Bottoms Up (and pray it doesn’t leak)

Why is it in preparation for change, we imagine the worse and yet when all is said and done, whatever the change was has come and gone much like a gentle breeze, barely enough to cause a ruffle?

That’s what happened with Aitch’s bottle habit. A couple weeks ago, we decided to cut the morning one. After two or three days, she stopped asking for it. And then without even really trying, the night-time one suddenly was gone, too. Yes, it makes me quite sad but I don’t want to dwell on it.

To expedite her final transformation into toddlerhood, we turned her carseat to forward facing. Yes, I know. The other way’s safer and all that, but the poor girl who is tall for her age, is tap dancing on my van’s leather seat backs. Not really noticeable unless she’s wearing her squeakers. Squeaking is cute at home, but I’m not what one would consider a “defensive driver” but rather an “aggressive driver” and really don’t need the added aggravation on my commute. Plus, at home, I can escape if I start to feel a bit “tenso”. At least she’s still in her crib (*fingers crossed*).


Sparring Partner and I went through a dozen styles of sippy cups for Doodicus without really finding one that didn’t leak or didn’t require an annoying valve or a horrible and expensive combination of the two.

These are the styles we’ve tried:

First Year’s Take & Toss – we used these a lot with Doodicus. Loved the ease of clean up, but they were most likely to leak (especially when someone shakes them upside down). Even more of a pain in the ass, is that if these get dropped, the lids would pop off and you can pretty much count on cleaning up apple juice residue for the next month from your floors.  Perfect for bringing along to a restaurant and serving your kids water.

Playtex’s Twist–n-Click – it has a silicone valve, which means extra cleaning and potential for lost valves. However, haven’t noticed any leaking and they’re insulated. This was the kind we sent along to the daycare.

Playtex Insulator Sport Cup – this was the only sippy cup that survived intact between when Doodicus stopped using them to when Aitch started. The problem is cleaning up is extremely difficult considering all the pieces, one of them being a straw. A straw!! And forget about finding replacement parts. We actually had two cups and two lids, but only one straw. Couldn’t get a replacement for the silicone sleeve or straws without spending what it would cost just to buy a whole new one. This one also necessitates an adjustment in drinking since Aitch is in the habit of tipping her cup in order to drink. Doing that with this cup means she draws in nothing but air.

Nuby Two Handle with Silicone Spout – I got these early in the introduction to sippy cup business because of the soft spout. While others complained of how the baby chewed up the spout, Aitch didn’t do that until just a couple months ago. My problem with them is that you have to have the spout  and lid lined up JUST. RIGHT. or they’ll leak. Or she pushes the silicone down and breaks the seal. More leaking. We use them now only when the others are dirty.

Nuby Two Handle with Soft Spout – Another version, but same issues. An additional problem with sippy cups that have handles is that they don’t fit into cup holders. DOH!

Nuby Sports Sipper – Great if you’re little shark-pup is teething. Also it leaks. A lot. My very least favorite of them all. I’d say Nuby, while great in looks, has really failed us in reliability, function and design.

Of course you have to know what’s coming now, don’cha?

Tell me, which sippy cups do you and your child(ren) love? or hate? And why?

15 thoughts on “Bottoms Up (and pray it doesn’t leak)”

  1. We too own far too many cups, most of which are just unacceptable for one reason or another, including the lids popping off the take n toss (with the throwing and the squeezing) and the chewing and the leaking with the Nuby. Right now, we use the straw take n toss when we are watching him (i.e. when he’s in the high chair) and the Playtex sipster (he still uses the little one — it’s probably long been time to move him up to the big one) when not. We’ve gotten a lot of thermos foogo recommendations and may check it out next.

  2. At home we use the take and toss with a straw and on the go we use the Thermos Foogo – which is expensive but is amazing at keeping drinks cold for a super long time (huge in the summer). For what it’s worth, my friend is a speech pathologist and she recommends that kids only use the straw kind of sippy cups, the other kind can impede speech development and the sucking that a straw requires helps build muscle tone. We also like the CamelBak water bottle with bite valve, I was surprised but Ellie figured the valve out immediately.

  3. I totally agree with you about Nuby. I hated those cups.

    We use the Gerber sippys that are hour glass shaped. They never leak and Sam (who like to throw) has to throw them REALLY hard to make the valve pop out. They’re pretty easy to clean up, just three parts and all of them go through the dishwasher like a dream.

  4. Probably the Playtex we liked the best.
    Had a gerber one which I also liked.
    Didn’t really use the disposable ones much EXCEPT for now as regular cups.
    Had one Nuby, hated it.
    One Tupperware, my complaint is that he was able to remove the lid too easily.

  5. Can’t stand the Nuby cups. We have a ton and will actually hand wash (gasp!) the others before we use the Nuby. The Platex one with the valve seem to work the best for us. I like the take and toss ones too but the lids come loose a little too easily considering my son is always dropping (or throwing) his cups.

  6. Take and Toss were the ones Sabrina finally learned to use a sippy cup with – she rejected all of the others you listed. But the leaking made me switch the second she got the hang of it. Glad to hear the Nubby leaking isn’t just me. Hate those.

    Right now, Tessa likes the Playtex Sipster cup. It does a have valve but we kept the nipple basket in the dishwasher and toss them in there so they don’t get lost. Leaking is low unless a lot of effort is put into it by the child – then it is only a little bit.

    Sabrina spent a year digging the Munchin Big Kid insulated cup (featuring Dora) but has recently decided she likes the First Years insulated cup (featuring Princesses – GAH) better. No leaking problems with either although after a year, the Munchin cup is more likely to have its valve drop into the milk and then become easily spilled but she is really past that. She drinks out of regular cups well but I like not worrying about her spilling so she uses a sippy cup a lot of the time.

  7. For learning, hands down the Take and Toss. Both K and now L used them to learn and it works great. They get the reward of liquid without much effort. Therefore they get the sippy cup concept.

    Once she got it K uses the Playtex Lind with the valve. Never leaks I love this cup. I imagine L will use these as well.

  8. We’re venturing into sippy cup territory as we speak. Just bought two different Nuby ones which we haven’t taken out of the package yet. From what I see here, maybe I should just save myself the trouble and return them?

    Don’t have anything to add except to say I’ll be checking back often to check out which ones people liked and hated. So glad you are writing about this!

  9. We finally settled on Tupperware, too, after wearing out the valve-less Dollar Store sippies and never even using the countless “samples” of BPA-laden ones. They do leak, if upside down, but they stop the majority of spills. No valves, either, which makes the minor occasional spill/sprinkles worth it. I like that they just turn into kids cups, when you’re done with the sippy cup lids or “seals” for good, so Doodicus AND Aitch could both use them. I bought mine on ebay, so you don’t even have to go to a cheesy party to buy them.

  10. Our favorites and main staple for out and about were the Thermos Foogo. We have three of them, and the best part is you can buy replacement spouts and valves and the cup is insulated, so it kept stuff hot/cold. It was the only cup the Mini would use from about 10 months until he was about 2-ish. They are expensive though, but they last forever.

    We use the take n’ toss for bed, because they actually don’t leak at all for us. He usually falls asleep with his cup in his hand and I have yet to have a leak in his bed, unless it’s because he’s peed through.

    For the Mini now, we use the Thermos straw bottle or the Kleen Kanteen. So far, our favorites for LG are the Born Free sippy, perfect because we have the Born Free bottles. She likes those the best (and they leak less), second is the nuby, which I agree, I HATE that they leak and if she bites down, water dribbles out of her mouth. It’s such a mess of a cup. I tried the thermos plastic cup with her, similar to the stainless foogo, and she hates it. She isn’t really grasping the suck concept with it.

  11. We used playtex (not the twist and click, they were the ones that change colors when the temperature changes). They had valves and they leak if you don’t have the lids on right, but for the most part, they aren’t bad. Also, if you write to them and complain about having to bleach out the valves because you can’t clean them properly, they will send you new valves AND tell you where to buy replacements (hint: try that with the straw assembly). Then you can take the valve out to prepare for non-sippy cup drinking (faster flow). We only use them for the car or when she’s sick and needs water in bed these days, but they’ve held up well.

    But the tupperware looks interesting too…

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