The 7 Best Sippy Cups to Buy in 2018

Have a seamless transition with these top-picks

The AAP recommends you should wean your child off bottles by the age of 18 months, due to concerns about drinking too much milk and possible tooth decay. While these guidelines might induce panic in a lot of parents, the transition doesn't have to be stressful. Once your child starts sitting up unassisted (typically around 6 months) you can start introducing sippy cups with water to get them familiar with using these cups. As their first birthday approaches, you can start giving them their formula or breastmilk in a sippy cup once a day and then up the times throughout the day till the bottles are gone from their routine (make sure to hide the bottles!). While this might be painless for some, other children might have a more difficult time with this transition so it is best to speak to your pediatrician about any concerns or problems you run into. 

When it comes to finding the right sippy cup, much like baby bottles, finding the right one for your child is a bit of trial and error. They're models that are designed for the transition from bottle to cup, ones with straws, stainless steel options, and more. To help you sort through the top contenders in the market, we've narrowed the list and come up with the best sippy cups for your family. 

Best Overall: Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup

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This BPA-free 2-pack toddler training cup comes with a dentist-recommended, spoutless design that actually forgoes any straw use at all. The 360-degree drinking edge eliminates spills, as the cup automatically seals when the child stops drinking, while drinking from anywhere around the rim—just like a regular cup—will activate the flow of liquid and help support normal muscle development in your child’s mouth.

It comes with handles that are easy for your child to hold, and with no extra valves or added parts, it’s super easy to clean and is top rack dishwasher safe. The cup holds 7 ounces of liquid and comes in three different color combination options. What's more this cup can be used with children starting at ages six months and up. One note of caution: this type of cup functioning may take some kids a little longer to learn, but kids who do make the transition have an easy time switching to drinking to open cups. Once your kid gets the hang of these they can graduate to the model without handles. 

Lastly, be sure to inspect the silicone ring on the top of the cup, this can be removed and cleaned and should be done periodically to ensure you don't get any mold. 

Best Budget: The First Years Take & Toss Spill-Proof Sippy Cups

A budget cup shouldn’t mean that you can’t count on it to contain your kid’s spills. The First Years Take & Toss Spill-Proof Sippy Cup holds 10 ounces of liquid and comes in a four pack of bright and vibrant colors your kid will love. This Amazon’s Choice product is durable enough to use over and over, but its low price point means you won’t feel bad misplacing a couple of them, which is bound to happen from time to time when kids are involved.

The snap-on, valve-free, spill-proof lips are easy to clean, and it comes with a bonus travel cap that makes transport a breeze. The lids are also interchangeable with most other Take & Toss products, so you won’t have to spend precious moments hunting around in your cupboards for the right tops to the right cups. Use this cup for kids nine months and older.

Best Grip: Gerber Graduates Fun Grips Hard Spout Sippy Cup

If your child could use a little something extra to hold on to while drinking, the Gerber Graduates Fun Grips Hard Spout Sippy Cup has an hourglass shape that not only prevents tipping, but also contains grooves that makes it easy for tiny hands to hold on. The bite resistant spout keeps kids from ruining the cup, and the Seal Zone Technology provides a 100 percent leak-proof, spill-proof, break-proof experience.

There is a spot that’s perfect to personalize the cup with your child’s name (great for kids in daycare), and it’s dishwasher-safe and BPA-free. You’ll receive two cups per pack. It’s best to use this cup with kids who are 12 months and older. 

Best Transitional: NUK Silicone Spout Active Cup

If your kid is really into his bottle the Active Cup is actually designed for easy bottle to cup transition, because it mimics their bottle but is the next step past one because it has a hard spout. The spill-proof spout is designed to be gentle on your kid’s sensitive gums, and it’s 100 percent leak- and spill-proof, guaranteed.

The ultra lightweight cup comes with a convenient clip for carrying, and it carries 10-ounces of liquid, ensuring that your child remains well-hydrated throughout the day. This model is suited for children ages 12 months and up. 

Best Stainless: Munchkin Miracle Stainless Steel 360 Sippy Cup

If you're weary about using plastic around your kids this stainless steel cup from our best overall pick Munchkin is a great fit. The base is made of stainless steel (the top is silicone but not in constant contact with the liquid) which well help keep milk, juice, or water cool when you are on the go. Much like our best overall pick, it acts like a vacuum when your kid places his lips around the edge giving them a slow steady stream of liquid.

Reviewer's love this no spill model and are thrilled they can get a plastic free base. Many rave about the lid that comes with this, that helps prevent spills from happening in diaper bags, etc. You'll have to be sure to remove the silicone ring around the lid part occasionaly for a deep clean. 

Best Straw Sippy Cup: Philips Avent My Bendy Straw Cup

If you find your child prefers using a product with a straw, the Philips Avent My Bendy Straw cup is the perfect product to pick up. The product comes in packs of two with four different color options, and it holds 10 ounces of liquid. The cup comes with a 100 percent leak-proof, money back guarantee, and you can mix and match most Phillips Avent bottle and cup parts, so once again, there’s no time wasted searching for the right cup parts in crowded cupboards.

These cups are BPA-free and dishwasher safe, and the contoured shape and anti-slip texture grips make it easy for little hands to hold. The unique bent-straw in the cup allows it to easily reach everything the cup contains, while still allowing for a natural drinking position. The flip-top even closes to prevent leaks while your kid is on the go. This cup is for kids 12 months and older. Just a word of caution straw cups can be hard to clean if you use milk in them, so be sure to clean every nook and cranny. You might need to toss them after a period of time if they get build up in them. Some parents like to just use water in straw cups. 

Best Active Sippy Cup: CamelBak eddy Kids 12 oz water bottle

For the active toddler who never slows down, this 4.1 star CamelBak eddy Kids 12 oz water bottle may be just the thing they need to stay perfectly hydrated throughout the day. With more than 20 style options, there is bound to be something to pique the interest of any child.

The product combines the patented CamelBak Big Bite valve with a stem tube and shut-off valve, which detaches as a one-piece component for simple cleaning. (The parts are all top rack dishwasher safe, as well.) The stain-resistant and taste-free Tritan is 100 percent BPA, BPS and BPF free, and the size is perfect for little hands to carry on any adventure. This product—which has more than 2,000 reviews—is only for use with kids three and over.

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