Updated on April 6, 2017
How to Choose the Right Sippy Cup #LoveIsInTheDetails
Now that Petit Prince has been eating solids for a couple of months, it’s time to introduce a sippy cup into his life. There are as many schools of thought on cups as there are cup options out there. I’m not going to go into the pros and cons of every style of sippy cup available, but I am going to talk about the key features that I look for. As Petit Prince is still breastfed, it hasn’t been crucial that he start drinking water yet. I remember asking The Heir’s doctor about when to introduce water and a cup, and he never seemed too concerned about it. As long as baby is nursing well and without restriction, baby should be getting enough fluids, after all, breastmilk is mostly water! Nevertheless, drinking from a cup is a skill everyone will need at some point in their life, so a cup that meets baby’s (and mom’s) needs is important! So what do I look for in a sippy cup and why? Let me tell you!
1. Easy for baby to grip. Yup, I expect baby to be able to hold the sippy cup for himself! I know this isn’t going to be possible right away, but a cup that incorporates good grippy handles is key! As much as I want to have to hold a cup in place for my child until he goes to preschool, independent sipping is far more appealing.
2. Easy for baby to drink from. So, baby should be able to grip and lift the cup themselves (once they figure that out), but the cup also needs to be easy for baby to drink from. I prefer a softer silicone spout on a sippy cup. You’re most likely going to be introducing a cup right in the midst of teething
hell bliss, and a nice soft spout is going to make it more comfortable for baby. This will be particularly true when they grab the cup and lift it too quickly bonking their gums with the spout. You’ll be thanking me for recommending a soft spout. A built-in valve on a soft spout is going to help baby master the art of drinking without choking. A built-in valve opens when baby puts some pressure on it, and closes when baby opens his mouth/gums. Unlike a spout that’s just always open, the built-in valve won’t just dump water down baby’s throat simply because the cup is tipped.
3. No leaking. Yeah, right. You probably think I also want a unicorn that poops rainbows too. Never going to happen, right? Wrong! Believe it or not, a sippy cup that doesn’t leak isn’t just a pipe dream! Don’t settle for the endless drip that magically travels up and out of the sippy lid!
4. Easy to clean. If a sippy cup doesn’t come apart completely for cleaning, don’t bother! If you can’t see all the parts of the cup, then you can’t clean all the parts of the cup. It’s really that simple. The last thing you want is to discover mould growing in the cup that you thought was getting thoroughly cleaned. Yes, this happens, but it doesn’t have to happen to you. Look carefully at the cup before you purchase it to see if there are any inaccessible zones. A sippy cup that’s dishwasher safe is a must for me too. I admit that I usually hand wash sippy cups, but every so often it’s nice to just be able to pop it in the dishwasher.
5. BPA free. This should go without saying, but I’m putting it out there anyway. Make sure the sippy cup says that it’s BPA free.
Now you know my top five criteria for a sippy cup, so I won’t leave you hanging! Yes! Yes, I’ve found a cup that ticks all the boxes and meets (and exceeds) my five criteria for sippy cup bliss! Meet the Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup! Allow me to take you on a tour of this cup and show you why I love it!
First, there’s those easy to grip handles. These special trainer handles are lined with soft touch grips. What that means for you is that they aren’t going to slide out of your child’s hand when they grab the cup. The inside of the handles have raised ridges that give even younger babies something to really cling onto with their tiny hands. Case in point, the very first time I ever put this sippy cup in front of Petit Prince, he reached out and grabbed those handles right away and actually successfully lifted the cup to his mouth. Magic. The handles are actually one piece with the lid of the cup, so there’s no seam to wear out over time. You don’t have to worry that you toddler is going to bend or break the handles off the cup. It’s just not going to happen. The way those handles are seamlessly integrated into the My Penguin Sippy Cup‘s unique shape will help your child learn to lift the cup, and makes it easy for toddlers to hold it totally independently.
How easy is it for baby to drink from the Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup? SO EASY. I kid you not, at barely 9 months old, Petit Prince grabbed this cup for the very first time, tipped it, got the spout in his mouth, and successfully took a sip. Yes, this was the first time he’d ever been given ANY sippy cup. Though it pains me to say it, I really don’t think Petit Prince is a baby genius, but I do think that the My Penguin Sippy Cup is just designed to make it easy for babies to use. The soft silicone spout is angled just so, and it has a built-in valve. All that helps baby develop a natural drinking position.
How about leaks? The Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup might just be the unicorn of sippy cups. It really doesn’t leak. Of course, I couldn’t just leave that to Petit Prince to test, so I handed the My Penguin Sippy Cup over the The Heir and told him to do his worst. Apparently, he’s a bit of a neat freak and didn’t want to tip it and shake it because he was certain it would spill (this goes to show you how leak prone cups we’ve used in the past have been). After some convincing, I got him to tip it upside down and give it a shake. Much to his surprise and my satisfaction, it didn’t leak. You can be confident that the Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup is 100% leak-free, so go ahead, bring that cup in the car!
Is it easy to clean? Why yes! Yes it is easy to clean. The whole thing comes apart easily and you can really see all the part of the cup. You’ll know that there’s no milk or juice hiding somewhere with this cup. The spout even pops out of the lid (much like the way a bottle nipple pops out of the lid), so you can be sure every nook and cranny is thoroughly washed. Every part of the My Penguin Sippy Cup is dishwasher safe too, so toss it in there and let the machine do the work! The Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup is made from BPA free materials, so you can feel confident that you’ve made a safe and healthy choice for your child.
What I love about the Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cup is that no detail has been missed. It’s clear that Avent knows what moms really want in a cup for their babies and toddlers, and they’ve truly delivered! Easy to grip, easy to use, soft on teething gums, leak free, easy to clean, and BPA free, the My Penguin Sippy Cup checks off all the boxes!
How would you like the chance to WIN 1 of 40 Philips Avent My Penguin Sippy Cups? The giveaway is open to the USA & Canada (excluding Quebec, Alaska, and Hawaii) and closes on June 24th, 2016.
Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.