Best Toddler Cups in 2020



Take & Toss Toddler Bowls with Lids - 8oz, 6 pack Review:


These bowls are the perfect size for a main dish in your little one's lunch box. I use these for my children (who tend to lose things). The low price is nice because you don't feel as bad when they lose one. The fact they they are recyclable is great too. If they get to ratty or you don't need them anymore, just put them out with your recycle.

These bowls hold just the right amount of food for a small main dish - sandwich with no crust or a half sandwich, a small burger or a half large burger, peanut butter crackers, macaroni & cheese, or even leftover dishes like rice & meat/veggies, etc. These bowls are also great if you want a larger side item as well.

I have never had any issues with these bowls leaking ever, and I have been using them for years.



Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Green/Blue, 7 Ounce, 2 Count Review:


*** See below for update ***

Like many parents, we struggled to find the best way to teach our little girl to drink from a cup. We tried various forms of sippy cups, but she couldn't seem to figure out how the mouthpiece worked. And we didn't want to start with regular cups because the water would end up everywhere.

Then I stumbled across these. I have to say, I'm VERY impressed by the ingenious simplicity of their design. There are three pieces: the cup itself, a white two-handled "lid" that has lots of tiny holes in it, and a silicone "cap" that snaps into the lid. When the cup is tilted, liquid inside it passes through the holes in the lid but is stopped by the silicone cap. Applying a bit of downward pressure on the edge of the cap creates a small opening which allows liquid to flow out from beneath the cap, but only where the pressure was applied. So when our little one raises the cup to drink from it, nothing actually flows from it until she puts it to her mouth and a little pressure from her teeth/gums creates an opening in the silicone cap.

This cup has been indispensable for helping our daughter learn to drink small amounts of water.

Some things I really like about this cup:

1) It's very sturdy. This cup has landed on the floor many times and shows no signs of damage.

2) It's about as leak-proof as you can get for an infant/child cup. Our little one waves it around in the air, knocks it over, and occasionally launches it onto the floor. If it hits the floor hard a drop or two may spill, but that's it.

3) The cup's two handles make it easy for little hand to hold.

4) Your little one can drink from anywhere along the rim.

5) It is dishwasher safe.

The only [very small] complaint I have is that the silicone top can be a little tricky to separate from the cap. You just have to get a really firm grip on the center circle and pull hard. Fortunately both pieces are tough enough that it would be tough to damage either one in the process.

TIP: When we first tried this cup with our daughter, initially she couldn't figure out how it "worked." Unlike her bottle, it has no nipple, and of course she didn't realize that she had to press her upper gums/teeth against the silicone to get water to come out. So we actually removed the silicone top and then, holding the top of the cup against her lower lip, tilted the cup slowly to allow a little water to flow into the cap and then into her mouth. A couple of weeks later, when she seemed to understand the concept, we put the silicone top back on and she learned to bite down on it gently to make water come out. When doing this technique, note that the more full the cup is, the easier it is to control how much water enters the cap when you tilt it, so make sure the cup is fairly full when you try it.

Overall we couldn't be happier with these cups! Highly recommended.

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UPDATE 4/10/2019
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We still love these cups, but after several months of use we noticed they were developing black mold beneath the silicone ring that sits at the top of the threads on the cap. At first we were dismayed and thought we would have to throw all of the cups away. However, I removed all of the silicone rings from the caps, soaked everything in a vinegar solution, then scrubbed and washed the rings and caps thoroughly, and they are as good as new!

The point here is that even though these cups are dishwasher safe, you DO need to remove the silicone rings from time to time and wash them so mold doesn't accumulate beneath them. At this point we remove the rings every time we wash the cups -- they go into a small basket in our dishwasher along with the colored silicone tops -- and we haven't had any more problem with mold. It may be unnecessary to remove the rings every time you wash the cups, but for us it's easier than trying to remember when we last did it.

So, a small extra step to be sure these cups are mold-free. It doesn't take away from how much we like these cups!



Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup, Green/Blue, 10 Ounce, 2 Count Review:


Okay. So here is the skinny on these cups. Do you have a child that is off the bottle or close to leaving the bottle?

If you answered yes, then eliminate all ideas or notions for sippy cups from your mind and buy these. These are awesome no spill cups that rely on a child's natural instinct to press down with their mouth on the lip of a cup when they drink. 1 week after switching to these, our toddler was able to take sips from regular open cups/glasses.

They don't spill when dropped or knocked over...although, falling from a high enough distance will cause a spill. These cups aren't miracles when it comes to no spill. Given enough force...liquid will come out. This is true of ANY sippycup. But during the normal every day to day routine, these can definitely be considered spill free. The difference here is: this cup, by design utilizes the child instinctual behavior to teach them how to drink normally out of a cup. Your standard spouted sippy cup is just a bottle with a harder nipple.

These cups are well designed, well engineered. I don't often write reviews...but these are pretty awesome. You will see people make complaints about these cups. They fall into one of two categories. I'll address them individually:

1. THESE ARENT SPILL/LEAK PROOF. Yes, because when I buy a sippy cup, I expect the cup to magically cancel out the laws of motion, force, physics, momentum and intertia. The fact that this cup does not suspend the laws of the natural world when it comes to matter, and its Newtonian movement has totally made me rethink my purchase of these cups.No. Sorry. That's a ridiculous notion. Given enough force, and depending on the angle of the hit...fluid may come out. No sippy cup in the world can meet this impossible standard. Ignore reviews making this complaint.

2. OMG, I DIDNT KNOW THE RUBBER PART CAME OFF, THERE'S ALL THIS MOLD. All I can say to this is: how were you allowed to move out of your parent's house? I mean, seriously. These are your kids. You didnt look at this product, WASH IT COMPLETELY before using it? You didnt read the little card that came with it that explained how the top came off? Seriously? Anything will mold if you don't clean it, and it's in a place where moisture can be trapped. That's like, what... 3rd grade science class? Come on.

This is a solid product. If you have half a clue, you'll be able to see why. Ignore the naysayers! Buy these cups for your toddler. =)



Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Pink/Purple, 7 oz, 2 Count Review:


*** See below for update ***

Like many parents, we struggled to find the best way to teach our little girl to drink from a cup. We tried various forms of sippy cups, but she couldn't seem to figure out how the mouthpiece worked. And we didn't want to start with regular cups because the water would end up everywhere.

Then I stumbled across these. I have to say, I'm VERY impressed by the ingenious simplicity of their design. There are three pieces: the cup itself, a white two-handled "lid" that has lots of tiny holes in it, and a silicone "cap" that snaps into the lid. When the cup is tilted, liquid inside it passes through the holes in the lid but is stopped by the silicone cap. Applying a bit of downward pressure on the edge of the cap creates a small opening which allows liquid to flow out from beneath the cap, but only where the pressure was applied. So when our little one raises the cup to drink from it, nothing actually flows from it until she puts it to her mouth and a little pressure from her teeth/gums creates an opening in the silicone cap.

This cup has been indispensable for helping our daughter learn to drink small amounts of water.

Some things I really like about this cup:

1) It's very sturdy. This cup has landed on the floor many times and shows no signs of damage.

2) It's about as leak-proof as you can get for an infant/child cup. Our little one waves it around in the air, knocks it over, and occasionally launches it onto the floor. If it hits the floor hard a drop or two may spill, but that's it.

3) The cup's two handles make it easy for little hand to hold.

4) Your little one can drink from anywhere along the rim.

5) It is dishwasher safe.

The only [very small] complaint I have is that the silicone top can be a little tricky to separate from the cap. You just have to get a really firm grip on the center circle and pull hard. Fortunately both pieces are tough enough that it would be tough to damage either one in the process.

TIP: When we first tried this cup with our daughter, initially she couldn't figure out how it "worked." Unlike her bottle, it has no nipple, and of course she didn't realize that she had to press her upper gums/teeth against the silicone to get water to come out. So we actually removed the silicone top and then, holding the top of the cup against her lower lip, tilted the cup slowly to allow a little water to flow into the cap and then into her mouth. A couple of weeks later, when she seemed to understand the concept, we put the silicone top back on and she learned to bite down on it gently to make water come out. When doing this technique, note that the more full the cup is, the easier it is to control how much water enters the cap when you tilt it, so make sure the cup is fairly full when you try it.

Overall we couldn't be happier with these cups! Highly recommended.

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UPDATE 4/10/2019
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We still love these cups, but after several months of use we noticed they were developing black mold beneath the silicone ring that sits at the top of the threads on the cap. At first we were dismayed and thought we would have to throw all of the cups away. However, I removed all of the silicone rings from the caps, soaked everything in a vinegar solution, then scrubbed and washed the rings and caps thoroughly, and they are as good as new!

The point here is that even though these cups are dishwasher safe, you DO need to remove the silicone rings from time to time and wash them so mold doesn't accumulate beneath them. At this point we remove the rings every time we wash the cups -- they go into a small basket in our dishwasher along with the colored silicone tops -- and we haven't had any more problem with mold. It may be unnecessary to remove the rings every time you wash the cups, but for us it's easier than trying to remember when we last did it.

So, a small extra step to be sure these cups are mold-free. It doesn't take away from how much we like these cups!



The First Years Take & Toss Spill-Proof Sippy Cups, 10 Ounce, 4 Count Review:


These are ordinarily AMAZING!!! However, my last set (I replace them often, once every two months of daily use) had defective lids. The holes on the lid required me to take a safety pin and poke holes in the spout where the holes should have been pieced.

Ordinarily, these cups are the best for my older little one (3-5years) to use on the go. These do leak if on their side or upside down, the lid will easily come off at slight pressure.

They do melt on bottom of dishwasher, but are 100% top rack dishwasher safe.

These are perfectly priced for travel, and no tears wasted when they break. I will continue to buy these for a long time! These even stack well for travel or cabinet space savings.

The silicon cap is cute, but I never found it functional, as it always pops off the spout.

Photo:
The nalgene grip n gulp (kids nalgene) and the take n toss cups. Both are full with 8 oz of milk. Also, there is a photo of lid showing the holes. New boxes of cups, each set of four with a Travel cap. Colors vary. Front/back of packaging. Cup showing how travel cap attaches.

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Contigo Spill-Proof Kids Tumbler with Straw 14 oz, Agave with Zoo Animals Review:


These cups work fabulously well. My little guy chews and eventually destroys the tops of all of his camel back and contigo auto spout cups. It’s maddening bc those are not cheap cups. Enter the Spill Proof Tritan straw tumbler. The straw is made of hard plastic. He can’t chew it up! And since it’s not a soft rubber consistency he doesn’t feel the need to chew the straw. Problem solved. These cups really ARE spill proof. Having seen these dropped a number of times I was very pleased to see that not a drop of water escaped. The only thing they do that can be irritating to my son is the major condensation if the beverage is cold. My little guy loves his ice water. So that would be my only complaint. Great cups. We have two and they are holding up well. Make sure to dump all water from the cup at night and shake the straws so the valve doesn’t retain any water. So far we haven’t had a mildew or mold issue. I also find they hold up well in the washer.



NUK First Essentials Fun Grips Hard Spout, Assorted Colors, 10oz 2pk Review:


First-time mom. My LO is 16 mo and we started sippy cups at 6 mo. If you're new to them, you need this cup. You ONLY need this cup. This is the review I wish I'd found a year ago... the one I was destined to write.

I review 4 cups here, but I only recommend this one, at only $2.50 a pop. Features:

+ Leak-Proof. Drop, punt, on your carpet, on a train, with a bear... the insides ain't goin' nowhere. The only truly leakproof cup we've tried.
+ Mold-Free, Easy-Clean Valve. The 3 pieces (cup, lid, and valve) are easy to clean with a standard bottle brush, but especially the valve. It's mostly hard plastic. The silicon part, the actual valve, is large and nasty crud can't hide (seems this is true for very few cups, maybe only this one.) Note: packaging says not to use any cleaning tools on the valve, but I have, gently, and it's still leak-proof.
+ D/W Safe. Unlike others, this cup does not crack in my D/W (a low-end, 2015 Whirlpool). Note: I don't wash silicon valves in the D/W. In my experience, the heat changes its shape and it's no longer leak-proof.
- Doesn't Fit Cupholders. Its bottom is too big for your stroller, carseat, high chair tray, etc. But if you & your kid can deal with that, especially at age 6-18 mo when they're still learning what arms are for and don't possess the ability to stash their own cup, this is hardly a drawback.
Bottom line. Let's get real. There will be times you don't clean a dirty cup as quickly as you should. Maybe it's a crazy day, or you load it in the D/W but don't run it for a day or two. This cup will pull through nice & clean: no disgusting smell or lingering haze. Others will not.

For some fun, light reading, here are the 3 cups I don't recommend.

#1: Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup, Green/Blue, 7 Ounce, 2 Count ($5-6 per cup). Tried this one when LO was 6, 7 months.
- Cup is leak-proof for tips, not drops. When dropped, it WILL leak and you WILL cry because you spent five bucks on it and it sounded SO GOOD and why won't it just work.
+- Not Super Easy to Clean. If you let this cup go, mold you can't get out will grow in the valvet. Even when cleaned promptly, it's hard to get the suction-driven silicon lid clean enough without running it through the D/W. But then...
- Not D/W Safe. After a few stints in the D/W, the silicon lid stopped guarding against leaks. Bernt. (That sound a Mac makes when you move smtg to Trash.)
If it were only the drop-proof issue, I'd go back to using this cup when LO is old enough not to drop his cup so much. However, the hard-to-clean valve is a dealbreaker.

#2: Munchkin Click Lock Weighted Flexi Straw Trainer Cup, Blue, 7 Ounce ($7). Purchased around LO's 1st bday: arrived at grandma's, realized we forgot his cup, and grabbed this one at Stop & Shop.
- Not as Leak-Proof as You're Hoping. This cup handed out mystery drips and drops: might be liquid getting sucked up into the straw but not removed. SEVEN BUCKS?? Noooo.
- Impossible To Clean. You will glare at the hazy, nasty crap clinging to the insides of the Weighted Flexi Straw and throw it out because you are afraid of giving your child diseases (true story.) I could not find a way to clean this cup to my satisfaction.
This cup did help my LO learn to drink from a straw, but not any more than us at Chick-fil-A or out to dinner, holding his kid-size water cup for him. Save yourself the frustration and the $7.

#3: Nuby 2-Pack Flip-It Easy Grip Cups with Easy-Flo Straw, 10 Ounce, Colors May Vary (I recently got a 2-pack for $5 at Burlington, so was feeling rather full of myself. That did not last.)
- Infuriating Mystery Leaks. I haven't gotten around to buying more Gerber cups, so we're still using these at the moment, but both of them started leaving Mystery Rings of milk on whatever surface they rest (upright). Truly infuriating. Again, the liquid seems to come up the straw and out.
+- Cleaning: this cup only has 3 pieces and the silicon straw is easy to clean with tools. The lid is a pain to clean (lots of surfaces and openings), but when I'm done, I feel satisfied it's truly clean.
- After a few runs in the D/W, the lid and cup no longer form a tight enough screw seal to prevent leaks. Bernt.

Hope this was helpful!



NUK Replacement Silicone Spout, Clear, Pack of 1 Review:


If your kid is older than 1 and used to the fast flow bottle nipple, you will need to gently enlarge the opening in this bottle top because the flow is too slow. Sometimes I have bought these and they were completely sealed shut...my son handed me back his sippy with a confused look on his face. Always inspect the flow before you use it the first time. I have tried every kind of sippy cup and my kid only likes this one. Doesn't leak and he doesn't try to remove the top of the topple or unscrew it like every other sippy. Interchangable with the Nuk nipples if you have more than one kid at home. It's nice that all the Nuk tops are interchangable on the bottles.
CLEAN the spout though. OFTEN. Because they go inside the rim the same way the bottle nipples do, all kinds of gross stuff gets stuck in the threads of the rim where it attaches to the bottle. You have to pop the spout or nipple out. clean it well (I use a q tip), clean the inside of the bottle rim (I use a baby wipe and throw it out) and then wash everything in the dishwasher to sanitize. I replace the tops frequently.



NUK Learner Cup, Color and Style may vary, 5 Ounce (1 Count) Review:


***Pros: If you don't have a dishwasher, this is EASY TO HANDWASH without the itty bitty parts that require a toothbrush to scrub. My baby loves this sippy and it was an easy transition to get her to use it. I love the travel piece you can insert so you can toss the cup in the diaper bag with assurance of no leaks. The plastic quality is great and grippy. The design is 90% awesome with very cute colors and patterns. Some commenters have said the milk flow is not enough, but I don't see a problem with the flow from the slits. The instructions say to make sure they open up before having child use it. I tried drinking to see if it works and it's great. My baby slurps the 5oz bottle up in less than 30min.
***Cons: The TINY VENTILATION HOLE IS NOT EFFICIENT ENOUGH. As my 10 month old baby drinks, the suction builds pressure in the mouthpiece. The vent hole doesn't seem to be opening even though I've tried to "stretch" it out with pointy objects. So what happens when too much pressure builds up? While she drinks, the mouthpiece caves in where my baby's chin is, causing the milk to spill out onto her chin and shirt. It's not like the whole cup dumps out on her so it's not disastrous, but it's important to know before buying. I tried to fix the problem by cutting the vent hole slightly bigger. That might work while the cup is half full, but I tried it with the cup full and I was astonished when milk shot in my baby's eye haha. Luckily I bought 2 of these bottles so now when I see the pressure cave in the mouthpiece I just push on the vent hole to release air, or just keep a towel nearby to mop my baby's face. Perhaps it was a defective cup. To me, it's still worth buying this cup. I'm tired of cups with cheap plastic that gets rough from the baby biting on the mouthpiece or the cups with tiny pieces that never get clean. One other issue: DO NOT BUY IF YOU ARE STILL BREASTFEEDING. This bottle trains your child to bite down in order to get the tiny slits to open up. Need I say more on that matter?



The First Years Take & Toss Spill Proof Straw Cups, 10 Ounce, Pack of 4 Review:


I love these cups. My mom has them so I decided to buy some myself.

My only complaint is that the colors they came with didn’t match very well. The cups were 1 blue, 1 green, 1 orange, and 1 yellow. The lids were 2 reds, 1 orange, and 1 yellow. The straws were 1 blue, 1 green, 1 red, and 1 yellow. So it’s only possible to have one fully matching cup of yellow.

I like to pick and choose my battles with my kids and fighting over the colors of the cup not matching is just a battle I don’t want to fight. If you are the same way, I suggest trying to buy these in a store so you can see what colors you are getting.

It’s also good to note, tell your husband and older kids that take and toss does not mean use it once and throw it away. I keep having to check the trash before I take it out because someone (I don’t know who) keeps throwing them away. The trash can is in a cabinet with a child lock so I know it’s not the toddler.