cups that you're using (you can see I tested it out with some chunky glasses). It takes a bit of practice to get them on over a full glass, but after a couple of goes you'll be an expert.
Again, I wanted these to work really well because I loved the concept, and thought it would be great to not have to carry around sippy cups in my nappy bag. But because I always wanted to have water on hand for my daughter, I found that I still must have a sippy cup in my nappy bag.
They also just don't work that well for us. The spout sort of tips up when you put it on, making it an awkward angle to drink from, and the water just doesn't come out quickly enough, unless you bite on the exact right spot and suck hard at the same time. My daughter got a bit frustrated trying to drink from it, and it took a really long time for her to drink a decent amount.
Lastly we looked at the B-Box Sippy Cup. It has a weight at the bottom of the straw, which means that no matter which way the cup is tipped, the straw will get to where the liquid is. Even upside down.
b.box Sippy Cup $14.95 from b.box. Notice the straw weight at the bottom right
This is my favourite cup, as it combines the straw with the ability to tip the cup, as well as being leak-proof and holding a good amount of liquid. Your child will need to be good at sucking, as the straw is a bit narrower than other straw cups, but my daughter has no problems at all.
We keep one in the cot with her, and she is able to open the lid herself and drink from it when she gets thirsty. It's actually become a bit of a comforter for her, and we'll often see her on the monitor with her monkey toy in one hand and the sippy cup in the other. As soon as she wakes up, it's the first thing she reaches for.
It does have a couple of negatives though - it is possible to bite through the straw (she's done that once) and if the cup is dropped on the ground, the flip lid will pop off quite easily, but then snaps back on just as easily. Neither of these were deal-breakers for me, as I'd bought the replacement straws and brush for it so I could clean the straw, and the cup itself can be put in the dishwasher.
So that's my sippy cup round-up. I hope this helps you in choosing the right sippy cup for your baby or toddler!